Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI
Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI is Dead or Alive’s long awaited career-spanning box set. Housed in a colorful LP-sized casebound presentation, Boom Box compiles the band’s complete internationally renowned catalog of albums, all of which have been expanded and/or remastered for the very first time. Already scheduled for release prior to his disconcerting and unforeseen passing, this expansive retrospective was approved and curated by Burns himself, along with longtime band member Steve Coy.
Pete Burns burst onto the music scene during the mid-Eighties like a blazing shooting star with his goth-like drag and growling baritone as frontman of Dead or Alive. The band quickly reached the top of the charts with its irresistible synth-drenched Hi-NRG dance beats and hook-laden hits, most notably the Stock Aitken Waterman productions “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” and “Brand New Lover.” Burns’ eyebrow-raising style, spicy double entendres and pulsating electronica proved to be an alluring combination resulting in unexpected popularity, predominantly in North America and Japan.
Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI contains all of Burns and company’s studio albums and remix compilations, packed with more than 255 tracks spread across 17 audio discs. Highlighting numerous remixes and single edits, the 19-disc collection also includes two DVDs comprised of rare television performances, promotional music videos, plus the DVD debut of the Rip It Up Live in Japan concert. The box set also features previously unreleased tracks including the much sought-after “Something in My House (Naughty XXX Mix),” plus an intimate 4,000-word, career-chronicling essay written by Pete Burns.
Though all too easily overlooked during the holiday shuffle and initially plagued with production errors (all of which have now been corrected), this meticulously designed and extensive collection is alas the perfect celebratory tribute to the brilliantly unconventional Pete Burns. Be sure to grab a copy while you can, as this is all but guaranteed to become a hard to find collector’s item.
Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI contains all of the following:
Sophisticated Boom Boom (2 CDs)
Youthquake (3 CDs)
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (2 CDs)
Rip It Up (2 CDs)
Nude (including Nude: Remade Remodeled (2 CDs)
Fan the Flame, Part 1 (1 CD)
Nukleopatra (2 CDs)
Fragile (including Unbreakable: The Fragile Remixes (3 CDs)
DVD 1: Promotional Music Videos
DVD 2: Rip It Up Live in Japan concert and various UK TV appearances.