XLR8R's 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
- Words: Ken Taylor
Rhino Boxed Sets
The Heavy Metal Box ($59.98)
The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium ($64.98)
Love is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 ($64.98)
Would XLR8R scribes typically cover stuff like hippie pop and ’70s metal? Not unless it’s filtered by rock’s finest distillery, the Rhino label. With these three sets, you can chart some of rock’s finest moments ever.
Starting with Love is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970, we tune in and turn on with our fair city’s finest old haunts and bands. Not only does the set offer some magical tunes from Moby Grape, Blue Cheer, and The Youngbloods over the course of four discs, but it also comes packed in an incredible book, which chronicles one of history’s most colorful times in music and culture.
Then jump into The Heavy Metal Box, a super-heavy, super-packaged collection of tunes from both the usual suspects (Sabbath, Motörhead, Maiden) and lesser-known names (Raven, Venom, Saxon). A bit ironic, you say? Sure. Does it still kill us? Yes. Yes it does.
Top it off with my favorite of the lot, The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium–where everyone from Suede and Blur to Ride, New Order, and My Bloody Valentine rip through the crown jewels of guitar-fuzzed and synth-kissed pop–and you’ve got one hell of a gift pack for any music lover with his or her salt.
More Days of Christmas
Day 2: Death In June Brown Book
Day 3: Selk’Bags
Day 4: Hangar One Raspberry Vodka
Day 5: Mishka Keep Watch Eyeball Hat
Day 6: GRN Apple Tree Hoodie and Nixon Watch
Day 7: Canon HG10
Day 8: Gee Vaucher Artwork
Day 9: Kid Robot Smoker's Delight Bundle
Day 10: Eco-Friendly Bags from Colette
Day 11: XLR8R Subscription
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