Top 10 Reissues of the Decade
Reissues are a difficult breed, on one hand they seek to garner a new audience, on another they have to pay heed to what fans are looking for. The best reissues not only remind you why you liked the band in the first place, but help in keeping that love alive. If you're new to the band, they give you a quintessential album long out of print, remastered with some bonus materials to help you understand the time period. We're talking about the best reissues of the last decade, the ones that really brought us back or exposed us to something entirely new. There have been a lot of important reissues and remasters in the last decade, what were some of yours?
This Heat finally makes it Out of Cold Storage
10. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms / The Good Earth
Don't ask why these two albums went out of print in the first place, because we simply just can't understand. Either way, we're happy they've returned. The discs get a remaster as well as some live tracks and demo versions, but the real gem is simply the fact these can be purchased again.
9. Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue (30th Anniversary Edition)
So Dennis Wilson might have a weird past, but that doesn't keep Pacific Ocean Blue from being an excellent album. Long out of print before the 2008 reissue, Blue marked the first attempt by a Beach Boy to break away and record his own album. The second disc also contains the never before released and ill-fated second album Bambu.
8. The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
Yeah okay, this record sounds like the Fall, which happens to sound like a lot of other Fall records, the difference here is that this is arguably the best Fall record. It's brilliant, energetic, stupid and amazing. Sure the bonus disc doesn't include much more than a few live tracks and a couple of Peel sessions (not particularly hard to come by), but the importance wasn't the bonus material, but rather the fact that Hex Enduction Hour was finally available again.
7. The Beatles - Box Set (Remastered)
These remasters were a long time coming and the stereo/mono masters are well done. Our only real contempt for this set is the fact it took so long to happen and added little to the whole experience. It would have been nice to mix and match the stereo and mono versions but it was nice to see all these albums come together and get updated for this century.