In rock 'n' roll, fans so often look to the past. It's the older artists — the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Depeche Mode — who remain the most dependable draws at major amphitheaters and arenas.

While that might not be good for the genre's overall health, it's great for those shopping for classic-rock fans. There's never any shortage of box sets and other special reissues to choose from during the holiday season. Here are five gift ideas for the classic rocker on your shopping list:

  • “Moondance,” Van Morrison: Van the Man's most popular studio album, which gave the world such classic cuts as “Crazy Love,” “Into the Mystic” and the amazing title cut is being celebrated with a new reissue campaign. Fans can choose from three different “Moondance” offerings, ranging from a remastered version of the original album to a deluxe five-disc set that includes 50 previously unreleased tracks. ($14.49 to $52.57, amazon.com
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