Thursday, December 2, 2010

Music Roundup: My Top Reissues of 2010

2010 and the latter-part of 2009 have been banner years for reissues. The canonical recordings of Bob Dylan and the Beatles were re-released in mono (yes, mono), the Rolling Stones' 1972 masterpiece Exile on Main St. was released in two variations of deluxe-ness, and the bonanza continued with a high-profile exhumation of the Apple vaults. What follows is a brief list of the reissues that stand out - for me - as definite musical highlights of the past year.

Black Tambourine - Black Tambourine

Station to Station - David Bowie
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 - Bob Dylan

The Best of Elmore James, Vol. 2 - Elmore James

Through the Years: 1956-2007 - Abbey Lincoln

That's the Way God Planned It - Billy Preston
Live on the Sunset Strip - Otis Redding

The Solo Albums, Vol. 1 - Smokey Robinson

Exile on Main St. [Deluxe Edition] - The Rolling Stones

Live in Boston 1966 - Junior Wells & The Aces
Find it in the catalog!

Note: I am writing this without having heard the recently released Orange Juice box-set, Coals to Newcastle, which has suddenly been added to everyone's Christmas list.