Career-Spanning Box Set with Exclusive Bonus Album of Demos/Rarities Plus 100-Page Collector's Book, All Housed in Custom Created Replica of Al's Signature Accordion!
Of all the musical superstars who rose to fame during the 1980s, only an elite few – the Madonnas or the U2s of the world – have consistently remained at the peak of their artistic powers, and still have the ability to elicit an incredible public response when releasing a new album. In a career that's spanned more than three decades, "Weird Al" Yankovic has proven to be one of those artists. Even more impressively, he's left a lasting legacy as the rock and roll era's foremost comedian, with brilliant parodies of some of the biggest and best musicians of all time. Squeeze Box: The Complete ALbum Collection serves as the definitive chronicle of his body of work and incredible career longevity, gathering all of his studio albums together with a host of exciting bonus material.
Al's left-field musical approach began at the age of seven, when he took his first accordion lesson; in high school, after meeting acclaimed radio personality Dr. Demento, Yankovic began to send him original songs, which earned constant rotation. With a finger on the pulse of the pop charts and an eye for the rising music video revolution on MTV, "Weird Al" hit it big when "Eat It" – a loving parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" – peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, earning a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. Since then, getting a hit song sent up by "Weird Al" has become a sign of true popularity, whether you're Madonna ("Like A Surgeon"), Nirvana ("Smells Like Nirvana"), Coolio ("Amish Paradise") or Lady Gaga ("Perform This Way").
Just as importantly, Al has become the most notable comedy musician of his time, holding up a mirror to the current musical and pop cultural landscapes of the time with original tracks that reflect the weird and wonderful aspects of the times in which they were recorded. And he's done it all with a diversely talented band (guitarist Jim West, bassist Steve Jay, drummer Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, keyboardist Ruben Valtierra) able to recreate the sound of everyone from Michael Jackson to Coolio to Nine Inch Nails with stunning precision. "Children who bought Al's albums for the hits risked accidentally picking up a broad-ranging musical education in artists, songs and styles they might never otherwise have been exposed to," Nathan Rabin wrote in the best-selling Weird Al: The Book. "If they weren't careful, they just might learn something."
Al's popularity is so enduring that 2014's Mandatory Fun, his fourteenth studio album, became his first No. 1 record and the first comedy album to top the charts in more than 50 years. As Al has proclaimed that Mandatory Fun will be his last traditional studio album, the time is right to chronicle his work as a musician in the age of the long-playing release. The Complete ALbum Collection will feature all fourteen studio albums released between 1983 and 2014 plus a bonus album of demos and rarities entitled Medium Rarities which is exclusive to the box set – the ultimate package for the "Weird Al" fan.
• All 14 studio albums released between 1983 and 2014 plus exclusive bonus album of demos and rarities
• Remastered on LP
• 100-page collector's book of rare photos and memorabilia
• Housed in custom created replica of Al's signature accordion