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The American Composers Box is an upcoming pREServed box set compilation by The Residents, compiling works recorded by the group for their unfinished American Composer Series. No release date has been confirmed as of January 2021.

The American Composers Box is expected to include remastered and expanded editions of the albums George & James and Stars & Hank Forever, with additional contemporary material recorded for the unfinished series, and potentially at least one live recording from the group's 13th Anniversary tour.

In a Facebook comment Richard Anderson of Cherry Red Records announced that The American Composers Box would likely collect the group's mid-1980s soundtrack work, as well as their longer instrumental compositions from the period.[1]

The box set has been mostly compiled and was originally earmarked for release around 2020, but the release has been delayed indefinitely due to rights issues surrounding one unspecified but "vital" element of the set.[2] In November 2021, Anderson reported that the box was still intended for release "one day", explaining that the situation was both "really complicated" and also "only ever really a single email away from happening".[3]


To date, no track listing or any specific confirmation of the box's contents have been released by The Cryptic Corporation or Cherry Red Records, however, the set is likely to include the following material:

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  1. "The idea is to bring together a lot of their own mid 80s work for TV and film, longer compositions like Fur Elsie and so on" - Richard Anderson, 2021
  2. "American Composers is more or less done and dusted too, but there's a vital missing piece of the jigsaw they're still trying to secure." - Richard Anderson, The Residents Facebook group, May 1st 2020
  3. "Yes, one day. On the one hand it's really complicated, on the other it's only ever really a single email away from happening. Watch this space." - Richard Anderson, commenting in The Residents unofficial Facebook group, November 10th 2021