Box Sets? Money for old rope

Dawn Renton

Dawn Renton

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You’ve got to hand it to musicians, the certainly know how to get the most out of their fans. And by that I mean their wallets.

It seems like every artist worth their salt has released, or is on the cusp of releasing, a box set of their best work.

Good idea right? Well it is in the sense that it lines their pockets but what us fans get is actually the same old stuff that we already own with an extra couple of tracks and a book of photos thrown in for good measure.

Bruce Springsteen is the latest in a long line who is set to excavate through his extensive back catalogue.

The Boss is set to release a four-CD and three-DVD set – called The Ties That Bind: The River Collection – all in time for Christmas.

It will only set you back about £100. Which is actually loose change compared to Bob Dylan’s latest collection.

It can set you back £500 depending on which one that you decide to buy.

Bowie is another one that has jumped on the bandwagon with the release of his Five Years collection which is either £100 or £200 depending on whether you want CD or vinyl.

I love my music and have been guilty of buying a box set or two in my time, but I agree with Noel Gallagher, box sets are essentially money for old rope!