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The best album reissues of 2019 (Part I)

Tons of bands celebrated some of their most renowned albums this year by delivering vinyl reissues.

From The Tragically Hip’s Day For Night to Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York, some of the biggest albums in indie history received reissues in 2019.

Check out the best album reissues of 2019 below.

The Tragically Hip – Day For Night

25 years ago, The Tragically Hip released their fourth studio album, Day for Night. To celebrate the album’s anniversary, the band reissued the record. Two new special edition vinyl copies of the album arrived through Universal. The reissue will have one version pressed on two silver-coloured LPs and the other version will be on black wax, and was given the half-speed mastering treatment from Abbey Road Studios.

Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York

This year, Nirvana’s renowned MTV Unplugged in New York album got its very own vinyl reissue. The record, which was originally released in 1994, is a live recording of the acoustic special of the same name. MTV Unplugged In New York, which features covers of David Bowie, Leadbelly, and The Vaselines, is set for release on November 1st as a 2LP pressing. The reissue will also feature some additional rehearsal material that used to only be available on DVD.

Florence + The Machine – Lungs

Florence + the Machine have announced that they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album Lungs with the release of a box set. The special edition is set to be available both digitally and physically, with a cloth-bound deluxe box set featuring the original album on pink vinyl, an LP of bonus material, postcards, and inserts with unseen images from the time. The box set includes three previously unreleased demos, a rare acoustic version of “My Boy Builds Coffins,” and a cover of the Beatles’ “Oh! Darling.”

The White Stripes – THE WHITE STRIPES XX

Jack White’s Third Man Records reissues the White Stripes’ self-titled debut record in honour of its 20th anniversary. THE WHITE STRIPES XX was made available as part of Third Man’s Vault subscription service, and it features previously unreleased outtakes from the album’s recording section. The collection will also come accompanied by a live album that was captured at a show in Raleigh, a DVD of two 1999 performances in Michigan, and a 24-page booklet of archival material.

Metric – Fantasies

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fantasies, Metric have dropped a special vinyl reissue and merch line. The limited-edition vinyl reissue features all 10 original tracks from the album, including “Help I’m Alive,” “Gimme Sympathy,” and “Gold Guns Girls.” The gold-coloured vinyl and t-shirts are already being sold individually or as a package online

Interpol – Antics

Interpol have reissued a special 15th anniversary edition of their sophomore record, Antics. The special edition reissue was released in September was a white LP version of the second record on the 15th anniversary of the album’s original release. Antics features hit tracks like “Evil” and “Slow Hands,” so this reissue is a must-have for Interpol fans.

Beastie Boys – Ill Communication

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication, and to celebrate members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond not only were featured in a documentary, but they also dropped a reissue of the record. The limited-edition vinyl came as a 180-gram record in a variety of new colours.

Snail Mail – Habit

After releasing her breakout EP Habit in 2016, Snail Mail has offered up a digital and physical reissue of the collection of tracks through Matador. The reissue includes the EP’s original six tracks in addition to a bonus track, a cover of Courtney Love’s “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl in The World,” which was already released as an Amazon exclusive.

Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice

Dan Mangan released a deluxe reissue of 2009’s Nice, Nice, Very Nice this year in honour of the album’s 10th anniversary. The new edition features previously unreleased material, b-sides, demos, and alternate versions from the original recording sessions. “I used to be so young,” Mangan explains in a statement about the reissue. “How did I get so old?”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers celebrated the 20th anniversary of Californication this year by releasing a double LP picture disc reissue as part of Warner Records’ Picture This series. The California funk-rockers’ renowned album came out on June 8th, 1999, and now the reissue sees the 15-track album split across two LPs that each come stamped with the Californication cover.

Björk – All nine albums

Björk has reissued her nine studio albums as coloured cassettes this year, and they’re set for release on April 26th. The complete set is composed of Debut in gold, Post in pink, Homogenic in grey, Vespertine in cream, Medulla in purple, Volta in orange, Biophilia in dark yellow, Vulnicura in neon yellow, and Utopia in blue. The announcement comes after the Icelandic singer-songwriter relaunched a set of vintage Björk tees, which went on sale through her label, One Little Indian.

Prince – The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold

The ultra-rare Prince mixtape cassette, The VERSACE Experience: PRELUDE 2 GOLD, was reissued this year on Record Store Day. Originally, the release was a reward for attendees of the Versace collection at Paris Fashion Week in July 1995, and was handed out as a promo tape, but it has since gone on to be the most expensive cassette ever sold on Discogs. The rare collectable reached a whopping £3,075 in 2016, which is equivalent to $4,607.04 CAD.

Jónsi and Alex Somers – Riceboy Sleeps

Sigur Rós’ Jónsi and Alex Somers released an expanded, remastered reissue of their 2009 album, Riceboy Sleeps. In honour of the record’s 10th anniversary, the pair released the reissue prior to heading out on tour, performing tracks from the album.

R.E.M. – Monster

R.E.M. released a 25th anniversary deluxe reissue of their 1994 album, Monster. The reissue arrived as a massive six-disc package in november, and it features a new mix from original producer Scott Litt, who promises he’s featured frontman Michael Stipe’s vocals more prominently.

My Morning Jacket – The Tennessee Fire

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Wow. I cannot believe it has now been over 20 years since we recorded THE TENNESSEE FIRE on my cousin John's grandparents farm out in ShelbyvillE, KY in a little studio called "Above the Cadillac”. What a life changing time that was for me — a cosmic door opening to a new universe, thanks to the generosity of family and the spirits of music and connection, I have been so lucky to encounter. We tried to do as many fucked up things as we could that we loved and hoped folks would enjoy. We laughed a lot and we cried some too, ha. We are so grateful and humble that people are still enjoying it so many years later, and we also really love playing these songs live still after all these years, ha ha ha. We offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has listened since the beginning/jumped on along the way, and all the new folks just hearing the music and getting into it. Much has changed and shifted over the years in the world of My Morning Jacket both on earth and in other realms, and I am so grateful to everyone who has ever been involved with the band on any level that helped it grow. I am grateful for the joy and thankful to have learned some things from the pain/disappointments that I hope will help in the future. Love is music, music is god, god is love, and I feel so blessed to be able to share this thing called music with so many wonderful souls both as a musician and as a listener myself. There is so much wonderful music out there. Peace and love. We’re proud to announce the 20th Anniversary edition of “The Tennessee Fire”. The expanded deluxe edition includes all 16 original tracks and 16 previously unreleased and unheard songs, demos, outtakes, alternate versions. Album comes out on August 2nd! Pre-order at mymorningjacket.com

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This year, My Morning Jacket released a 20th anniversary reissue of their debut 1999 album, The Tennessee Fire. The deluxe edition includes “16 previously unreleased and unheard, lost songs, demo outtakes, alternative versions, and more,” according to a release. “Wow. I cannot believe it has now been over 20 years since we recorded The Tennessee Fire on my cousin John’s grandparents farm out in Shelbyville, KY in a little studio called ‘Above the Cadillac,’” frontman Jim James explains in a statement on Instagram.

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