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It’s box set season–and here comes more Tragically Hip

Now that we’ve reached Labour Day weekend, we’re going to begin to hear more about big box sets. So far, the list includes a 30th anniversary edition of Green Day’s Dookie, yet another big box of 12-inch singles from Depehce Mode, a 10-CD edition of Who’s Next from The Who, and a ton of others. (Keep track of them here.)

The Tragically Hip will have a piece of the action, too, with a 25th anniversary edition of Phantom Power. Like all Hip albums, the band recorded more songs than they could use and simply put the unreleased tracks in a vault. For this reissue, five unreleased tracks will be included including this one.

As for the entire box (due November 3), it shakes out like this.

  • Two double LP sets on 180g vinyl, with the five unreleased tracks
  • Two x LP 2LP live show recorded from The Metropol in Pittsburgh, PA on October 2, 1998
  • Seven additional alternative versions curated by the band.
  • There’s also a 3 x CD package
  • The box set will come complete with a 24-page original “Bobcaygeon” (one of the big singles from the album) illustrated video storyboard with behind-the-scenes photos
  • A 12 X 12, 64-page coffee table book documenting the history of Phantom Power put together by producer Steve Berlin complete with rare photos, concert posters and track by track descriptions from the band.

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