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Rock & Roll Gift Guide

The best audio tech, gadgets, box sets and books for the ultimate music fan

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Box Sets

Jimi Hendrix, Winterland
Compiled from six consecutive 1968 performances at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, this latest Hendrix Catalog Project 4-CD collection features a 25-year-old Hendrix shredding on "Foxey Lady," "Purple Haze" and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," as well as a rare live interview in which he discusses the direction he wanted to take his music. ($50, jimihendrix.com)

Nirvana, Nevermind (Super Deluxe Edition)
The most important album of the Nineties turned 20 this year, and its limited-edition Super Deluxe set comes packed with four CDs of live radio spots, alternate mixes and previously unreleased angst, plus a DVD of a legendary live show at Seattle's Paramount Theater. (Super Deluxe Edition, $80; Deluxe Edition, $20; nirvana.com)

Elvis Costello and the Imposters, The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook (Super Deluxe Edition)
Elvis Costello brought his Spectacular Spinning Songbook prop out in L.A. this spring for the first time in 25 years – and it was such a hit, he took his circus act on the road. This multimedia box set includes a CD of live performances, a DVD of the most enigmatic showstoppers (including a guest appearance by the Bangles), a 10-inch vinyl record with four exclusive songs and a 40-page book of candids and musings by Napoleon Dynamite himself. Available in December. ($340, elviscostello.com)

Various Artists, The Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live
The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are notorious for their heartfelt recognition of musical genius, their rare live performances and their rowdy jams. This three-CD set makes for easier casual listening than its prior DVD releases, and the star power is all still there: Bruce Springsteen backing Chuck Berry on "Johnny B. Goode"; Tom Petty, Prince, Steve Winwood and Dhani Harrison on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; the Allman Brothers with Sheryl Crow on "Midnight Rider." ($45, timelife.com)

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