London Calling: Legacy Edition
December 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. release of one of the most influential albums, well, ever. Celebrating the milestone, this package features a documentary DVD and double-CD set, as well as 21 previously unheard demos discovered in guitarist/singer Mick Jones’ storage house.
Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett (RPM/Columbia, $50)
Five CDs cover five decades in this crooner’s illustrious career belting out duets with Diana Krall and B.B. King. Includes liner notes from Bennett himself on the history behind great songs like “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “New York, New York,” and countless others.
Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis, 1963-1964 (Columbia Legacy, $130)
Surprise the jazz fanatic on your gift list
with this 7-CD set of Mr. Davis blowing his trumpet alongside a mighty fine quintet of musicians over a period of 18 months as the band creates what would eventually become “freebop.”
— James Mayfield