May 12, 2017

10 of 2017's Best Vinyl Reissues
by James
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by James Forryan

hmv London; 12/05/2017

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10 of 2017's Best Vinyl Reissues

Just like last year, 2017 has seen a raft of reissues arriving on vinyl, with some proper classics getting re-released on wax, some of which are available on the format for the first time in years.

Some of these pass you by? We've got you covered. Here's our round-up 10 of the of best vinyl reissues of the year so far...

Tango in the Night

Fleetwood Mac – Tango in the Night

Rhino

Aside from Rumours, the other real gem in Fleetwood Mac's back-catalogue is this cracker of an album from 1987, which features hits such as 'Little Lies', 'Everywhere' and 'Big Love'. A reissue arrived in March in the form of a deluxe box set that includes CD and vinyl versions of the album, with the CDs including remastered versions of the original tracks along with tons of outtakes and extras. Don't worry if you only want the vinyl version though – there's a vinyl-only edition arriving later in May

The Doors

The Doors – The Doors

Rhino

The debut album from Jim Morrison and co. is surely one of the most important and influential albums to arrive during the entire 1960s and, arguably, is perhaps their best of all (although we'd have to put L.A. Woman a very, very close second). The reissued box set features both CDs and an LP, the latter featuring the original mono mix of the album, while the former includes 3 CDs featuring a stereo version, a mono version and a live version recorded at The Matrix in 1967.

Live Nassau Coliseum '76

David Bowie – Live Nassau Coliseum 1976

Rhino

Recorded just before Bowie relocated to Germany to begin work on his 'Berlin Trilogy', this concert performed at the New York's Nassau Coliseum includes some blistering live renditions of tracks from his earlier catalogue, including Station to Station, Diamond Dogs and Life on Mars, among many others. Reissued on vinyl in February, this is a must-have for any serious Bowie fan.

Raw Power

Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power

Sony Music CMG

Containing just 8 tracks and boasting a runtime of under 34 minutes, Raw Power is as short sharp shock of a record whose legacy has been an influence on everyone from Dinosaur Jr. to Guns 'n Roses. Originally mixed by David Bowie, the album's sound was notoriously top-heavy until Iggy himself gave it a remix in 1997, which is a much beefier version of the album. Some fans still prefer Bowie's version and if you can't decide which you want, then this reissue is the perfect choice since its two discs contain both versions.

All Things Must Pass

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

Apple Records

Fans of the former Beatles guitarist will probably already know that earlier this year George Harrison's label reissued his entire back-catalogue of solo albums, including his psychedelic soundtrack for Joe Massot's 1968 film Wonderwall, but the crown jewel of the collection is All Things Must Pass, his solo debut released in 1970 and long-deleted on vinyl until this reissued version arrived in February this year. Even this version is a limited edition, so if you're in the market for a copy of your own then don't leave it too late.

Speakerboxx/The Love Below

Outkast – Speakerboxx / The Love Below

Sony Music CMG

Outkast's fifth album is undoubtedly their crowning achievement and after years out of print was finally reissued on vinyl earlier this year as a 4-LP set. Essentially two separate albums released as a set - Speakerboxx by Big Boi, The Love Below by Andre 3000 – this is an album that really stretched the boundaries of what is possible from a hip-hop / R&B album and still stands up as one of the best albums of its era.

Leftism 22

Leftfield - Leftism 22

Sony Music CMG

Leftfield's seminal 1995 album got a 22-year anniversary reissue in the first week of May this year and includes remastered versions of the album's original 11 tracks, pressed onto 180g heavyweight black vinyl as a 3-LP set. Includes the tracks 'Release the Pressure' and 'Open Up'.

The Bootleg Series: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991 - Volume 1-3

Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3

Sony Music CMG

Even amongst a back-catalogue as extensive as Bib Dylan's, the Bootleg series has been extremely popular and this vinyl edition released in January comes in the form of a huge 5-LP box set that includes an impressive 58 tracks altogether. If you're buying for yourself, this is an excellent addition to your collection. If you're buying for someone else, this'll chalk up some serious brownie points.

Ultramega OK

Soundgarden – Ultramega OK

Sub Pop

Unless you're a hardcore Soundgarden fan, it's likely that this one might have slipped under your radar when it was released to little fanfare in March this year, but the reissue represents the first time in 30 years that the Seattle band's debut album has been available on vinyl and includes several additional tracks, including early versions of tracks like 'All Your Lies' and 'Incessant Mace'. Not only that, but producer Jack Endino has given the whole album the remix and remaster treatment from the original master tapes, making this a far meatier version of the album that frontman Chris Cornell once described as “absolutely, unbelievably not bad”.

Dusty in Memphis

Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis

UMC

Few vocalists have as unique and distinctive a sound as Dusty Springfield and her fifth album, recorded at the legendary American Sound Studio in Memphis, is one of her very best. Including 'Son of a Preacher Man' and a stunning rendition of 'Windmills of your Mind', this remastered version sounds better than ever. Pressed onto 180g black vinyl, this is well worth adding to your collection.