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.
Judicious catalog-spanning overview of the funk-inspired post-punk band, including a new recording with Barry Adamson.
Real Gone Music presents beautifully remastered versions of the artist's three Warner Bros. studio albums in a handsome two-disc set.
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.
Legendary Boston garage rock band fires on all cylinders on a rediscovered live recording of a 1969 reunion show.
Live recordings from January 1973 that capture the rock & roll side of this legendary power pop group.
The first-ever compilation of Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner's solo work, featuring demos and early singles when he performed as Billy Murray.
Outstanding collection of the Michigan rock hero's garage-centric early singles; tough, passionate, and energetic.
An exceptional document of the aftershocks of the '60s on mainstream pop culture.
Fascinating box set containing a selection of audio extracts from Brian Eno's immersive audio-visual installations.
The second installment of Omnivore's Complete Capitol Singles covers the end of Buck Owens' imperial era.
Complete known recordings of this alien art punk group from New York's '80s no wave scene, set apart by their pre-teen vocalist.
A double disc containing everything Charlie Rich recorded for Groove/RCA between 1963-1965.
Sharp, remastered compilation of the band's first three albums and contemporaneous single edits and mixes, plus commissioned work for Sister Sledge.
Decades-spanning highlight reel that chronicles Cornell's career as a solo artist and iconic grunge frontman.
With the help of his son, Dave Davies revives and polishes lost songs from the 1970s.
The second half of a funky gig from the sainted Detroit club is a stunning portrait of the guitarist and the Lyman Woodard Trio.
The first-ever compilation of Don Gibson's smooth 1970 hits for Hickory Records.
Tompkins Square delivers an essential three-disc box set of unreleased, unclassifiable music from '70s-era American cult visionaries.
Fastball's power pop charms came into sharp relief on their second album, which featured the hit "The Way."
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.
The highlight of the 60th anniversary edition of Only the Lonely is an exquisite new stereo mix created from the original three-track masters.
This is the full run of five shows that Zappa performed at the Roxy in 1973 with some additional rehearsal and studio material.
The alt-rock quartet integrate classic pop hooks with futuristic electronic production on their innovative sophomore effort expanded here with bonus tracks.
Collection of two rare demo acetates the former Byrds singer cut in 1966 and 1967, cleaned up and showing him in fine form.
A collection of previously unheard demos from 1965-1968 intended for Elvis Presley and sung by Glen Campbell.
A nice summary of Graham Nash's peak, supplemented by a lovely collection of original demos.
A fantastic double-CD set pairing archival live recordings from 1969 and 1970.
The latest-known live recording by Grant Green is a funky good time.
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.
Everything DeShannon recorded for Capitol in the early '70s, including a scrapped album cut at Memphis' American Sound Studios with Chips Moman.
Generous two-disc overview dominated by material from the singer's elegant 1976-1981 albums with Philadelphia International.
A double-disc set of big hits that's the best Joe Simon compilation released to date.
Originally thought to be lost, an adventurous, invigorating album culled from a March 1963 session by Coltrane's classic quartet.
Ex-Beatle balances euphoric Yoko tributes with raw inner-demon-wrestling on this classic sophomore release.
A deluxe LP reissue of all of the bonus material that initially appeared on the limited-edition reissues of the artist's two albums.
Truly exceptional, revelatory album of avant-garde devotional synth pop songs recorded by new age pioneer Laraaji in 1984.
41-track retrospective follows the career of the versatile singer, songwriter, and producer through his first 28 years in music.
This package contains the Ethiopian genius' first two albums cut in New York in 1966 and fusing African and Latin sounds with American jazz.
A loose, warm, and fun collection of highlights from Neil Young's acoustic tour in 1976.
Vintage live recordings that offer a tighter, lighter take on the classic Tonight's the Night.
The jazz icon's debut recordings, as originally released on a series of 45s; dazzling in imagination and execution.
Absolutely vital collection of seminal early-'80s post-punk recordings from a band led by future New Zealand indie stalwarts Peter and Graeme Jefferies.
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.
The expanded reissue of Behaviour contains a second disc of non-LP songs that's an excellent album in its own right.
A mesmerizing session capturing Prince singing whatever comes to his mind.
These complete BBC sessions find Super Furry Animals discovering their weird, wonderful voice.
Recorded at home in 1990 with bandmate Jowe Head, this batch of Daniel Treacy demos shows the eccentric genius at his oddly affecting best.
A lost psychedelic-meets-baroque pop classic recorded in 1969 by the Cleveland band who went on to form the Raspberries.
Collection of unreleased songs recorded between 1996 and 2003 by the underrated and much-loved Athens, Georgia indie rock band.
Rare publishing demos cut by the sibling harmony duo document stellar performances, even on some iffy material.
Bracing collection of the garage punk band's singles released between 2003 and 2010.
Expanded reissue of the Pacific Northwest pop obsessives' third album, where they learn the value of big, loud guitars.
The duo's intimate, innovative debut introduces their eloquent take on indie rock.
Collection of scrappy and angular guitar pop gems recorded for the BBC between 1986 and 1988.
Fantastic collection of some of the brightest, strangest, and surprisingly influential moments of pre-recorded film music libraries.
Excellent sampler of material from an obscure teen pop label from the '60s, run by producer and tunesmith Tommy Falcone.
An exceptional document of the wild glory days of outlaw country in the 1970s.
A glorious collection of gonzo garage rock, R&B, and pop from L.A.'s sleazy '60s.
Stupendous compilation of minimal synth, new wave, and post-punk tracks produced in Spain during the 1980s.
A double-disc deep dive into obscure girl group sounds that comes with all kinds of rare treasures in the usual Numero fashion.
The band's debut plays like The-Ramones-Go-to-Art-School -- song after song careens past in a glorious, stripped-down rush.
Excellent collection of rare and unreleased tracks produced by Mike Paradinas during the late '90s.