BOOK AND CD THE SINATRA TREASURES BY CHARLES PIGNONE ($45)
Sinatra family archivist Pignone provides an insider’s look—and listen—at 01′ Blue Eyes. An enclosed CD features songs and stage banter with Bing Crosby and others and an intriguing trove of lovingly reproduced artifacts are packed within the pages. Pore over a backstage pass and the menu from Puccini’s, a restaurant Sinatra owned with Peter Lawford and others. (The chef’s special, Chicken Pineapple, set you back $3.50.)
BOOK LUCY & DESI BY ELISABETH EDWARDS ($35)
Even before they rumbaed at the Club Babalu, TV’s first couple compiled scrapbooks. This edited-down reproduction offers fun family ephemera (Desi Jr.’s birth announcement) and letters from pals like Bob Hope.
CD THE BEATLES: THE CAPITOL ALBUMS VOL.1 ($69.98)
Since the demise of vinyl, Beatles fans have coped with import CDs of the lads’ early LPs (which have different song sequences and were recorded in mono). Well, here comes the sun: a four-CD set of the Fab Four’s first four albums, American style.
CD BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL ($59.98)
A foot-stomping, tear-jerking collection of 106 tunes by the original stars of hits and lesser-known shows. Listen while reading the lavish companion book of the same title ($60).
DVD THE MARX BROTHERS: SILVER SCREEN COLLECTION ($59.98)
Sure, the Olsen twins are amusing, but when it comes to flat-out hilarity, they don’t make celeb sibs like they used to. Let the madcap Marx Brothers take you back with a laugh-a-minute box set featuring five films, including Duck Soup and Monkey Business.
CD GEORGE STRAIT: 50 NUMBER ONES ($24.98)
Aspiring country stars should study this album to hear how far attention to musical details can get you. Strait has racked up 50 No. 1 hits using a straight-on style that favors song quality over studio tricks. Listen and learn.
DVD THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON ($49.99)
The Girls are cool again; even the teen hipsters on The O.C. are fans. Relive the debut season of the 1985-92 sitcom that proved there was still life in these ladies (Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty). And thank you for being a friend.
ATARI FLASHBACK ($44.95) and MS. PAC-MAN TV GAMES ($20)
Remember coveting the Atari home video-game system as a kid? And how many quarters did you drain into the Ms. Pac-Man machine at the pizza parlor? Revisit videogaming’s golden era with these two systems that plug directly into any TV set—no PlayStation or Xbox required. The Flashback features 20 Atari favorites, including Breakout, while TV Games features Ms. Pac-Man along with four other video-arcade classics.