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If you’re scrambling to think of something to get the Rock and Roll superfan in your life this holiday season, worry not, because we’re here to help! We have sifted through 2013’s music releases and found some of the best, and now we give to you: The Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas That Rock!
1. Nirvana – In Utero 20th Anniversary
This year marked the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s third and final studio album, In Utero, and in celebration, the band released a special deluxe package of the LP which is perfect for the grunge-rock lover on your list!
Available now at Nirvana.com, the collection includes remastered versions of all of In Utero’s original songs such as “All Apologies” and “Heart Shaped Box,” as well as rare B-sides, unheard demos, live recordings and more, totaling at more than 70 tracks. The package can be purchased as a 3-CD/1-DVD “Super Deluxe Edition,” as well as on standard digital and CD formats.
Some of the live material is made up of recordings captured at the band’s 1993 show at Seattle’s Pier 48, which became one of the last times that Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear were able to share the stage with their late bandmate, Kurt Cobain, who passed away the following April.
The concert footage is also available on the DVD Live and Loud, which comes with the Super Deluxe Edition of In Utero 20th Anniversary but can also be purchased separately.
Nirvana recently scored an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and will honored at the ceremony next spring.
2. ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums – 1970-1990
What better gift for the ZZ Top fan on your Christmas list than every one of the Texas rock trio’s studio albums?
Back in the summer, ZZ Top unleashed the box set, The Complete Studio Albums – 1970-1990, which includes a total of ten discs: ZZ Tops’ First Album (1971), Rio Grande Mud (1972), Tres Hombres (1973), Fandango! (1975), Tejas (1976), Degüello (1979), El Loco (1981), Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990).
The collection also has the original mixes for the band’s first three albums, which have been sought after by diehard fans for years. Additionally, each LP comes packaged in its own individual wallet sleeve that features the original album artwork and gatefold designs.
More on The Complete Studio Albums – 1970-1990 can be found at ZZTop.com.
3. REM: Green – 25th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate two-and-a-half decades since the release of their sixth studio effort Green, REM reissued a deluxe edition of the record back in May via Rhino Records.
Green: 25th Anniversary Edition comes as a 2-CD set, the first disc of which features remastered versions of the record’s original tracks, including hits such as “Orange Crush,” “Stand” and “Pop Song 89.” The second disc is a live album comprised of 21 songs that were captured at REM’s concert in Greensboro, NC during their 1989 Green World Tour.
Additionally, the Green anniversary edition comes with a foldout poster of the band, four postcards and liner notes written by Uncut editor Allan Jones, all packaged neatly in a hard clamshell box.
4. Stone Sour – House of Gold & Bones Gift Set
Stone Sour’s had a big year with their House of Gold & Bones releases, and gathering all of the band’s newest materials together could make for a great gift set!
The band’s albums, House of Gold & Bones Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 were released in October 2012 and April 2013 respectively, but the story didn’t end there!
Frontman Corey Taylor also teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to release a four-part graphic novel series based on the themes of the album, which are available now as one paperback book.
And if that’s not enough, Corey Taylor’s debut novel, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven: (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process) was also released this summer!
All of these materials can be found at StoneSour.com or at CoreyTaylor.com.
5. Black Sabbath – 13 and Live Gathered in their Masses
And finally, 2013 was certainly a great year for Black Sabbath, and the band’s latest studio album and live DVD would make great stocking stuffers!
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler came together in June to release their first studio effort together in nearly 40 years, and 13 proved that the iconic heavy metal rockers certainly hadn’t lost their touch. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 155,000 in its first week alone, and was recently nominated for several Grammy awards.
While on tour in support of the LP, Sabbath captured performance footage for a live concert film entitled Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses. Available now on DVD/Blu-ray, the set features fifteen tracks including “War Pigs,” “Iron Man,” “End of the Beginning,” “Paranoid” and their newest single “God is Dead?”
Live…Gathered in Their Masses can also be purchased as a combo pack that features an album of live recordings, and as a box set that has a plethora of other Sabbath goodies.
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