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The Roxbox (Roxette 86-06)
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Box set by Roxette
Released 18 October 2006
Recorded March 1986 – June 2006
Genre Pop rock
Length 5:08:51 (music)
4:00:12 (video)
9:09:03 (total)
Label
Producer
Roxette chronology
Roxette Hits
(2006)Roxette Hits2006
The Rox Box
(2006)
Charm School
(2011)Charm School2011

The Roxbox (Roxette 86-06) is a boxed set compilation by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 18 October 2006 by Roxette Recordings and Capitol. It is an expanded companion piece to the single-disc greatest hits album A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs!, which was also released on the same date. The box set consists of four CDs containing singles, album tracks, non-album singles and b-sides, as well as previously unreleased outtakes, alternate versions and demos. It also includes two DVDs: the first is of their previously unreleased 9 January 1993 performance at the Cirkus arena in Stockholm for MTV Unplugged; the second contains every music video ever recorded by the duo.

Contents[edit]

The box set was created to celebrate twenty years since the release of Roxette's debut studio album Pearls of Passion (1986). Its spine contains the words "It was twenty years ago today...", a reference to The Beatles song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".[1] In an interview on Vancouver Island's CKWV-FM ("The Wave"), Per Gessle described the box as "four CDs, some DVDs, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, outtakes and demos and stuff. It's like a coffee table thing, and it's really, really big, [with an] 80-page booklet and stuff."[2] Its contents were compiled by Gessle, Marie Fredriksson and Kjell Andersson—a Swedish music producer and longtime executive at EMI Sweden, which was the duo's original label. The songs featured on the box set stretch back to Roxette's first single, "Neverending Love", to new songs recorded in June 2006 specifically for the compilation, "One Wish" and "Reveal".[1] These songs were the first new tracks recorded by the duo following Fredriksson's brain tumour diagnosis in 2002.[3]

The set omits four singles: "I Call Your Name" from Pearls of Passion, "Chances" from Look Sharp! (1988), and the single version of "Fingertips '93" (originally from 1992's Tourism), all of which received a limited release in select European territories. The only internationally-released single to be omitted from the box set is "Fireworks", from Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994).[1] The song has never appeared on any of the duo's compilation albums. In an interview with The Daily Roxette in 2009, Gessle was asked why the song has been ignored, replying: "I guess it just wasn't big enough. There are so many other [Roxette] tracks that kick its ass. And on The Rox Box, we decided to use demos and other uplifting stuff instead."[4] One of the DVDs, however, does include the music videos to all of these songs.[1] The other DVD contains the duo's complete set from their 1993 MTV Unplugged concert, which had remained unreleased until this point, although three songs from the show appeared on their 1995 compilation Rarities: "Joyride", "The Look" and "Dangerous".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Aftonbladet 3/5 stars[6]

Markus Larsson of Swedish publication Aftonbladet was critical of the box set's length, but praised the duo's songwriting and vocal performances, particularly on the first two CDs, writing: "Even Satan knows the melodies Per Gessle wrote during Roxette's peak, they were the most irresistible blend of hooks and power-pop. And let's not forget Miss Marie's delectable vocals, which illuminated every single hit. Together, they were the bastard lovechild of ABBA and Ramones. It's no wonder sales figures were so breathtaking."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Per Gessle and produced by Clarence Öfwerman, except where noted.

The RoxBox/Roxette 86–06 – CD1
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Neverending Love" (from Pearls of Passion, 1986)     3:27
2. "Secrets That She Keeps" (from Pearls of Passion)     3:41
3. "Goodbye to You" (from Pearls of Passion)     4:00
4. "Soul Deep" (from Pearls of Passion)     3:33
5. "The Look" (from Look Sharp!, 1988)     3:57
6. "Dressed for Success" (US Single Mix; from Look Sharp!)     4:12
7. "Sleeping Single" (from Look Sharp!)     4:38
8. "Paint" (from Look Sharp!)     3:32
9. "Dangerous" (Single Version; from Look Sharp!)     3:51
10. "Listen to Your Heart" (Swedish Single Edit; from Look Sharp!)
  • Gessle
  • Mats "MP" Persson
  5:15
11. "The Voice" (Look Sharp! outtake)     4:16
12. "Cry" (Demo) (previously unreleased)
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
5:09
13. "It Must Have Been Love" (from the Pretty Woman soundtrack, 1990)     4:19
14. "Joyride" (Radio Edit; from Joyride, 1991)     4:01
15. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" (from Joyride)     3:53
16. "Spending My Time" (from Joyride)
  • Gessle
  • Persson
  4:36
17. "Watercolours in the Rain" (from Joyride)
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  3:39
18. "Church of Your Heart" (from Joyride)     3:23
19. "Perfect Day" (from Joyride)
  • Gessle
  • Persson
  4:06
Total length: 77:28
The RoxBox/Roxette 86–06 – CD2
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Big L." (from Joyride)     4:28
2. "(Do You Get) Excited?" (from Joyride)
  • Gessle
  • Persson
  4:17
3. "Things Will Never Be the Same" (from Joyride)     4:28
4. "The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye" (Joyride outtake)     3:48
5. "Love Spins" (Demo) (previously unreleased)   Gessle 3:31
6. "Seduce Me" (Demo)
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
3:56
7. "How Do You Do!" (from Tourism, 1992)     3:11
8. "The Heart Shaped Sea" (from Tourism)     4:32
9. "The Rain" (from Tourism)     4:50
10. "Never Is a Long Time" (from Tourism)     3:46
11. "Silver Blue" (from Tourism)     4:08
12. "Come Back (Before You Leave)" (from Tourism)     4:32
13. "Queen of Rain" (from Tourism)
  • Gessle
  • Persson
  4:56
14. "Almost Unreal" (from the Super Mario Bros. soundtrack, 1993)     3:58
15. "Sleeping in My Car" (Single Edit; from Crash! Boom! Bang!, 1994)     3:34
16. "Crash! Boom! Bang!" (Single Edit; from Crash! Boom! Bang!)     4:28
17. "Vulnerable" (Single Edit; from Crash! Boom! Bang!)     4:29
18. "The First Girl on the Moon" (from Crash! Boom! Bang!)     2:57
19. "I'm Sorry" (from Crash! Boom! Bang!)     3:11
Total length: 77:00
The RoxBox/Roxette 86–06 – CD3
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Run to You" (from Crash! Boom! Bang!)     3:38
2. "See Me" (Crash! Boom! Bang! outtake)
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  3:45
3. "June Afternoon" (from Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!, 1995)     4:11
4. "You Don't Understand Me" (from Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!)
  4:27
5. "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (from Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!)
  • Gessle
  • Persson
  • Gessle
  • Michael Ilbert
4:04
6. "I Don't Want to Get Hurt" (from Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!)     4:17
7. "Always Breaking My Heart" (Demo) (previously unreleased)   Gessle 3:07
8. "Help!" (Live from Abbey Road) (previously unreleased) Lennon–McCartney   2:57
9. "Wish I Could Fly" (from Have a Nice Day, 1999)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
4:42
10. "You Can't Put Your Arms Around What's Already Gone" (from Have a Nice Day)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
3:33
11. "Waiting for the Rain" (from Have a Nice Day) Fredriksson
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
3:38
12. "Anyone" (from Have a Nice Day)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
4:32
13. "Stars" (from Have a Nice Day)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
3:57
14. "Salvation" (from Have a Nice Day)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
4:38
15. "Cooper" (from Have a Nice Day)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
4:20
16. "Beautiful Things" (from Have a Nice Day)
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
3:50
17. "It Hurts" (Have a Nice Day outtake)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
3:52
18. "Little Miss Sorrow" (Have a Nice Day outtake)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
3:57
19. "Happy Together" (Have a Nice Day outtake)   Gessle 3:56
20. "Staring at the Ground" (Demo) (previously unreleased)   Gessle 3:50
Total length: 79:11
The RoxBox/Roxette 86–06 – CD4
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "7Twenty7" (Demo) (previously unreleased)   Gessle 3:27
2. "It Will Take a Long Long Time" (Modern Rock Version)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Ilbert
  • Öfwerman
3:59
3. "Anyone/I Love How You Love Me" (Demo) (previously unreleased)
Gessle 4:12
4. "Myth" (previously unreleased)
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
4:25
5. "New World" (previously unreleased) Fredriksson Bolyos 4:38
6. "Better Off on Her Own" (Demo) (previously unreleased)   Gessle 2:51
7. "Real Sugar" (from Room Service, 2001)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
3:17
8. "The Centre of the Heart" (from Room Service)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
  • Ilbert[a]
3:23
9. "Milk and Toast and Honey" (from Room Service)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
4:04
10. "Jefferson" (from Room Service)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
3:58
11. "Little Girl" (from Room Service) Fredriksson
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
3:39
12. "The Weight of the World" (Room Service outtake)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
2:52
13. "Every Day" (Room Service outtake)
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
3:25
14. "Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla (You Broke My Heart)" (Demo) (previously unreleased)   Gessle 4:36
15. "A Thing About You" (from The Ballad Hits, 2002)  
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
3:49
16. "Breathe" (from The Ballad Hits)  
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
4.34
17. "Opportunity Nox" (from The Pop Hits, 2003)  
  • Fredriksson
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
3:01
18. "All I Ever Wanted" (The Change outtake) (previously unreleased) Fredriksson Bolyos 4:16
19. "One Wish" (previously unreleased)  
3:03
20. "Reveal" (previously unreleased)  
  • Gessle
  • Öfwerman
  • Lundquist
3:43
Total length: 75:12

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006–15) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Digital booklet". The Rox Box/Roxette 86–06 (liner notes). Roxette. Stockholm, Sweden: Roxette Recordings and Capitol Records. 2006. 9463 67972–2 9. 
  2. ^ Lars-Erik Olson (21 June 2006). "Per speaks of completing two new songs in Canadian radio interview". The Daily Roxette. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Tobias Regnell (December 2008 – January 2009). "50 År Och Diskokung? Per Gessle Börjar Om" [50 Years Old and a Pop King? Per Gessle Starts Over]. Filter (in Swedish). No. 5. Stockholm, Sweden: Offside Press. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Per speaks out in The Daily Roxette fall interview". The Daily Roxette. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Thorselius, Robert (May 2003). The Look for Roxette: The Illustrated Worldwide Discography & Price Guide (1st ed.). Sweden: Premium Förlag Publishing. ISBN 978-9197189484. 
  6. ^ a b Markus Larsson (10 October 2006). "Här finns allt samlat" [Here is everything collected]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Roxette – The Roxbox - Roxette 86-06". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Roxette – The Roxbox - Roxette 86-06". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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