FIRST PICTURES / Texas 25 box set


Here at SDE we’ve had a chance to take a look at the recent Texas 25 super deluxe edition box set and bring you an extensive set of photographs of this 2CD+vinyl+book package.

The contents come in a sturdy outer box with an attractive silver finish and the ‘Texas 25’ logo boldly displayed on the front and each of the four sides. Lift the lid to reveal your numbered Sharleen Spiteri signed certificate which sits atop five decent quality art prints. Having seen the book (more of which later) I’m not sure if the images selected for the prints are the best on offer, but there you go.

The heavyweight red vinyl is smartly packaged and feels substantial – unlike those recent Bjork anniversary LPs. It’s worth noting that the red vinyl isn’t exclusive to this box set and neither, come to that, is the two-CD version of Texas 25 that’s also included. What is exclusive is the 84-page hardcover book. Again, this has been well put together, but bear in mind this is a strictly photo-only affair. There is virtually no text, save for photographer credits. So if you were hoping for a track-by-track guide or an essay about Texas’ 25 year history you’ll be disappointed. The photos are great of course, but the reality is that you flick through once or twice and you’re done.

The deluxe edition CD version of Texas 25 sits in a slot just behind the book. The silver finish of the casebound book packaging is consistent with the other elements and the pages within contain photos and song lyrics.

The quality of the packaging is very good, but at the UK price of £100, this box set feels rather overpriced. The coloured vinyl and deluxe CD can be bought separately for £25, so you’re paying £75 for an autograph, a few art prints, the book and the outer box. Your desire to pay even cheaper Amazon France price of around £72 is going to come down to how much of a fan of the band you are.

Texas 25 is out now. You can read our review of the music here.

This box set was manufactured by Key Production.

Super Deluxe Edition box set


2CD Deluxe Edition

Red Vinyl Edition

15 responses to FIRST PICTURES / Texas 25 box set

  1. KevinK says:

    The superdeluxe was briefly (and probably by mistake) available for an amazing £14.99 on Amazon UK earlier today. It’s now at £49.99 which is still pretty good value compared with the original price.

  2. adrian bok says:

    boxset priced down to 66.27 pounds today on UK amazon

  3. Monika says:

    I really like the content of the box set and I think it’s worth the price! Texas have been my favourite band for 14 years. Every record they make is great :)

  4. Joey says:

    I bought an LP about 1989 that I really liked called Southside. I thought the album was great but never heard of the band Texas again and thought this debut was a one-off. I guess they were bigger in the UK than here in Nova Scotia. From what I’ve read, the band seems to have fared well and I’m interested in hearing this collection.
    My question is, does anybody know if the vinyl edition comes with a CD? Amazon lists it as “2 disc” but the red vinyl is clearly (no pun intended) a single disc. If it does have a bonus CD, the next question is, is it Disc 1 or Disc 2 of the 2-Disc set? I love when the LP comes with a CD rather than a download card, being one of those people who likes to hold the music in my hands. Of course, I don’t knock the download card either since a lot of vinyl releases still come without. Cheers! :)

  5. Andrew says:

    I have to say I have always loathed Texas, an utterly talentless band who offered the world of music nothing new or even vaguely adventurous. A ludicrous price for a boxful of hollow.

  6. Paul Wren says:

    Calm down, everybody – nobody is making us buy it, as Paul says. It’s still a comical price though!

  7. Straker says:

    Spiteri was plugging this tat on The Wright Stuff a couple of weeks back. Lots of fawning and cooing over the red vinyl I seem to recall but curiously no mention of the price!

  8. Dan says:

    Red vinyl – £15.99 Amazon
    2 CD – £8.99 Amazon

    So for a box with a book of pictures and a signed certificate (whoop-dee-doo) you can pay £75 extra? Why anybody would want a certificate confirming they bought this though is beyond me and what purpose does it even serve?

    If you are going to call out the disgrace that was the Oasis boxes then you ought to give this equal disdain.

    It is an utter disgrace both in content and pricing.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I thought I had made those points in the article…although admittedly I didn’t call it a ‘bag of shite’ :) I guess less people are interested in Texas and sense of outrage is tempered by how much it actually ‘matters’, whereas that first Oasis box was obviously massive to many people, and there was a sense of really taking advantage of the demand. In short, it’s easier to take or leave this box, whereas more would have felt compelled to buy Oasis.

  9. Frankie says:

    Yeah, it is ridiculously overpriced. I am not surprised if they have trouble trying to sell it.

  10. Straker says:

    Comedy price of the year. Shoulda waited and released it on April Fool’s Day.

  11. eric slangen says:

    This is a 100% wait for an SDE-deal alert.
    What a price!! Crazy.

  12. Marko says:

    This is definitely most overpriced box set of all time.

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