Massive Muse Box Set Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Debut Album


Muse will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut LP Showbiz with a mammoth box set that collects the band’s first two albums, along with their early EPs, demos, live recordings and B-sides from the era.

The nine-CD, four-LP set, titled Origin Of Muse, is due out December 6th and features remastered editions of 1999’s Showbiz and 2001’s Origin Of Symmetry, plus the Muse and Muscle Museum EPs and a large assemblage of demos, many of which are unreleased.

The box set also compiles all of the B-sides from the era as well as two discs showcasing live recordings, including Muse’s 10th anniversary full-album performance of Origin Of Symmetry at the 2011 Reading Festival. The four LPs will feature Showbiz and Origin Of Symmetry pressed onto 180-gram colored vinyl.

The whole package is housed in a 48-page casebound book which contains an interview with Muse’s Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme discussing the early years of the band. Howard told us a while back that the three musicians have always had a strong bond: ["We've known each other for so many years, you know, so we've grown up together. We've seen lots of different changes in each other and seen lots of different, you know, physical, personality changes -- this whole thing about growing up, you know. But we've always stuck together, which is quite unique, really, because not too many people have friends from when they were, like, 10."] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . were, like, 10.")

The book also boasts original posters, setlists, photographs and contact sheets from the era, while the reissued albums themselves faithfully reproduce the original release’s artwork.