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.