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'Soul Explosion' Is the Sound of Memphis Soul Reinvented

Fifty years ago, Stax Records became an independent label and this new two-LP compilation details that daring, exhilarating period in soul music.

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With Rainbow Colors Blended: The Grateful Dead's 'Anthem of the Sun' at 50

Anthem of the Sun is where things really took off for the Grateful Dead. Rhino's new deluxe edition is a reminder of how explosive and musically adventurous this band already was back in those early days.

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Zipper Morals: Walerian Borowczyk's 'Immoral Tales'

Immoral Tales is either a curious failure or a problematic success, depending on where one draws the line between art and exploitation.

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Revisit 1960s Columbian Rock 'n' Roll with Los Yetis' 1966 Debut

A reissue of one of Colombia's most important rock and roll groups brings warmth, nostalgia, and fresh garage rock vibes.

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Like Real Life 'Election' Is Dark, Hilarious, and Cringe-worthy

Alexander Payne's 1999 cult black comedy about high school politics is ripe for a revisit, and Criterion is up to the task.

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Yesterday's Jukebox: John Hiatt - 'Bring the Family' / 'Slow Turning'

Legendary singer/songwriter John Hiatt's groundbreaking pair of late '80s albums have been reissued on vinyl. Fire up your turntable and get ready for this thing called love.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Rush's 'A Farewell to Kings'

A Farewell to Kings was a turning point in Rush's career and a 1970s rock essential which still informs our world today.

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Thelonious Monk: The Complete Prestige 10-inch LP Collection

Five early, groundbreaking LPs by the legendary Thelonious Monk have been assembled as part of a sumptuous new box set.

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The Sonny Clark Trio: The 1960 Time Sessions

The delightful hard-bop pianist died at 31, and this is a reissue of his trio date with George Duvivier and Max Roach, somewhat overlooked in favor of his Blue Notes recordings. This should right that wrong.

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R.E.M.: Automatic For the People (25th Anniversary Special Edition)

Every streetlight a reminder: a quarter-century after its initial release, R.E.M.'s crowning achievement is available as a deluxe set.

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The Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request (50th Anniversary)

Despite (or perhaps because of) the outside pressures the Rolling Stones faced in recording Satanic Majesties, it stands 50 years later as arguably the most experimental, tongue-in-cheek, and underappreciated album of their long history.

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The Slits: Return of the Giant Slits

The post-punk pioneers' second album gets a reissue/remaster, but its anarchy and tumult still sounds one step too beyond (just as it did in 1981).

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F.J. McMahon: Spirit of the Golden Juice

Available once more, F.J. McMahon’s stark and sobering assessment of the decline of ‘60s idealism and impending introspective ‘70s is the rarest of rarities: a true lost masterpiece.

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Arthur Alexander: Arthur Alexander

Alexander's music shares an affinity with the gospel-turned-secular R&B that made Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, and others so damn good. These songs express heart and soul.

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Nick Lowe: Reissues, 1982-1990

Six vital releases from one of the most underappreciated titans of power pop are finally back in print.

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Van Morrison: The Authorized Bang Collection

Van Morrison's Bang sessions have been bootlegged and shamelessly repackaged for 50 years. This collection brings it all together the right way.

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Lee Hazlewood: 13

Lee Hazlewood's 13 is an excellent -- if uncanny -- addition to his eclectic body of work, a fascinating document for devoted fans and curious newcomers alike.

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Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time / The Art of Walking / The Song of the Bailing Man

Pere Ubu is known mostly for their first two records, The Modern Dance and Dub Housing. This subsequent trio of releases showcases a noted change in the direction of the band.

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Blonde Redhead: Maculin Féminin

With this deluxe reissue, Blonde Redhead's fans will be jumping for joy, albeit probably in a lo-fi, no-frills kind of way.

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WITCH: Lukombo Vibes

Exuberant grooves and a growing sense of musicianship mark WITCH's first foray into true Afro rock.

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Wilson Pickett: Land of 1,000 Dances - The Complete Atlantic Singles Vol. 1

In the first of a three-part set, the highly fertile artistic period of one of soul music's most powerful voices is lovingly chronicled.

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Cursive: The Ugly Organ (Reissue)

Cursive's much-loved rage cannon of a record has been remastered, allowing one to hear every mangled guitar chord, every abused organ note, every polyp in Kasher's throat. It's makes a legendarily bilious album even more so, like watching surgery in HD.

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Unwound: No Energy

The No Energy boxset provides a valuable opportunity to place the unsung Unwound in a proper context, both offering nostalgia-tinged appreciation of a band at the height of its powers, as well as putting the music of the '90s Kill Rock Stars stalwarts in a new light.

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Lambchop: Nixon

Age has given Lambchop's Nixon additional poignance and grace, and it fully deserves the recognition Merge Records is giving it as the launch of their anniversary celebrations.

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Charlie Whitehead: Raw Spitt

Alive Naturalsound reissues a lost album of political soul.

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Fleetwood Mac: Then Play On

Rhino's reissue of Fleetwood Mac's first foray out of blues and towards the pop/rock sound that we know and love them for.

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Otis Redding: Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul Of Otis Redding

A new compilation of Otis' work focuses on the pain and sorrow behind the legendary voice.

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Sam Phillips: Martinis and Bikinis (Reissue)

Phillips' seminal work is a shining example of how she is the societal conscience that exists within the fringes of our mind.

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David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Forty years later, Bowie's influential masterpiece is still as electrifying and addicting as ever.

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The Doors: L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Edition)

To put it as succinctly as possible, this is the version of L.A. Woman to get.

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The Two Things in One: Together Forever - The Music City Sessions

This young Bay Area soul combo recorded an hour's worth of material in the early '70s, none of which have been available on CD until now. Nothing mind-blowing, but anything that gives us a fuller picture of funk's evolution is most welcome.

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The Lijadu Sisters: Danger

A terrific album that's just the the first of a series.

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Billy Joel: Piano Man (The Legacy Edition)

Columbia reissues the album that launched Billy Joel's career into the stratosphere 38 years ago, along with an intimate live radio set that fills in some of the blanks.

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Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher / Deuce / Live! in Europe / Blueprint

A consummate performer live or in the studio, these re-releases serve as a bold reminder of the weight of the Rory Gallagher legacy.

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Animal Collective: Campfire Songs

Animal Collective's version of sitting on the porch and strumming the day away is actually quite cohesive and pleasant.

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The Electric Prunes: Release of an Oath

It took a village to raise the Electric Prunes to both its highest and lowest.

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