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by Justin Farrar

January 9, 2014

Top 25 Rock Reissues of 2013

by Justin Farrar  |  January 9, 2014

Here 'tis, folks: Rhapsody's annual Top Rock Reissues list. As per usual, our definition of reissue encompasses not only new (and quite often expanded) editions of previously released albums, but also greatest-hits anthologies, rarities collections and archival live sets. With no less than four titles sprinkled across our Top 25, Light in the Attic certainly made a play for best reissue label of 2013. In addition to re-releasing Public Image Ltd.'s genre-defining debut, First Issue, as well as Roky Erickson & The Aliens' 1981 outsider-punk masterpiece The Evil One, the prolific Seattle label unleashed There's a Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971, an absolutely epic box set that details the psychedelic cowboy's singular work as singer, songwriter, producer and Svengali-like manipulator of talent.

But not every title to make our list is rooted in obscurity. Over the previous 12 months we were also treated to top-notch reissues from more than a few of rock's great icons and legends. The Grateful Dead finally coughed up Sunshine Daydream, the concert companion to the documentary film of the same name shot (but never released officially) back in 1972. RCA/Legacy unleashed Elvis at Stax, an exhaustive and enthralling overview of The King's early '70s sessions at the famed Memphis studio. And just as vital was Superior Viaduct getting DEVO's Hardcore Volumes One and Two (out of print since the early '90s) back on the market.

A couple more titles you'd be wise to check out are Exit Stencil's expanded edition of the 15.60.75 live set Jimmy Bell's Still in Town -- seriously smoking avant-garde funk rock from mid-'70s northern Ohio -- and Larry Coryell's Barefoot Boy, one of the great guitar albums from jazz fusion's early-'70s birth. Here's to 2014 being just as good!

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