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Recommendables: Box sets and more for the holidays

It’s easy to buy music for audiophiles: They want it all.

The hard part is deciding what exactly to get them for the holidays. Pause & Play has pored through all the top reissues of the past year and sorted them out in alphabetical order for you to use as a handy gift guide.

Now start shopping!

DUANE ALLMAN

“Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective [Box set]” (seven CDs, 129 tracks; Read here)

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND

“Brothers and Sisters: 40th Anniversary Edition” (1973 album; remastered; Read here; Deluxe Edition; Super Deluxe Edition; Vinyl; MP3)

THE ANIMALS

“The Mickie Most Years and More [Box set]” (five CDs, 61 songs, featuring their first four U.S. albums, with bonus material and an extra-large T-shirt)

THE BAND

“Live at the Academy of Music 1971: The Rock of Ages Concerts [Box set]” (1971 recordings; remastered; Read here; two CDs; MP3)

“The Last Waltz [Box set]” (2002 four-CD reissue of the legendary Thanksgiving Day 1976 concert, with 24 tracks of previously unreleased rehearsals, performances from the show, film, and studio demo tracks; Vinyl; MP3)

THE BEACH BOYS

“Made in California [Box set]” (six-CD, 174-cut career retrospective, which includes more than 60 previously unreleased tracks; MP3)

THE BEATLES

“On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2” (two CDs of previously unreleased recordings of the band from mid-1960s appearances on BBC radio; Hear/read here; See here; Vinyl), “Live at the BBC” (two CDs; originally released in 2001; Vinyl), “Live At The BBC: The Collection [Box set]” (four-CD compilation includes both volumes; 132 tracks)

“Help! [Blu-ray]” (1965 film; digitally restored and a 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of bonus features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film; Read here)

TONY BENNETT & DAVE BRUBECK

“Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962” (for the first time, the complete performance from the White House Seminar American Jazz Concert on Aug. 28, 1962; Read here; MP3)

ERIC CLAPTON

“Unplugged: Deluxe + DVD” (1992 album; remastered; includes six unreleased outtakes and a DVD of the entire “MTV Unplugged” show with previously unseen footage; Read here; MP3)

“Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings [Box set]” (five-CD, one-Blu-ray set includes tracks from “461 Ocean Boulevard,” “There’s One in Every Crowd” and “E.C. Was Here,” plus previously unheard rehearsal outtakes and live performances; Read here; Vinyl)

THE CLASH

“Sound System [Box set]” (contains all five remastered studio albums, plus three CDs of demos, non-album singles, B-sides and rarities and a DVD of music videos and unseen footage from the archives of Julien Temple and Don Letts; Read here; See here; MP3), “The Clash Hits Back” (two-CD, 32-song best-of; MP3)

RY COODER

“Ry Cooder: 1970-1987 [Box set]” (11 discs)

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

“Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box set]” (six-disc collection, originally released in 2001; contains all nine CCR albums, plus rarities and previously unreleased tracks)


MILES DAVIS

“Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings [Box set]” (nine discs, including two rare albums, 1958’s “Jazz Track” and 1964’s “Miles & Monk At Newport”)

DEEP PURPLE

“The Complete Albums 1970-1976 [Box set]” (10-disc collection includes every album from “Deep Purple With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Concerto for Group and Orchestra” to “Made in Europe”; Read here)

NICK DRAKE

“The Tuck Box [Box set]” (contains “Five Leaves Left,” “Bryter Layter,” “Pink Moon,” “Made to Love Magic” and “Family Tree”)

BOB DYLAN

“The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 – Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)” (two CDs, 35 songs; unreleased recordings, demos and alternate culled mostly from the 1970 studio recording sessions for “Self Portrait” and “New Morning” albums; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Deluxe edition box set, which includes the entire performance by Dylan and The Band from the Isle of Wight Festival on Aug. 31, 1969; MP3)

“The Complete Album Collection, Vol. One [Box set]” (47 discs), “The Complete Album Collection, Vol. One [Collector’s Harmonica USB Stick]” (contains 35 studio titles, six live albums, the “Side Tracks” compilation and a digital booklet; Read here), “The Complete Album Collection – The 60’s [MP3]”

EAGLES

“The Studio Albums 1972-1979 [Box set]” (six CDs, from “Eagles” to “The Long Run”; Read here)

ELLA FITZGERALD

“Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice of Jazz [Box set]” (10 CDs, with more than 200 songs)

FLEETWOOD MAC

“Rumours (Expanded Edition)” (1977 album; remastered, with two extra CDs, “Live 1977” and “Recording Sessions, Roughs & Outtakes”; Read here; Deluxe box set, with DVD and LP; MP3; MP3 Super Deluxe)

THE FOUR TOPS

“50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1964-1972” (three CDs; MP3)

RORY GALLAGHER

“Kickback City [Box set]” (three CDs of studio and live tracks; Vinyl; MP3)

HERBIE HANCOCK

“Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 [Box set]” (34 discs, from 1973’s “Sextant” to 1988’s “Perfect Machine”; Read here)

DONNY HATHAWAY

“Never My Love: The Anthology [Box set]” (four discs, includes “Overview: Young, Gifted & Black The Life & Music of Donny Hathaway,” “Unreleased Studio Recordings,” the previously unreleased “Live at The Bitter End 1971” and “Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Duets”; MP3)

JIMI HENDRIX

“Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set” (four CDs, 60 songs; MP3)

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS

“Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (1978 album; remastered; two CDs, 24 tracks, with the unreleased live show, “Live at Ahoy Hallen,” recorded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 7, 1978; Read here; Vinyl; MP3)

PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS

“Wings Over America” (1976 album; remastered; Read here; Deluxe Edition, with four discs, including a DVD featuring the 75-minute TV special “Wings Over the World” and a new short film; Vinyl; MP3)

“Rockshow [DVD]” (2013 film, revisiting the 1975-1976 “Wings Over the World” tour; shown in theaters on May 16, 2013; See here; Blu-ray)

JOHN MELLENCAMP

“John Mellencamp 1978-2012 [Box set]” (19 discs, containing all of his albums; Read here)

THE MOODY BLUES

“Timeless Flight [Box set]” (11 remastered CDs, with bonus tracks, and three DVDs of rare TV performances, promo videos and a previously unreleased Paris concert from 1970, plus three DVD audio discs, featuring 5.1 surround sound mixes of six studio albums; Read here; MP3)

VAN MORRISON

“Moondance: Expanded Edition” (1970 album; remastered, with a second disc of bonus material; Deluxe edition, with four CDs and one Blu-ray audio disc, with high-resolution 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound audio of original album; Standard edition; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition; MP3)

MOTT THE HOOPLE

“The Essential Mott the Hoople” (two CDs)

NILSSON

“The RCA Albums Collection [Box set]” (17-disc set; 14 original albums, expanded with 65 bonus tracks, including 26 previously unreleased songs, plus three CDs of 58 tracks, 29 of them previously unreleased; P&P Feature)

NIRVANA

“In Utero: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (1993 album; remastered; See here; Box set; standard CD; Vinyl)

SHUGGIE OTIS

“Inspiration Information / Wings of Love” (1974 album; remastered, with four previously unreleased bonus tracks, and a second disc of the unreleased follow-up album; MP3)

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT

“I Robot: Legacy Edition” (1977 album; remastered, with a second CD of nine previously unreleased tracks; MP3)

RICHARD PRYOR

“No Pryor Restraint: Life in Concert [Box set]” (seven CDs, two DVDs; more than 12 hours of performances from 1966-1992, including nearly two hours of previously unreleased stand-up performances and rare recordings; Read here)

QUEEN

“Live at Wembley Stadium: 25th Anniversary Edition [DVD]” (two discs, with previously unseen footage; contains both shows from July 11-12, 1986; See here)

RAMONES

“The Sire Years 1976-1981 [Box set]” (six CDs, featuring the albums “Ramones,” “Leave Home,” “Rocket to Russia,” “Road to Ruin,” “End of the Century” and “Pleasant Dreams”; MP3)

MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS

“50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972” (MP3)

R.E.M.

“Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (1988 album; remastered; two CDs; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition)

THE ROLLING STONES

“Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out: The Rolling Stones in Concert (Anniversary Edition) [CD/DVD]” (1970 album; remastered; three CDs and a bonus DVD containing the film)

“Stones in Exile [Blu-ray]” (2010 documentary on the group’s struggles recording “Exile on Main St.” in France in 1971; See here)

ROXY MUSIC

“Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982 [Box set]” (10 discs, including tracks previously unreleased on CD; Read here)

BOZ SCAGGS

“The Essential Boz Scaggs” (two CDs, 33 songs, spanning 1969 to 2013, including 23 Columbia Records single and album tracks, plus cuts from Virgin and 429; MP3)

PAUL SIMON

“Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection [Box set]” (14 CDs, from 1965’s “The Paul Simon Song Book” to 2011’s “So Beautiful or So What”; MP3), “Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011)” (20 songs; MP3)

SIMPLE MINDS

“Celebrate: The Greatest Hits” (two CDs, 36 songs; Read here; Deluxe edition)

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

“Higher! [Box set]” (five-disc compilation; 77 songs, 17 previously unreleased tracks, including mono single mixes, live recordings, studio outtakes, instrumentals and more, plus a 104-page book; Vinyl box set; MP3), “Higher!” (single CD, 16 songs)

ROD STEWART

“Rarities” (two CDs, 24 songs, covering his Mercury years, 1969-74; Read here; MP3)

JAMES TAYLOR

“The Essential James Taylor” (two CDs, 30 songs, spanning his five-decade career; MP3)

TEARS FOR FEARS

“The Hurting: Deluxe Edition” (1983 album; remastered; Read here; Box set; four-disc deluxe 30th anniversary edition contains remixes, B-sides, radios sessions and a live DVD; MP3 Deluxe Edition; MP3 Super Deluxe Edition)

VAN HALEN

“The Studio Albums 1978-1984 [Box set]” (contains the band’s first six albums)

VARIOUS ARTISTS

“The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 12A: 1972” (five CDs, 113 songs; Read here; MP3), “The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972”

“Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions” (three CDs, 46 tracks; See here; Track list)

“Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock [Box set]” (five-disc, 91-song compilation includes tracks by Little Richard, The Kinks, David Bowie, T.Rex, Mott the Hoople, Slade, Mud, Suzi Quatro, The Runaways, Blondie, Adam & The Ants, etc.; Read here)

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE

“Texas Flood: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition” (two CDs; 1982 album; remastered; includes the bonus track “Tin Pan Alley [aka Roughest Place in Town],” plus the previously unreleased “Live at Ripley’s Music Hall, Philadelphia, October 20, 1983”; Track list)

THE WAITRESSES

“Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses” (two CDs, 30 songs; Hear here)

BILL WITHERS

“The Essential Bill Withers” (34 songs; MP3)

THE WHO

“Tommy: Deluxe Edition” (1969 album; two CDs, 42 songs; remastered; Track list; Super Deluxe Edition; Vinyl; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition; MP3 Super Deluxe Edition)

TAMMY WYNETTE

“The Essential Tammy Wynette” (two CDs, 40 songs; MP3)

YES

“The Studio Albums 1969-1987 [Box set]” (12 CDs; MP3)

ZZ TOP

“The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 [Box set]” (contains all 10 albums, from 1971’s “ZZ Top’s First Album” to 1990’s “Recycler”; Read here; MP3)

 

Gerry Galipault @https://twitter.com/Pauseandplay

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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