Weird Al Yankovic - Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of Weird Al Yankovic
Review Text Squeeze Box is the crowning achievement in the career of Weird Al Yankovic: a 15-disc box set containing every one of his 14 studio albums, each of them remastered, along with a disc of rarities recorded throughout the entirety of his career. As far as the bonus disc goes, it's heavy on latter-day material recorded for film and TV, which is amusing -- particularly his send-up of "Jack & Diane" for The Simpsons -- but the true treasure of the rarities disc is hearing the original demo of "Yoda," the unreleased "Taxman" parody "Pac-Man," the Capitol single version of "My Bologna," and the unheard original "Take Me Down." That said, breaking Squeeze Box down to individual components doesn't make a lot of sense, as the box is meant to be considered as a whole. Listening to the Weird Al oeuvre, it becomes impressive that he not only maintained a career as pop parodist for over 30 years, but also that he got better making records as he got older. Still, the real attraction of Squeeze Box is its packaging. Housed in a plastic replica of Yankovic's signature accordion, the box grabs attention and the booklet is gorgeous, filled with memorabilia and rare photos. For hardcore Weird Al fans, these bells and whistles are reason enough to purchase this set, as it's a celebration of Yankovic's music and how their own fandom played a part in his legacy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic is available for pre-order and they’re almost completely sold out, so if you want one, don’t delay! The set features all 14 of Al’s studio albums, plus a 15th album of odds and ends called Medium Rarities. It comes with a 100-page booklet of rare photos, and it’s enclosed in an amazing replica of Al’s accordion. Squeeze Box will be released on November 24, 2017.