Origin of Muse (box set)

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Origin of Muse
Muse Box Set
Name Origin of Muse
Tracks 113
Total length
  • 7:36:07 (CDs) »
  • 56:31 (CD 1)
  • 55:21 (CD 2)
  • 54:32 (CD 3)
  • 48:00 (CD 4)
  • 53:56 (CD 5)
  • 38:55 (CD 6)
  • 55:04 (CD 7)
  • 40:00 (CD 8)
  • 53:48 (CD 9)
  • 1:41:22 (Vinyls) »
  • 26:55 (Vinyl 1)
  • 22:51 (Vinyl 2)
  • 23:36 (Vinyl 3)
  • 27:59 (Vinyl 4)
Recorded 1995 - 2001 ; 2011
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer John Leckie, Paul Reeve, David Bottrill
Art work Unknown
Publisher Helium 3, Warner, Globalist Industries
Format(s) Box Set (9 CDs + 4 Vinyl)
Catalogue №
Release date 6th December 2019
Chart position Unknown
Box Set chronology
Discography Promo
Origin of Muse

After a lot of teasing by Bellamy during the last couple of years, the release of Origin of Muse was announced by Muse on September 7th, 2019 As a 20th Anniversary celebration Of Showbiz.


Bellamy started talking about a re-release of the first albums in early 2017 in various interviews and on his Twitter. Talking to Ted Stryker, Bellamy said "We’re going to do a sort of reissue version of the first two albums. It’s more like a story of the band, and we’re going to call it Origin Of Muse. It’s going to be like an autobiography, but an autobiography of the music side in terms of how we got to that point. And it also contains some rare, older material that people haven’t heard. The evolution that the band went through from when we were 16, 17 to getting the Origin album out was quite severe. There were a lot of changes. It will be for the fans, it will be a pretty cool thing.", adding, "We’re working on it now. We’re digging through a lot of archive stuff from that time, and we’re trying to find a way of packaging it all together. The idea would be to get that out in the summer, I guess. Actually no, probably more like in the fall I’d say. At the rate we’re working at it."

In late 2018, Bellamy and Howard appeared on the Matt Wilkinson Beats 1 show, where they further teased the Origin of Muse compilation. Bellamy then also said that the project was then still in progress.

In summer of 2019, Matt responded to an Instagram comment, saying that Origin of Muse should be out by Christmas and adding "Warning: contains some painfully bad embarassing early demos. Forgive us, we were young.". Later, on 7th September, Origin of Muse's release date and track list was officially announced by the band on their social media.

The box set includes a 48-page casebound book and slipcase, containing 9 CDs and 4 Vinyls in total, aswell as 9 removable inserts such as old gig posters and setlists, old written lyrics and old photographs from the early days. The book also includes an in-depth interview with the band conducted by Mark Beaumont.

The compilation, in addition to the remastered versions of Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry, also includes previously unreleased demos off of their first recording as Muse, the Newton Abbot demo, including four tracks which didn't appear on the original casette, one of which being the early version of Earthquake (Nature_1, demo state known thanks to the Soundwave Festival gig in 1997), Virtual Reality (Plug In Baby's 1997 demo, Origin Of Muse is yet a bit different), and the other two being Connect The Kettle Lead and Good News. The compilation also includes B-Sides, demoes and live performances from Showbiz and Origin of Symmetry and recordings off of their first EP, the Muse (EP).

The compilation has been re-mastered by Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, who previously did mastering work on The Resistance, The 2nd Law and Lie at Rome Olympic Stadium.

As for Hullabaloo Soundtrack 2nd CD, there is a hidden track before the beginning, it's on the first CD : it contains early instrumental jamming that was probably recorded in Chris' bedroom, in 1995. The extracts are the Vuilstamen Riff, Cut Me Down riff and ending, Backdoor ending, and an unknown instrumental song that starts softly and explodes into a grunge sound on the third of the extract. listen here

CDs & Vinyls Contained

CD 1 (Newton Abbot Demos)

  1. Cave
  2. Rain
  3. Agitated
  4. Crazy Days
  5. Coma
  6. Connect The Kettle Lead listen here
  7. Balloonatic
  8. Boredom
  9. Sober
  10. Jimmy Kane
  11. Ashamed
  12. Plug In Baby
  13. Earthquake
  14. Good News listen here
  15. Overdue

CD 2 (The Muse EPs + Showbiz Demos)

  1. Overdue
  2. Cave
  3. Coma
  4. Escape
  5. Muscle Museum
  6. Sober
  7. Uno
  8. Unintended
  9. Pink Ego Box
  10. Muscle Museum #2
  11. Showbiz (Live, Sawmills Studios, 1998)
  12. Do We Need This (Live, Fortress Studios, 1999)
  13. Sunburn (Live, Fortress Studios, 1999)
  14. Overdue (Live, Fortress Studios, 1999)
  15. Uno (Alternate Version, Rak Studios, 1999)

CD 3 (Showbiz Remastered)

  1. Sunburn
  2. Muscle Museum
  3. Fillip
  4. Falling Down
  5. Cave
  6. Showbiz
  7. Unintended
  8. Uno
  9. Sober
  10. Spiral Static (Bonus Track)
  11. Escape
  12. Overdue
  13. Hate This & I'll Love You

CD 4 (Showbiz B-Sides)

  1. Recess (Unreleased Alternate Version, Trident Studios, 1999)
  2. Jimmy Kane
  3. Forced In
  4. Agitated
  5. Twin
  6. Host
  7. Do We Need This
  8. Con-Science
  9. Minimum
  10. Ashamed
  11. Yes Please
  12. Recess
  13. Nishe

CD 5 (Showbiz Live)

  1. Uno (Live, The Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, 1999)
  2. Cave (Live, The Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, 1999)
  3. Muscle Museum (Live, The Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, 1999)
  4. Falling Down (Live, The Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, 1999)
  5. Fillip (Live, The Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, 1999)
  6. Do We Need This (Live, The Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, 1999)
  7. Agitated (Live, The Astoria, London, 2000)
  8. Sunburn (Live, The Astoria, London, 2000)
  9. Plug In Baby (Live, The Astoria, London, 2000)
  10. Showbiz (Live, The Astoria, London, 2000)
  11. Cave (Acoustic Live Demo, Airfield Studios, 1999)
  12. Muscle Museum (Acoustic Live Demo, Airfield Studios, 1999)

CD 6 (Origin of Symmetry Instrumental Demos)

  1. Micro Cuts
  2. Feeling Good
  3. Space Dementia
  4. Hyper Music
  5. Citizen Erased
  6. Megalomania
  7. Screenager
  8. Shrinking Universe
  9. Shine

CD 7 (Origin of Symmetry Remastered)

  1. New Born
  2. Bliss
  3. Space Dementia
  4. Hyper Music
  5. Plug In Baby
  6. Citizen Erased
  7. Micro Cuts
  8. Screenager
  9. Darkshines
  10. Feeling Good
  11. Futurism (Bonus Track)
  12. Megalomania

CD 8 (Origin of Symmetry B-Sides)

  1. Nature_1
  2. Execution Commentary
  3. Bedroom Acoustics
  4. Shrinking Universe
  5. Piano Thing
  6. Map Of Your Head
  7. The Gallery
  8. Hyper Chondriac Music
  9. Shine
  10. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
  11. Dead Star
  12. In Your World
  13. Can't Take My Eyes Off You

CD 9 (Origin of Symmetry, Live at Reading Festival)

  1. New Born
  2. Bliss
  3. Space Dementia
  4. Hyper Music
  5. Plug In Baby
  6. Citizen Erased
  7. Micro Cuts
  8. Screenager
  9. Darkshines
  10. Feeling Good
  11. Megalomania

Vinyl 1 (Showbiz Remastered)

Side A

  1. Sunburn
  2. Muscle Museum
  3. Fillip

Side B

  1. Falling Down
  2. Cave
  3. Showbiz

Vinyl 2 (Showbiz Remastered)

Side C

  1. Unintended
  2. Uno
  3. Sober

Side D

  1. Spiral Static
  2. Escape
  3. Overdue
  4. Hate This & I'll Love You

Vinyl 3 (Origin of Symmetry Remastered)

Side A

  1. New Born
  2. Bliss

Side B

  1. Space Dementia
  2. Hyper Music
  3. Plug In Baby

Vinyl 4 (Origin of Symmetry Remastered)

Side C

  1. Citizen Erased
  2. Micro Cuts
  3. Screenager

Side D

  1. Darkshines
  2. Feeling Good
  3. Futurism
  4. Megalomania

Origin of Muse Gallery