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The 20 Best Album Re-Issues of 2009

Step back 10 years when we presented our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.

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Here to Stay? The Neil Young Archives

Combining his punk ethos and tech savvy in this new online archive, Neil Young has to choose what archival releases add new understanding, new angles on the story, new points of emphasis in his own history -- and which do not.

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Joni Mitchell Biography 'Reckless Daughter' Is Lush and Complex

All sides of the mosaic, mercurial, brilliant music legend Joni Mitchell appear in David Yaffe's definitive biography.

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Sprung from a $36 Ukulele: 'Joni: The Anthology'

If Joan Baez was the purest folkie, Judy Collins the chanteuse, then Joni Mitchell was probably the siren.

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You're Such a Lovely Audience: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

Celebrating Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a little help from their friends; Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Neil Young and the Mona Lisa Twins.

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Neil Young: Bluenote Café

Bluenote Café is essential Neil Young, further evidence that Young’s ‘80s work has more value than many would expect or admit.

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'Neil Young: American Traveller' Annotates Young's Musical Map

Martin Halliwell takes obvious joy in exploring Neil Young's famous wanderlust, and illustrates the sometimes complicated relationship between musician and landscape.

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Neil Young and Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (Take 2)

While the message often appears to overpower the music, the album is nowhere near the unlistenable mess some critics have claimed.

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Turbowolf Talks Two Hands: In Conversation with Chris Georgiadis

Vocalist Chris Georgiadis of British hard rock act Turbowolf discusses his band's latest release Two Hands, creativity and inspiration and what it means to be 'punk' these days.

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Neil Young: The Monsanto Years

Neil Young hits the equilibrium between songwriting and performance best when he brings his heart to the table through rebellion.

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Blitzen Trapper: Live Harvest

To a certain extent, Blitzen Trapper's desire to retrace Neil Young’s fourth and arguably most famous album, Harvest provides some practical purpose; that is, to reestablish their Americana allegiance.

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Neil Young: Storytone

Neil Young spins us ten fraternal twins, a crisis in search of an identity.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.

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I'm Rick James' Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.

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Nils Lofgren: Face the Music

Possibly the mother of all box sets, Nils Lofgren’s Face the Music contains 169 tracks, 20 video clips, and a 136-page book, covering a big talent’s long career.

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Jamestown Revival: Utah

Jamestown Revival turns out a collection of songs that truly lives up to the country-rock label, confidently toeing the line between genres.

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Counterbalance No. 148: Neil Young's 'Tonight's the Night'

Roll another number for the road—and get ready to listen to the Neil Young’s 1975 classic. The sound of some open-hearted people going down is 148th most acclaimed album of all time, and it's this week’s Counterbalance.

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The Wynntown Marshals: The Long Haul

This album is a love letter to the likes of Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, and early-career Neil Young. In fact, the Wynntown Marshals might be the best original tribute band of all time.

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The Deep Dark Woods: Jubilee

There’s very little that’s jubilant about this collection of deep dark Americana.

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Counterbalance No. 133: Neil Young's 'Rust Never Sleeps'

The King is gone, but he’s not forgotten. This is the story of the 133rd most acclaimed album of all time. Is there more to the question than meets the eye? This week’s Counterbalance investigates.

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Neil Young: Long May He Run

If Neil Young had once been inclined, or tempted to say either/or to the burn out/fade away options, he is now declaring neither/nor.

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Ten Songs From 1967 That Shaped Prog Rock

If 1967 characterizes a high point in rock music, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was possible in the genre -- for better or worse.

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Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War

While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?

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1967 and the Prog-Rock Progenitors

If 1967 characterizes a high point where rock music could be appraised as Art, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was henceforth possible.

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Down the Road to Massey Hall: A Conversation with Whitehorse

Doucet and McClelland open up about their life on the road, the commanding influence of Neil Young, their upcoming gig at Toronto’s Massey Hall, and breaking the "cardinal rule" of the music biz: starting a band with your life-partner.

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The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

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Music, Meaning and Money: The Special Ingredients of Media and Consumerism in Pop

On negotiations between the pop/rock singer, a media-savvy audience, corporations, and meaning itself. Entranced by media, we turn everything into media; beholden to commerce, we turn life into a commodity.

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Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 "Album of the Year" Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...

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'Neil Young Journeys' Is Aptly Titled, Appropriately Straight Forward

Jonathan Demme and Neil Young have become one of rock's most interesting couples and they shine -- albeit in their own way -- with this third collaborative concert-cum-road trip flick.

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Counterbalance No. 97: Neil Young's 'Harvest'

The 97th most acclaimed album of all-time packed it in, bought a pick-up truck and took it down to L.A. Neil Young’s 1972 commercial breakthrough is the subject of this week’s Counterbalance.

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'Neil Young Journeys' Takes You Through Time

On stage, Neil Young appears alternately engrossed, agitated, and perversely mystical, his eyes often closed as he sings.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana

A swirling confusion of noise, grooves, darkness, joy, and horror, Americana is Neil Young’s best and most complete record in almost 20 years.

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse Revive American Folk Classics

Neil Young has reunited with his old band Crazy Horse for a new album Americana that offers covers of classic American folk tunes.

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Levon Helm: So Real It Makes You Believe

I can't imagine music without Levon Helm. I can't imagine my world without Levon Helm. Fortunately I'll never have to.

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