Published on December 29th, 2013 | by AlexandreG.0
10 Best Music Reissues of 2013
Is well known that the music industry is going through a rough time (it all started with the arrival of the Mp3). The bands have given more concerts than ever in order to promote their work, and there are alongside and increasingly in fashion, deluxe editions or reissues of remarkable albums. If i was a rich man, sure i would have the albums listed below, that we consider the 10 Best Music Reissues of 2013:
10 – ‘Higher!’ – (Sly and the Family Stone)
More than four decades after they first change the Pop and R&B charts in the winter of 1968 with ‘Dance To the Music’ and being chosen for the Grammy Hall Of Fame, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s ‘500 Songs That Shaped Rock,’ and Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs Of All Time’ – Sly and the Family Stone shines again in this new 77-track box set. This collection showcases the classic hits in stereo format, and in mono mixes , unheard early versions, and concert performances. This powerful music is accompanied by a colorful detailed 104-page, 10-inch book of rare photographs, posters, picture sleeves, recording documents, vintage ads, and other memorabilia, along with extensive liner notes by Jeff Kaliss (author of Sly’s only authorized biography), track-by-track annotations, and a detailed timeline of Sly and The Family’s life and career!
9 – ‘Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)’ – (Bob Dylan)
Between 69′ and 71′ , Bob Dylan recorded some of the his most personal music with David Bromberg and Al Kooper. He sent the tapes to Nashville, where, with overdubs, they became the foundation for the ‘Self Portrait’ album. The great decade for Dylan began with this original sessions including in the LP ‘New Morning’ and ‘Self Portrait’. More than 40 years later , the double ‘Another Self Portrait’ set of previously unissued demos, alternate takes, scrapped arrangements and discarded songs from this two LP’s, when you listen to this album, its like everything here feels like new music.
8 – ‘Sound System’ – (The Clash)
This box set collection contains the band’s studio albums (minus their final album, ‘Cut the Crap’) newly re-mastered by Mick Jones, with a further three discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, a DVD with previously unseen footage by both Don Letts and Julien Temple, original promo videos and live footage, plus an owner’s manual booklet, reprints of the band’s original ‘Armagideon Times’ fanzine and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers and a poster.
7 – ‘LSXX’ – (The Breeders)
The album is a touchstone of the ‘alternative rock’ scene of the 90’s, and has been re-released in stunning new form by 4AD’s Vaughan Oliver. The ‘LSXX’ new version contains 46 tracks, spread across three CDs, and the same material is also available on a sumptuous seven-LP box set. But other key documents from that time, including: the full 16-track Stockholm concert that was previously only available in truncated form through The Breeders Digest fan club; 14 tracks recorded in settings ranging from demos and BBC/Peel sessions to guest appearances on compilations like the epochal No Alternative; and all four of the four-song EPs that came immediately before and after the album—1992’s Safari and 1994’s Head To Toe, in addition to the singles for ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Divine Hammer’. There’s also a 24-page booklet.
6 – ‘Live at the Academy of Music 1971’ – (The Band)
In 1971, The Band played a 4 night gig at The Academy of Music in New York City. The climax of the dates was on New Year’s Eve. The Band played with a full backing band, including horns arranged by Allen Toussaint and encores including Bob Dylan. These shows became the original source for the ‘Rock of Ages’ release in 1972. The first two discs contain copies of every song played over the four nights of the concert, while discs three and four contain the soundboard mix of the entire New Year’s Eve concert. The DVD has the songs from the first two discs remastered in 5.1 surround sound, plus copies of two songs from the concerts filmed by Howard Alk and Murray Lerner. The entire set comes in a 48-page hardcover book containing previously unseen photos, an essay by Robertson about the concert.
5 – ‘Rumours’ – (Fleetwood Mac)
‘Rumours’ is an legendary album released outside of its time and managed to be, even so, a sales phenomenon. The super deluxe edition features the album: 2004 re-mastered edition plus B-side track ‘Silver Springs’; Live Performances compiled from the 1977 tour; Unreleased Sessions: Newly compiled set of tracks from unreleased vault recordings, including stripped down ‘unplugged’ and demos versions and Recording sessions previously released in 2004 edition. This gem also contains an DVD – ‘Rosebud’ of 30 minute promo film by Michael Collins.
4 – ‘Moondance (Deluxe Edition)’ – (Van Morrison)
Warner Bros. Records has celebrated Van Morrison’s classic 1970 album with expanded versions via outtakes, alternate takes and previously unheard mixes. More accessible than his 1968 also classic ‘Astral Weeks’, ‘Moondance’ was Van Morrison’s first commercially successful solo effort acclaimed when first released and established Morrison as a major artist. It often appeared on many lists of best albums of all time. Among other awards, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2003, it was ranked #65 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time’.
3 – ‘Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ – (R.E.M.)
Only with 8 years of existence and five / five stars albums in the luggage, R.E.M. reach this very mature album ‘Green’, far above of any pop rock band at the time (with U2 at the same level). ‘Green’ is an album of experimentation, with the band being free from their usual functions, they enter the world of pop, punk, folk and rock all at the same time resulting in a remarkably homogeneous album. 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the band’s major-label breakthrough includes original album remastered and live disc spotlighting the penultimate show of 1989 World Tour.
2 – ‘Tommy: Super Deluxe Box Set’ – (The Who)
In May 1969, The Who were at his peak , but they were known mainly as a singles band but ‘Tommy’ will change everything. From here now they were a serious ‘albums band‘ and has sold over 20 million copies. Coming after ‘The Who Sell Out’ in 1967 , ‘Tommy’ marked a complete change in style, with Pete Townshend’s conceptual narrative in his Rock Operas. This new Super Deluxe Version comes with previously unheard material in the form of 20 demos from Pete Townshend’s archive and also a full live performance of ‘Tommy’ from 1969 taken from tapes that Townshend asked the band’s sound engineer to burn! 18 of the previously unheard tracks are taken from a live show at the Capital Theatre, Ottowa, Canada on October the 15th 1969. This deluxe set comes also with an 80 page book.
1 – ‘In Utero’ – (Nirvana)
Nirvana’s final studio album ‘In Utero’ was the most experimental of the band’s career, however the band tried to break out of the public view of what was the “popular music,” the album was a huge worldwide success, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. To mark the album’s 20th anniversary, DGC has released a box-set featuring newly remastered and remixed 2013 versions of the original 12 songs; a 13th track, ‘Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip,’ b-sides (including Dave Grohl’s lone Nirvana song contribution, ‘Marigold’); alternate mixes and outtakes; lyrics for a handful of the songs; and audio and video of ‘Live & Loud,’ a full concert recorded by MTV at Seattle’s Pier 48 on December 13, 1993. The set also comes with expanded liner notes, a poster and LPs.