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2017 Reissues in Review

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Various Artists – At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight. There is no way to overstate the historical sweep and artistic brilliance of this 20-disc, 2-book box set.

Raspberries – Pop Art Live. No band could sound this good thirty years after they called it quits. But they did. They really, really did.

Chris Bell – Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star /  I Am the Cosmos /  Complete Chris Bell. With three new releases, Omnivore expands and clarifies Chris Bell’s work before and after Big Star.

The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request. The Rolling Stones’ red-headed step-child gets a deluxe  CD + vinyl release with original lenticular art!

Tim Buckley – Venice Mating Call /  Greetings From West Hollywood. Expanded looks at Buckley’s legendary 1969 stand at the Troubadour.

Various Artists – Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts. Collected and expanded edition of 1968 and 1970 tribute concerts.

The Creation – Action Painting. Original mono sides, new stereo mixes that retain the music’s punch, odds ‘n’ sods and a nifty eighty-page book.

Dennis Coffey – Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin’ at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge. Motown Funk Brother plays out live in Detroit in 1968 in a trio with organist Lyman Woodard.

Art Pepper – Presents West Coast Sessions! Volumes 1-6. Japanese only sessions with Sonny Stitt, Pete Jolly, Lee Konitz, Bill Watrous, Jack Sheldon and Shelly Manne.

Carmaig De Forest – I Shall Be Re-Released. 1987 political-folk debut that was out of print for far too long, and now with eleven bonus tracks!

Tom Armstrong – The Sky in an Empty Eye. Meditative acoustic numbers with notes of dripping neo-psych and electric slide from the dawn of home multitrack recording.

The Searchers – Another Night – The Sire Recordings 1979-1981. Tuneful two-album comeback from British Invasion legends.

Winfield Parker – Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac. A magnetic soul vocalist, and the second volume in Omnivore’s Ru-Jac reissue program, following 2016’s release on Gene & Eddie.

Jerry Yester – Pass Your Light Around. A full album of finished recordings from the 1970s that were surprisingly left unreleased at the time.

The Sneetches – Form of Play – A Retrospective. Well-crafted pop from an undeservedly obscure 1980s Bay Area band.

Peter Case – On the Way Downtown – Recorded Live on FolkScene. Collected live performances from 1998 and 2000 show off Case’s on-stage magic.

The Beau Brummels – The Very Best Of: The Complete Singles. The complete mono A-sides of San Francisco legends.

Flat Duo Jets – Wild Wild Love. Debut cassette-only EP and album from revolutionary Chapel Hill duo in one rockin’ package.

Arthur Alexander – Arthur Alexander. A quiet gem from 1972 with six bonus tracks and liner note by Barry “Dr. Demento” Hansen.

Alex Chilton – A Man Called Destruction. Among Chilton’s most accessible albums, mixing originals and cover, reissued with seven bonus tracks.

Roy Orbison – Black & White Night 30. Thirtieth anniversary reissue of Cinemax special with previously unreleased performances, and a mini-documentary with rehearsal footage and interviews.

I dug out "A Man Called Destruction" and after a listen it is hard to imagine anything essential was left off considering the filler on the original release.  I'm obviously a fan if I bought this disc in the first place.

I will say the Flat Duo Jets reissue combining their first two releases on one disc makes sense. If you don't have it get it.

I'm not sure anyone needs or would ever listen to a twenty discs of questionable quality radio broadcasts from the Louisiana Hayride.  But I guess there are/were worst Christmas gifts. For example, the  Chia Pet Bob Dylan  my sister gave me last year.