It's been a massive year for anniversaries! With so many era-defining, landmark albums being treated to a deluxe reissue makeover it's easy to lose track of all the awesome, limited-edition albums, stacked with bonus material, to be added to your collection.
So, here are 5 great album reissues of 2019 to add to your Christmas wishlist.
1. Stone Temple Pilots | Purple: Super Deluxe Edition 25th Anniversary
When Stone Temple Pilots first released their second album, Purple in 1994, expectations high, thanks largely to the band’s stunning debut album, Core (1992), which sold more than eight million copies and earned them Grammy Award. The release of Purple on June 7, 1994 cemented their place as one of the definitive bands of their generation when the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.
The 25th anniversary reissue of their 1994 album, Purple: Super Deluxe Edition features a remastered version of the album, plus demos, early versions of songs, previously unreleased live recordings, and other goodies packaged across three CDs and one seven-inch. Rarities in the package include a cover of Beach Boys’ “She Knows Me Too Well,” three live acoustic recordings from KROQ’s 1994 Christmas concert, and an acoustic version of “Big Empty”. Check it out here.
2. Fleetwood Mac | Fleetwood Mac: 1975 – 1987 Boxed Set
A new incarnation of Fleetwood Mac debuted in the summer of 1975 that included Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie, along with new members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. The group’s first album together, Fleetwood Mac (sometimes called “The White Album”), topped the Billboard album chart, spent more than a year in the Top 40 and sold more than five million copies in the U.S. thanks to songs like “Landslide,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Rhiannon.” Fleetwood Mac would go on to release five back-to-back multi-platinum albums between 1975 and 1987, an astonishing feat that drove them to become one of the best-selling bands in the world.
The Fleetwood Mac: 1975 – 1987 Boxed Set includes individually numbered, limited edition, multi-colored vinyl pressing’s of five classic Fleetwood Mac albums, including Fleetwood Mac (1975) – White Vinyl; Rumours (1977) – Clear Vinyl; Tusk (1979) – 2LP Silver Vinyl; Mirage (1982) – Violet Vinyl; Tango In The Night (1987) – Green Vinyl. Check it out here.
3. Ramones | It’s Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
The Ramones’ first live album was originally recorded in London on New Year’s Eve, 1977 and eventually released as a double album in 1979. It’s Alive delivered a blistering barrage of live takes on classic tracks from the band’s first three albums, including.
It’s Alive celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, an expanded, updated version with remastered sound was released in September this year. It’s Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe is a limited and numbered edition of 8,000 copies, the 4CD/2LP 180-gram vinyl set comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book that includes new liner notes written by legendary record producer and musician Steve Albini and Ed Stasium, who, as well as producing and engineering the album, remastered all of the music for the reissue collection. Check it out here.
4. Joy Division | Unknown Pleasures: 40th Anniversary Special Edition Vinyl Reissue
Joy Division’s iconic Unknown Pleasures goes down in history as one of the most important debut albums of all time. The landmark album was first released in June 1979, and contains now classic tracks, such as ‘She’s Lost Control’, ‘Shadowplay’ and ‘New Dawn Fades’.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this post-punk masterpiece, a limited-edition reissue of Unknown Pleasures, pressed on ruby red vinyl of was released in June this year, almost forty years to the day it was originally released in 1979. The limited-edition LP came with an alternative white sleeve resembling the original cover artwork, designed by Peter Saville who had previously designed posters for Manchester's infamous Factory club. T-shirts of the 40th Anniversary artwork are available here.
5. Eskimo Joe | Black Fingernails, Red Wine: Reissue
Eskimo Joe’s third studio album, Black Fingernails, Red Wine was simply huge. When it was originally released in 2006, it went to number one on the ARIA Album Chart and stayed in the Top 50 for the next 62 weeks! The album won the trio four ARIA awards and has sold four times platinum (more than 300,000 copies in Australia alone).
“At that time, we were listening to all types of music, from Eurythmics to INXS. We were jamming on a combination of dark chords, constant kick drums and experimenting with down and dirty vocals: low and sinister.” – Frontman, Kav Temperley.
To celebrate 21 years since they formed, Eskimo Joe released a 2CD reissue edition of Black Fingernails Red Wine features the known and loved singles, “Sarah”, “New York” and title track, “Black Fingernails, Red Wine”, along with more than 25 bonus songs chosen by the band, including remixes, B-sides and live material, as well as unheard demo recordings from the album’s earliest 2005 sessions. Check it out here.