Here are some of the most notable boxed sets this year in rock and pop.

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Here are some of the most notable boxed sets this year in rock and pop.

Check for them at your local record store, major retailers and for last-minute gift giving.

Kurt Cobain “Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings” ($128). A companion to the Cobain documentary, “Montage of Heck,” the 31-track box set is culled from about 200 hours of tape.

David Bowie, “Five Years 1969-1973” ($97). In addition to six studio albums and two live recordings from the era, “Five Years” includes two discs’ worth of singles and rarities.

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Bob Dylan, “1965-66 The Cutting Edge Deluxe Edition: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12” ($100). In the 15 months documented on these six discs, Dylan cranked out three masterpieces — “Bringing it All Back Home,” “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde and Blonde.”

Bob Marley and the Wailers, “The Complete Island Recordings” ($235 standard edition; $650 collectors’ edition). Available only on vinyl, this 11-record set includes nine studio and two live albums. The collectors’ edition is cleverly packaged in a metal box replicating a Zippo lighter and comes with two prints and a turntable slip mat.

Bob Marley and the Wailers, “The Complete Island Recordings,”  $650
Bob Marley and the Wailers, “The Complete Island Recordings,” $650

Little Richard, “Directly from my Heart: The Best of the Specialty and Vee-Jay Years” ($23). His ’50s singles for the Specialty label slammed like a wrecking ball and announced the dawn of rock ’n roll. His ’60s return to rock on Chicago’s Vee-Jay label includes a young Jimi Hendrix as a session guitarist.

Aretha Franklin, “The Atlantic Albums Collection” ($90). These 16 CDs highlight Franklin’s explosive breakthrough with Atlantic in 1967, and continue through her more erratic output of the 1970s. She is “The Queen of Soul,” but the compilation also showcases Franklin’s embrace of virtually every kind of American music.

Otis Redding, “Soul Manifesto: 1964-70” ($70). The Georgia soul man recorded enough material for 12 albums before dying in a plane crash at age 26, and his glorious music is all collected here.

Amy Winehouse, “The Collection” ($160). Available only on vinyl, this set is eight discs and 65 tracks — much of which is live since Winehouse only put out two albums during her short life, and one posthumous one.

Neko Case, “Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule,” $200
Neko Case, “Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule,” $200

Alice Cooper “The Studio Albums 1969-1983” ($80). You’d be hard-pressed to find a better tutorial of what 1970s and early-’80s shock rock was all about than this 15-disc box set from the master of the macabre.

Neko Case, “Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule” ($200). Available only on vinyl, this package of eight of Neko Case’s solo albums traces her progression from fairly generic (although energetic) alt-country singer to a more eclectic artist with a golden voice.