A Vinyl Gift Guide for Everyone on the Holiday List
Here at Come From Away Records, we happen to think that vinyl makes a great holiday present. And with turntables now available everywhere from local independent retailers (best bet) to Indigo (sigh, if you must), it's more likely than ever before that many of the people on your gift list for Christmas and Hanukkah will appreciate the gift of wax. And if you happen to be reading this, here's a bonus promo code you can use: FRPN8WV to knock 7% off any order. Note -- some of these items are pre-orders and release dates on yinyl is fickle. If you want a safer bet, order something that's already out. That being said I have no reason to believe these will miss the release date. Just tread carefully!
But what should you get for them? This year saw plenty of great releases, many of them still available even in coloured or special-edition variants. And we're confident that no matter who you're buying for, we've got something we can source from our distributors.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started, and get in touch if you'd like some more personalized advice. Happy Holidays!
Arguably the best TV show going--I said it--Bojack Horseman is now the star of his own vinyl release, if not of a successful television series or a movie about Secretariat. You'll get the show's great themes here, of course, along with other original songs from various episodes. This fan must-have features two gorgeous picture LPs, one entire side of which is devoted to the show's perfect "underwater" episode.
Okay, so it likely won't arrive for Christmas--but considering that this gorgeous pressing is limited to 2,500 copies, the Stranger Things stan in your life will probably accept an IOU under the tree. The soundtrack/score for the hit Netflix show's second season is on "Upside Down Inter-Dimensional Blue," which looks great, and the quality of the LPs from season one speak well for this one.
Is there anybody in the pop game doing it better than Beyonce? Trick question, of course there isn't. Her essential 2016 album is now available on yellow (of course) 180-gram vinyl, and is a must-have release for anybody who claims to like modern pop music. Bonus: it definitely doesn't feature unexpected tracks from a random Canadian band. Name a more iconic duo than these two LPs; I'll wait.
It's hard to get more classically Canadian than Stompin' Tom Connors, the Canuck troubadour responsible for anthems like The Hockey Song and Sudbury Saturday Night. This two-LP set of his greatest hits, released to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation, features an intro from NHL legend Ken Dryden and four new covers from modern-day Canadian musicians.
Music had a few big losses this year, but Tom Petty certainly hit with fans across generations. The Petty fan in your family might already have a good selection of his discography on vinyl, but they'll surely appreciate this selection of his greatest hits performed live--on blue vinyl--just the same.
It's hard to think of a bigger arts-and-culture story in Canada this year than Gore Downie's passing, especially given that it comes with not only the end of the country's likely most-beloved band but also with the continuation of our long-overdue self-reflection on Indigenous reconciliation. Along with the important charitable work Downie did during his final months, there was also music: including this new album, which will both excite fans of Downie's earlier solo work and give long-time Hip fans new insight into the man and artist.
Look, we're happy to see people come to vinyl however it has to happen. But we all know the youth can do better than just picking up overpriced copies of the latest by the Chainsmokers on wax. Treat them to the latest from Urban fave Lana Del Rey with this double-LP release at, we might add, a far more reasonable price than you'll find at everyone's problematic-fave chain retailer.
I'm not sure there's a parent out there who wouldn't appreciate this comprehensive package of Redding's releases, featuring the original mono mixes of his studio albums--several of which have been long out of print--with packaging that replicates the original LPs right down to their catalogue numbers.
Is there a middle-aged female alive who doesn't jam out to "Mary's Boy Child" every time she hears it? Boney M's Christmas classic is a bit ridiculous sure, but so are many of our most beloved holiday traditions. This reissue of an album your aunt surely owned on both cassette and CD has all of the holiday bangers. You'll never get "Zion's Daughter" out of your head again.
Dead Moon's Fred Cole passed away in 2017, with his band never quite getting their deserved wider due. But Dead Moon will appeal to music fans who love straight-up, raw rock-and-roll songs, even if they've never heard this band before. If your younger sibling digs that enduringly grimy Northwestern US sound, get them this release.