There are dozens of archive release albums these days but a handful are vital for your collection. The first comes from the Ramones. Their 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Leave Home, is a remastered mix of the old album. There are also outtakes and a ’77 CBGB show that combines glue, mental illness, and the romantic streak.
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
After Morrissey’s political streak, the third album from The Smiths was a comfortable return for fans. Along with the 1986 concert, the b-sides, demos, and unedited versions make this collection a must.
Beach Boys Archive Release
The album, 1967-Sunshine Tomorrow is Brian Wilson’s endless tour of Pet Sounds brought back to Britain in the summer time. A few rarities are also on the set list, which have been reprogrammed for this collaboration. Among the mix includes SunShine Tomorrow, Smile, Smiley Smile, and Wild Honey (sans Brian).
Johnny Cash: The Original Sun
Another archive release, Johnny Cash’s The Original Sun Albums 1957-1964 is an effort to organize the Man in Black’s confusing discography. All seven of the original Sun albums are together for the first time. This includes “My Two Timin’ Woman” from 1955 and another pile of pre-recorded songs from Rick Rubin.
The Grateful Dead’s Cornell 5/8/77
Among the many Grateful Dead releases, the Cornell 5/8/77 album is one of many critical moments for the band. Uncut describes the release as “exploratory but not intimidating, reverberate with good times” and worth the hype. Songs like “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain” still stand firm.
Radiohead Archive Releases Oknotok
The 20th anniversary of OK Computer was vital but Oknotok is something new and improved all-together. The three long-discussed lost songs were originally only found on live bootlegs. However, the second disc has valuable B-sides like “Lift.” The anthem blew up the band, but they essentially shelved it on their own.
David Bowie’s A New Career In A New Town
The comprehensive box set reorganized David Bowie’s career from Berlin and the 1970s. The dramatic remix of Lodger is likely the main attraction but there’s also Low and “Heroes” to consider. These remixes actually came without the knowledge of Bowie but he later loved Tony Visconti’s interpretation.
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
The expanded album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Super Deluxe Edition is our must buy of the year. The album included a condensed version of 300 revolutionary hours in the studio on a single disc set. This album will make even the most intense Beatlemaniac smile.
Have you already purchased some of these archive release albums?