Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Vinyl and Box Sets of 2021

BY Exclaim! StaffPublished Dec 3, 2021

Between the latest crop of standout albums and the usual slew of reissues and archival box sets, there's a ton of great new music to purchase for your loved ones this holiday season, to help them build their ever-growing collections. But be sure to order early — thanks to Adele, there's no guarantee that the perfect gift will arrive on time.

New West Records
Limited edition vinyl

New West Records is offering up a very limited edition run of favourites new and old. Artists treated to a one-time repress on heavy-duty coloured wax include Justin Townes Earle, Vic Chesnutt, Corb Lund, Kacy & Clayton, Pokey LaFarge and the Secret Sisters. 
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The Weather Station 
Ignorance (Deluxe)

The deluxe edition of Tamara Lindeman's latest masterpiece expands to two LPs, featuring new tracks, live renditions and reimaginings alongside the original album on iridescent blue vinyl. 
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When Smoke Rises 

This stunning debut album from Toronto's Mustafa, short-listed for the 2021 Polaris Music Prize, gets a limited edition run on vinyl. 
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Dominique Fils-Aimé 
Three Little Words (Deluxe)

Short-listed for this year's Polaris Music Prize, the deluxe edition of Three Little Words is pressed on yellow wax, includes handwritten lyrics, and is limited to only 500 copies.  
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Joni Mitchell 
Archives, Vol 2: The Reprise Years (1968–1971)

The second volume in Mitchell's ongoing Archives project includes an intimate Ottawa club performance recorded by Jimi Hendrix, outtakes, unreleased songs, an interview with Cameron Crowe and more. 

The Beach Boys
Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969–1971

Collecting the sessions that produced both Sunflower and Surf's Up, this set tracks the Beach Boys' transition out of their '60s peak, while putting to lie the idea that they were creatively spent post-Smile. 
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Tame Impala 
Innerspeaker 10th Anniversary Box Set

As stunning today as it was upon release, the 10th anniversary edition of Kevin Parker's debut full-length includes demos, an unreleased jam and new mixes. 
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Bruce Springsteen 
Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour 1978

Eight full gigs from a once-in-a-generation artist renowned for marathon-length concerts, touring behind one of his most celebrated albums with fluid setlists? Yes, please. 
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Cuntry Covers Vol. 1

Known for their work backing Orville Peck and in Toronto DIY band Frigs, Bria Salmena and Duncan Hay Jennings bring a warped, Lynchian quality to these covers of classics made famous by artists like Karen Dalton, the Walker Brothers and Lucinda Williams.
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New Adventures in Hi-Fi: 25th Anniversary Edition 

The beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning? Any way you cut it, this was a pivotal album for R.E.M. The last LP to feature drummer Bill Berry, this anniversary edition includes the remastered album, B-sides, live cuts and alternate versions from the band's most eclectic outing. 
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor 

This special edition vinyl release spreads the mysterious Montreal collective's latest full-length across two records (one 12-inch and one 10-inch), which come in a sleek gatefold sleeve. 
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Ozzy Osbourne
No More Tears: 30th Anniversary Edition 

Dry your eyes, mate. The creative and commercial peak of Ozzy's solo career gets a makeover, adding B-sides, demos and live tracks. 
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David Bowie
Brilliant Adventure (1992–2001)

After a dodgy decade, Bowie returned to form with a series of eclectic records that explored everything from industrial rock to jungle music. The set includes the legendary unreleased album Toy
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