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  • Summary: This three-disc box set, subtitled "10 Years of B-Sides and Rarities," is just that, collecting 56 tracks from the Duluth, MN slowcore trio. Also included in the set is a 32-page booklet and a DVD with videos, concert footage and documentaries.
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  1. I was a huge fan of Low before A Lifetime Of Temporary Relief, but the perspective it casts both by amassing so much of their beautiful music and by casting new light on the people who make it make this box set utterly essential.
  2. In the years to come, Low will trudge onward across the vast tundra of gross underappreciation, but in retrospect, their canon will likely be seen as one of the most important and influential of our time, so you might want to start paying attention.
  3. 80
    Fathomlessly beautiful. [Aug 2004, p.110]
  4. For even the most ardent Low listeners, this box set (in all its packaging design perfection) will overwhelm.
  5. 70
    It flows like a scrapbook rather than a novel, but it portrays them as diligent experimenters and meticulous melodists who have been liberated by embracing restrictions. [Sep 2004, p.155]
  6. Put [the covers] all together and you get an idea of Low's surprising range and versatility.
  7. Don't start here before the essential LPs... But once you've fallen in love (and believe us, it's inevitable), this is a mesmerising next stop. [17 Jul 2004, p.48]

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  1. jayb
    Jan 25, 2005
    9
    I real treat for the true fans. Disc 1 is my fav with early demos and the track Tomorrow One(of course) and the bonus DVD is a true bonus. Some songs could've been left off(Journey's Open Arms) but then again, if the kitchen sink is already thrown in, why not include all the tidbits for the ultimate b-sides release. Now to check out their new release... Expand