Classic rock fans have lots to look forward to during the next couple of months, as some of the best albums of all time are being reissued with enough extra material to make even the hardest of the hard-core satisfied.
In the wake of last month’s “Nevermind” by Nirvana, and following in the trend started by The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main St.” last year, the prices for the ultra-mega-super-duper-deluxe packages are going to be expensive with a capital “E” — think $100 and up. But if you really need six different version of “The Great Gig in the Sky,” they’re perfectly timed for holiday gift lists.
• Already on shelves is the remastered series of Pink Floyd’s 14 studio albums (including two soundtracks), from “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” to “The Division Bell.” You can buy each album separately or together in the “Discovery” box set for $179.98.
For the Floyd’s most celebrated albums — 1973′s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” 1975′s “Wish You Were Here” and 1979′s “The Wall” – you can also buy deluxe editions labeled “Experience” and “Immersion” editions, which are being trotted out between now and February. The Immersion versions cost $100-plus, and include numerous alternate takes, live versions and videos. Go to pinkfloyd.com for more info and release dates.
• U2 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the classic “Achtung Baby” on Oct. 31 with five different reissue packages ranging from the standard one-CD remaster of the original 12 tracks for $13.95 to a “uber deluxe” package of six CDs and four DVDs for a whopping $469.95.
What do you get with the “uber deluxe” version? Truth be told, a lot of it is already available, including the 1993 album “Zooropa,” B-sides and remixes (many of which have previously been compiled on various greatest-hits compilations and fan-club issues) and the 1993 DVD “ZooTV Live From Sydney.”
However, there is also a lot of previously unreleased material, including an early mix of the album, TV specials and all of the promotional videos. Go to U2.com for complete track listings.
• The Stones’ second-best album of the ’70s, “Sticky Fingers,” isn’t getting reissued for some reason. But its third-best of the decade, “Some Girls,” is, along with a never-before-seen concert film from the 1978 tour.
If you just want the original album remastered, you can buy it beginning today. But if you want all the extras, you’ll have to wait until late November, when the “deluxe” and “super deluxe” editions hit the shelves.
The deluxe edition will include the original album remastered plus a second CD of bonus tracks for $29. The super deluxe edition retails for $180.75, and includes both of the above plus the concert DVD, a hardcover book, postcards, a poster and a reissue of the 7-inch single “Beast of Burden”/ “When the Whip Comes Down,” complete with the original banned sleeve of a woman in a suggestive pose with a lion. For info, go to rollingstones.com.
And if you buy all of the above, you’ll be able to think of your budget when you sing along to “Shattered” at the top of your lungs. Sha-do-bee.
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