The Band - Live at the Academy Of Music:
The Skinny: At the end of 1971 The Band booked a residency at NYC's Academy Of Music that ran
from December 28 through 31. The Band employed New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint to compose horn charts for
their most beloved songs that added new life to these tunes. A recently released box set pulls highlights from the run
lovingly remastered by a team that included The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson as well as a complete recording of
the group's New Year's Eve performance complete with a DVD and 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen
Recommended For: The friend who originally turned you onto Rock Of Ages or your uncle
who continues to brag about attending Watkins Glen in 1973.
Grateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream:
The Skinny: After more than 40 years the Grateful Dead have officially released a documentary
about their famed August 27, 1972 show at Springfield Creamery in Veneta, OR that also includes all-new stereo and
5.1 audio mixes of the audio from the show.
Recommended For: Deadheads of all stripes including your buddy who first showed you a grainy
copy of the documentary they bought at a head shop when you were in college.
Love for Levon:
The Skinny: On October 3, 2012 a gathering of music legends and all-stars paid tribute to late The
Band drummer Levon Helm at The Meadowlands in New Jersey. Rock royalty including Roger Waters, John Hiatt, Gregg
Allman, Garth Hudson and Bruce Hornsby took turns delivering mostly outstanding versions of songs connected with
Levon. Highlights from the concert were released earlier this year on a phenomenal 360-minute video and audio
Recommended For: Your country-music loving aunt who will appreciate performances from the
likes of Eric Church and Dierks Bentley or your Band-loving parents who felt your pain when you informed them Levon
had passed or your little brother who loves John Mayer but hasn't quite made the jump passed his poppier material.
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013:
The Skinny: Every three years Eric Clapton puts together unbelievable lineups focusing on axemen
for his Crossroads Guitar Festival. This year's event took place at Madison Square Garden and featured the likes of the
Allman Brothers Band, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy. A recently released 2-DVD/2-Blu-Ray set collects 90
minutes worth of highlights from the two Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 concerts.
Recommended For: Blues lovers, guitarists and those who agree that Eric Clapton is god.
The Who - Tommy Super Deluxe:
The Skinny: The Who's Tommy might not have been the first rock opera, but it was
certainly the most famous one. A new, four-disc limited-edition "Super Deluxe" box set collects a digitally remastered
version of the original album, demos, outtakes, a 5.1 album mix and a live "bootleg" album containing 21 previously
unreleased live tracks from 1969. The package is tied together with a massive 80-page book that features rare photos,
memorabilia, a 20,000-word essay by Who fan Richard Barnes and a rare facsimile Tommy poster housed in a hard-
back deluxe slip-case.
Recommended For: Your older sister who was cool enough to take you to see The Who when you
were still in high school or your dad who took you to see the Broadway-adaptation of Tommy.
Bob Dylan - Complete Album Collection:
The Skinny: This colossal box set, which was released in November, contains 41 Bob Dylan albums
from throughout his career including 35 studio titles and six live LPs. It also includes a hard-cover book with extensive
liner notes and rare photos. Fourteen of the albums have been newly remastered.
Recommended For: Your friend that said you were missing the point when you complained about
Bob Dylan's voice or your young cousin who is just starting to discover classic rock.
Nirvana - In Utero Deluxe:
The Skinny: Twenty years after the release of Nirvana's last studio album, In Utero, a new
"Super Deluxe" edition of the landmark LP contains more than 70 remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased
recordings, including B-sides, compilation tracks, never-before-heard demos and live material featuring the final
touring lineup of Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl and Pat Smear. You also get a DVD that features previously unreleased
material and a live concert from 1993.
Recommended For: Your friend who was really mad at you for picking Phish over taking the extra
he secured for you to see Pearl Jam or your jam-hating relatives that always try to turn you on to the harder stuff
Skydog - Duane Allman Retrospective:
The Skinny: This critically-acclaimed 7-CD box set compiles 129 tracks showing the range and
breadth of Duane "Skydog" Allman's musical contributions. Included within are pre-Allman Brothers Band tracks, studio
work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs and Delaney & Bonnie and even a live jam with the Grateful
Recommended For: The family member you ran into at an Allman Brothers Band concert that you
never knew were into the band or your soul music-loving friend who could use a new appreciation of Duane Allman's
Muscle Shoals days.
Tour Gigs' String Cheese Incident In Austin 2013
Price: $60 (DVD) / $72 (Blu-Ray)
The Skinny: TourGigs recently released stunning high-definition video of String Cheese Incident's
long-awaited return to Austin that took place in July 2013. All three shows are available in a variety of formats
including a 3-show bundle on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Recommended For: The String Cheese Incident fan in your life.