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Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 01:39 am

Remasters of The Universe

Take 8: Top Music Reissues

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For the person on your list who thinks there hasn’t been music worth listening to since Reagan was president. Let them know good news awaits beneath the tree. Old is new again this holiday season – and thanks to some digital trickery it sounds better than ever. Check out the latest reissues that are sure to get your favorite audiophile rocking around the Christmas tree. –Matthew M. F. Miller

  1. The Beatles Stereo Box Set
    (EMI, 2009) $259.98
    Contains all 13 studio albums upgraded to stereo sound and repackaged with 13 mini-documentaries.

  2. Reckoning (Deluxe Edition)
    – R.E.M.
    (A&M, 2009) $29.98
    Features the original album remastered and a second disc with a previously unreleased concert, recorded at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on July 7, 1984.

  3. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace
    & Music Director’s Cut 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
    (Warner Home Video, 2009) $59.98
    Includes the four-hour directors cut of the Oscar™ winning documentary, more than 2 hours of never-before-seen performances, a Life magazine reprint, a Woodstock patch and three vintage festival photos.

  4. Archives, Volume 1:
    1963-1972 – Neil Young
    (Reprise Records, 2009) $99.98
    Eight discs, each in its own custom sleeve, with a total of 116 tracks, remastered in high-definition CD quality sound. Features more than 40 previously unreleased songs, updated mixes and rare tracks.

  5. The Ultimate Collection
    – Michael Jackson
    (Epic, 2009)
    A career-spanning collection of four CDs featuring the King of Pop’s greatest hits, 14 unreleased tracks, 8 demos, a DVD of his never-before-released HBO concert special, “Dangerous,” and a 60-page book that chronicles the legend’s career.

  6. Paul’s Boutique: 20th Anniversary Edition
    – The Beastie Boys
    (Capitol, 2009) $19.98
    Named one of the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, this classic’s notoriously bad sound gets a clarity makeover and an eco-friendly package.
    Your Funeral … My Trial: Collector’s Edition – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Mute U.S., 2009) This two-disc set features the remastered studio album, an all-new 5.1 surround mix, a specially commissioned short film as well as all of the b-sides from the album’s singles.

  7. Enter the Vaselines
    – The Vaselines
    (Sub Pop, 2009) $16.98
    A double CD set that features updated mixes and remastered versions of songs from “The Way Of the Vaselines.” Also includes never-before-released demos and live recordings from 1986 in Bristol and 1988 in London.
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