Cash, Sabbath Sets Among Big Catalog Projects Due

Sets to fete icons of metal, country and rock

Icons of metal, country and rock are among the subjects covered by major catalog titles to be released during the first quarter.

Rhino in March will deliver "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath," an eight-CD set with each album issued by the band's original lineup, plus a bonus DVD. Also in March, Sony Legacy will celebrate Judas Priest with "Metalogy," a four-disc box in a pleather case with metallic studs. The set comes two years after Legacy reissued the band's entire catalog.

Legacy is also prepping a thematic, two-disc Johnny Cash anthology, akin to his three-disc "Love, God, Murder" box that came out in 2000. Also, on March 9, the label will issue the sixth title in its Bob Dylan bootleg series, the two-disc "Bob Dylan Live 1964--Concert at Philharmonic Hall." Later that month, Legacy will issue the five-CD Dave Brubeck box "For All Time," featuring previously unreleased material.

On March 29 in the U.K., BMG will unveil remastered, expanded editions of eight Eurythmics albums, expected to hit North America shortly thereafter. The spring will also see reissues of albums by George Harrison (via Dark Horse/EMI) and Fleetwood Mac (Rhino).

Echo & the Bunnymen, Emmylou Harris and Anita Baker will each have five albums reissued by Rhino in the first quarter. The Echo sets--which arrive first, on Jan. 27--each boast at least five bonus tracks. Those by Harris will include at least one extra track each. The label's noted revival of Elvis Costello's catalog continues in April with two-disc reissues of "Almost Blue," "Goodbye Cruel World" and "Kojak Variety."