Otis Redding's time in the spotlight was all too short. The great soul singer died in a plane crash in 1967 at just 26. But he made a dozen albums in his career -- some released posthumously -- and they include such classics as "Otis Blue" and "Live in Europe." "Soul Manifesto 1964-1970" collects them all.
Over the past couple years, Led Zeppelin has gotten the gold-plated treatment for its entire oeuvre, and 1975's "Physical Graffiti" may have the most expansive box -- only fitting, because it was the band's only double LP. The box includes three CDs, three LPs and a 96-page companion book.
Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" was one of the best-selling albums of the '90s. For its 20th anniversary, a new four-disc box set edition comes with demos, acoustic versions and live renditions of its songs, including "You Oughta Know" and "Hand in My Pocket."
Deadheads take their Grateful Dead seriously, and the band, which reunited for a set of 50th-anniversary concerts this year, likes to reciprocate. Some fans have probably already shelled out for the sold-out "30 Trips Around the Sun," which has 80 discs of live performances; others can purchase a four-disc version, above.
Roy Orbison may have had his biggest hits with Monument Records, but in 1965, he departed for MGM. Though he had some hits with the label, changing musical tastes and personal tragedy -- he lost his wife in a motorcycle accident and two sons in a house fire -- took their toll, and most of the works have been forgotten. A new box collects his 13 albums and adds a set of singles and B-sides.
Terry Ork was ahead of his time. He founded a New York indie label devoted to punk when punk was barely a genre. The label was short-lived, but a pair of related collections -- "Ork Records: New York New York" and "Ork Records: Complete Singles" -- gathers its work, which includes music from Television, Chris Stamey, Alex Chilton and Richard Hell.
Love, formed by guitarist Arthur Lee in the mid-'60s, put out one of the greatest albums in rock history, 1967's "Forever Changes." The box set "Coming Through to You: The Live Recordings (1970-2004)" follows Lee well after that peak and into an age in which Love was finally recognized for its pioneering sound. It's a four-CD set.
The Isley Brothers can trace their career to the late '50s. Though initially contracted to other labels, the band formed its own label, T-Neck, in the mid-'60s and eventually moved to it themselves. "The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters" compiles all their albums for those labels -- 23 discs in all.
This year marks the centennial of Frank Sinatra's birth, and his record labels are clamoring to release compendiums of his work. Legacy's Columbia division, where he started his career, has "A Voice on Air 1935-1955," featuring his radio work on four CDs; Capitol, where he spent his middle years, puts together material from his entire career on "Ultimate Sinatra," also four CDs.
In 2000, a Beatles collection simply called "1" pulled together the band's chart-topping hits on a single CD. It immediately became one of the group's biggest sellers, with 11 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. A new version of "1," "Beatles 1+," combines the now-remastered audio tracks on CD with two DVDs of videos.
"Mad Men" concluded its seventh season this spring with a marathon of its entire run. Now, that run is on DVD, complete with a pair of lowball glasses, some coasters and a folio for the discs. Imagine how Don Draper would pitch it.
Nowadays, Clint Eastwood is thought of as a movie star and director, the guy who made "Dirty Harry," "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby." But in the early '60s, he was a TV star, playing Rowdy Yates on the Western "Rawhide." "Rawhide: The Complete Series" collects all eight seasons and 217 episodes on 59 discs.
For a long time, TV series didn't get finales; they were simply canceled, leaving viewers to wonder whether Gilligan ever got off the island. "The Fugitive," which ran from 1963 to 1967, was an exception, and the finale received some of the highest ratings in TV history. A new box of the David Janssen series, "The Fugitive: The Complete Series" updates a 2012 release with the original music, unavailable at the time.