With the holiday shopping season beginning, it is time to find the right gifts for the right people. If you have a Classic Rock lover in your life, there have been several releases this year that will stuff their stocking. Below are four box sets that would make excellent gifts this holiday.
The Live Anthology, By Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
This newly released box set captures some of Tom Petty’s best live performances. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are a notoriously tight band and they put on a energetic live show that one might not expect, considering his unrushed, rootsy approach to Rock.
The Live Anthology is a good combination of Petty’s hits, deep cuts, and some unique covers. The Live Anthology would be a great gift this holiday for the Classic Rock fan.
The Beatles Stereo Box Set
Wow. This tremendous monument to the world’s greatest band is staggering in its content. Every single studio album and the compilation album Past Masters in here and remastered in stereo. For those of you who have only heard the Beatles in mono, the difference is startling, like hearing the songs for the first time.
Also included in The Beatles Stereo Box Set is a DVD consisting of mini-documentaries, photo shoots, television clips, and other visual extras. The real star of this box set though, is the pristine sound of these classic songs.
Woodstock- 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm
Critics and fans consider the 1969 Woodstock Festival (actually held in Bethel, New York, a mere 90 minutes from the author‘s home) to be the apex of the Hippie counter-culture. Now, 40 later, Rhino Records has released Woodstock- 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm
A perfect gift for any aging or modern day flower child, Back to Yasgur’s Farm has 77 live tracks from the 3 day marathon concert. Included in the box set are artists such as Country Joe and the Fish, Joe Cocker, The Grateful Dead, and The Who. Even Abbie Hoffman and Max Yasgur make appearances.
The Woodstock Experience
Another option for the Woodstock enthusiast is Sony’s box set, The Woodstock Experience. The set up of this box set is unique — the box set consists of five artists/ bands that were at Woodstock. For each artist, a CD was made of their live set at the concert, and their studio album at the time is included.
The artists and their studio album are as follows:
- Johnny Winter — Johnny Winter
- Janis Joplin — I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
- Jefferson Airplane — Volunteers
- Sly and the Family Stone — Stand!
- Santana — Santana
Rock On This Holiday
Music is one gift that never goes out of style, unlike sweaters and skinny jeans. Gift certificates are nice, but have no meaning to them. This Christmas season, give the Classic Rock lover in your life something that will make them happy, something if not from the heart, then from the ear.