Which do you think is the best live act in the world today? You can argue it’s AC/DC, Idles, or even Beyonce. But the conversation won’t be complete without mentioning the Devon trio that is Muse.
These guys have been around since the 1990s. They clawed their way to the top at a time when other iconic rock bands of today such as Coldplay and Radiohead were doing the same. And now they’ve got jaw-dropping news for all their fans.
20 Years in the Making
Muse is no stranger when it comes to rock music — but they’re so much more than that. While other bands stick to a definitive sound, this English act strives to explore as many styles as possible.
Their debut album Showbiz in 1999 had comparisons to Radiohead. But those ended soon enough once Muse went into progressive, alternative, apocalyptic, space rock territory with albums like Origin of Symmetry and Black Holes and Revelations.
So what’s with the commotion among Muse fans? Well, the band announced a massive, career-spanning box set called Origin of Muse to celebrate their 20th anniversary. And yes, it’s a must-have Muse item.
Unreleased and Quality Content
What does Origin of Muse have that makes it an auto-buy for avid Muse fans? You see, it’s quite a steal. The entire thing only costs €139.99 — yet the number and quality of the items you get are astounding.
For one, you get nine CDs. Two contain remastered versions of Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry. Thus, fans get to hear a sonically updated version of the two oldest Muse albums.
Other CDs contain tracks you won’t find anywhere else. The first CD packs 15 unreleased tracks known as the Newton Abbot Demos. Some CDs have Showbiz demos and B-side songs from the two albums.
Also, fans are getting a high-quality recording of the entire 10th-anniversary performance of Origin of Symmetry at Reading Festival back in 2011.
Then you get four vinyl records containing the two remastered albums. And lastly, everything is enclosed in a 48-page booklet. This contains rare interviews and photos of the band in their earliest days.
The Stakes Are High for Muse Fans
Can’t people just stream the music in the box set on Spotify or iTunes? Nope. Reports state that the music in Origin of Muse won’t be on streaming platforms. If you want those rare demos, you need this.
Plus, this is a way for old fans to reconnect with Muse — the kind of Muse they love. The band changed its sound so many times now, for better or worse, that some fans were no longer so supportive of them.
With Origin of Muse, old fans can relive the so-called old Muse while the new fans can experience what it was like before Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard, and Chris Wolstenholme explored military drones and sci-fi synths reminiscent of the 80s.
Thus, there are many reasons why fans are going crazy over this box set. Not to mention, they’re unsure whether this is a limited item or not. The best option now is to buy Origin of Muse when it’s released this December.