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Reissue—Denote—Repackage

updated July 2021

I personally own copies of all of the reissues described here. The general goal, as with many of the essays featured in the Rock Annual, is to clarify differences among reissues. Also, I will note the authors of liner essays.

Some of the reviews linked-to here cover all of the titles in a particular reissue series. In such cases, the review is listed under the first title.


2020

Junior Byles, Beat Down Babylon official

Untitled essay by David Katz, author of an oral history of Reggae music and biographies of Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff.

Disc 1:
Original album: ‘(Festival) Da Da’; ‘I've Got a Feeling’; ‘Don't Know Why’; ‘Demonstration (And Protest)’; ‘Coming Again’; ‘Beat Down Babylon’; ‘A Place Called Africa’; ‘Joshua's Desire’; ‘A Matter of Time’; ‘Poor Chubby’.

18 bonus tracks:
Junior Byles & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry - ‘Come Da Da’
The Upsetters - ‘Come Da Da Version’
‘Righteous Oily’
The Upsetters - ‘Ital Version (aka Babylon Chapter 5)’
Jah T & Junior Byles - ‘Informer Men’
The Upsetters - ‘Outformer Version (aka Babylon Chapter 10)’
Dennis Alcapone & Junior Byles - ‘Africa Stand’
‘Education Rock’
‘King Of Babylon’
The Upsetters - ‘Nezbuchadnezzer’
‘Got the Tip’
‘Fever’
Jah T & Errol Thompson - ‘Lick The Pipe Peter (aka Fever Chapter 4)’
‘Pharoah Hiding’
The Upsetters - ‘Hail To Power’
‘Another Moses’
Junior Byles & The Righteous Flames - ‘Rub Up Festival '71’
The Versatiles - ‘The Thanks We Get (1970 version)’

Disc 2: Dreader Sounds, 1973 to 1975
‘Curley Locks’
The Upsetters - ‘Lock And Key (aka Golden Version)’
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Junior Byles - ‘Dreader Locks’
The Upsetters - ‘Militant Rock’
The Versatiles - ‘The Thanks We Get (1973 version)’
The Upsetters - ‘Xylophone Rock’
‘Now Generation’
‘The Long Way’
The Upsetters - ‘The Longer Way (aka All The Way)’
‘Auntie Lu-Lu (aka Auntie Lulu)’
‘Fun And Games’
The Upsetters - ‘Motion Dub’
‘Mumbling And Grumbling’
The Upsetters - ‘King Size Mumble’
‘Rasta No Pick Pocket’
The Upsetters - ‘Pick Pocket Skank’
The Versatiles - ‘Cutting Razor’
‘Pretty Baby (aka Pretty Fe True)’
The Upsetters - ‘Pretty Dub’
‘When Will Better Come’
‘The Thanks We Get’
The Upsetters - ‘Ungreatful Skank (aka Ungrateful Skank)’
‘Curley Locks (alternate version)’

The track names are inscribed here as they appear in the booklet. As listed on the back cover, they lack the alternate ("aka") titles and in other ways are misprinted. The other artist names to which certain tracks are credited are only listed in the booklet as well.

Reviews:
We Are Cult
Reggae Vibes
Louder Than War

Another recent Byles reissue: Rasta No Pickpocket


2004

Chuck Berry, After School Session

Original album: School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell); Deep Feeling; Too Much Monkey Business; Wee Wee Hours; Roly Poly (a/k/a Rolli Polli); No Money Down; Brown Eyed Handsome Man; Berry Pickin'; Together (We'll Always Be); Havana Moon; Down Bound Train; Drifting Heart.

Three bonus tracks:
‘You Can't Catch Me’
Originally released 1956 as a single, side A; ‘Havana Moon’ on the B side
‘Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)’
Originally released 1955 as a single, side A; ‘Together (We Will Always Be)’ on the B side
‘Maybellene’
Originally released 1955 as a single, side A; ‘Wee Wee Hours’ on the B side

‘You Can't Catch Me’, ‘Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)’, and ‘Maybellene’ also included on Rock, Rock, Rock soundtrack album, originally relased in 1956 and also featuring the Moonglows, the Flamingos, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Johnny Burnette, and a little something called Alan Freed and His Rock 'n' Roll Orchestra. This album was included among these 2004 Chuck Berry reissues.

Untitled essay by Andy McKaie, renown reissue producer, and unsigned original L.P liner essay.

Reviews:
Pop Matters
Darius, Don't You Get the Feelin'

Chuck Berry, St. Louis to Liverpool

Original album: Little Marie; Our Little Rendezvous; No Particular Place To Go; You Two; Promised Land; You Never Can Tell; Go Bobby Soxer; The Things I Used To Do; Liverpool Drive; Night Beat; Merry Christmas Baby; Brenda Lee.

Three bonus tracks:
‘Fraulein - Previously Unreleased in U.S.’
Originally released on the U K album, The Latest and the Greatest [1964]
‘O'Rangutang - Previously Unreleased in U.S.’
Originally released 1964 as a single, side B, as ‘O Rangutang’; ‘Nadine (Is It You?)’ on the A side; the single version of this song was abridged by nearly a minute—this may explain the C D's claim that the track had not been released in the U S
‘The Little Girl From Central’
Originally released on the U K album, You Can Never Tell [1964]

Untitled essay by veteran Rock journalist Bud Scoppa and original L.P liner essay by Marshall Paul.

Reviews:
Sounds Good, Looks Good...
Pop Matters


2003

Kevin Ayers, Joy of a Toy

Joy of a Toy Continued; Town Feeling; The Clarietta Rag; Girl on a Swing; Song For Insane Times; Stop This Train (Again Doing It); Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her); The Lady Rachel; Ole Oleh Bandu Bandong; All This Crazy Gift of Time.

Six bonus tracks:
‘Religious Experience (Singing a Song in the Morning) Featuring Syd Barrett Previously unreleased’
‘The Lady Rachel - Extended first mix Previously unreleased’
‘Soon Soon Soon’
‘Religious Experience (Singing a Song in the Morning) - Previously unreleased’
‘The Lady Rachel - Single version’
‘Singing a Song in the Morning - Single version’

Untitled essay by Mark Powell, reissue producer and founder of Eclectic Discs and Esoteric Recordings; this essay overlaps with the essays by Powell featured in the booklets for all four Ayers releases in this series.

Reviews:
Rock Fever
Prog Archives
Many Fantastic Colors
Exposé
Dr. Schluss' Garage of Psychedelic Obscurities
Comes With a Smile
Clouds and Clocks
Kevin Ayers

Reviews at the Prog Archives and elsewhere note that Syd Barrett is mistakenly credited on the first alternate version of ‘Religious Experience’; in fact, he appears on the second alternate version.

Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Shooting at the Moon

Original album: May I?; Rheinhardt & Geraldine/Colores Para Delores; Lunatics Lament; Pisser Dans un Violon; The Oyster and the Flying Fish; Underwater; Clarence in Wonderland; Red Green and You Blue; Shooting at the Moon.

Four bonus tracks:
‘Gemini Child’
‘Puis Je?’
‘Butterfly Dance’
‘Hat (Previously unreleased)’

Untitled essay by Mark Powell; this essay overlaps with the essays by Powell featured in the booklets for all four Ayers releases in this series.

Reviews:
Prog Archives
Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers, Whatevershebringswesing

Original album: There is Loving/Among Us/There is Loving; Margaret; Oh My; Song From the Bottom of a Well; Whatevershebringswesing; Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes; Champagne Cowboy Blues; Lullaby.

Four bonus tracks:
‘Stars’
‘Don't Sing No More Sad Songs’
‘Fake Mexican Tourist Blues’
‘Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes Early Mix Previously unreleased’

Untitled essay by Mark Powell; this essay overlaps with the essays by Powell featured in the booklets for all four Ayers releases in this series.

Reviews:
Prog Archives
Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers, Bananamour

Original album: Don't Let It Get You Down; Shouting in a Bucket Blues; When Your Parents Go To Sleep; Interview; Internotional Anthem; Decadence; Oh! Wot a Dream; Hymn; Beware of the Dog.

Four bonus tracks:
‘Connie on a Rubber Band’
‘Decadence (Early mix - Previously unreleased)’
‘Take Me to Tahiti’
‘Caribbean Moon’

Untitled essay by Mark Powell; this essay overlaps with the essays by Powell featured in the booklets for all four Ayers releases in this series.

Reviews:
Prog Archives
Kevin Ayers

These four albums, plus Ayers' fifth album, The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories, were later collected in the 2012 boxed set The Harvest Years 1969-1974; those reissues featured a larger number of bonus tracks, repeating some but not all of the bonus tracks featured on these 2003 reissues.


2001

Bobby Bland, Two Steps From the Blues

Original album: Two Steps From The Blues; Cry, Cry, Cry; I'm Not Ashamed; Don't Cry No More; Lead Me On; I Pity The Fool; I've Just Got To Forget You; Little Boy Blue; St. James Infirmary; I'll Take Care Of You; I Don't Want No Woman; I've Been Wrong So Long.

Two bonus tracks:
‘How Does a Cheatin' Woman Feel’
Originally released as the B side of ‘Yield Not to Temptation’, a non-L.P 45; that track unfortunately is not included on this reissue
‘Close to You’
Originally released as the B side of ‘I Pity the Fool’

Untitled essay by Bill Dahl and the original L.P liner essay by Dzondria LaIsac.

Reviews:
Whoisthemonk
Cool Album of the Day


2000

The New Age Steppers

Original album: Fade Away; Radial Drill; State Assembly; Crazy Dreams And High Ideals; Abderhamane's Demise; Animal Space; Love Forever; Private Armies

Essay by Steve Barker, “On the Wire,” dated December 1999, such title indicating that the essay derives from Barker's B.B.C Radio Lancashire program On the Wire, which ran 1984-2020 and returned on less of a regular schedule in 2021.

On-U Sound's Nineties/ Aughts C.D reissues included “C.D-ROM” tracks featuring discographies and other information.

The New Age Steppers - Action Battlefield

Original album: My Whole World; Observe Life; Got To Get Away; My Love; Problems; Nuclear Zulu; Guiding Star

Essay by Steve Barker, “On the Wire,” dated February 2000, such title indicating that the essay derives from Barker's B.B.C Radio Lancashire program On the Wire, which ran 1984-2020 and returned on less of a regular schedule in 2021.

On-U Sound's Nineties/ Aughts C.D reissues included “C.D-ROM” tracks featuring discographies and other information.


1998

African Head Charge, My Life in a Hole in the Ground

Original album: Elastic Dance; Family Doctoring; Stebeni's Theme; The Race Pt. One; Crocodile Shoes; Stone Charge; Far Away Chant; Primal One Drop; Hole In The Roof.

Essay by Steve Barker, “On the Wire,” dated June 1998, such title indicating that the essay derives from Barker's B.B.C Radio Lancashire program On the Wire, which ran 1984-2020 and returned on less of a regular schedule in 2021.

Reviews:
Vinyl District
Pop Matters
Pitchfork
Louder Than War
Arts Desk

These reviews were prompted by 2016 vinyl reissues of four African Head Charge albums; these two plus Drastic Season and Off the Beaten Path.

On-U Sound's Nineties/ Aughts C.D reissues included “C.D-ROM” tracks featuring discographies and other information.


The Kinks, Kinda Kinks

Original album: Look for Me Baby; Got My Feet on the Ground; Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl; Naggin' Woman; Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight; Tired of Waiting for You; Dancing in the Street; Don't Ever Change; Come On Now; So Long; You Shouldn't Be Sad; Something Better Beginning.

Eleven bonus tracks:
‘Everybody's Gonna Be Happy’
‘Who'll Be the Next in Line’
‘Set Me Free’
‘I Need You’
‘See My Friends’
‘Never Met a Girl Like You Before’
‘Wait Till the Summer Comes Along’
‘Such a Shame’
‘A Well Respected Man’
‘Don't You Fret’
‘I Go to Sleep (Unreleased Demo Recording)’

All these bonus tracks are found on the 2011 two-C.D version. Refer to the Kinda Kinks site to compare the different versions of Kinks reissues and the various releases on which to find rare tracks.

The Kinks, The Kink Kontroversy

Original album: Milk Cow Blues; Ring The Bells; Gotta Get The First Plane Home; When I See That Girl Of Mine; I Am Free; Till The End Of The Day; The World Keeps Going Round; I'm On An Island; Where Have All The Good Times Gone; It's Too Late; What's In Store For Me; You Can't Win.

Four bonus tracks:
‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’
‘Sitting on My Sofa’
‘When I See That Girl of Mine - Unreleased demo recording’
‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion - Unreleased alternate stereo take’

Two of these bonus tracks are not found on the 2011 two-C.D deluxe version. The demo version of ‘When I See That Girl of Mine’ was instead made part of the 2011 deluxe edition of Kinda Kinks; the alternate take of ‘Dedicated’, though also found on the compilation Picture Book, was not included on the 2011 reissues.

The Kinks, Face to Face

Original album: Party Line; Rosie Won't You Please Come Home; Dandy; Too Much on My Mind; Session Man; Rainy Day in June; A House in the Country; Holiday in Waikiki; Most Exclusive Residence for Sale; Fancy; Little Miss Queen of Darkness; You're Lookin' Fine; Sunny Afternoon; I'll Remember.

Seven bonus tracks:
‘I'm Not Like Everybody Else’
‘Dead End Streeta’
‘Big Black Smoke’
‘Mister Pleasant’
‘This Is Where I Belong’
‘Mr. Reporter’
‘Little Women’

Three of these bonus tracks are not found on the 2011 two-C.D deluxe version. ‘I'm Not Like Everybody Else’ was instead made part of the Kink Kontroversy 2011 deluxe edition; ‘Mister Pleasant’ was intead made part of the Something Else deluxe edition; two alternate mixes of this stereo version of ‘Mr. Reporter’ are included on Hidden Treasures, whereas the original version (in mono, recorded in 1966 instead of 1969, and featuring lead vocals by Ray Davies instead of Dave Davies) is included on the Kink Kontroversy 2011 deluxe edition.

The Kinks, Something Else by the Kinks

Original album: Davis Watts; Death of a Clown; Two Sisters; No Return; Harry Rag; Tin Soldier Man; Situation Vacant; Love Me Till the Sun Shines; Lazy Old Sun; Afternoon Tea; Funny Face; End of the Season; Waterloo Sunset.

Eight bonus tracks:
‘Act Nice and Gentle’
‘Autumn Almanac’
‘Susannah's Still Alive’
‘Wonderboy’
‘Polly’
‘Lincoln County’
‘There's No Life Without Love’
‘Lazy Sun (Unreleased Alternate Stereo Take)’

Four of these bonus tracks are not found on the 2011 two-C.D deluxe version. ‘Wonderboy’ and ‘Polly’ were instead made part of the 2011 deluxe edition of Village Green Preservation Society; ‘Lincoln County’ was instead made part of the 2011 deluxe edition of Arthur; ‘There's No Life Without Love’ is included on Hidden Treasures and The Kinks in Mono, both released in 2011.

The Kinks, Live at Kelvin Hall

Original album: Till the End of the Day; A Well Respected Man; You're Looking Fine; Sunny Afternoon; Dandy; I'm on an Island; Come On Now; You Really Got Me; Medley: Milk Cow Blues/Batman Theme/Tired of Waiting for You/Milk Cow Blues.

The album is presented in both its mono (tracks 1-9) and stereo (tracks 9-18) versions.

No further reissues of this album.

The Kinks, Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire

Original album: Victoria; Some Mother's Son; Drivin'; Brainwashed; Australia; Shangri-La; Mr. Churchill Says; She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina; Young and Innocent; Days; Nothing to Say; Arthur.

Ten bonus tracks:
‘Plastic Man (Mono)’
‘King Kong (Mono)’
‘Drivin' (Mono)’
‘Mindless Child of Motherhood (Mono)’
‘This Man He Weeps Tonight (Mono)’
‘Plastic Man (Stereo)’
‘Mindless Child of Motherhood (Stereo)’
‘This Man He Weeps Tonight (Stereo)’
‘She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina (Mono)’
‘Mr. Shoemakers Daughter (Unreleased)’

Two of these bonus tracks are not included on the 2011 deluxe edition. King Kong (Mono) is instead included on Picture Book, The Kinks in Mono, and The Anthology - 1964-1971; ‘Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter’ is included on the 2011 deluxe edition but in remixed form.

While each run of Kinks reissues has undoubtedly prompted at least some reviews, if only of certain albums, instead here are links to reviews of multiple Kinks albums, in some cases ranking the albums or offering overviews of the band's work and history: Classic Rock, Don Ignacio, Hokeyblog!, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Sam Ulward, Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews.


1997

African Head Charge, Environmental Studies

Original album: Crocodile Hand Luggage; Dinosaur's Lament; Beri Beri; Snakeskin Tracksuit; High Protein Snack; In a Trap; Breeding Space; Primitive; Latin Temperament.

Essay by Steve Barker, “On the Wire,” dated September 1997, such title again indicating that the essay derives from the radio program of the same name.

On-U Sound's Nineties/ Aughts C.D reissues included “C.D-ROM” tracks featuring discographies and other information.