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MUSIC GIFT GUIDE

The gift of nostalgia

Various Artists, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?’’ Ten years after it won the Grammy for album of the year and stoked new interest in old bluegrass and Americana, the soundtrack to the Coen brothers film gets the deluxe anniversary treatment. A bonus disc includes previously unreleased songs that were recorded for the film’s original sessions.

Bobby Charles, “Bobby Charles’’ Better known as a songwriter (“See You Later, Alligator,’’ “Walking to New Orleans’’), Charles was an underrated performer in his own right. Rhino Handmade fleshes out his self-titled 1972 album with alternate takes and bonus tracks, stretching to 36 songs over three discs. It’s a good introduction to Charles’s brand of “swamp pop.’’

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U2, “Achtung Baby’’ Depending on your level of fandom for the Irish rock quartet, there are several options for obtaining this remastered reissue of the band’s sterling 1991 album including a “super deluxe’’ 10-disc box that includes the recent documentary “From the Sky Down’’ for the free-spending diehard. Thriftier fans can find what they’re looking for in the two-disc version.

The Who, “Quadrophenia’’ Options are again the name of the game as the pioneering Brit rock band offers a two-disc version of its classic “rock opera’’ as well as sprawling five-disc “director’s cut’’ that includes the original double album, two discs of demos, and an eight-track DVD remixed for surround sound.

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, “A Tribute’’ You can’t go wrong with this two-disc sampler of sparkling, deeply felt performances by the revered singer Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006), who brought a vocal opulence and glowing humanity to almost every piece of music she touched. Here she sings music by Handel, one of her touchstone composers, and one excerpt apiece by Bach and Purcell.

The Rolling Stones, “Some Girls’’ One of the best, and the best-selling, albums in the band’s catalog gets spiffed up and put back on the shelf with a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks recorded during the era. A “super deluxe’’ edition includes unseen photos and a 7-inch single of “Beast of Burden/When the Whip Comes Down’’ in its original banned cover sleeve.

Nirvana, “Nevermind’’ (pictured) Hitting the double decade mark this year, the grunge era classic gets the deluxe treatment with a remastered version of the original joined by a bevy of bonus tracks including b-sides, rehearsals, and live performances. A four-disc “super deluxe’’ version throws in various other extras including a 90-page book detailing the band’s explosive moment.

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Murray Perahia, “Murray Perahia Plays Bach Concertos’’ Perahia is known as a superb Bach player, and Sony here has bundled together his joyfully conceived, luxuriously detailed recordings of Bach’s Keyboard Concertos - on a modern concert grand - with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

The Smashing Pumpkins, “Gish’’ and “Siamese Dream’’ Head Pumpkin Billy Corgan is nothing if not sonically ambitious, and these two classic albums from the Chicago rockers’ heyday each get a three-disc deluxe reissue. Both albums have been remastered, include a bonus disc of rarities, and a live DVD from their respective eras from the Metro in Chicago. (Out Nov. 29)

Human Switchboard, “Who’s Landing in My Hangar?: Anthology 1977-1984’’ This Ohio indie rock band is rescued from the obscurity bin with this reissue of the single full studio album it released, which is still beloved by post-punk musicians who followed in its wake. The disc comes with a download card to get an additional 19 tracks collected from various sources.

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