Black Sabbath, “Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition”
This edition offers more mind-expanding madness in demo form, a never-before-released live album, and explosive re-mastered sound.
On the Young Adult Sorrow and Undeniable Bops of Fountains of Wayne’s “Welcome Interstate Managers”
With 2003’s “Stacy’s Mom”–toting LP getting a Real Gone Music reissue, we revisit the power-pop group’s uncool and understated third release.
Paul & Linda McCartney, “Ram” [50th Anniversary Half-Speed Mastering]
This warm, mossy 50th anniversary reissue benefits from the dirtball proceedings of its homespun recording sessions and its homier, oblong songs.
Annette Peacock, “X-Dreams” + “The Perfect Release” (Remastered)
Both records remain stunning after nearly 45 years, with neither losing their punch or import.
STRFKR, “Reptilians” 10-Year Anniversary Edition
The group’s remastered 2011 LP arrives with 4 bonus tracks, new artwork, and plenty of nostalgia.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: The Ultimate Collection”
This remastering of the ex-Beatle’s solo debut sees wealths of emotion poured out in ways previously unimaginable.
The Who, “The Who Sell Out Super Deluxe Edition”
Overstuffed and unified, this deluxe reissue has all the freneticism of its initial ideal whole.
Sharon Van Etten, “epic Ten”
This reissue is two albums at once, ranging in creative impact from Van Etten’s ghostly harmonies to IDLES’ industrial wallop.
Laurie Anderson, “Big Science” [reissue]
Re-released on red vinyl by Nonesuch Records, this major-label debut is still a delectably odd beauty.
The Clean, “Mister Pop” [vinyl reissue]
This 2009 LP is a reinforcement of The Clean’s rightful place in the pantheon of quirky alternative rock.
Tokyo Police Club, “Champ — 10th Anniversary Reissue”
This deluxe edition offers a nice slew of remixes and demos, but its best function is a reminder of how good TPC was the first time around.
Tommy James & the Shondells, “Celebration: The Complete Roulette Recordings 1966-1973”
A deep dive into pop’s rare past with a man who made the journey bold, original, and downright frisky.
Richard Hell and the Voidoids, “Destiny Street Complete”
These demos and fuller, remixed recordings show off more of the Albert-Ayler-meets-Iggy-Pop thing that Hell and his band probably intended.
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.