The Library has a great collection of CD box sets featuring some of the world’s biggest names in recorded music.  Recent arrivals include:

The Rolling Stones : the singles 1971-2006.

Promotone B.V., 2011

Lavishly packaged in a large pink double-box format with trademark tongue design, The Rolling Stones : singles 1971-2006 features original singles recreated with miniature picture sleaves on CD, charting the forty-five 45s the group has issued over the last four decades. Amongst many gems, it includes chart-toppers such as  ‘Brown Sugar’,  ‘Angie’,  ‘Miss You’, ‘Mixed Emotions’ and ‘Don’t Stop’.   A booklet with photos and discription is also included.

Miles Davis : the complete Columbia album collection.

Sony/Legacy, 2009

This incredible box set, comprises 70 CDs and 1 DVD, containing all 52 Columbia recordings of jazz legend, Miles Davis, in Japanese-styled mini LP jackets.  A 250-page book with a biography, a fully annotated discography, a complete song index and rare photos is also included.

James Levine : celebrating 40 years at the Met.

The Metropolitan Opera, 2010

A special box set of 32 CDs released by The Metropolitan Opera featuring highlights from the longtime Music Director’s record-breaking career with the company.  Includes highlights from various performances.

100 years of the blues : from mystical gods to modern day.

Universal, [2011]

A four CD and book collection covers the whole story of the blues from the early 20th century right up to the present day featuring Muddy Waters, Etta James, Robert Johnson and many more.

A few selections in the Original Album Series & the Original Album Classics series includes the following:

Elvis Presley at the movies : original album classics.

Sony, 2011

Features 5 CDs of original albums in mini LP jackets including soundtracks to Elvis movie classics such as Blue Hawaii, Viva Las Vegas and Fun in Acapulco.

Henry Mancini : original album classics.

Sony BMG, 2008

Features soundtracks to Henry Mancini scored movie classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, and popular TV shows, Peter Gunn and Mr Lucky.

Bette Midler : original album series.

Rhino, 2011

Collections of chart topping albums by two icons of 70s popular music, Bette Midler and Boz Scaggs.

Boz Scaggs : original album classics.

Sony, 2010.

Some of these and many more are currently available on Listening Posts in Arts.  There are eight jukebox listening posts in the Arts Reading Room, where you can listen to CDs from the audiovisual collection.

Other CDs & audiovisual material can be requested through the Library’s online catalogue, for playing on audiovisual equipment in Arts during opening hours.

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