Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Chords: a selection of gifts on a musical theme.

Musical gifts are an easy choice this holiday season. Everyone loves music, right? Here are some outstanding record collections for rap, metal and pop lovers, a couple of fun books and clothing to help musicians in need.

PIANO MAN: Billy Joel celebrates 50 years of making music this year and reminds us all of how it began. Billy Joel – Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 “ contains nine LPs: his first six solo studio albums (Cold Spring Harbor, Piano Man, Streetlife Serenade, Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street) with his first live album (Songs in the Attic “) and” Live at The Great American Music Hall – 1975 “, a previously unreleased live recording first available in a box set as a double vinyl album. The box also features a 50-page booklet highlighting Joel’s early career through archival photographs, his views on his songs, and thanks to fellow musicians, artists and celebrities. Price: $ 250.

NOTES TO THE BOOK: “Music is history” Questlove is both highly personal and story-driven, one of the most entertaining music books of the year. The Roots five-time Grammy-winning producer and drummer picks one song for each chapter from 1971-2001 and lets his encyclopedic mind fly, explaining the melody in its context, returning to its influences, linking it to its influencers and exploring pop. -music. culture and history of the United States. This is a manifestation of strength. Take, for example, 1976, which highlights Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”, then highlights Duke Ellington, and it all ties in with Richard Nixon, the Republican Party and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Questlove also includes great lists like the best songs in E minor or hip hop deep cuts. Cost: $ 30.

HEAVY BOX: Metallica’s self-titled 1991 LP, commonly known as the “Black Album,” is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and one way to join is to listen to a lot of non-Metallica people. Metallica Blacklist is a four-hour, 53-track giant of covers by artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Miley Cyrus, St. Vincent, Wieser and Elton John. They draw on legendary tracks from the album, including “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Wherever I May Roam” and “Sad But True”. The seven-LP vinyl box set retails for $ 150, the 4-CD version for $ 30, and the digital download for $ 50. All proceeds go to charity of the choice of each participating artist, along with their own Metallica All Within My Hands Foundation.

RAP THIS UP: Lil Wayne Released The Tha Carter Singles Collection Vinyl Box Set, which included 19 hits of the rapper at 45 rpm, including “A Milli”, “Hustler Musik”, “How to Love” and the still unreleased song “Ya Dig” in the style of “Carter III”. The box, decorated with Lil Wayne tattoos, includes two liner lithographs and a booklet with previously unseen photographs. “Tha Carter” peaked at No. 5 in 2004 on the Billboard 200, “Tha Carter II” peaked at No. 2 a year later, and “Tha Carter III,” “Tha Carter IV,” and “Tha Carter V” all peaked at # 1. places in 2008, 2011 and 2018, respectively. Cost: $ 200.

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BILLY’S GIFT: How did Billie Eilish become Billie Eilish? You can find out about it from her songs or from the Apple + document “Billie Eilish: The World Is A Little Blurred”. But there are also hundreds of photos of her growing up in Billie Eilish from Grand Central Publishing. One is a baby in a bandage that her father wears when he plays the piano, and the other is she and her brother Finneas, who look mischievous as children. “I just want you to see me and see my life with your own eyes,” she writes in the introduction. “I want to give you a big stack of pictures that speak for themselves.” These are at the same time deeply intimate shots of the future artist who received a Grammy, and at the same time, they are often just regular shots of a child growing up in what appears to be a loving home. Cost: $ 35

DO GOOD LOOK GREAT: The non-profit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund assists all professional musicians who are struggling to make ends meet in the face of illness, disability or age-related problems. One way to help Sweet Relief help others is to help yourself or your loved ones purchase some cool music merchandise, from bags, T-shirts, T-shirts, caps, mugs, bags, sweatshirts, and more. Check out their lines Music Heals and Music Is Love. The proceeds from each purchase go to help those in need.

CANDID CAMERA: Singer-songwriter Graham Nash has been taking photographs longer than making music. His collection of images over the years – “Life in Focus: A Photograph by Graham Nash” released on November 30th – captured unattended by many celebrities such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, mom Cass Elliot, Twiggy and of course Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. “I’ve been very fortunate in some very strange places,” Nash writes in the introduction. Many of the images have a surreal tinge, some have a political vibe, and some are just random objects that he bumped into on the street. Cost: $ 60.

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