Every holiday season brings along quite a number of lavish reissue albums that usually include extra tracks, additional photo material, special remasters, and other goodies. Recently The Beatles reissues, starting with their seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, have started to further set the standards, as far as remastering, additional material, and special packaging is concerned.
It is no wonder then that this holiday season the upcoming reissue of their Abbey Road album is a further step in that direction. The sales of Sgt. Pepper and White Album prove them right, and obviously the fans don’t mind either.
According to the beatlesbible.com, the newly remastered edition by Giles Martin (son of The Beatles main producer George Martin), for the first time, will include 23 additional session recordings and demos, along with “stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes.” The deluxe box set is spread over four discs, accompanied by a 100-page hardbound book with Paul McCartney’s foreword.
The Rolling Stones will follow suit with the 50th-anniversary reissue of Let It Bleed, one of their best. The deluxe edition comes as a 2xLP or 2x ‘HybridSuper Audio’ CD set, featuring the album entirely remastered in both stereo and mono. It includes a reproduction of the 1969 7” mono single of “Honky Tonk Women” / ”You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in a picture sleeve. As the British music monthly Uncut reports, also included are three 12” x 12” hand-numbered replica-signed lithographs printed on embossed archival paper, and a full-colour 23” x 23” poster with restored art from the original 1969 Decca Records package, as well as an 80-page hardcover book that includes an essay by journalist David Fricke and never-before-seen photos by the band’s tour photographer Ethan Russell.
The third deluxe edition that certainly deserves attention is the one pointed out by Rolling Stone – the reissue of one of the best country rock albums ever, Gene Clark’s No Other from 1974. The box set includes the album editions on vinyl, as well as three SACD’s. “One album will house a Japanese replica sleeve, with the others containing various session mixes. In addition, a documentary by Paul Kendall — who directed 2013’s The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark — is also included on a Blu-ray disc.” Also included are a 7” single and a hardbound book of essays.