The Rocktober.Com Gift Guide is for those who are looking
for presents for the music obsessives in their lives.
- Johnny Cash
A five CD box set from covering The Man In Black's
years working with producer Rick Rubin. One greatest
hits CD, one previoulsy unreleased gospel CD and three CDs of
new material-- featuring guests like Flea, Fiona Apple,
Joe Strummer, Tom Petty and more.
Various Artists, A Cellar Full of Motown
One year later, and this is still the best
selling CD I have ever linked to from my site. This
2 CD set is an awesome gift for the Motown fan in your life.
Features rare and never before released songs by Marvin
Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight & The
Pips and many more. Grooves so good, you'll simply be
astonished that Motown kept them hidden away for so many years.
A great gift for the Motown/oldies fan in your life.
For Mac or Windows
Once again, I must insist that you believe the
hype. This MP3 player changed everyone's expectations as to
what a player should do and it is still the best in the market.
Now available for both Mac and Windows users!
Da Capo Best Music Writing
For the rock critic geek in your life, there
is probably not a better gift-- exeprt some rare vinyl the've
been looking for all their life. The collections of essays and
stories cover everything from Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, World
Beat and more. All the pieces are well written enough that the
person you give it to will find themselves referring to the
book again and again. i know I do.
Capo Best Music Writing 2000
Capo Best Music Writing 2001
Capo Best Music Writing 2002
Capo Best Music Writing 2003
It Made and Gettin' Wise
You may recognize Brassy's "I Got A Beef" from
the latest round of Motorola cellphone commercials, but Brassy's
Got It Made is still well on it's way to becoming a lost
classic-- and it was only released last year! I can really only
describe Got It Made as "cheerleader funk"--
it's lively mix of agressive funk, intimidating rap, deft scratching
and rough edged guitar work that will move your booty weather
you like it or not, sukka! Gettin' Wise was released
this year and is more of a showcase for the group's DJ and beat-creator,
but it still is a fun ride.
The Complete Monterey Pop
Festival - Criterion Collection DVD
The original film is here, along with commentary galore and
two hours of previously unseen performances by artists like
The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Quicksilver
Messenger Service. There also is additional footage from
The Who, Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas and
The Papas as well as the complete sets of Jimi Hendrix
and Otis Redding. A must own for classic rock
These import compilations collect the original
source material that your fave artists have sampled to make
hits of their own. Soemtimes it is scary to hear how little
an artist did to a song before calling it their own, but these
collections are solid none the less. I own three of these 2
CD sets and am hoping Santa will bring me the fourth o ne for
Xmas. Good for the dance music/hip-hop fan and crate-digging
DJ in your life.
Buy Sampled Pt. 1 Now!
Buy Sampled Pt. 2 Now!
Sampled Pt. 3 Now!
Sampled Pt. 4 Now!
All Girl Summer Fun Band
The AGSFB couldn't be any cuter or sweeter if
they tried-- and if they did, it would just seem like overkill.
Their songs are classic pop (with lots of woo-woos and oh yeahs)
played for an indie-rock audience that is allegedy too cool
and jaded for the joys and sorrows of a good teen-age romance
song. This album is impossible to dislike -- spread the love
and buy one for everyone on your list!
This is an amazing documentary
about the development and growth of the turntabilist movement.
It features appearances by DJ Q-Bert, DJ Shadow,
Mix Master Mike, Cut Chemist and many more. It
also comes packed with primo extras. An excellent gift for the
hip-hop/DJ fan in your life.
The Old Grey Whistle Test DVD
Vintage, non-lip-syncing clips of artists ranging
from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John
Lennon to Bob Marley, The Ramones, XTC
Orchestra Baobab's Pirates
If you liked The Buena Vista Social Club,
this album is right up your alley. Latin jazz straight outta
Senegal, played with passion and taste. Do not sleep on this
album, recorded originally in 1982 but never before released
in the U.S.
Orchestra Baobab's Specialist In All Styles
Same band, 20 years later. They've still got
it. Don't sleep on this album-- they've only improved with
Various Artists, No Thanks!
The 70s Punk Rebellion
Give those snot nosed punks in your life a little
history lesson that they'll be glad to get. All the usual suspects
except The Sex Pistols are represented here-- so if you know
a young punker who thinks the whole shebang started with Green
Day, you know what to leave 'em underneath The Corporate Mandated,
Mother Earth Raped, Fake Holiday Tree
The Rolling Stone
Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Revised and Updated for the 21st
This latest incarnation of an authoritative encyclopedia first
published in 1983 boasts over 100 new entries and many revisions
to the 1800 entries found in the 1995 edition. As always, the
RS brain trust does an excellent job of covering the essential
points of each artists' career and places them in their proper
historical perspective. Again, a good one for the obsessive
music geek in your life and music fans of any age.
Various Artists, The Complete Stax-Volt
Singles 1959-1968, 1968-1971, 1972-1975
Disc upon disc of some
of the best soul music ever unleashed upon mankind. Features
stellar tracks from Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas,
Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Booker T. &
The MGs, Eddie Floyd and so many more. You can't
call yourself a music fan unless you own this.
Yes Yes Y'All: The Experience Music Project
Oral History of Hip-Hop's First Decade
Based on the "Hip-Hop Nation" exhibit
at Seattle's Experience Music Project and the project's
ongoing Oral History Program, this book colelcts interviews
with many of those who were there when a culture was born. This
is a perfect gift for hip-hop fans of any age. Old school heads
will enjoy reminicing and younger fans will get a peak at where
their favorite music came from.