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Plus: The Reader's Kevin Warwick on Fun Fun Fun Fest, and fuzz-pedal guru Barry Henssler on box sets by Floor, Witch, and Can

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Barry Henssler, bon vivant, musician, fuzz-pedal guru, what he's obsessed with. His answers are . . .

Floor, Below & Beyond box set (Robotic Empire, 2009) To call Floor's Below & Beyond excessive and extravagant is a bit of an understatement. This limited-edition collection (305 copies) comprises ten colored-­vinyl 12-inch LPs, one seven-inch EP, eight CDs, and a 32-page booklet of writings, photos, lyrics, and artwork—all housed in separate jackets within a custom cloth-bound box. Do you really need to own every recorded utterance of this south Florida drop-Z-tuned metal band? The answer is yes. Floor front man Steve Brooks soldiers on with doom-pop giants Torche.

Witch, We Intend to Cause Havoc! box set (Now-Again, 2012) Witch, a band equally informed by James Brown groove and Jimi Hendrix scorch, released five LPs during the copper-rush era in Zambia (1972-'77). They're now rare as hen's teeth, even by collector-doofus standards, but Now-Again has thankfully rereleased all five in this box set (along with a sixth that compiles several singles). Do you really need to own every recorded utterance of these Zambian psych-rock legends? Once again, the answer is indubitably yes.

Can, The Lost Tapes (Mute, 2012) This treasure trove of previously unissued jams by the quintessential Krautrock combo was released a few months back on that useless format, CD. Needless to say I didn't bother purchasing it. Mute made the right decision, however, by releasing it again, this time on vinyl. I'm looking forward to blasting "Millionenspiel," "Waiting for the Streetcar," and "Deadly Doris" via the king's format. Do you really need this five-LP set of "lost" Can material, recently discovered in studio storage? You should definitely hear most of it; some cuts you'll probably never check out twice. Out December 3.


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