Reissue Reviews

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Reissue Review: The Who, “The Track Singles, 1967-1973”

So now we’re on boxset number three – the period that truly defined The Who, as they transitioned from “pop” band...

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Reissue Review: The Zombies, “R.I.P.”

With all the recent talk and writing about the return of the original Zombies, touring and performing their 1968 masterpiece Odessey &...

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Reissue Review: Paul McCartney, “Tug of War”

A few things to get right out there:  I love this album.  I love Paul McCartney – from McCartney until this one.  This...

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Reissue Review: The Who, “The Reaction Singles, 1966”

This second box set of 45 singles, restored to their original label pressings by The Who for “The Who Hits 50” series, is now...

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Reissue Review: Led Zeppelin, “In Through the Out Door”

Is there anything revelatory in the deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door?" Yes and no. ...

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Reissue Review: Melvins, “The Bulls & The Bees”/”Electroretard”

So, here it is: the new Melvins record is actually a duo of Melvins records that already was. It’s interesting to see what...

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Reissue Review: Richard Buckner, “The Hill”

Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology turned 100 a few days ago, and Merge Records marked the occasion by re-releasing the...

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Reissue Review: “The Best of Herman’s Hermits: The 50th Anniversary Anthology”

One of my earliest and most loved musical recollections is “No Milk Today”; I still have my original M-G-M Records 45 with...

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Record Store Day Special: Jeff Beck’s First Three Singles

Jeff Beck is my one guitar hero; that’s a known fact.  I have all his albums, right through to Flash and have tried to...

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Reissue Review: The Who, “The Brunswick Singles, 1965-1966”

This is pure gold.  I’m speaking both as a fan and as a music critic (!); this is a small, but perfect reminder of how a record...

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Reissue Review: The Who, “Sell Out”

The brilliance – musically and conceptually – of The Who’s third album, humorously titled The Who Sell Out, cannot be...

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Reissue Review: The Who, “A Quick One”

Started in September of 1966, the second album by The Who was to be a very different affair from their debut, My Generation, for several...

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Reissue Review: The Who, “My Generation”

With The Who’s 50th anniversary here, Universal, the owners of The Who’s catalog, have seen fit to bring out vinyl reissues of...

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Reissue Review: The Jam, “Setting Sons”

1979’s Setting Sons is probably the second finest piece of work released by The Jam during their career, which, on record, spanned...

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Reissue Review: Gene Clark, “Two Sides to Every Story”

1977’s Two Sides To Every Story by the late Gene Clark, the erstwhile co-founder of The Byrds, has been long considered his finest...

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Reissue Review: R.E.M., “7IN-83-88”

As it stands, the R.E.M. nostalgia/reissues campaign hasn’t slowed a bit, although this is definitely one for the completist/hardcore...

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Reissue Review (Second Opinion): Captain Beefheart, “Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972”

Experiencing Captain Beefheart always has felt like a bit of an acid trip to me. Shape-shifting, mysterious and occasionally frenzied, Don...

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Reissue Review: Captain Beefheart, “Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972”

The music and artistry of Don Van Vliet, known to all and sundry as Captain Beefheart is very black and white – there are no greys...

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Reissue Review: Love, “Black Beauty”

What was technically recorded as Arthur Lee’s second solo album after the dissolution of Love in 1971 became viewed as the...

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Reissue Review: The Monkees, “The Monkees” (Super Deluxe Edition)

This is one of those albums where I cannot even remotely pretend to be objective – The Monkees was the first album I ever owned in my...

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A Fan’s Notes: Bob Dylan, “The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11”

The legendary sessions finally get a complete release...

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Reissue Reviews: Led Zeppelin, “IV” and “Houses of the Holy”

I don’t know how to find the right words for two albums that were almost “standard issue” when I was a teen and starting...

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Reissue Reviews: Wings, “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound”

That much of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles efforts have been unavailable for so long remains something of a mystery to me.  His...

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Reissue Review: Bedhead, “Bedhead: 1992-1998”

The single guitar note, all fragile and frosted glass, falls on the foot of the kick drum. And then, as the notes continue to unfurl and...

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Reissue Review: George Harrison, “The Apple Years 1968-75”

The perfect companion piece – the sensible companion piece to the earlier The Dark Horse Years 1976 – 1992.  This...

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Reissue Reviews: Big Star, “#1 Record” and “Radio City”

The way I’m going to approach this is to pretend that I’ve never heard #1 Record or Radio City.  I’m going to write...

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Reissue Review: The The, “Soul Mining”

I was 19 when I first heard The The’s Soul Mining; it was a big album in my social circle.  It was a thoughtful, deep, somewhat...

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Labels We Love: Cherry Red Records, Where Retro Is Reborn

Name the London hotspot where you’ll find Alice Cooper, Bauhaus alumni (Daniel Ash, David J and Peter Murphy), Suzi Quatro, Taylor...

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Reissue Review: Billy Joel, “A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia”

When word leaked that 2014 would see an expanded edition of Kohuept, many Billy Joel fans were left scratching their heads. Originally...

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Reissue Reviews: 311, “311” and “Evolver”

For Dan Walsh, it would be nearly impossible to improve on anything 311 has ever done, but these remasters do the trick....