Completists will be happy to own many of the rarities on this four-disc set, including Stevens's first demo session, an unreleased 1970 duet with Elton John, a cover of Fats Domino's "Blue Monday," and several choice live cuts from the late '70s. And it's nice to have an overview of the artist's entire career–from late '60s pop-star wannabe to '70s folk-rock superstar–in one place. But the difference between early Cat Stevens (despite composing hits for others) and post-Tea for the Tillerman Stevens is substantial. The two follow-up LPs were part of a trilogy of brilliance–both musically and lyrically–and any Stevens collection must start there. Nevertheless, surprises and some gems are to be found throughout all four discs–even his most recent recording (as Yusuf Islam) isn't bad. This box set also offers a choice opportunity to reassess a deserving career. (All royalties go to New York City relief victims and orphans and homeless families in underdeveloped countries.)
Specially-priced 4-CD set reprising the history-making recordings Chick Corea and Gary Burton made for ECM in the 70s. The duo was a seldom-tested format in jazz when the musicians - at the instigation of producer Manfred Eicher - came together for Crystal Silence, but its luminous music proved a resounding success. Both Duet and the Zurich recordings won Grammy awards, and Corea/Burton have continued to make music together for 35 years! This box shows how the story began. Two live selections I'm Your Pal/Hullo, Bolinas and Love Castle appear on CD for the first time in this collection. The booklet includes liner notes by acclaimed Swiss journalist Peter Ruedi and writer Steve Lake, and many archival photos.