AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Reissues -

 Sometimes classic or forgotten records are worth a second chance. This year's most exciting reissues included a deep dive into the sessions for John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, the complete RCA recordings of Wilson Pickett, an expanded look at the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers and the 25th anniversary edition of A Tribe Called Quest's debut.
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm [25th Anniversary Edition]

A Tribe Called Quest

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm [25th Anniversary Edition]

ATCQ's debut album is an imaginative, funny, and funky one, positioning them at the forefront of a quiet revolution in hip-hop.

The Late Show: Live 1978

Andrew Gold

The Late Show: Live 1978

Excellent archival reissue of a concert Andrew Gold gave in Los Angeles at the end of his 1978 tour.

You Don't Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972

Carl Hall

You Don't Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972

Rare and unreleased recordings (produced by Jerry Ragovoy) from this overlooked but masterful soul vocalist.

Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz

Craig Fuller / Eric Kaz

Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz

The former American Flyer members team up on this one-shot soft rock singer/songwriter classic from 1978.

Faithful

Dusty Springfield

Faithful

Excellent but scrapped 1971 Jeff Barry-produced album finally sees the light of day via this 2015 release.

Grits & Gravy: The Best of the Fame Gang

Fame Gang

Grits & Gravy: The Best of the Fame Gang

Collection of singles and unreleased late-'60s and '70s sides by the Muscle Shoals rhythm section called the FAME Gang.

Fanny Hill [Expanded Edition]

Fanny

Fanny Hill [Expanded Edition]

Expanded reissue of the third and strongest album from the trailblazing all-female rock band; recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios.

Real Nighttime [Deluxe Edition]

Game Theory

Real Nighttime [Deluxe Edition]

First masterpiece from the indie pop cult favorites, a bittersweet song cycle produced by Mitch Easter.

Rhinestone Cowboy [Bonus Tracks]

Glen Campbell

Rhinestone Cowboy [Bonus Tracks]

The 40th Anniversary edition of Rhinestone Cowboy includes five bonus tracks, highlighted by the B-side "Record Collector's Dream."

Misty Flats

Goldberg / Barry Thomas Goldberg

Misty Flats

A lost loner-folk gem from a young singer/songwriter who perfectly captured the feeling of being young and adrift in 1974.

Bellybutton [Deluxe Edition]

Jellyfish

Bellybutton [Deluxe Edition]

Power pop sound meets arena rock scale, and they get along fine on this debut from the San Francisco cult heroes.

Spread Your Love: The Complete Minit Singles 1966-1970

Jimmy Holiday

Spread Your Love: The Complete Minit Singles 1966-1970

First-ever release of the underrated '60s soul singer's complete singles for the Minit imprint.

A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

John Coltrane

A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

Massively influential and quintessential exploration of modal jazz and one of Coltrane's finest hours.

Coda [Remastered] [Deluxe Edition]

Led Zeppelin

Coda [Remastered] [Deluxe Edition]

The remastered 2015 reissue of Coda contains two discs of outtakes, rarities, and alternate takes.

Press Color [Deluxe Edition]

Lizzy Mercier Descloux

Press Color [Deluxe Edition]

The French transplant made a splash in New York's underground music community with her 1979 solo debut.

Muscle Up

Patrick Cowley

Muscle Up

Dark Entries' second volume of experimental film soundtracks composed by the pioneering disco producer.

Tug of War [Special Edition]

Paul McCartney

Tug of War [Special Edition]

The 2015 reissue of the 1982 album contains a disc of demos, rarities, B-sides, and outtakes.

A Little on the Windy Side

Paul Williams

A Little on the Windy Side

Reuniting with his brother (and former Holy Mackerel bandmate) Mentor, Paul Williams winds up with a soft rock gem from 1979.

South Atlantic Blues

Scott Fagan

South Atlantic Blues

A hazy, soulful psychedelic singer/songwriter album from 1968 in the vein of Tim Buckley and Astral Weeks.

Live 1966

Shadows of Knight

Live 1966

This archival release of the quintessential garage band captured on an average night in 1966 in their hometown of Chicago is pure dynamite.

Sneakers

Sneakers

Sneakers

The Sneakers' debut EP is a pioneering, jangling collection of indie power pop.

Send You [Remastered]

Sneaky Feelings

Send You [Remastered]

Debut album of smart, sophisticated, and emotional pop from the most underrated band in the Flying Nun stable past or present.

MWNG [Bonus Tracks]

Super Furry Animals

MWNG [Bonus Tracks]

On this outing, lead vocalist and guitarist Gruff Rhys did away with the band's overly ambitious, synthesizer-laden production.

The Original Albums 1967-1969

The Box Tops

The Original Albums 1967-1969

Four complete albums from Memphis' teenage hitmakers, featuring a pre-Big Star Alex Chilton on vocals.

Now That Everything's Been Said

The City

Now That Everything's Been Said

After moving to L.A. in 1967, Carole King started an excellent singer/songwriter meets AM pop band, then recorded this lost gem of an album.

Go Girl Crazy! [40th Anniversary Edition]

The Dictators

Go Girl Crazy! [40th Anniversary Edition]

Remastered proto-punk masterpiece that defines the nexus between pro wrestling, cheap burgers, and dumb music for smart people.

The Days of Wine and Roses [Bonus Tracks]

The Dream Syndicate

The Days of Wine and Roses [Bonus Tracks]

Outstanding debut from the most ferocious of the Paisley Underground bands; smart garage-infused noise at its best.

The Lost Motown Album

The Fantastic Four

The Lost Motown Album

One of the label's great cult acts, the Fantastic Four are worth discovering, not just by soul fanatics but by anybody that loved the sound of the Motor City at the turn of the '70s.

The Muffs

The Muffs

The Muffs

Reissue of the fine debut from Kim Shattuck's pop-punk celebrants adds eight unheard demos and alternate versions of two tunes.

Sticky Fingers [Deluxe] [CD/DVD]

The Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers [Deluxe] [CD/DVD]

Deluxe reissue of the 1971 classic is highlighted by an alternate "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton, and killer vintage live tracks.

From the Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971

The Rolling Stones

From the Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971

Tight, hard-rocking, and hard-grooving set given at the Marquee Club a month before the release of Sticky Fingers.

Live on Tour - 1966!

The Standells

Live on Tour - 1966!

Fun archival release of the garage rockers playing a good-humored show at the University of Michigan in 1966.

Freedom Highway Complete: Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church

The Staple Singers

Freedom Highway Complete: Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church

Expanded edition of the classic 1965 album that documented the gospel stars during a Chicago church service.

Digital Stimulation

The Units

Digital Stimulation

Debut album from a San Francisco-based performance art rock group who were retroactively credited as innovators of synth-punk.

Universal Togetherness Band

Universal Togetherness Band

Universal Togetherness Band

Windy City band's long lost recordings (cut by audio production students) reveal a clever, unique blend of R&B, funk, and rock.

His Band and the Street Choir [Remastered & Expanded]

Van Morrison

His Band and the Street Choir [Remastered & Expanded]

Rushed out in the wake of Moondance, this relaxed, powerful, soul-driven album is among the singer's best.

In the Beginning: Early Recordings from 1949-1958

Wes Montgomery

In the Beginning: Early Recordings from 1949-1958

Excellent collection of unheard live Wes Montgomery recordings from 1956-1958, accentuated by unreleased 1955 studio sessions produced by Quincy Jones.

Mr. Magic Man: The Complete RCA Studio Recordings

Wilson Pickett

Mr. Magic Man: The Complete RCA Studio Recordings

Four albums the wicked soul shouter recorded for RCA in the '70s, three of which sound stronger than their lukewarm reputation.

It's the End: The Definitive Collection

Zakary Thaks

It's the End: The Definitive Collection

The Texan garage titans Zakary Thaks get a comprehensive overview containing original mixes of all their singles plus unearthed rarities.