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Ok, so we’re just pointing out the obvious by telling you that Nevermind is great. And sure, much of the ‘unreleased’ material on this reissue set has been floating about for years. But without this album, much of the MusicRadar team would never have picked up a guitar, so we’ll never hear a bad word said about it.
Listen: Nirvana - Something In The Way (BBC Maida Vale session)
Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy/Darklands - 19 September (Edsel/DMG)
The Scottish shoegaze icons first two albums are reissued this month, each complete with bonus discs of b-sides, demos and radio sessions and DVDs with live footage and TV appearances. Both still stand as properly-seminal albums of noisy, pedalboard-driven guitar music. Reissues of the band’s subsequent albums follow in the coming weeks.
Listen: Jesus & Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
---Trojan Records Story - Out now (Trojan Records/Universal)
Stalwart reggae, ska and dub label Trojan release this five-disc boxset with CDs covering the hits, artists, producers and labels that made up Trojan’s near-50-year history. Offers a pretty comprehensive look at reggae music’s impact on the UK, and many of the tracks included have never been available via CD before. The boxset also includes a 50-page book and other bonus material. Check the full list here.
Listen: Bob & Marcia - (To Be) Young, Gifted and Black
---Oh Brother Where Art Though? Soundtrack - Anniversary Edition - Out now (Universal)
Film soundtracks are so often nothing more than obvious cash-ins, so for one to be critically acclaimed enough to deserve a 10th anniversary deluxe reissue is rare treat. In fact, it’s no surprise that this album from the Coen Brothers’ 2001 movie is so loved - it was compiled by Americana icon T-Bone Burnett and features the likes of Alison Kraus, Ralph Stanley and Gillian Welch reinterpreting traditional American folk and blues songs. This deluxe edition is compiled by Burnett also, and includes unreleased tracks by the likes of John Hartford and Van Dyke Parks among others.
Listen: Alison Kraus - Down To The River To Pray
---Classic Rock Presents Chickenfoot III - 27 September (Future Publishing)
Our sister mag Classic Rock is bringing out the supergroup’s second album weeks before it arrives in record shops. The fan pack combines the album - complete with 3D packaging - with a 132-page mag packed with interviews and features about the band. Check out our exclusive track-by-track preview from Joe Satriani for an idea of what to expect.
Listen: Chickenfoot - Big Foot