Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be hard: Give the gift that comes in a style for everyone and never goes out of fashion–great music! From R.E.M. at the BBC, to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Half-Speed Masters, to Panart’s The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions-here’s our roundup of Craft Recordings’ standout 2018 box sets and vinyl releases for music obsessives of every kind. Visit the Craft Recordings Web Store for these, and much more.
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R.E.M. At The BBC (8-CD/1-DVD Box Set)

R.E.M. grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands. The collection comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers! “Best of” 2-LP and 2-CD editions also available.

“This comprehensive set makes it clear that R.E.M. were one of the best bands of their era and serves as a terrific addition to their catalog.”—Goldmine Magazine (5/5)

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The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (5-disc CD or LP Box Sets)

Reissued together as a set in their entirety here for the first time, the five volumes of Panart Record’s Cuban Jam Session albums were released over a span of almost a decade, from 1956-1964. Featuring an all-star line-up including Julio Gutiérrez, Niño Rivera, José Fajardo, and Cachao. Together, these albums encapsulate a stylistic and historic panorama of Cuban music, from big band son montuno to Afro-Cuban rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha and country acoustic guajira music, at the same time that they attest to Cuba’s long relationship with popular American music and jazz.

“If there was ever a holy grail of vintage Cuban music, the new collection called The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions would be inside.”—Felix Contreras, NPR Alt.Latino

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – The Studio Albums Collection (Half-Speed Masters, 7-LP Box Set)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival, this deluxe 7-LP box set comprises the band’s complete studio output (1968 to 1972): Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory, Pendulum and Mardi Gras. Each album in this collection has been mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, benefiting from an exacting process that allows for an exceptional level of sonic clarity and punch, bringing these classic recordings a new vibrancy. The 180-gram LPs come housed in handsome tip-on jackets replicating the packaging of the original pressings. Along with the complete studio album collection comes an 80-page book featuring new liner notes from music journalist Roy Trakin, archival photos and reproductions of band ephemera — offering something for both new and the most diehard of Creedence fans.

“…celebrating the brief but astonishingly prolific career of one of America’s greatest rock-and-roll bands”—Sound & Vision

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Stax ’68 (5-CD Box Set)

This milestone anniversary box set commemorates of a pivotal year for Stax Records and for American history: 1968. This period immediately follows the untimely passing of Otis Redding; it’s the year that Stax parted ways with Atlantic Records, and it’s also when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. This five-disc CD box set compiles every single (A- and B-sides) released on Stax and its subsidiary labels in ’68–over 120 iconic songs from era-de ning artists, including Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, Linda Lyndell, Rufus Thomas and many more. Limited edition letterpress poster (14”x 22”), printed with the historic Globe Collection at MICA letterpress, offered as an exclusive gift with purchase (while stocks last).

““It is an incredible story that highlights the rollercoaster ride of the Golden Age of soul music during one of the most infamous and tumultuous years in American history. Highly Recommended.”—Howard Dukes, Soul Tracks

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Concert For George (4-LP Box Set)

The Grammy®-winning release, Concert for George, is now available for the first time on vinyl. This 4-LP 180 gram Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from Concert for George, featuring a special, etched mandala-design on side-8. This collection captures stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (performed by Clapton, McCartney and Starr), “Taxman” (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “The Inner Light” (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar).

“”It’s hard to think of a more fitting tribute to a man who, despite being in the world’s biggest band, spent so much of that time in the shadows of his fellow players.”—Record Collector

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Telarc Classical Titles (Various LPs)

Craft’s recently reissued Telarc titles include Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite & Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances; Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana & Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis; Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dance from Mazeppa; and Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Silverstein (violin) performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Also available is London Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

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Classic Hip-Hop Back on Wax (Various LPs)

Recently, Craft reissued a legendary group of hip-hop titles originally released between 1989 and 1995 on Delicious Vinyl, the Los Angeles-based classic label whose catalog of West Coast party rock and conscious rap still gets play on radio and at functions worldwide. Featuring audio remastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, these LPs represent some of the most lasting music of the genre. The titles offer smash hits “Wild Thing” (on Tone-Lōc’s Lōc-ed After Dark) and “Bust A Move” (on Young MC’s Stone Cold Rhymin’), as well as groundbreaking albums by Masta Ace Incorporated, which married West Coast and East Coast sensibilities, and the sensational second album from the Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, which was responsible for launching the career of producer extraordinaire J Dilla, who contributed to six songs including the immortal “Runnin’.”

“Each of these five LPs is a distinct musical universe of sound and style on its own…if you’re a hip-hop newbie like me, these reissues serve as the perfect starting point for your education about a revolution in late-20th century American popular music.”—Culture Sonar

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Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas (180-gram LP)

With such iconic tracks as “Christmas Time is Here” and the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy”, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the second–best-selling jazz title in history, and was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA in late 2016. This audiophile edition of the album has been cut by George Horn at Fantasy Studios and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP. The LP comes housed in an old-school replica tip-on jacket, featuring the original 1965 cover art.

“There’s something warm and inviting about vinyl anyway – this audiophile edition is the perfect excuse to pick this up just in time for the holidays”—Icon Fetch

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For Discos Only: Indie Dance Music From Fantasy & Vanguard Records (1976–1981) (3-CD and 5-LP Box Sets)

For Discos Only: Indie Dance Music From Fantasy & Vanguard Records (1976–1981) is a comprehensive collection of the music that lit up a thousand dance floors in the mid ’70s and early ’80s, inspiring a revolution in the music world. This collection pulls killer tracks from respected and influential independent record labels on opposite coasts—San Francisco’s Fantasy Records and New York City’s Vanguard Records—and is a veritable must-have for fans of the pioneering movement from which emerged the birth of the “remix,” an innovative musical practice that prefigured house, techno and hip-hop.

“Compilations like this just show how diverse, daring, sexy, and fun this genre can be.”—Popmatters

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Joan Baez – Self Titled Debut (180-gram LP)

Joan Baez’s landmark 1960 debut album was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2011 by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and selected to be preserved in the National Recording Registry in 2015 by the Library of Congress. Long out of print on vinyl, this new reissue is cut from the original stereo tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, pressed and plated at RTI and housed in a Stoughton old-style tip-on jacket.

 

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