Everyone loves a bit of REEF. You could have your hands on their complete recorded works in this all-encompassing box set. Spanning across their ten year career, the 9 CD and 1 DVD package features every commercial song recorded, including their very first demo ‘The Purple Tape’ – which lead to the band being signed to Sony – as well as b-sides, demos, live tracks, rarities and previously un-released and unheard material. The DVD includes all music promo videos, TV appearances and interviews and some home movie footage capturing the story of this iconic ‘90’s band.
Beautifully packaged the box set also contains a 64-page booklet featuring neverbefore-seen pictures of the band, a 12” 180 gram vinyl of their newly arranged 5th album (Lucky #5), a vintage poster and a replica demo of their ‘Purple Tape’ sessions.
“We are properly stoked to finally have all the REEF music in one place……we’ve enjoyed looking back at our original 10 year blast from a fresh perspective and now fans and new friends alike can do the same with this great box set”.
REEF formed in 1993, signing to Sony imprint S2 Records the following year. Their debut 1995 album ‘Replenish’ achieved Gold status and saw the band play shows with the Rolling Stones, Paul Weller and Soundgarden. The follow up to Replenish, 1997’s ‘Glow’ stormed the UK Charts at Number 1 and included the single ‘Place Your Hands’. In 1999 the band released ‘Rides’ (George Drakoulias) and in the same year the band saw off the likes of Oasis and Pulp to win the Music Industry’s Soccer Six competition. Rides was followed by the poppier sounding ‘Getaway’ produced by Al Clay (Pixies, Stereophonics) in 2000 which was most notable for the single ‘Set The Record Straight’. Always a favourite at shows and Festivals alike, the band made many high profile appearances during this period, including Glastonbury and Reading festivals. This incredible box set compiles all these phenomenal successes and lovingly documents the story of how West Country’s finest sons went from fledgling band to one of the best loved rock acts of the nineties.
The boxset itself is absolutely huge. It features all of the following:
- Four CDs covering Reef’s releases from 1993 to 2000: 93/95, 95/97, 97/99 and 99/00
- A CD of the unreleased 5th album ‘Lucky #5’, collected together for the first time as the band originally intended
- A CD of rarities and live recordings
- Two CDs of B-sides, vol I & vol II
- A CD of demos
- A DVD featuring all our videos plus some b-roll footage and rare TV appearances
- A cassette copy of the original ‘Naked’ demos
as well as a vinyl copy of Lucky #5 and a 64 page booklet. It’s amazing.