With just over a week left until Christmas, here are some helpful hints for presents for the music fan in your life. If you're looking to "WOW!" them, they look no further than the amazing 50th anniversary box sets from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. 1968 was an amazing year for music, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones stripped down their sound from their releases of the previous years, while Jimi Hendrix let all his experimentation flow through the studio.
More stand-outs that need to be under the tree this year include the latest volume of the ongoing Bob Dylan "Bootleg Series." Fans have been waiting patiently for this set from Bob Dylan titled "More Blood, More Tracks." It features all of the session recordings that Bob Dylan made in New York for his album "Blood On The Tracks." The mostly acoustic takes display Dylan at his most intimate, as you can follow along to the development of each song featured on that classic album. Another must-have is the new eight disc set featuring "R.E.M. At The BBC." It contains every visit R.E.M. made to the BBC throughout their 30 year career. It includes two full shows, as well as early unplugged ideas. Hopefully these ideas will help put a smile on your music fan's face come this December 25th.