Horslips: More Than You Chew 33CD / 2DVD Super Deluxe Box Set Review

This is a colossal box set from Madfish Records: Horslips: More Than You Chew. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this legendary band, this super deluxe box set includes an astounding 33 CDs and 2 DVDs.

Let’s take a closer look inside this monumental collection and see what makes it so special.

The Packaging
This box set features an impressive and durable design, opening smoothly like an iPhone case. Madfish Records are known for their exceptional quality, and this set is no different. The matte finish adds a touch of elegance and durability to the box.

The Albums and Extras
33 CDs and 2 DVDs are meticulously packed inside, each in its own gatefold sleeve, providing a detailed track listing for each album. The set includes:

13 Original Albums (1972-1980)
1 CD of Tracks from the Vaults
8 CDs of Previously Released Live Material
3 CDs of Reunion Era Tracks
3 CDs of RTE Sessions
5 CDs of Post-Horslips Adventures
2 DVDs with Over 4.5 Hours of Previously Unreleased Video Content
The CDs and DVDs are accompanied by a wealth of memorabilia, including a folder with original fan club materials, replicated from the 1970s. The attention to detail in replicating these artifacts is outstanding, making you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Books and Signatures
The set includes two books:

A 262-page hardback book: Packed with photos, stories, and the history of the band. This book is not just a collection of press clippings but includes recent interviews and insights from the band members themselves.
An 88-page lyric book: Contains handwritten notes and lyrics for every Horslips album, beautifully printed on high-quality paper.
Moreover, the box set includes signed photos of each band member, making this a truly collectible item.

The box set spans Horslips’ entire career, from their early days to their reunion era. Each album has been carefully remastered, providing an enhanced listening experience. Here are some highlights:

Dancehall Sweethearts: One of my personal favorites, this album has been on heavy rotation since I got the set.
The Táin and The Book of Invasions: Classic albums that blend Celtic rock with intricate storytelling.
Live Albums: The live recordings capture the raw energy and talent of Horslips in their prime, including the final concert from 1984.

Unreleased Material
With over 250 previously unreleased tracks, this set offers a huge stash of new material for fans to explore. The DVDs include 4.5 hours of previously unreleased video footage, adding a visual dimension to the band’s history.

This box set is an absolute masterpiece and a gold standard for how to put together a comprehensive collection of a band’s work. The attention to detail, quality of materials, and sheer volume of content make this a must-have for any Horslips fan or collector of rock music history.

Madfish Records have once again proven their dedication to fans, providing a product that is worth every penny. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to Horslips, this set offers an immersive experience that allows you to fully appreciate the band’s legacy.

While it’s obviously aimed at die-hard Horslips fans, this box set is also perfect for anyone looking to dive deep into the band’s music and history. If you’re someone who loves discovering new (old) music and understanding the context behind it, this collection is invaluable.

Horslips: More Than You Chew is a journey through the band’s rich history and a testament to their enduring legacy. The extensive unreleased material and the beautifully crafted books make it a wonderful item for fans. If you’ve been on the fence about getting this set, I highly recommend it. It’s a purchase you won’t regret, offering countless hours of enjoyment and discovery.

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Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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