Holiday Gift Guide Filled WIth Musical Merriment
The holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be. The annoying obligation to buy the perfect gift and please everyone on your list...
Have they got the artsy yet ambiguous gift for you!
God, this is a desperate time of year.
However, don't despair. We here at New Times are pleased to share our thoughts and suggestions about the best gifts to give the most troublesome individuals in your social or familial circles. Read on and relax. We've done the drudgery for you, and even matched them to people you may know.
The 60-something sixties survivor
We all know this type. The person who's penchant for tie-die and unceasing anecdotes about that trip to Woodstock which involved them ditching the car, walking the last twenty miles, skinny-dipping to wash off the mud, and suddenly becoming enlightened by witnessing Hendrix's replaying of the "Star Spangled Banner" as dawn came up. The story gets annoying all too quickly.
Rolling Stones, Sweet Summer Sun, a Blu-ray that shows Mick and the boys returning to London's Hyde Park, the scene of their resurgence after the death of Brian Jones in the summer of 1969.
Jimi Hendrix, Hear My Train A'Comin, a documentary DVD that boasts tons of unreleased footage, Jimi's relentless riffing and actual footage from the Miami Pop Festival (which, in fact was held in Hallandale) .
Move Me Brightly, a celebration on Blue-ray of Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday, if only he were here to share a toke today. Features the love and adoration of band mates and eternal admirers
The Animals, The Mickie Most Years and More, five CDs boasting the original albums produced by Mr. Most, the man behind such hits as "House of the Rising Sun," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "Don't Let Me Down" and numerous other anthems of the British Invasion.
Sly and the Family Stone, Higher, a CD disc anthology with both hits and rarities from the man who helped integrate rock with soul .
Those five nerd guys who think the '70s were actually cool.
This person digs music from an uncool era before they were born: the 1970s. Like they're convinced that bell bottoms and polyester are the ultimate in fashion and that the Bee Gees actually became better after Saturday Night Fever. We know better of course and can attest to the fact that the seventies really sucked. Nevertheless, if they're on the list, you have to humor them.
Tickets to see KC and the Sunshine Band January 24, at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. That's the way they like it... but boogie shoes not included.
Bryan Ferry, Live in Lyon, a concert on Blu-ray by the true king of cool, including several of his seminal '70s hits.
Yes, The Studio Albums, 1969 - 1987, a 12-CD set that packages all their essential efforts in one box. And if you really want to spring for something expensive, consider booking your buddy on the Yes "Cruise to the Edge" sailing out of Miami April 7 to 12. Both options should occupy them for awhile and get them out of your annoyance zone.
The sentimental fool.
Don't you get tired of trying to comfort that person who always seems to get so teary eyed with even the slightest mention of tireless do-gooders, people that adopt dozens of strays or people who tip exorbitant sums at Christmas time. We do, and frankly, we're kinda sick of the sentimentality. Give them reason to weep alone.
You could do no wrong buying that softie on your list a copy of the DVD Springsteen & I, a series of filmed testaments recorded by fans from the world over in which they swear their love for the Boss and all things Bruce. Happily, the musician in question proves as amiable as you'd hope for, and the meet and greet scene at the end is bound to make even the most pessimistic person believe that even superstars will reward their devotees with kindness and appreciation. Be sure to include a box of tissues as a stocking stuffer.
Otis Redding, The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection, a CD collection of 70 songs from the greatest soul singer of them all. Play this when you're alone with your sweetie and you might be able to use those sentimental feelings to your own advantage. Just saying'.