Here are some recommendations on music stocking stuffers for somebody special. In an age of mp3′s and dismembered albums, a box set is a really nice gift (liner notes, information, graphics, illustrations, music history).
1. Peter Gabriel: So 25th Anniversary Immersion Box
Gabriel fans have something big to look forward to. So (25th Anniversary Immersion Box) has just been released by Gabriel’s label Real World. It’s called Immersion because it contains 8 discs, 2 dvds, two vinyl records (180 gram 45 rpm half-speed audiophile versions), and a 60 page book. Included are two cd’s of a 1987 concert Live in Athens, a DNA cd which gives information and insight into the making of So, a Live in Athens 1987 dvd. There are also a number of unreleased tracks such as “Courage” and “Sagrada”.
2. Tito Puente: Quatro: The Definitive Collection
Sony has just released, on cd and vinyl, the definitive reissue of Tito Puente’s great RCA Living Stereo recordings. It’s called Tito Puente / Quatro, and there is a 5th bonus album in there too. Both cd and vinyl come in attractively-packaged box sets. Quatro: The Definitive Collection. The new deluxe set features his greatest quartet of RCA sides: Dance Mania, Night Beat, Cuban Carnival, Revolving Bandstand, and a fifth, bonus cd of unissued rarities. These RCA latin classics were recorded during the heyday of mambo and the mecca of mambo, New York City’s Palladium at 53rd & Broadway. The four records were recorded from 1955-1960.
3. The Decca Sound (50 cd Box set with Original lp covers)
The Decca Sound, an elaborate and superbly produced volume 50 cd’s with all the great works captured on tape by this great British label. Decca was always known not only for its superb classical performances but also for its audiophile sound. A great gift for anybody who likes classical music, or a neophyte who wants to learn more.