You know, they’ll reissue anything. As the first installment of this series, let me just say that I’m not saying anything new here. Record labels have been issuing and reissuing the same “classics” for decades. Remember when Jimi Hendrix first went to CD? It was issued and remastered several times throughout the 80s and early 90s before Hendrix’s family gained control of the master tapes in the mid-1990s. Since then, they’re been reissued an additional 3 or 4 times. I’ve lost count. I also seem to recall the Steely Dan catalog being reissued and remastered just about every other year for most of the 80s and 90s – each time getting just a little more closer to achieving an audiophile’s figurative orgasm. Don’t get me wrong – I love reissues. Sometimes you get improved sound quality, and many times you get a lot of bonus tracks, too!
And I love the Hendrix reissues. But sometimes, I’ll see a title being reissued, and I’ll just scratch my head and say, “what the fuck?” For example, did you know that Christopher Cross’ 1979 debut is being reissued on vinyl on May 28th? Neither did I! I was not aware that there were so many 50-something women out there who want a high-quality 180-gram-vinyl gatefold-cover anniversary edition of this record. I guess I’m out of touch with that demographic.
The album is chock-full of the hits you grew up on while listening to “soft rock” radio – “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind,” “and “Never Be The Same” – all topped the charts and earned Mr. Cross FIVE Grammy awards. The record also featured guest appearances by Michael McDonald, and a very young, up-and-coming Texas guitarist named Eric Johnson.
In other unnecessariness, Snow Patrol’s Greatest Hits is out on the 28th as well. Before you laugh and say, “Hits? Plural? You mean they had more than one?,” rest assured they were waaaay more successful overseas than they were here in the states. I view this as more of a sampler of their work, where I’m not going to be familiar with much of it, but it’ll give me a nice overview of their career. Similar to how I view the Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark (OMD) greatest hits record (“If You Leave”), which was released in the 90s. A nice overview, but all of the “hits” sound like new material to my untrained American ears.
Rod Stewart is coming out with a 4-CD live box set, covering 1975-1998. As a huge fan of the Faces (and, consequently, a not-so-big fan of anything else Rod did afterwards), I’m slightly disappointed. But this one is moderately-priced ($38 on Amazon), and primarily aimed at diehards.
There are some interesting reissues this week as well. For example, Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live, 1962. Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck played the White House Seminar American Jazz Concert in 1962 at the Sylvian Theatre. Sony Legacy is issuing the concert in its entirety!
Paul McCartney’s Wings over America will get the deluxe reissue treatment as well – it’s a monster with the original 28-track album, plus 8 bonus tracks, and a bonus DVD. In addition, it’s a limited, numbered box set, with a 112-page book, 60-page photo journal from Linda McCartney, 136-page tour book, three 8×10 prints, lyrics, and another 80-page book of drawings.
Other live albums this week include Dio, the Marshall Tucker Band, and a 3-disc set of Widespread Panic at Oak Mountain, 2001 (Night 1). This set features all original members
Another wave of Rolling Stones remastered vinyl is coming on the 28th as well. Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, and Hot Rocks 1964-1971 are up this week.
Other full album reissues with bonus tracks include: Basia – “Time & Tide” and the Monkees – Justus. Finally, if import reissues are what you fancy, then MFSB’s self titled debut is being reissued with one bonus track in the U.K., along with Syreeta’s self titled 1980 album.