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The Ghost Of Christmas: Dead Can Dance’s Dionysus

Dead Can Dance returned this year with their best album in 25 years, a haunting and dark oratorio about the god of debauchery. It’s easily one of the best albums of 2018.

The Beach Boys: Wake The World: The Friends Sessions (Capitol)

The first of two offerings in the annual Beach Boys copyright extension series, this alternate version of their album Friends is a beautiful and surprisingly essential collection that offers new depth to one of their most underrated albums.

The Bobby Fuller Four: Magic Touch: The Complete Mustang Singles Collection (Now Sounds)

Texas rocker Bobby Fuller will forever be known for his sole hit and his mysterious death. That’s a shame, as this new compilation shows that he was a versatile and promising young artist.

Yum-Yum: Dan Loves Patti (Omnivore Recordings)

Dan Loves Patti’, the sole album from Chicago musician Chris Holmes’ studio project Yum-Yum, is one of the truly lost gems of the 1990s, and this reissue is a wonderful reintroduction to a band you probably never heard the first time.

The Posies: Dear 23: Expanded Edition (Omnivore Recordings)

The posies released their major-label debut in 1990 with Dear 23, a slick and earnest record of great promise, yet one that felt oddly empty. This deluxe edition reveals a record that suffered somewhat from sounding too polished, and the rough demos help present the album in a different and perhaps more accurate light.

Cocteau Twins: Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years (Fontana)

Scottish trio Cocteau Twins shocked their fan base in 1993 by leaving their longtime label home at 4AD for major label Fontana. This era has always been considered problematic, as it found the mysterious group suddenly sounding not so mysterious. This four disc box set compiles all of their releases for the label, and offers up an important rethink about the band’s final chapter.

Dinosaur Jr: Ear-Bleeding Country: The Best Of Dinosaur Jr (Cherry Red)

Few greatest hits packages serve a band quite as well as this Dinosaur Jr compilation from 2001. This reissue expands that set with a second disc of fan favorites and choice cuts from their post-reunion releases.

Fastball: All The Pain Money Can Buy (Omnivore Recordings)

Austin rock trio Fastball’s sophomore release was an unapologetically grown-up album, and to everyone’s surprise the record was an unexpected hit in 1998.

Sky: Carillon: The Singles Collection 1979-1987

British classical rock phenomenon Sky offered up a unique take on progressive music, and this two disc collection that compiles their complete singles discography shows what made them such a versatile and interesting band.

Tanya Tucker: Delta Dawn/What’s Your Mama Name/Would You Lay With Me/You Are So Beautiful  (Morello)

Tanya Tucker was just barely in her teens when she first appeared, and her early records coupled with a powerful singing voice belied her young age. This collection compiled all of her recorded material for Columbia Records and is still some of the finest country you will ever hear.