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Box sets make good gifts

Box sets make good gifts

While some of us begin our holiday shopping while still full on Thanksgiving dinner, others wait until the last minute. If you're somewhere in the middle, you're probably looking for ideas right Well, nothing says "I love you" like a box set. We just added timeless collections by iconic artists such as Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra. So, if you're looking for gifts for mom, dad, Aunt Peggy, Cousin Timmy, or simply a friend who's into the classics, check out these fine box sets. And and enjoy this free box set playlist while you browse.

Billie Holiday

This new 80-song collection focuses on Holiday's Columbia years (1933-1944), by most accounts her finest period. It's hard to argue with that. Lady Day's coyness and vulnerability rarely stand in sharper relief, and her stellar session musicians--including Benny Goodman--mourn right along.

Bob Dylan

The master's new three-disc box set meets you wherever you are: beginners will find an exhaustive introduction, old fans a taste of the stunning recent recordings, and casual listeners a chance for one-stop shopping. To all, it will show a truly American artiste constantly refining what that means.

Sufjan Stevens

The Brooklyn wunderkind's latest holiday record is a great window on his unique art. Who but the man behind "Come On, Feel the Illinoise" would rework a White Stripes song title into "Get Behind Me, Santa"? As usual, Stevens' banjo-driven indie-folk is darkly funny and spiritually deep.


If you felt the metal legends were somehow skimping on death, be sated with mega four-discer "Warchest." The outsizing feels right for a band that's been louder but more melodic, nastier but funnier. And through remastered and new cuts, interviews, and a whole live album, there's plenty to explore.

Tori Amos

Forget Jordin Sparks--Tori is the real American idol. On her ambitious, 20-track ninth studio album, the '90s-bred star shows she's still relevant in the '00s. The cover depicts her as five different "American dolls," while the music emulates with variations in rock star vs. piano-songwriter styles.

John Coltrane

Interplay, Prestige Records' new 5-CD set, containing early collaborative recordings of the peerless tenor saxophonist and visionary John Coltrane, serves two distinct purposes. The first is to offer an extraordinary collection of music that provides an excellent overview of the modern jazz scene during the fertile 1956-1958 period.

Pink Floyd

Before Pink Floyd became '70s prog-rock heroes, they were Swingin' London's most interesting psychedelic pop group. Newly reissued with a CD of bonus tracks, the Syd Barrett-led "Piper," their debut, still stuns like it did then: as the most darkly grown-up children's lullabies anyone's ever heard.

Frank Sinatra

Most box sets only cover an artist's time with one label, a legal reality that amounts to an artistic interruption. But now that Sony and BMG have joined, this four-disc compilation can cover all the early Frank. And frankly, it's a stunning look at a young singer as he grows into an icon.