Whether it's deep dives into specific eras of legendary artists’ careers, remastered anniversary editions or long-lost recordings unearthed from iconic vaults, here’s a roundup of the top reissues of 2021!
1. Joni Mitchell | 'Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years 1968-1971'
Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) arrived on vinyl in November. The extensive release is the second volume of Joni Mitchell's Archives series, documenting the three-year span between the release of her debut album, 1968's Song to a Seagull, and 1971's career milestone Blue. The box set features a number of live performances from the era, including a live album from Carnegie Hall in 1969, a recording of her The Dick Cavett Show appearance in 1969, two BBC sessions from 1970 and more. Order, here.
2. Black Sabbath | 'Vol. 4 (Super Deluxe Edition)'
Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition is available as a 4-CD set/5-LP set, with both versions featuring liner notes and quotes from all four band members, rare photos and a poster with previously unpublished early artwork of the album featuring the working title, Snowblind. The collection concludes with a searing collection of live performances from Black Sabbath’s 1973 U.K. tour for Vol 4., including thrilling live versions of Vol 4. tracks, Tomorrow’s Dream and Cornucopia, and fan faves like Paranoid and War Pigs. Order, here.
3. Neil Young & Crazy Horse | 'Way Down in the Rust Bucket'
Recorded on November 13th 1990 in Santa Cruz, CA, a couple of months after they released their awesome 1990 album Ragged Glory, Neil Young & Crazy Horse played a club show at The Catalyst which is now released here for the first time. The show comprised three different sets along with a 12-minute encore of Cortez The Killer and all 3 sets including that encore are brought together here in over 2 hours of music. Said to be one of the great live shows that Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed, the album includes live versions of songs from their Ragged Glory album, released just prior, along with classics from across their catalogue. Order, here.
4. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | 'Deja Vu (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)'
Crosby, Stills & Nash expanded their lineup in 1970 with the addition of Stephen Stills' former Buffalo Springfield bandmate Neil Young. Their album, Deja Vu, celebrates its golden anniversary with four CDs (and a remastered vinyl version of the original LP) that tell the story of the record's evolution. More than three dozen previously unreleased alternate versions, demos and outtakes chart its creation - including solo and duo tracks, as well as an early Our House with Joni Mitchell. Order, here.
5. Tina Turner | ‘Foreign Affair’
Foreign Affair was Tina Turner’s third studio album since her dramatic global resurgence, following the monumental success of Private Dancer in 1984. It went on to be a multi-platinum record across the world, including UK, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and many more. The biggest track to come from the album was on of the biggest anthems of the 80s, The Best along with several Tina favourites, like Steamy Windows, I Don’t Wanna Lose You and the title track Foreign Affair. An exclusive white 2LP version of the classic album, fully remastered for the first time, is available in an ultimate bundle featuring a DVD, a special, commemorative passport, booklet, sweatshirt and more. Order, here.
6. New Order | ‘education, entertainment, recreation’
Recorded live on 9th November 2018 (New Order’s only UK show of 2018), education entertainment recreation is a live album from London’s Alexandra Palace. Sonically and visually spectacular, spanning 2 hours 20 minutes, the show joyously mixed New Order classics, their latest acclaimed album Music Complete and Joy Division’s finest. The exclusive limited-edition deluxe box features a Blu-ray film of the concert, 2CDs of the audio, 180g 3LP on special crystal clear vinyl, hardback book and x6 12” art prints and more. Order, here.
7. Fleetwood Mac | ‘Fleetwood Mac Live (Super Deluxe Tour Edition)’
When Fleetwood Mac released their first live album in 1980, it captured the legendary band’s most iconic lineup on stage demonstrating the full scope of their collective, creative powers. Recorded mostly during the world tour for Tusk, Fleetwood Mac Live delivered exhilarating performances of massive hits like Dreams and Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon, and Don’t Stop. The 14 live tracks debuted on the Super Deluxe Edition span a wider range of time than the original release to include stellar live versions of Fleetwood classics, like Tusk, Gold Dust Woman, and Songbird, plus the Peter Green penned The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown). seven songs from the Tusk tour (1979-80), the Rumours tour (1977) and the Mirage tour (1982). The limited-edition exclusive bundle also comes with a package of tour related memorabilia, including a replica pass, ticket and ad, a button, sticker and more. Order, here.
8. Green Day | ‘Insomniac Remastered 25th Anniversary’ Coloured Vinyl
Insomniac turned 25 this year, to celebrate, the album was remastered and reissued with a stack of bonus goodies to boot! This limited-edition translucent orange vinyl double LP includes the cover art printed on prismatic silver foil as well as an additional Green Day LP with eight rare or never previously released live tracks from the Prague stop of the Insomniac world tour on March 26, 1996, and an etched B-side. Order, here.
9. Pretenders | ‘Pretenders I’ & ‘II’ Vinyl
Pretenders is widely regarded as one of the greatest debut albums of all time. Featuring Chrissie Hynde’s incredible vocals and guitar, James Honeyman-Scott’s glistening guitar, Pete Farndon’s driving bass and Martin Chambers’ drums, the album is quintessential new wave, and a defining album of the 80s. In 1981, the band their massive eponymous debut album with Pretenders II, the last album with Pretenders’ original line-up, continuing the tremendous form of their debut. The reissued albums have been pressed on vinyl for the first time. On limited-edition red vinyl and white vinyl respectively, both feature 2018 remastered audio by the album’s original producer, Chris Thomas. Order, here.
10. Stevie Nicks | ‘Bella Donna’ Gold Vinyl
Stevie Nicks' first solo album, Bella Donna, was released on July 27, 1981, to critical and commercial acclaim, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with four singles making the Billboard Hot 100, and Rolling Stone deeming her "the Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll. The Bella Donna album features some of Stevie’s most popular hits including Edge of Seventeen, Stop Draggin my Heart Around (With Tom Petty), and Leather and Lace (With Don Henley), pressed gold vinyl. Order, here.
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