Music of Hendrix, Springsteen make gifts you can’t go wrong with

When it comes to gift-giving, I prefer to give someone something that they can’t or won’t buy for themselves.

Everyone in our family usually gets a jar of homemade salsa, a bottle of homemade barbecue sauce and a CD or LP from an artist I like and who they aren’t familiar with.

Music is a gift that keeps giving and I can still remember the Led Zeppelin LP my mom gave me for Christmas in 1969, that Three Dog Night LP I received for my 13th birthday in 1970, and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils 8-track tape my brother Rod gave me for Christmas in 1974.

That’s right, 8-track, and I don’t have time to explain it to those of you who don’t know what it is.

I still listen to all three of those recordings to this day, and I wonder how many gifts you remember from 41 years ago that you are still enjoying?

The Record Store Day folks have made some special and very limited recordings available to independent record stores starting Friday, Nov. 26.

Because they are so limited, not every store received everything that they requested.

At Triple Play Records, we have received recordings from the following: Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Black Keys, Drive-By Truckers, Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, Widespread Panic, Tom Petty, MGMT and a few others. Most of them are vinyl and the rest are CDs.

The following are some of my choices for gifts this year.

Jimi Hendrix, “West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology” — This is a four CD, one DVD box set chronicling Hendrix’s short but meteoric career starting as a sideman for R&B artists such as Little Richard, Don Covay and the Isley Brothers.

There are previously and commercially unavailable studio recordings from his career. This includes rare live recordings with the Experience and Band of Gypsy’s from 1967–1970.

The DVD features Hendrix’s life story as told in his own words. Bootsy Collins brings Hendrix’s words and story to life.

There is rare and never before seen footage and photos as well as the Hendrix family archive of Hendrix’s personal drawings, postcards to his father, song drafts, sketches and lyrics.

Bruce Springsteen, “Promise-Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” — A three CD, three DVD set containing over six hours of video and two hours of music, including a wealth of unreleased songs.

Included is an 80-page spiral-bound notebook containing Springsteen’s notes from the original recording session, which include recording details, alternate lyrics, song ideas and personal notes plus a new essay by Springsteen and never-before-seen photographs.

Other CDs that would make great gifts include: Raul Malo, “Sinners & Saints”; Kevin Welch, “Patch of Blue Sky”; Shawn Mullins, “Light You Up”; Darden Smith, “Marathon”; Leon Russell & Elton John “Union”; and Eric Clapton, “Clapton.” There are too many to mention them all.

As our gift to you this year, Triple Play Records will proudly host local favorites Stray Grass as the highlight at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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