In the midst of all the new music of 2018, there was plenty of opportunity to plumb the archives and examine numerous compilations and reissues, such as a collection of rare demos from the Louvin Brothers, a gem from Prince's storied vault, and a rollicking collection from the glory days of outlaw country.

ACR: Set

A Certain Ratio

ACR: Set

Judicious catalog-spanning overview of the funk-inspired post-punk band, including a new recording with Barry Adamson.

Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings

Alice Coltrane

Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings

Real Gone Music presents beautifully remastered versions of the artist's three Warner Bros. studio albums in a handsome two-disc set.

Wish You Were Here [Expanded Edition]

Badfinger

Wish You Were Here [Expanded Edition]

Real Gone's expanded edition of Badfinger's masterful power pop LP contains a new remix, an unreleased song, and a host of alternate mixes.

Live 1969

Barry & the Remains / The Remains

Live 1969

Legendary Boston garage rock band fires on all cylinders on a rediscovered live recording of a 1969 reunion show.

Live at Lafayette's Music Room-Memphis, TN

Big Star

Live at Lafayette's Music Room-Memphis, TN

Live recordings from January 1973 that capture the rock & roll side of this legendary power pop group.

Singled Out

Billy Bremner

Singled Out

The first-ever compilation of Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner's solo work, featuring demos and early singles when he performed as Billy Murray.

Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967

Bob Seger / Bob Seger & the Last Heard

Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967

Outstanding collection of the Michigan rock hero's garage-centric early singles; tough, passionate, and energetic.

Music for Installations

Brian Eno

Music for Installations

Fascinating box set containing a selection of audio extracts from Brian Eno's immersive audio-visual installations.

The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967–1970

Buck Owens / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos

The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967–1970

The second installment of Omnivore's Complete Capitol Singles covers the end of Buck Owens' imperial era.

Transportation EPs

Chandra

Transportation EPs

Complete known recordings of this alien art punk group from New York's '80s no wave scene, set apart by their pre-teen vocalist.

Too Many Teardrops: The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings

Charlie Rich

Too Many Teardrops: The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings

A double disc containing everything Charlie Rich recorded for Groove/RCA between 1963-1965.

The Chic Organization 1977-1979

Chic

The Chic Organization 1977-1979

Sharp, remastered compilation of the band's first three albums and contemporaneous single edits and mixes, plus commissioned work for Sister Sledge.

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Decades-spanning highlight reel that chronicles Cornell's career as a solo artist and iconic grunge frontman.

Decade

Dave Davies

Decade

With the help of his son, Dave Davies revives and polishes lost songs from the 1970s.

One Night at Morey’s: 1968 [Live]

Dennis Coffey

One Night at Morey’s: 1968 [Live]

The second half of a funky gig from the sainted Detroit club is a stunning portrait of the guitarist and the Lyman Woodard Trio.

Best of the Hickory Records Years

Don Gibson

Best of the Hickory Records Years

The first-ever compilation of Don Gibson's smooth 1970 hits for Hickory Records.

All the Pain Money Can Buy [Bonus Tracks]

Fastball

All the Pain Money Can Buy [Bonus Tracks]

Fastball's power pop charms came into sharp relief on their second album, which featured the hit "The Way."

The Pictorial Jackson Review [CD/7

Felt

The Pictorial Jackson Review [CD/7" Box Set]

The deluxe edition of the band's ninth album cuts the moody instrumentals and adds two more brightly jangling (and rare) tracks to the running order.

Only the Lonely [60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

Frank Sinatra

Only the Lonely [60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

The highlight of the 60th anniversary edition of Only the Lonely is an exquisite new stereo mix created from the original three-track masters.

The Roxy Performances

Frank Zappa / Frank Zappa & the Mothers

The Roxy Performances

This is the full run of five shows that Zappa performed at the Roxy in 1973 with some additional rehearsal and studio material.

Version 2.0 [20th Anniversary Edition]

Garbage

Version 2.0 [20th Anniversary Edition]

The alt-rock quartet integrate classic pop hooks with futuristic electronic production on their innovative sophomore effort expanded here with bonus tracks.

Gene Clark Sings for You

Gene Clark

Gene Clark Sings for You

Collection of two rare demo acetates the former Byrds singer cut in 1966 and 1967, cleaned up and showing him in fine form.

Sings for the King

Glen Campbell

Sings for the King

A collection of previously unheard demos from 1965-1968 intended for Elvis Presley and sung by Glen Campbell.

Over the Years…

Graham Nash

Over the Years…

A nice summary of Graham Nash's peak, supplemented by a lovely collection of original demos.

Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)

Grant Green

Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)

A fantastic double-CD set pairing archival live recordings from 1969 and 1970.

Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry's

Grant Green

Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry's

The latest-known live recording by Grant Green is a funky good time.

Anthem of the Sun [50th Anniversary Edition]

Grateful Dead

Anthem of the Sun [50th Anniversary Edition]

50th Anniversary edition of Anthem of the Sun contains the first CD release of the original 1968 LP mix, and Hart's first concert with the Dead.

Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings

Jackie DeShannon

Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings

Everything DeShannon recorded for Capitol in the early '70s, including a scrapped album cut at Memphis' American Sound Studios with Chips Moman.

Don't Let It Go to Your Head: The Anthology

Jean Carn

Don't Let It Go to Your Head: The Anthology

Generous two-disc overview dominated by material from the singer's elegant 1976-1981 albums with Philadelphia International.

Step by Step: The Complete Pop Hits

Joe Simon

Step by Step: The Complete Pop Hits

A double-disc set of big hits that's the best Joe Simon compilation released to date.

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album [Deluxe Edition]

John Coltrane

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album [Deluxe Edition]

Originally thought to be lost, an adventurous, invigorating album culled from a March 1963 session by Coltrane's classic quartet.

Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities & Live

Judee Sill

Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities & Live

A deluxe LP reissue of all of the bonus material that initially appeared on the limited-edition reissues of the artist's two albums.

Vision Songs, Vol. 1

Laraaji

Vision Songs, Vol. 1

Truly exceptional, revelatory album of avant-garde devotional synth pop songs recorded by new age pioneer Laraaji in 1984.

Selective Memories: An Anthology

Luther Russell

Selective Memories: An Anthology

41-track retrospective follows the career of the versatile singer, songwriter, and producer through his first 28 years in music.

Afro-Latin Soul, Vols. 1 & 2

Mulatu Astatke

Afro-Latin Soul, Vols. 1 & 2

This package contains the Ethiopian genius' first two albums cut in New York in 1966 and fusing African and Latin sounds with American jazz.

Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live

Neil Young

Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live

Vintage live recordings that offer a tighter, lighter take on the classic Tonight's the Night.

Songs for Judy

Neil Young

Songs for Judy

A loose, warm, and fun collection of highlights from Neil Young's acoustic tour in 1976.

Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles

Nina Simone

Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles

The jazz icon's debut recordings, as originally released on a series of 45s; dazzling in imagination and execution.

Complete Studio Recordings

Nocturnal Projections

Complete Studio Recordings

Absolutely vital collection of seminal early-'80s post-punk recordings from a band led by future New Zealand indie stalwarts Peter and Graeme Jefferies.

Hallucinations

Permanent Green Light

Hallucinations

Great collection of singles, album tracks, and demos from the early-'90s power pop-meets-psych group co-headed by the Three O'Clock's Michael Quercio.

Behaviour: Further Listening 1990-1991

Pet Shop Boys

Behaviour: Further Listening 1990-1991

The expanded reissue of Behaviour contains a second disc of non-LP songs that's an excellent album in its own right.

Piano & a Microphone 1983

Prince

Piano & a Microphone 1983

A mesmerizing session capturing Prince singing whatever comes to his mind.

At the BBC

Super Furry Animals

At the BBC

These complete BBC sessions find Super Furry Animals discovering their weird, wonderful voice.

Beautiful Despair

Television Personalities

Beautiful Despair

Recorded at home in 1990 with bandmate Jowe Head, this batch of Daniel Treacy demos shows the eccentric genius at his oddly affecting best.

Artifact: The Unreleased Album

The Choir

Artifact: The Unreleased Album

A lost psychedelic-meets-baroque pop classic recorded in 1969 by the Cleveland band who went on to form the Raspberries.

Ceremony of Dreams: Studio Sessions and Outtakes 1972-1977

The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble

Ceremony of Dreams: Studio Sessions and Outtakes 1972-1977

Tompkins Square delivers an essential three-disc box set of unreleased, unclassifiable music from '70s-era American cult visionaries.

Double Coda

The Glands

Double Coda

Collection of unreleased songs recorded between 1996 and 2003 by the underrated and much-loved Athens, Georgia indie rock band.

Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings

The Louvin Brothers

Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings

Rare publishing demos cut by the sibling harmony duo document stellar performances, even on some iffy material.

On the Other Side

The Marked Men

On the Other Side

Bracing collection of the garage punk band's singles released between 2003 and 2010.

Frosting on the Beater

The Posies

Frosting on the Beater

Expanded reissue of the Pacific Northwest pop obsessives' third album, where they learn the value of big, loud guitars.

Manos

The Spinanes

Manos

The duo's intimate, innovative debut introduces their eloquent take on indie rock.

Hands in the Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

The Wolfhounds

Hands in the Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

Collection of scrappy and angular guitar pop gems recorded for the BBC between 1986 and 1988.

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present: State of the Union

Various Artists

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present: State of the Union

An exceptional document of the aftershocks of the '60s on mainstream pop culture.

Interferencias, Vol. 1: Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989

Various Artists

Interferencias, Vol. 1: Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989

Stupendous compilation of minimal synth, new wave, and post-punk tracks produced in Spain during the 1980s.

Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

Various Artists

Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

A double-disc deep dive into obscure girl group sounds that comes with all kinds of rare treasures in the usual Numero fashion.

Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music

Various Artists

Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music

Fantastic collection of some of the brightest, strangest, and surprisingly influential moments of pre-recorded film music libraries.

Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label

Various Artists

Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label

Excellent sampler of material from an obscure teen pop label from the '60s, run by producer and tunesmith Tommy Falcone.

Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring 70's

Various Artists

Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring 70's

An exceptional document of the wild glory days of outlaw country in the 1970s.

Make Mine Mondo!

Various Artists

Make Mine Mondo!

A glorious collection of gonzo garage rock, R&B, and pop from L.A.'s sleazy '60s.

Pink Flag [Deluxe Edition]

Wire

Pink Flag [Deluxe Edition]

The band's debut plays like The-Ramones-Go-to-Art-School -- song after song careens past in a glorious, stripped-down rush.

Challenge Me Foolish

µ-Ziq

Challenge Me Foolish

Excellent collection of rare and unreleased tracks produced by Mike Paradinas during the late '90s.

Prince