here are the issues that no one seems to have brought up:
1. there was some confusion as to whether new changes in the law in Europe would make the need for these packages on the part of the record company disappear. i can't really find a straight answer on this. we may have only gotten the two years worth and can expect no further releases of this sort.
2. as far as the pipe dream of getting "Denise," etc. and other uncirculated stuff, my impression was that, on the second release last year, they got their act together. meaning that there were only releasing the stuff that was in circulation. i think that we only got a small handful of uncirculated tracks on the second set because Columbia/Sony figured this out whereas on the first set they pretty much released everything they had and we got tons of uncirculated material.
i'd be happy to be wrong on either count!
Isn't the sole purpose of these sets to extend the copyright on previously unreleased recordings? If there's live or studio material that exists that wasn't included on the 1962 or 1963 sets (and not previously released and copyrighted) they are fair game from a 'public domain' standpoint in certain countries in the EU.
So if Columbia decides to put out material in a huge mass market 1962 box set in 2015, any material that they release that wasn't issued prior to January 2013 would still be in the public domain. Follow the law and you can take those tracks and issue them on your own label even though they weren't circulating widely prior to being officially released by Bob.
Look at The Beatles. They issued a digital 'bootleg' set in 2013 with a number of studio tracks, demos, and BBC recordings that was offered via iTunes. Doing so extended the copyright on these recordings so that they wouldn't fall into the public domain...so you can I can't scoop up the tracks released on that set without violating their copyright. But they failed to include a number of studio takes of a number of songs including "I Saw Her Standing There", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Thank You Girl", etc., and now these recordings are 50+ years old and unreleased officially and they are fair game. So we are now seeing PD releases of these stray tracks that they missed:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Work-Progress-O ... he+beatles
It appears that the BD 64 set will not be as fruitful as prior years, but The Beatles 64 set (if they want to protect their copyright) could be awesome. And hey! I wonder what we'll get from Brian Wilson again this year -- and Motown. Anyone else?