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5 essential new box sets for the music lovers on your list

Gift ideas for the music lovers on your list, from Elvis to Pink Floyd, with the Stones and the Who in between

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Young Man With the Big Beat This is the way Elvis Presley shook, rattled and rolled in 1956. All from 55 years ago, the studio tracks, live recordings (audio isn’t great), interviews and a hardbound book celebrate a blue-suede anniversary. We might also suggest: The four-CD Howlin’ Wolf: Smokestack Lightening – The Complete Chess Masters, a nice look at Sam Phillips’ favourite recording artist.

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Quadrophenia: Director’s Cut Pete Townshend answers a question about rock’s greatest opera: Why should I care? A lavish package of demos, the remastered album and a coffee-table book cover The Who’s 1973 project from every angle. Not including a DVD of the 1979 Quadrophenia film, though, is a glaring omission. We might also suggest: The paperback Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia, by Richie Unterberger.

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Loudon Wainwright: 40 Odd Years The definitive chronicle of the curious singer-songwriter Loudon Snowdon Wainwright III, father of Rufus, Martha and Dead Skunk – but so much more. We might also suggest: Richard Thompson’s Live At The BBC.

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The Rolling Stones: Some Girls About the sinewy 1978 album, Keith Richards says in his autobiography that 'You can’t argue with seven million copies and two top singles out of it, Miss You and Beast of Burden.' Neither can you argue with a lavish reissue that includes updated rare cuts from the vault and a concert DVD from the era. We might also suggest: Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Love Forever, an in-depth package of the band’s final concert, in Pittsburgh, 1980.

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Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon Included in the “Immersion” version of the 1973 headphone classic are remixes, a scarf (!), concert-screen videos, a documentary, the remastered original album and a live CD from Wembley, in 1974. Breathe in the air, one more time. We might also suggest: Pink Floyd’s elliptical 1975 album Wish You Were Here, which gets the same immersion treatment.

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