Recording information: 4MW East; Battery Studios, New York, NY; Bloodshy & Avant Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Chalice Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cheiron Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Frou Frou Central, London, England; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA; Legacy Studios, New York, NY; Maratone Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Master Sound Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Metrophonic Studios, England; Murlyn Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Olympic Studios, London, England; Parc Studios, Orlando, FL; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Rusk Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV; Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Teldex Studios, Berlin, Germany; The Bike Shop; The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL; The DOJO, Jackson, NJ; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Triangle Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
A companion to the tight, 17-track The Singles, this deluxe box set gathers up the 29 singles Britney Spears released between 1999 and 2009 -- including the new Max Martin-written single "3," the enticement for hardcore fans to buy The Singles -- presenting them as two-track CD-singles with one B-side per disc, adding a DVD containing almost all of the accompanying music videos. Naturally, this contains far more songs than the single-disc set, including lots of tracks from the start of the new millennium, an area that the 17-cut compilation downplays. Unlike that disc, this box isn't meant for casual listening -- it's an effort to listen to or rip all 29 discs -- but it's a collectors' item, one to be looked at as much as listened to. Those collectors may be irked that the singles contain just one B-side, instead of the legions of B-sides that appeared all over the world for each of these singles, but most of those flipsides were remixes anyway. What mattered were the A-sides, and they're presented here quite attractively in a nice collectors-oriented package. [Jive released a box set version of the collection.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine