A Record Collector's Guide

The Joy Formidable


The Big Roar 2xLP/CD

Atlantic/Canvasback 075678833274 CD/DVD Box Set, released 2011 (Europe)

Atlantic/Canvasback 7567-88335-3 CD, released 2011 (UK)

Atlantic/Canvasback 1-526623 2xLP / 2-526623 CD, released 2011 (U.S.)

Atlantic/Canvasback WPCR-14125 CD, released 2011 (Japan)

Atlantic/Canvasback 7567-88258-0 2xLP, released 2011 (Europe)

The Big Roar was the first proper full-length album from the Joy Formidable. It is an excellent record. A chunk of the tracks are recycled from A Balloon Called Moaning, so only about half of it was new when it was released. That said, it is a really solid album. There is a limited edition version of this one - the box set - which is loaded with exclusive items and rarities. It contains two CDs and two DVDs. Naturally, the first disc is the actual album. Next up, we have a CD EP called It's Just a World Apart. This is the key piece in the box set for me, as it contains several tracks that were either exclusive to the disc or on other releases that are difficult to obtain. It contains:

  • "Greyhounds in the Slips," one of my favorites of theirs (only available elsewhere as a free mp3 from the band and on a promo CD)
  • "My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder than a Hundred Dead Christmas Trees" (from a very limited Christmas compilation)
  • "Popinjay" (from the 7" of the same name)
  • "Chwyrlio," ("Whirring" b-side)
  • The Butterfly's Last Spell (exclusive)
  • wide eyed (exclusive)

The DVDs in the box set are called One Shape Under the Magnifying Glass (Live at the Mercury Lounge) and A Bridge Splits November's Sky, which is a compliation of the band's music videos. The box also contains a pin and a card signed by the band. This set was limited to 1000 copies overall. A select few (300) came with a piece of one of Ritzy's smashed guitars. The set is extremely difficult to find these days. Rarely sold, and expensive when it is. It is definitely worth tracking down for those rarities, though.

Whew. Of course, there were normal versions of the album as well. It was released on vinyl as a double LP on black vinyl. The two vinyl versions are pretty much identical, aside from the matrix codes and catalogue numbers. The vinyl is not rare yet. It sells for its retail price.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
075678833274 CD/DVD Box Set 125-150 1 Up
1-526623 2xLP (U.S.) 20-25 1 Stable
7567-88258-0 2xLP (Europe) 20-25 1 Stable
1-526623 (U.S.) Side A
1-526623 (U.S.) Side C
7567-88258-0 (EUR) Side A
7567-88258-0 (EUR) Side C
It's Just a World Apart CD (Box Set)
One Shape Under the Magnifying Glass DVD (Box Set)
A Bridge Splits November's Sky DVD (Box Set)

This page was last updated on January 9, 2019.

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