Holiday Gift Geek Guide 2012: Music

Lots of sonic platters of joy are ready to be served up this holiday season, and what better gift to give someone than the universal appeal of music? During this festive time, when credit card debts mount up, layaway plans become way too unmanageable, and the stress of owing money takes charge over one’s soul and wallet as the new year turns, it’s still worth the feeling one gets when one sees someone’s eyes light up when they tear the wrapping paper off a gift, positively effused with sincere delight at its contents. We all still do it, we all get by, we grumble as the new year rolls in, but it’s all worth it; gifts are cool, no doubt, gifts never go out of style, and the end result of giving someone a gift makes it all worth it. Music was no exception this year. There were some great collections for one to gnaw on, collections which run every genre and will turn even the most hard hardened curmudgeon of a Scrooge into the softest teddy bear imaginable, even if it’s only for one holiday. My holiday box set picks are below, this one goes to eleven:

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MP3 Deal: $3-$5 Albums; Free Metal Samplers
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To get everyone familiarized with their new Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon offering is up 23 ALBUMS FOR $3.99 OR LESS. There are some great selections, like Beastie Boys Solid Gold Hits and Whitesnake The Definitive Collection, both of which are $2.99 each. Also, the spotlight deal on Foo Fighters Greatest Hits is still valid, so grab the album now for only $3.99 (contains exclusive track, “Have A Cigar,” a cover of the Pink Floyd song).

There’s also a 100 Albums for $5 Each sale, with selections from all music genres available at the discounted price through the end of the month. See below for my favorite picks from this sale.

Queen A Night At The Opera
The Who Who’s Next
The Ramones Greatest Hits
Pat Benatar Best Shots
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Poison The Best Of- 20 Years Of Rock
Yes Highlights – The Very Best Of Yes
Soundtrack Tron
Soundtrack Tangled

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