10 of the best vinyl reissues coming in 2017
Last week we brought you our round-up of 10 of the best vinyl reissues so far this year, but there's plenty more where that came from and this week we're taking a look ahead at some of the best still to come in 2017...
U2 - The Joshua Tree: 30th Anniversary Edition
Three decades on from the release of the album that catapulted U2 into the stratosphere of rock superstardom, Dublin's most famous sons are set to release a 30th Anniversary Edition of The Joshua Tree on June 2nd, and the vinyl version is a monster. Available as a huge 7-LP 'Super Deluxe' box set, the reissue includes the original 11 tracks (LP 1 & 2), a live version captured from their 1987 performance at New York's famed Madison Square Garden (LP 3 & 4), plus another 3 LPs filled with outtakes, b-sides and alternate takes / remixes by the likes of Steve Lillywhite, Jacknife Lee, Daniel Lanois and Mark 'Flood' Ellis. As you'd imagine with a box set this big, it doesn't come cheap, but if you're a hardcore fan there's plenty on offer here to justify the hefty price tag.
The Beatles: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
This is one reissue that we highlighted already in our monthly vinyl round-up, but it bears repeating as this one comes hotly anticipated by Beatles fans everywhere. But hang on a minute, haven't there already been tones of Beatles reissues, including Sgt Pepper? Well, yes, but this a bit of a different prospect to the others. Firstly, this is a remixed version of the album presided over by Giles 'son of George' Martin, who has some previous form with handling the Fab Four's master tapes having worked on their Anthology series and the Cirque du Soleil show LOVE. There are also loads of other goodies on offer, including outtakes, alternate versions and plenty more besides. You can find full details on this one here.
Radiohead: OKNOTOK 1997 – 2017
20 years on from the release of what many still consider to be their finest album, Radiohead recently announced an expanded version of their 1997 album OK Computer, which is due to arrive on June 23rd. The vinyl edition comes as a 3-LP, triple-sleeve gatefold featuring newly remastered versions of the original 12 tracks, 3 previously unreleased tracks from the OK Computer recording sessions and a selection of b-sides, all pressed onto 180g black vinyl, with a download code for a 320 kbps mp3 version and 16-bit Wav version.
Technically speaking, we're stretching the definition of 'reissue' a bit here, since the upcoming vinyl edition of Beyonce's all-conquering 2016 album Lemonade that arrives on July 28th will actually be the first time the album has been available on wax. That said, it's still well worth owning and this isn't your standard-issue black vinyl job – instead it'll be pressed on lemonade-coloured vinyl as a 2-LP gatefold set. It's a limited edition though, so pre-order yours now if you want to make sure you get your hands on a copy.
George Michael: Listen Without Prejudice
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Even before the news of George Michael's tragic passing earlier this year, plans for a 25th Anniversary reissue of his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 were already rumoured to be in the works, but various delays and then George's untimely death meant the release was pushed back several times and the newly remastered version is now due to arrive on September 8th. The vinyl edition sticks to the original album tracklist, which include the hit single 'Freedom! '90', his Stevie Wonder co-write 'They Won't Go When I Go' and 'Waiting For That Day', written and recorded with The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Prince and The Revolution: Purple Rain
Prince's death in 2016 sent shockwaves through the music industry and led to the revelation that his purpleness has a vault filled with many, many albums' worth of unreleased material. How much of that we'll ever get to hear, we don't know, but what we do know is that a year earlier in 2015 Prince had decided to give his most famous album the remaster treatment, handling the process himself at his Paisley Park complex just outside Minneapolis. This remastered version is due to arrive on various formats on June 23rd with an LP edition, pressed onto 180g black vinyl, arriving on the same day.
Boy Better Know
Skepta's critically-acclaimed fourth album, released in 2016, brought some long-overdue mainstream recognition for the London-based grime artist and triumphed over some extremely stiff competition – including David Bowie's Blackstar – to take home the Mercury Music Prize last year. Despite this, a vinyl edition never arrived, but all that will change this week when a limited edition version on red vinyl arrives in stores on Friday (May 19th).
ABBA: Gold - 25th Anniversary Edition
As one of the biggest-selling acts in the history of popular music, Swedish four-piece ABBA need little introduction from the likes of us, so let's get right to it: with the 25th anniversary of their greatest hits collection Gold just around the corner, the group are reissuing the compilation and there's a limited edition double gatefold edition pressed onto gold-coloured vinyl, which is due to land in stores on June 30th.
Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio
We've mentioned Iron Maiden's ongoing programme of vinyl album reissues a couple of times before, but one of our favourites from the new batch is this live album recorded in Rio de Janeiro on the last night of their 2001 Brave New World Tour, which features some blistering live renditions of hits such as '2 Minutes To Midnight', 'The Evil That Men Do' and 'The Number of the Beast', among many others. The reissue comes as a 3-LP set pressed on 180g black vinyl and arrives on June 23rd.
Elliott Smith: Either/Or
Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith is due to re-release all of his albums on vinyl this year and while we've recommended Figure 8 in our monthly vinyl round-up for May, there's also a 20th anniversary edition of Either/Or arriving on May 19th. One of the darkest records in his back catalogue, this includes some raw ruminations on drug use and death, but it's also one of his most powerful albums and includes the single 'Say Yes'.