Music gift guide: Reissues

Marvin Gaye
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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye, “Trouble Man” After the career high of “What’s Going On,” Gaye followed it up with this 1972 soundtrack to the blaxploitation film of the same name. This 40th anniversary edition is the first and last word on those sessions: one disc for the original album and bonus tracks, plus a second CD with the film score. The liner notes include essays and testimonials from Joni Mitchell, Cameron Crowe, and Lenny Kravitz.

The Velvet Underground & Nico, “The Velvet Underground & Nico” The common line about the debut from the Velvet Underground is that it sold very few copies, but everyone who heard it ended up forming a band. Coinciding with the seminal album’s 45th anniversary, this deluxe reissue is available as both a double-disc set (the original album plus 19 previously unreleased songs) and a lavish six-CD box set (studio and mono versions, Nico’s “Chelsea Girl” remastered, the Scepter Studios Sessions bootleg, and two live performances from 1966).

Paul Simon, “Graceland” A watershed moment for Simon, “Graceland” introduced him to a whole new generation of fans, long after the album was released in 1986. This commemorative edition includes four discs: the original album, bonus tracks, a documentary on the making of the record (“Under African Skies: Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey”), and a live DVD (“Graceland: The African Concert”).


Bikini Kill, “Bikini Kill EP” Apparently amped up by the Pussy Riot debacle, Kathleen Hanna launched a record label this summer to reissue the catalog of her old band Bikini Kill, a vanguard of the 1990s riot grrrl movement. The inaugural pressing is a 20th anniversary edition of the group’s first EP, which comes with a poster-size fanzine loaded with interviews and pictures.

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Califone, “Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People” This expanded double vinyl LP is an improved and expanded version of the CD originally released in 2000. In addition, four new recordings are added to the collection. The new material is pulled from previously unreleased outtakes of the final Red Red Meat sessions.

Peter Gabriel, “So” A major turning point commercially in Gabriel’s career — thanks to hits like “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time,” and “In Your Eyes” — is celebrated in this 25th anniversary remaster that will make you want to hoist your boombox high. A three-disc set includes an Athens concert from the era.

Michael Jackson, “Bad 25” “Thriller” may have scaled phenomenal heights but Jackson’s follow-up performed well in its own right, spawning five consecutive number one singles, including “Man in the Mirror.” This 25th anniversary reissue includes the original album, demos and rarities, and a riveting DVD of a live concert from London.

Rush, “2112” According to guitarist Alex Lifeson, this is the first album “where we sounded like Rush.” Fans can relive that feeling with this reissue. The record comes in several editions, from a two-disc CD/DVD set all the way up to a super deluxe package complete with comic book.

The Supremes, from left, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross.


INXS, “Kick” The Aussie band may have just called it quits, but its irresistible dance-rock legacy lives on in this 25th anniversary re-release of its best-selling release thanks to hits like “Need You Tonight” and “Devil Inside.” Three versions of the remastered album are available, including one on red vinyl.

The Supremes, “I Hear a Symphony” Live performances, bonus tracks, and alternate versions fill out this double-CD reissue of the landmark Supremes record from 1966.