RHINO HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021: SHOPPING FOR CANYON DADS (AND MOMS)
It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid... of giving the perfect gift! Which, of course, is always music. Take the reigning ladies (and dads) of the Canyon (Laurel, natch) in your life. You know who I'm talking about: Always has a trusty journal by their side to capture "musings." At present, has (at least) two cats living in the yard. Once hitchhiked to Mama Cass' house. He's not just a dad--he's a Canyon Dad! And we love them. The natural progression after Joni Mitchell introduced us to the Ladies of the Canyon back in 1970, we have a few gift ideas for the Canyon Dads in your life. Here are a few collections sure to put smiles on their faces when they crack 'em open.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, DEJA VU (50TH ANNIVERSARY D2C DELUXE EDITION)
Déjà Vu was the most-anticipated new album in America in 1970. More than 50 years later, it's one of the most famous albums in rock history, packed with legendary songs including CARRY ON and TEACH YOUR CHILDREN that still resonate today. This version is only available for purchase on the official CSNY and Rhino Stores, and features the remastered original album and four additional LPs of demos, outtakes, early versions, and alternate versions of songs recorded during the Déjà Vu sessions. Presented as a 5LP set in a beautiful box with a 12 x 12 softcover book, the collection comes illustrated with rarely seen photos from the era and annotated by writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe, whose revealing liner notes recount the making of the album through stories told by the people who were there, including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. Secure a copy of this instant collector's item right here.
The Doors, L.A. WOMAN (50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION)
The Doors found their mojo (and Mr. Mojo Risin') in November 1970 as they recorded L.A. Woman over six days at the Workshop, the band's rehearsal space on Santa Monica Boulevard. A success both critically and commercially, the album was certified double-platinum and contains some of the band's most enduring music, including the Top 20 hit LOVE HER MADLY, RIDERS ON THE STORM and the title track. L.A. WOMAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes the original album newly remastered by The Doors' longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of unreleased studio outtakes, and the stereo mix of the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl. The music will also be available from digital and streaming services the same day, as will a new Dolby Atmos mix of the original album by Botnick. For this new collection, the original album has been expanded with more than two hours of unreleased recordings taken from the sessions for L.A. Woman, allowing the listener to experience the progression of each song as it developed in the studio. An early demo for "Hyacinth House" recorded at Robby Krieger's home studio in 1969 is also included. Grab a copy here.
Joni Mitchell, THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971) 4CD BOX SET
Consider it the ultimate Joni Mitchell primer: the legendary artist's first four studio albums, packaged together in an exclusive collection. THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971) 4CD box set features newly remastered versions of Song To A Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), Ladies Of The Canyon (1970), and Blue (1971). In the case of Song To A Seagull, the original mix has been recently updated by Mitchell and mixer Matt Lee. The cover art for THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971) features a previously unseen self-portrait Mitchell painted during the time period that was recently rediscovered in one of her old sketchbooks and includes an essay by Grammy winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Make someone's holiday especially memorable (and musical) with a copy of this incredible collection.
David Crosby, IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME (LP)
Singer-songwriter David Crosby's solo debut, IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME, was dismissed by critics when it came out in 1971. Over the years, however, appreciation has grown for the album's adventurous aesthetic, stacked harmonies and haunting lyrics about loss and confusion. Billed as Crosby's solo debut, the album was anything but a one-man project. Instead, it was one of his most collaborative efforts, featuring an all-star cast of players that included members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana, along with Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and others. Pick it up on wax over here.