2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Music

music_120216soundgardenIf music is food for the soul, then feel free to browse through this banquet of rock, pop and soul that’s sure to feed a loved one’s hunger for great recorded artistry.

Temple Of the Dog – Temple of the Dog [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (A&M)/Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (A&M)

Seattle supergroup Temple of the Dog (featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden) just capped off the group’s only tour. This deluxe reissue of this one-off project founded in to honor the late Andrew Wood’s memory comes in multiple formats that include demos, outtakes and a DVD of live performances.music_120216templeofthedog

Soundgarden’s third studio outing gets a similar treatment coming in various formats with its own share of live cuts and studio rarities.

music_120216otisreddingOtis Redding – Live At the Whiskey A Go Go: The Complete Recordings [Stax]

Redding’s appearance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival may have been the passageway to crossover success, but the seven sets on this six-CD set recorded during an April 1966 run lit the fuse for him being taken seriously as a live performer.

music_120216remR.E.M. – Out Of Time [25th Anniversary Reissue] (Concord Bicycle)

This reissue of the Georgia quartet’s 1991 crossover smash comes in different formats. Along with a remastered version of the original album, fans can get a three-LP version, assorted demos, live performances and a DVD with the album’s videos and a rare Mountain Stage performance.

music_120216paulmccartneyPaul McCartney – Pure McCartney (Hear Music/Concord Music Group)

Personally curated by Macca himself, this compilation comes in 2-CD, 4-CD and 4-LP versions centered around 67 highlights cherry-picked from his substantial post-Beatles canon starting with his 1970 McCartney solo debut up through the 2014 track “Hope For the Future.”

music_120216thecarsThe Cars – The Elektra Years 1978-1987 (Rhino)

America’s premiere 1980s pop-rock band has all six of its studio albums remastered by founding member Ric Ocasek and art direction by band drummer David Robinson. Also available as a limited edition LP set pressed on different color vinyl.

music_120216nrbqNRBQ – High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective [Omnivore]

The greatest unknown bar band whose major fans include Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, The Replacements and The Simpsons‘ Matt Groening provides plenty here for both the die-hard and casual music fan. Spread out over five CDS is the band’s substantial catalog along with oodles of rare and previously unreleased gems.

music_120216theramonesThe Ramones – Ramones 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)

This 3-CD/1-LP set also comes with a 12×12 hardcover book, rarities, unheard demos and an unreleased live show produced and mixed by original knob twirler Craig Leon.

music_120216ledzeppelinLed Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions (Atlantic/Swan Song)

This updated version of the original 1997 set comes in multiple formats, with the most basic adding a third disc of previously unreleased material.

music_120216loureedLou Reed – The RCA and Arista Album Collection (Legacy)

The Long Island native personally oversaw the remastering of this 17-CD set, which wound up being his last project and runs from his 1972 self-titled debut all the way through 1986’s Mistrial and will also be available on vinyl.

music_120216pinkfloydPink Floyd – The Early Years: 1965-1972 (Pink Floyd Records/Legacy Recordings)

This 27-CD monstrosity contains unreleased demos, TV appearances and live footage from the band’s archives. Fans will find 20 previously unreleased songs, and more than 15 hours of video including rare concert performances, interviews and three feature films. Also available as the 2-CD set The Early Years-CRE/ATION.

music_120216vanmorrisonVan Morrison – It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Volumes II, III & IV (Legacy)

This expanded version of one of music’s greatest underrated live sets expands on the original 1974 release. With the Caledonia Soul Orchestra backing him, Morrison tears it up on this 3-CD/1-DVD set that features performances from L.A.’s Troubadour, the Santa Monica Civic Center and London’s Rainbow Theatre. This reissue also includes live footage from the London set that was previously only aired on the BBC.

music_120216davidbowiewhocanibenowDavid Bowie – Legacy (Sony Legacy)/Who Can I Be Now? (1974 to 1976) (Parlophone)

music_120216bowielegacyThe Thin White Duke was one of 2016’s great creative losses. This pair of releases gives a look back. Who Can I Be Now? includes Diamond Dogs, David Live, Young Americans, Station to Station, a previously unreleased album (The Gouster) and a new compilation (Re: Call 2).

Legacy is a collection of singles from “Space Oddity” to cuts off his last studio album Blackstar. Both come in multiple CD/LP formats.

music_120216fleetwoodmacFleetwood Mac – Mirage [Deluxe Edition] (Warner Brothers)

While we wait on a new album to commemorate the group’s 50th anniversary in 2017, dive into the band’s classic 1982 chart-topper in a package that includes the original set remastered along with a boatload of outtakes and alternate versions. Completists with a Stevie Nicks jones will also revel in knowing that deluxe editions of Bella Donna and The Wild Heart were also released.

music_120216thebandThe Band – The Last Waltz [40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition]

Four decades removed from what is arguably the greatest rock documentary, this reissue comes in multiple formats, one of which includes a never-before-seen Martin Scorsese shooting script.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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