Guitar World's Top 25 Live, Reissued and Archival Albums of 2012
Welcome to Guitar World's roundup of the top 25 live, reissued and archival albums of 2012.
The common theme of these 25 releases is easy to follow: They all feature classic or well-known songs that have been repackaged and presented anew, but with a twist, whether it be in the form of live versions, alternate versions, demos, simple remasters, etc.
At the risk of sounding like an actor who insists that the latest film he's worked on is his best yet, we have to admit that 2012 was a particularly strong year for live discs.
We got top-notch, exciting offerings from heavyweights like Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Motörhead, Machine Head and Joe Satriani, not to mention archival live releases from The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the late Gary Moore, who covered 12 classic Hendrix tracks on Blues for Jimi: Live in London.
Music fans also were treated to several kick-ass reissues and remasters in 2012, including outstanding deluxe, 20th-anniversary editions of classic albums by Pantera and Rage Against the Machine, not to mention deluxe offerings from Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and others.
While you're in a "looking back" mood, be sure to check out two other lists, namely Guitar World's Top 50 Albums of 2012 and Guitar World's Top 15 Blues and Roots Rock Albums of 2012.
Looking ahead, Jimmy Page is hinting at a solo tour in 2013, so get ready for what could be a very interesting list of live albums this time next year!
25. Kiss — Destroyer Resurrected
Space Oddity: An Interview with Ace Frehley
15. Smashing Pumpkins — Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Remastered)
From the Archive: Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Interviews Eddie Van Halen in 1996
16. The Who — Live at Hull 1970
Interview: The Who's Pete Townshend Talks 'Tommy' and 'Quadrophenia,' Reveals Secret History of 'Lifehouse'
17. Pink Floyd — The Wall Immersion Box Set
Interview: Pink Floyd Drummer Nick Mason on the New Remasters, Gear and the Chances of Another Floyd Tour
19. Buddy Guy — Live at Legends
Track-by-Track Interview: Buddy Guy, a Man and His Blues
18. Devin Townsend Project — By a Thread: Live in London 2011
Interview: Devin Townsend Discusses 'Deconstruction,' 'Ghost' and His Upcoming Tour and Box Set
20. Steven Wilson — Get All You Deserve
Photo Gallery: Steven Wilson Visits Guitar World
21. Gov’t Mule — The Georgia Bootleg Box
Interview: Warren Haynes Discusses Gov’t Mule's New 6-Disc Box Set, 'The Georgia Bootleg Box'
22. Porcupine Tree — Octane Twisted
Interview: Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree Talks Gear, Writing and Recording
23. David Bowie — The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (40th Anniversary Edition)
Interview: 'Ziggy Stardust' Co-Producer Ken Scott Discusses Working with David Bowie
24. My Bloody Valentine — Loveless (Remastered)
Unreleased My Bloody Valentine Track Streaming Online
11. Peter Frampton — Best of FCA! 35 Tour
Interview: Peter Frampton Discusses New Live DVD, 'FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton'
12. Motörhead — The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else
Video: The Big Four Play "Overkill" by Motörhead at Yankee Stadium Show
13. Paul and Linda McCartney — Ram Special Edition
Interview: Studio Guitar Royalty David Spinozza Discusses Working with Paul McCartney on 'Ram'
14. Gary Moore — Blues for Jimi: Live in London
Interview: Gary Moore Discusses His Latest Album, Gear and Phil Lynott in 1987 Guitar World Interview
03. Judas Priest — Screaming for Vengeance 30th Anniversary Edition
Interview: Rob Halford on the 30th Anniversary of Judas Priest's 'Screaming for Vengeance'
04. Rage Against the Machine — Rage Against the Machine XX
Exclusive: Rage Against the Machine — "Killing In the Name" Demo
05. Iron Maiden — En Vivo
Interview: Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith and Dave Murray in Their First Guitar World Feature from 1983
06. The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Live at Berkeley
Interview with Roger Mayer: The Secrets of Jimi Hendrix's Guitar Setup
07. Joe Satriani — Satchurated: Live in Montreal
Interview: Joe Satriani Discusses His New Marshall JVM Signature Series Amps and 'Satchurated'
08. Pantera — Vulgar Display of Power (Deluxe Edition)
Interview: Dimebag Darrell Discusses His Roots, Gear and Pantera in 1994 Guitar World Interview
09. Tedeschi Trucks Band — Live: Everybody’s Talkin’
Interview: Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Discuss Their New Project, Tedeschi Trucks Band
10. Machine Head — Machine F**king Head Live
Dear Guitar Hero: Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head
01. Led Zeppelin — Celebration Day
Excerpt: Led Zeppelin Discuss Their 2007 Reunion Show
02. AC/DC — Live at River Plate
Let There Be Rock: AC/DC's Angus Young on Picking Hard