Iggy and The Stooges, “You Think You’re Bad, Man: Road Tapes ’73-’74” + “From K.O. to Chaos”
Iggy Pop’s last gasp with the original Stooges is hyper-energized and essential listening alongside the official canon.
The Kinks, “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoground, Part One” [Deluxe Reissue]
If anything was an enabler of glam pop, it was “Lola.”
The Coathangers, “The Coathangers” (Deluxe Edition)
The Atlanta garage rockers’ debut is the sound of four women who don’t give a damn for convention or perception.
Elvis Costello, “Armed Forces: Super Deluxe Edition”
The reissue of Costellos’ maximal-overdrive third LP manages to sound crisper than its original recording.
John Lennon, “Gimme Some Truth: The Ultimate Mixes”
The “Gimme Some Truth” box makes Lennon’s solo output sound better, brighter, and of a piece.
Lou Reed, “New York: Deluxe Edition” + Lou Reed & John Cale, “Songs for Drella”
“New York” gets the deluxe box set treatment this week, while “Drella” gets a Record Store Day release three weeks later, a first on vinyl.
Johnny Cash, “A Night To Remember, 1973” + “The Complete Mercury Recordings”
Both new projects pull the curtain back on missed moments, eras of Cash once considered minor.
The Best Reissues of 2017
Five favorites from this year that had a story to tell and music to back it up.
“Two Rungs Above Being A Pimp”: The Rock and Soul of Post-War Nigeria
Uchenna Ikonne on the little-known Nigerian rock scene of the 1970s.
The Magnetic Fields, “69 Love Songs” [vinyl reissue]
Clichés are clichés for a reason, so where’s the space between a fake love song and a real one? On 69 Love Songs, it’s often clear, but the places where it isn’t make this an essential set of throwaway love songs.
Flaming Lips Reissuing “Clouds Taste Metallic” as Massive Deluxe Boxed Set
Gonna need a lot of gummy skulls to contain this thing.