On June 12, 1999, Sigur Rós released their breakthrough sophomore album Ágætis byrjun. To celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary, the Icelandic icons are reissuing the record in a big way. A linen-bound box houses the limited edition seven-vinyl deluxe box set while there’s also the option of purchasing the four-CD release or a double vinyl version.
The box set features a double LP of their 1999 concert at the Icelandic Opera House, which was the record’s release show and also the last show with original drummer Águst Gunnarsson and three LPs of demos and rarities. The deluxe vinyl set also includes an 84-page cloth-bound book of photos, handwritten string arrangements, and more. The collection is titled Ágætis byrjun - A Good Beginning - 20th Anniversary Edition and will be out June 21 via Krunk.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only Sigur Rós news today. It was reported that the band is being investigated for tax evasion. Hopefully, these box sets sell well! Watch a teaser for the reissue and listen to the band’s live performance of “Flugufrelsarinn” from the Icelandic Opera House show below.
The last time they were at the Paramount Theatre, Sigur Rós were touring behind their just-released sixth album Valtari, their final LP with founding member Kjartan Sveinsson, who declined to tour with them that year and would fully quit the band not long after. That album remains the most mellow...