December 13, 2012

Gifts to groove to

Our holiday tip sheet features some CDs and some vinyl, with input from a couple of local music savants.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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"Warrior" by Ke$ha: Here's one for the younger folks -- maybe teenagers? -- on your list. The flashy pop star just released her second album this month, with writing help from the red-hot band fun. (they just played Portland this fall) and vocal help from The Flaming Lips and veteran rocker Iggy Pop. Sells for about $12.

"Kites to Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg" by Don Campbell: Maine's favorite country/folk artist, who spends a lot of time in Nashville, has just come out with this double CD. Campbell picked his personal favorites of Fogelberg's songs, including "Longer," "Part of the Plan," "Make Love Stay" and "Leader of the Band," and covered them. Sells for $18 at

"The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set" by The Beatles: Fourteen complete Beatles albums on 180-gram vinyl discs, plus a 252-page book. These discs were made from the 2009 remastered CDs, not from original masters. Sells for about $339, and would make a great fantasy gift for a lifelong Beatles fan whose mother threw their albums away or who wore out their old vinyl. Or for a youngster just discovering The Beatles. Or anyone, really. Hey -- it's The Beatles.

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