2021 had its share of great reissues. Number one is an obvious

choice where only a retro-hipster would say different. The Beatles'

Let It Be album is the clear winner in all shades; price, remastering,

packaging, and the effect of making the album better now

than it was in 1970 - literally.

Here are the Top 15 Reissues of 2021:

15. Radiohead, "Kid A Mnesia"

Radiohead's 2000 album Kid A pretty much reshaped how a lot

of popular music would sound in the new century. Along with its companion LP

Amnesiac, released a year later, it forms the bedrock of this three-disc set that pairs those landscape-shifting works

with a third record that collects outtakes, B-sides and alternate versions from the sessions. Kid A Mnesia doesn't rewrite what you know or how you'll think about the Kid A era, but it does add illuminating new layers for discovery.

14. Gang of Four, '77-81'

The post-punk legends' first two albums - 1979's Entertainment! and 1981's Solid Gold - are remastered for this excellent four-disc set, which also includes a disc of singles from the four-year period covered. Also included: an unreleased concert, Live at the American Indian Center, recorded in San Francisco in May 1980. Almost everything you need by Gang of Four - who've re-formed and issued more albums over the years - can be found on 77-81.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

12. Joni Mitchell, 'Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years 1968-1971'
The second volume of Mitchell's Archives series documents one of her most formative and productive eras: the three-year span between the release of her debut album, 1968's Song to a Seagull, and 1971's career milestone Blue. The five discs here chart her evolution through previously unreleased live recordings, demos, radio and TV broadcasts and studio outtakes. The result is an intimate portrait of a pioneering singer-songwriter finding her voice.

11. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 'The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts'
Bruce Springsteen was laying relatively low in 1979 following the protracted sessions and career-defining tour that marked the preceding year's Darkness on the Edge of Town. These benefit performances from Madison Square Garden feature an electric set of old favorites ("Born to Run"), covers ("Quarter to Three") and new songs ("The River") from Springsteen and the E Street Band's peak live period. A Blu-ray provides the sights to the great sound on the two CDs.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 'Way Down in the Rust Bucket'
A couple months after Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their great 1990 album Ragged Glory, they hopped onstage at a small bar in Santa Cruz, Calif., and played songs from the record for the first time in front of an audience. The nearly two-and-a-half-hour performance includes older classics like "Cortez the Killer" and "Like a Hurricane," but epic run-throughs of Glory cuts "Over and Over" and "Love and Only Love" fuel this live album, one of Young's best concert documents.
 

8. Bob Dylan, 'Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16, 1980-1985'
The '80s generally weren't a great time for Dylan. Even fans have a tough time defending huge parts of the decade. But as his The Bootleg Series has proven time and time again, it's possible to rewrite history with outtakes, session leftovers and alternate takes. The five discs of Springtime in New York collect previously unreleased recordings from the first half of the '80s - basically Shot of Love through Empire Burlesque. The results will make you rethink your stance on the period.
 

7. R.E.M., 'New Adventures in Hi-Fi (25th Anniversary Edition)'
Co-founding drummer Bill Berry left R.E.M. a year after the release of their 10th album, which was recorded on the road in 1995-96. They were never the same. This silver-anniversary edition of the 1996 LP includes B-sides and other tracks left over from the sessions, as well as a remastered version of the original album. Looking back now, New Adventures in Hi-Fi is a piece with other landmark '90s releases Out of Time and Automatic for the People. An end of an era - but what a glorious end.
 

6. The Beach Boys, 'Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971'
Need proof the Beach Boys were still making great music after Pet Sounds and the Smile debacle? This five-disc box collects sessions for 1970's Sunflower and 1971's Surf's Up albums, remasters the original LPs and pulls together more than 100 previously unreleased tracks for a comprehensive portrait of one of the group's best and most productive periods. Outtakes, live tracks, alternate takes and a cappella mixes fill in the pieces.
 

5. John Coltrane, 'A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle'
Jazz giant Coltrane released his masterpiece A Love Supreme in late 1964. As he played a series of live dates the following year, he'd occasionally break out pieces of the album-length four-track suite but rarely the entire work. This newly unearthed October 1965 performance from Seattle's Penthouse club includes the whole album plus set-filling interludes featuring his group, which included Donald Garrett, Pharaoh Sanders and Carlos Ward at the time. A buried treasure uncovered at last.
 

4. George Harrison, 'All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)'
It's no secret that George Harrison was creatively shackled during his time in the Beatles, which made his 1970 solo album (not technically his debut since a pair of experimental instrumental records preceded it) a liberating work that ran to three vinyl LPs. This 50th-anniversary box includes two discs of demos and a CD of outtakes and alternate versions, in addition to a remixed version of the original album, that make Harrison's declaration of independence all the more fulfilling.
 

 

 

 

 

vinyl singles, a hardback book and various memorabilia. In addition to the remastered original album, in mono and stereo mixes, the box features nearly four dozen previously unreleased tracks, including outtakes, alternate versions and Pete Townshend demos. Super Deluxe Editions can often be bloated affairs; The Who Sell Out deservedly merits the attention.

1. The Beatles, 'Let It Be (Super Deluxe Edition)'
The Beatles' final release is expanded to five discs, including a remix of the original 1970 LP, two discs of rehearsals and sessions and, best of all, Glyn Johns' fabled 1969 mix of the Get Back album that was shelved and eventually replaced by Let It Be. This isn't the deep dive of previous Beatles boxes; it barely skims the surface of material recorded in January 1969 as the band tried to salvage fracturing relationships. But it pieces together some of the best parts for a new look at history.
 

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13. Black Sabbath, 'Sabotage (Super Deluxe Edition)'
The band's sixth album is the underdog in the classic lineup's catalog. The first five records are all classics; Sabotage, from 1975, just misses that designation, but this four-disc expansion gives the LP its long-neglected due. In addition to a remastered version of the album, the Super Deluxe Edition includes live tracks pulled from the 1975 North American tour and a radio edit of one of the album's singles. It took five years and a new singer before Black Sabbath sounded this relevant again.

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10. Black Sabbath, 'Vol. 4 (Super Deluxe Edition)'The sessions for Black Sabbath's fourth album were notoriously characterized by the boxes of cocaine consumed during the making of the record. In a way it's the band's first transitional LP - they produced themselves, steered from expectations and got heavier. This four-disc set tags on studio leftovers - outtakes, alternates, aborted takes - as well as a March 1973 concert that loads up on songs from the 1972 album. Even with all the drugs, the band has never sounded so assured.

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3. 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.

2. The Who, 'The Who Sell Out (Super Deluxe Edition)'The Who's first real album statement from 1967 receives a Super Deluxe Edition that includes five CDs, two 7"

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