The Record Industry has, to all intents and purposes, reverted to its dawn of Rock 'n' Roll model of the mid-1950s.
Back then people who listened to expensive classical box sets were heavily indulged by EMI, Decca, HMV etc. but had to pay for it.
Teenagers had to make do with 78s, and later 45s, and the rare LP release by one of their faves.
Now we're in 2014 and the expensive box set principal applies to pop music.
I mention all this because on November 3rd, it's a Monday, THE BASEMENT TAPES finally get released.
38 track versions (The Basement Tapes equivalent of going to the seaside and not going in the sea) are available on vinyl or CD.
The 138 track 6-CD version, i.e. a whopping 100 tracks more, is available for £111.
However, for this release I think I will be shelling out as (a) it's near my birthday (b) next to 'Smile' it's the most important musical release of the 21st Century and (c) there, mercifully, are no 1975 overdubs.