The Georgia Straight

Box sets for lovers of the Beatles and the Stones

- By Steve Newton

If there’s someone on your Christmas list who’s a Beatles or a Stones fan—or, better yet, a Beatles and a Stones fan—here’s a couple of primo gift-giving options.

Any Beatles freak would love to wrap his or her ears around the “super deluxe vinyl” box-set edition of their final album release, Let It Be.

(In case you didn’t know, Abbey Road

was actually the last album the Beatles ever recorded, but it was released eight months before Let It Be.)

The big draw of the five-disc Let It Be box is the fact that it includes 27 previously unreleased outtakes, studio jams, and rehearsals. Other goodies include a four-track EP, a 14-track Get Back: Apple Sessions stereo LP mix compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969, and a 100-page hardcover book with an introducti­on by Paul McCartney, track-by-track recording informatio­n, and previously unseen photos.

For those who are more into the Mick and Keith side of things, there’s the 40th-anniversar­y edition of the Rolling Stones’ 1981 album Tattoo You, which, as you may recall, featured such classic ditties as “Hang Fire”, “Start Me Up”, and “Waiting On a Friend”.

And who can forget the Keith Richards–sung ode to groupies, “Little T & A”?

The box set includes five 180-gram heavyweigh­t vinyl discs and features the original tracks remastered, “Lost&Found” (nine previously unreleased tracks), “Still Life” (a live recording from Wembley Stadium in 1982), a 124-page book, and lenticular artwork.

If you just happen to be one of those detestable subhumans who doesn’t care for either the Beatles or the Stones but appreciate­s a wicked guitar player, there’s a 50th-anniversar­y deluxe box set of

Rory Gallagher’s self-titled debut solo LP.

The five-disc package includes a brandnew mix of the original album, 30 previously unreleased outtakes and alternate takes, a six-song 1971 BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert, and four 1971 BBC Radio Sounds of the Seventies session tracks.

Also included is a previously unreleased 50-minute DVD of the Irish guitar hero’s first-ever solo concert, which was filmed in Paris for the Pop Deux TV show.

The box set comes with a 32-page hardcover book featuring rare and previously unseen photograph­s, essays, and memorabili­a from the album recording, as well as a limited-edition poster.

If you’re the patriotic type who only buys deluxe box sets by Canadian artists, we’ve got you covered there as well.

What red-blooded Canuck-rock fan wouldn’t want a copy of the 30th-anniversar­y deluxe edition of the Tragically Hip’s Road Apples. That’s the 1991 Hip album that’s almost as good as Fully Completely, the one that opens with “Little Bones”. Yeah, you know it.

The five-disc box set includes a remastered version of Road Apples, the Saskadelph­ia EP that was released earlier this year, and the 15-track Live at the Roxy Los Angeles, May 3rd 1991, originally

recorded for a Westwood One radio show.

But the best news for hardcore Hip fans is that the package comes with HoofHearte­d, an album that includes outtakes of “Cordelia”, “Fight”, and “Born in the Water”; demo versions of “Bring It All Back” and “Cordelia” (when it was known as “Angst on the Planks”); alternativ­e versions of “Fiddler’s Green” and “Little Bones” (acoustic); the full-length version of “The Last of the Unplucked Gems”; and the 1990 demo of a previously unreleased song called “If You Lived Here”.

The box set also sports a 36-page booklet featuring reproducti­ons of original handwritte­n lyrics from Gord Downie’s personal notebooks, previously unpublishe­d photos from the

Road Apples era, and commentary from the band.

If you’re a Canuck-rock fan who loves the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and Burton Cummings—and which Canuck-rock fan doesn’t?—then the ultimate gift would be Bachman Cummings: The Collection, a box set from former Guess Who bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings.

The seven-LP or seven-CD set includes five Guess Who albums from their prolific 1969-1971 period— Wheatfield Soul, Canned Wheat, American Woman, Share the Land, and So Long, Bannatyne—plus material from BTO and Cummings’s solo career.

Bachman Cummings: The Collection certainly does include a lot of the best music the two Canuck-rock legends ever created. My only complaint is that they forgot to include BTO’s best tune, “Second Hand”. g

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