Guitar World's Top 25 Live, Reissued and Archival Albums of 2011
Need a few million bucks? Dust off, remaster and reissue that classic album of yours from 20 or 30 years ago.
Put it in a cool box with extra photos and a nice book and maybe a guitar pick, and people will buy it -- even though they've already owned the songs for 20 or 30 years.
Then do it all over again in 10 years!
As the CD format withers away before our eyes, it seems its last stand will be in the form of elaborate box sets and fancy-pants deluxe editions -- as we saw in 2011, most notably in the case of Pink Floyd, whose massive "Why Pink Floyd?" reissue campaign included the deluxe "Discovery" box set of all the band's remastered studio albums plus "Immersion" and "Experience" versions of Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.
Anyway, this list highlights 25 albums from 2011 that are NOT predominately albums of new compositions and new studio material. For that year-end list (our 50 best studio albums of 2011), please head here.
This list includes live albums (Pearl Jam), several reissues (Death), a best-of and some archival releases (The Allman Brothers Band).
Thanks, as always, for reading!
25. Black Label Society - The Song Remains Not the Same
24. Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton - Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)
21. Deep Purple - Shades of Deep Purple
20. Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Deluxe Edition)
19. Pearl Jam - Live on Ten Legs
22. Rory Gallagher - Notes from San Francisco
18. Slipknot - Iowa (10th Anniversary Edition)
17. Queen - A Night at the Opera
16. Paul McCartney - McCartney
15. U2 - Achtung Baby (Anniversary Edition)
14. Death - Human
13. Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
12. Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? (25th Anniversary Edition)
11. R.E.M. - Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011
10. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions
09. The Who - Quadrophenia (The Director's Cut)
08. Slash - Made in Stoke 24/7/11
07. Nirvana - Nevermind (20th Anniversary Edition)
06. Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection
05. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (Immersion Box Set)
04. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman (30th Anniversary Editions)
03. Allman Brothers Band - S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook: Stonybrook, NY 9/19/71
02. Jeff Beck - Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
01. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Winterland
23. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (Deluxe Edition)