AllMusic Loves 2021 Reissues



The archival releases of 2021 tended to fall into a few different camps. There were blockbuster expansions from superstars such as the Beatles, who not only released a “super deluxe” edition of their final album Let It Be — appearing alongside Peter Jackson’s epic Get Back documentary — but also mammoth box sets of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and John Lennon’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Jazz listeners had reason to rejoice, as the entirety of trumpeter Lee Morgan’s landmark 1970 stint at the Hermosa Beach, California club the Lighthouse was released as an eight-disc set. Big box sets weren’t limited to single albums, either. Gang of Four’s pioneering post-punk run from 1977-1981 was boxed up in a hefty set, while Texan blues legend Jimmie Vaughan had his story told in an epic box. Plenty of riches were offered in slimmer sets of 21st century rarities from Stereolab, early home recordings from His Name Is Alive, and 1980s Japanese electronic music, as well as an excavated complete live performance of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. These albums along with many others gave us plenty of reasons to love the reissues of 2021.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Neil Young – Way Down in the Rust Bucket
Bruce Springsteen – The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts
The Who – The Who Sell Out [Deluxe Edition]
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You [40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
Bob Dylan – Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985)
The Beatles – Let It Be [Super Deluxe Edition]
Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at the Lighthouse
The Beach Boys – Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971
Various Artists – Country Funk III: 1975-1982
The dB’s – I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978-1981
John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band [Super Deluxe Edition]
Jimmie Vaughan – The Jimmie Vaughan Story
David Bowie – The Width of a Circle
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
Stereolab – Electrically Possessed: Switched On, Vol. 4
Joni Mitchell – Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years 1968-1971
Elvis Presley – Elvis Back in Nashville
The Replacements – Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash [Deluxe Edition]
Nancy Sinatra – Start Walkin’ 1965-1976

Heather Phares
The Beatles – Let It Be [2021 Mix]
Karen Black – Dreaming of You 1971-1976
Gang of Four – 77-81
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
PJ Harvey – Is This Desire? [The Demos]
His Name Is Alive – A Silver Thread: Home Recordings 1979-1990
Seefeel – Rupt and Flex (1994-96)
Linda Smith – Till Another Time (1988-1996)
Stereolab – Electrically Possessed: Switched On, Vol. 4
Stereo Total – Chanson Hysterique 1995-2005
Mary Timony – Mountains [20th Anniversay Expanded Edition]
The Who – The Who Sell Out [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists – Musik Music Musique 2.0: The Rise of Synth Pop 1981
Various Artists – Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988
Various Artists – Think I’m Going Weird: Original Artefacts from the British Psychedelic Scene 1966-1968

Tim Sendra
April Magazine – If the Ceiling Were a Kite, Vol. 1
Aztec Camera – Backwards and Forwards: The WEA Recordings 1984-1995
Direct Hits – The Broadway Recording Sessions
Goat – Headsoup
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
The Hawks – Obviously Five Believers
Long Blondes – Someone to Drive You Home [15th Anniversary Edition]
Magic Roundabout – Up
Lee Perry & Friends – Black Art from the Black Ark
Primal Scream – Demodelica
Linda Smith – Till Another Time (1988-1996)
Stereolab – Electrically Possessed: Switched On, Vol. 4
Phuong Tâm – Magical Nights: Saigon Surf, Twist & Soul 1964-1966
Tangled Shoelaces – Turn My Dial: M Squared Recordings and More, 1981-84
T2 – It’ll All Work Out in Boomland [Expanded Edition]
Various Artists – Disco 75
Various Artists – The Sun Shines Here: Roots of Indie Pop 1980-1984
Various Artists – Think I’m Going Weird: Original Artefacts from the British Psychedelic Scene 1966-1968
The Who – The Who Sell Out [Deluxe Edition]
Yumbo – The Fruit of Errata

Matt Collar
Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at the Lighthouse
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
Bad Brains – Bad Brains
Rudolph Johnson – Spring Rain
Gang of Four – 77-81
Roy Brooks – Understanding
The Beach Boys – Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971
Colin Blunstone – One Year [50th Anniversary Edition]
Alice Coltrane – Kirtan: Turiya Sings
Ian Carr – Belladonna
Donna Summer – I’m a Rainbow [Recovered & Recoloured]
Gene Russell – Talk to My Lady
Nancy Sinatra – Start Walkin’ 1965-1976
David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Sun Ra – Lanquidity [Deluxe Edition]
Phyllis Hyman – Old Friend: The Deluxe Collection 1976-1998
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists – Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988
Various Artists – Caught Beneath the Landslide
Bola Sete – Samba in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse 1966-1968

Thom Jurek
Roy Brooks – Understanding
Sun Ra – Lanquidity [Deluxe Edition]
Roberto Miranda’s Home Music Ensemble – Live at Bing Theatre: Los Angeles 1985
Various Artists – Journeys in Modern Jazz: Britain 1965-1972
John Mayall – First Generation 1965-1974
Jimmie Vaughan – The Jimmie Vaughan Story
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
Various Artists – Cumbia Cumbia, Vols. 1 & 2
Chicago – Chicago at Carnegie Hall: Complete
Alice Coltrane – Kirtan: Turiya Sings
Hasaan Ibn Ali – Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album
Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at the Lighthouse
Julius Hemphill – The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony
Bola Sete – Samba in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse 1966-1968
Various Artists – Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir – I Shall Wear a Crown
Laura Nyro – Trees of the Ages: Laura Nyro Live in Japan
Bob Dylan – Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985)
Various Artists – It’s a Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records
Various Artists – Changüí: The Sound of Guantánamo

Andy Kellman [Spotify]
Gary Bartz Ntu Troop – Live in Bremen 1975
Suzanne Ciani – Xenon
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
Gang of Four – 77-81
Nikki Giovanni & the New York Community Choir – Truth Is On Its Way
His Name Is Alive – A Silver Thread: Home Recordings 1979-1990
Phyllis Hyman – Old Friend: The Deluxe Collection 1976-1998
The KLF – Solid State Logik 2
Francisco Mora – Mora! I & II
Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at the Lighthouse
The Outsiders – Count for Something: Albums, Demos, Live & Unreleased 1976-1978
Marcos Resende & Index – Marcos Resende & Index
Screamers – Screamers Demo Hollywood 1977
Seefeel – Rupt and Flex (1994-96)
Deniece Williams – Free: The Columbia/ARC Recordings 1976-1988
Various Artists – Arthur Baker Presents Dance Masters: Shep Pettibone – The Classic 12″ Master-Mixes
Various Artists – Disco 75
Various Artists – Kiosque of Arrows 2
Various Artists – Shake the Foundations: Militant Funk & the Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984
Various Artists – Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988

Timothy Monger
Byzantium – Halfway Dreaming: Anthology 1969-1975
Various Artists – Beyond the Pale Horizon: British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1972

Paul Simpson [Spotify]
386 DX – Biggest Smash Hits
The Avalanches – Since I Left You [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Leron Carson – Under the Conditions
Faust – 1971-1974
His Name Is Alive – A Silver Thread (Home Recordings 1979-1990)
Geneva Jacuzzi – Lamaze
Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at the Lighthouse
Pamela Z – Echolocation
Pet Shop Boys – Discovery: Live in Rio
Nancy Sinatra – Start Walkin’ 1965-1976
Squarepusher – Feed Me Weird Things [Bonus Tracks]
Stereolab – Electrically Possessed: Switched On, Vol. 4
Sun Ra – Lanquidity [Deluxe Edition]
Sweet Trip – You Will Never Know Why [Bonus Tracks]
Various Artists – Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989
Various Artists – IDMEMO: A Future of Nostalgia
Various Artists – Musik Music Musique 2.0: The Rise of Synth Pop 1981
Various Artists – Now Thing 2
Various Artists – Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988
Various Artists – Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations in the House & Techno Age 1993-97

Fred Thomas
Colin Blunstone – One Year [50th Anniversary Edition]
The Beatles – Let It Be [2021 Mix]

Neil Z. Yeung
Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia