Spiritualized leader Jason Pierce makes collecters happy, offering special releases (where album songs are completely reworked for single release) and collectible packaging.

Spiritualized leader Jason Pierce makes collecters happy, offering special releases (where album songs are completely reworked for single release) and collectible packaging. This two-disc set gives the most devoted many of the B-sides, promos, and rarities previously found in a mass of 7- and 12-inch singles, cassettes, and CDs. The Complete Works, which focuses on the act's first three years, is vital to the curious listener and the veteran enthusiast who has early Spiritualized releases scattered everywhere. These early years of Spiritualized, which grew from the ashes of psychedelic outfit Spacemen 3, are considered by many enthusiasts to be the act's choicest, when the blissful side of the band's well-publicized heroin use made perfect translation into sound. The four alternate versions of "Feel So Sad," taken together, comprise a tragically beautiful classical suite and illustrate a cohesive depth. Consider this a vital precursor to Amazing Grace, the livelier and more soberly rock-oriented new studio album scheduled to drop in June.—TP