In need of some gift ideas this holiday season? We cover the bases with holiday gift ideas for blues rock fans from CDs to DVDs and Blu-ray releases.
Eric Clapton: Give Me Strength – The 74/75 Recordings
Give Me Strength is a 5CD/1 Blu-ray set capturing a full year of recordings from Eric Clapton during 1974-1975. The set includes previously unreleased tracks, rare studio outtakes and remixed songs from 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One In Every Crowd, and E.C. Was Here. The set also comes with a 60 page book that has extensive liner notes and rare photos.
Joe Bonamassa: Tour de Force DVD/Blu-ray Box Set
Four concerts in four different venues, live in London. Tour de Force is one of the most ambitious releases of the year from blues rock’s most prolific artist. The four show box set also includes bonus features with a four part documentary and a behind the scenes look at each show. Click here to read our entire review of Tour de Force.
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 DVD/Blu-ray
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival has become the premiere event for the world’s greatest guitar players. 2013’s festival features two nights at Madison Square Garden where Clapton is joined by Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, and more. Read our comprehensive review of Crossroads 2013 here.
King King: Standing In The Shadows
Standing In The Shadows is one of the best albums of 2013 by one of the UK’s top blues rock bands. King King is still flying a bit under the radar here in the States, but Standing In The Shadows was recently voted #3 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2013. The album has plenty of variety with blues, rock, ballads, and excellent songwriting and guitar.
Gov’t Mule: Shout!
Gov’t Mule’s latest album Shout! is a double album featuring one disc with all songs performed by Gov’t Mule and a second disc featuring alternate versions of the songs with guest appearances from Ben Harper, Dr. John, Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Glenn Hughes, and more.
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown: Wild Child
Wild Child is the full-length debut album from one of blues rock’s most promising young groups. Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown have a knack for catchy melodies and hooks, and Wild Child is a rootsy blues rock album that will cater to both hardcore blues rock fans and more mainstream listeners.
– Pete Francis