With the popularity of digital downloads, giving a physical album as a gift has lost most of its cache. In order to combat this, record companies have started compiling impressive box sets filled with unreleased tracks, alternate takes, and additional media such as exclusive photos and videos. While box sets can be expensive, they are sure to please the serious collector and unrelenting completist on your list.
Pink Floyd, The Endless River ($30.99), available 11/10/2014
The new and final album from Pink Floyd comes jam-packed with bonus features, including a Blu-Ray of archival footage, a deluxe hardback booklet, and three collectible postcards. Also includes a CD of the album, which includes18 brand new tracks from the legendary experimental rock band.
The Kinks, The Anthology 1964 – 1971 ($57.98), available 12/9/2014
The Kinks’ monster release, The Anthology 1964-1971, is a wealth of material. This five-disc box set features over one hundred songs spanning the London rockers’ career, including 25 previously unreleased tracks. The set also includes rare interviews, session outtakes, and detailed liner notes.
King Crimson, Starless ($225.98), available 11/4/2014
This mammoth box set is a must-have for fans of prog rock pioneers, King Crimson. Starless is limited to a single-run pressing and includes 19 CDS of live recordings, two DVDs and two Blu-Ray discs full of both studio and live performances, 3 CDs of bootleg material, an album-sized booklet, poster, and lots of photos and more. By far the most extensive King Crimson release to date!
Various Artists, The Art of McCartney ($199.99), available 11/17/2014
This highly-awaited tribute album to Sir Paul McCartney features 42 classic McCartney songs covered by a wide range of artists, such as singer/songwriter Billy Joel and indie rockers Airborne Toxic Event. The set itself is limited to 1000 copies and includes 4 12″ color LPs, double CD album, DVD documentary, and a USB loaded with FLAC files of the songs. Perfect for the Beatles or Wings fan in your life!