Nonesuch releases The Natalie Merchant Collection—a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant—on July 14, 2017. It's ten discs, including all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades; Butterfly, a new studio set featuring new songs and reinterpreted selections from her catalog, arranged for string quartet; and Rarities, a collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks. The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of her solo career. Pre-orders include an instant download of the new recording of "Frozen Charlotte" from the Butterfly disc and an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merchant.
Nonesuch Records releases The Natalie Merchant Collection—a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Natalie Merchant—on
June 23 July 14, 2017. The Natalie Merchant Collection comprises ten discs, including all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades. A ninth disc, Butterfly, is a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalog, all arranged for string quartet. The final disc is Rarities, a collection of fifteen rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017, which offers a unique view of Merchant's creative experimentation through home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with diverse artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm. The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of the singer-songwriter's solo career—an archival treasure box for collectors. Pre-orders are available now in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the new recording of "Frozen Charlotte" from the Butterfly disc as well as an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merchant. Update: the prints have sold out and are no longer available.
To coincide with the release of the box set, Merchant will tour the US this summer with Natalie Merchant: 3 Decades of Song, performing songs from across her entire career. A portion of the tour's proceeds will be donated to the environmental organization Food & Water Watch, which champions healthy food and clean water. Tickets are on sale now at nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Q has called Natalie Merchant "among the most compelling and distinctive voices of the last decade," while Vogue has said she is "one of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the Eighties intact and uncompromised." Her career began in 1981 when, as a college student, she joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs, which signed to Elektra Records in 1984. As lead vocalist, lyricist, and sometimes pianist, Merchant released six critically acclaimed studio albums with the band, including the platinum-certified In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man's Zoo (1989), Our Time in Eden (1992), and the multi-platinum MTV Unplugged (1993), which became the band's most successful release as well as one of the best-selling in the Unplugged series. She left the group in 1993, and in 1995 released her multi-platinum solo debut, Tigerlily, followed by the platinum Ophelia (1998) and Motherland (2001). In 2003 she independently released an album of traditional and contemporary folk music, The House Carpenter's Daughter (included in this collection), which also coincided with the birth of her child. For the next seven years she lived quietly in New York's Hudson Valley devoting herself to family and community, while taking opportunities to collaborate with other musicians and strengthen her commitment to activism and philanthropy.
In 2010, Merchant returned with a thematic double album, Leave Your Sleep, her debut for Nonesuch Records. For this meditation on childhood and mothering Merchant set nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and British children's poetry to music. She also collaborated with award-winning children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock for a picture book based on the album. In 2014, Nonesuch released Natalie Merchant, her sixth solo album and first of entirely original songs in thirteen years, which the New York Times called a "set of dark, brave, thoughtful, and serenely startling songs" and the Daily Telegraph praised for the "intelligence of her writing, and piercing character studies that thicken with each musical brushstroke." Nonesuch most recently released Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings in 2015. This collection of all-new recordings revisits Merchant's solo debut, Tigerlily. The release was accompanied by a documentary DVD. "Time has only amplified the power of Merchant's music," according to Mojo, while the Guardian wrote of her anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall, "This is poetic indie pop that's reached maturity … Merchant's lush acoustic, orchestral set is dramatic, intimate, and it's impressive to witness."
Merchant remains dedicated to a wide array of social justice and environmental causes. Recently, she spearheaded the making of the protest concert film Dear Governor Cuomo (2013) with New Yorkers Against Fracking, actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, and filmmakers Jon Bowermaster and Alex Gibney, and she directed and produced SHELTER: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence (2014).
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Will Natalie Merchant's
Will Natalie Merchant's "Butterfly" be released as a standalone album, or will it only be included in the box set?
Currently slated for release
Currently slated for release as part of the box set. If that should change, we'll be sure to post the news on the site and social media.
Please tell me that there
Please tell me that there will be additional summer tour dates added when Natalie plays in the tri-state area. We've been lucky enough she played NYC on the past couple of tours. Hope it doesn't get left out this time around.
Any chance of getting a track
Any chance of getting a track listing for disc 9 and 10? There's nothing listed on the pre-order page either.
Yes, you can find the
Yes, you can find the complete box set track list, including discs 9 and 10, at http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/the-natalie-merchant-collection
Any competitions to win one?
Any competitions to win one?
How can I pre order the new 10 box CD of Natalie Merchant? I also need to know the price.
Hi Camila. You may pre-order
Hi Camila. You may pre-order the 10-CD box set at http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/the-natalie-merchant-collection, where you will also find the price.
Can Natalie Merchants boxed
Can Natalie Merchants boxed set with signed print be preordered for shipping to the UK? Also will the same be on sale at her concerts in the US in the summer?
Hi Steve. Yes, the boxed set
Hi Steve. Yes, the boxed set and print preorder may be shipped to the UK. The boxed set should be on sale at her US concerts, but the print is exclusive to this preorder.
Thats great thanks - will be
Thats great thanks - will be over to see her at the Oregon zoo in July. :)
Postponed release date? Seem
Postponed release date? Seem to remember this was originally to be released on June 23rd.
Yes, due to some production
Yes, due to some production delays, the box set will now be in stores on July 14.
Are the CDs packaged in
Are the CDs packaged in cardboard sleeves or Jewel case?
Natalie and Nonesuch,
Natalie and Nonesuch,
PLEASE release another Live In Concert CD/DVD!!!! :)