Oasis, Definitely Maybe: Chasing The Sun Edition (Big Brother/Ngrooves)
Oasis’ debut album is remastered and expanded; the first in a planned series of multi-format reissues from the legendary Britpop band.
Billy Joel, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia (Columbia/Legacy)
The Piano Man’s 1987 sojourn to the USSR is chronicled anew, with expansions of both the original KOHUEPT album and video program and a newly-filmed retrospective documentary on Billy’s trip.
Deep Purple, Made in Japan: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Editions(Universal U.K.)
No less than six formats of the band’s breakthrough live album are now available overseas. All together now: “Smooooooke on the waaaaaater”!
Originally released as a vinyl box on Record Store Day, both of R.E.M.’s trips to MTV Unplugged are now available as a more affordable two-disc set. Also, a digital compilation nets just about every B-side and bonus track the band put out for their first label.
Roy Orbison, Mystery Girl Deluxe (Roy’s Boys/Legacy)
Released weeks after Orbison’s sudden passing, Mystery Girl rightfully restored Roy’s legend and even got him onto pop radio with “You Got It.” It’s expanded with unheard studio demos, an unreleased song completed by Roy’s sons with John Carter Cash, and also available with a DVD packed with a new documentary and rare and unseen promo videos.
Hank Williams, The Garden Spot Programs 1950 (Omnivore)
Long-lost radio rarities from one of the kings of country are uncovered for the first time!
The Doors, Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine (Elektra/Rhino)
R. Kelly, The Essential R. Kelly (RCA/Legacy)
Love him or hate him – yes, we’ve been listening – the 35 tracks on this two-disc set do a good job of pointing out Kellz as one of the best male R&B performers of his generation. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)