Chart Attack’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Album Reissues

Today in our gift guide, all the 2013 reissues for the people on your list worth spending more than $30 on.

- Dec 12, 2013

It's the holiday season again, and we at Chart Attack are outlining all the things you should buy your loved ones, and also us. So read on, buy at least one thing, and carry it around with you, so you can give it to us if we see you on the street.

Some great reissues came out in 2013. We especially love the ones that inform, recontextualize and/or make accessible the artist and their work. So give the people on your list some new perception on their favourite artists.


J Dilla, Donuts

J Dilla, Donuts

The package: We will take absolutely any opportunity to write about Dilla's classic Donuts, especially if it's being reissued as seven 7" singles and one bonus disk with DOOM and Ghostface rapping over Jay Dee's timeless production. You'll spend a lot of time flipping between records, but the increased physical activity is worth the entirely renovated listening experience this edition of the album offers.

Who it's for: Unite the members of your family who hate what hip-hop's become with those that still love it.

The reason we haven't bought it yet: We're tightening our belts. Installing a hot tub in your schooner's jet ski isn't cheap.

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have itStones Throw.


Nirvana, In Utero

Nirvana, In Utero

The package: Apparently that huge box set didn't contain the last of it: This new edition of In Utero loads three CDs with more than 70 remixes, remasters, and hidden gems. There's also a book of “never-before-released bonus material” and a DVD of a show in Pier 48 in Seattle.

Who it's for: The Courtney Love or Francis Bean in your life. Christ, that's sad.

The reason we haven't bought it yet: It won't fit in our suitcase for our sky-diving vacation in Nepal.

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have it: Nirvana.com


Scott Walker, The Collection

Scott Walker, Scott (The Collection 1967 - 1970)

The package: He's the reclusive pop genius that fathered all those other reclusive pop geniuses, and this five album collection will tell you why. In addition to the records, you get goodies like essays on Scott Walker, an 11" print, photos, and more.

Who it's for: The best, brightest influence in your life with a CD player and/or turntable

The reason we haven't bought it yet: Too many flights on Virgin Galactic.  

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have it: Boomkat.


Sly and the Family Stone, Higher

Sly and the Family Stone, Higher!

The package: The gods of funk have blessed us with a new edition of the classic album. This time it's on four CDs, with 17 unearthed tracks and a colourful booklet.

Who it's for: Anyone who hasn't yet discovered the funk, or someone who forgot the funk and hasn't yet learned to funk again.

The reason we haven't bought it yet: What's that? I can't hear you over the sound of my giraffe-skin Ferrari.

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have itAmazon, I guess? Ugh. Amazon.


John Carpenter, Assault on Precinct 13

John Carpenter, Assault On Precinct 13 Soundtrack

The package: John Carpenter is famous for movies like Halloween and The Thing, but he was also a composer of equally monstrous scores. His soundtrack for his underrated (and heavily sampled) siege flick now has a colourful reissue. Limited to a run of 1,000 copies on blood spattered white vinyl (sup DMX) with new liner notes from Carpenter and an eight page booklet with two essays from Clint Mansell and Fangoria editor Chris Alexander. And a sticker.

Who it's for: The monster under your bed or in your basement, who just can't move out right now. The economy, etc.

The reason we haven't bought it yet: Developing new Internet startup. We can describe it as “the raw charisma of Guy Fieri, in a search engine.”

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have itDeath Waltz Recording Co.


A Young Person's Guide to the Avant-Garde

A Young Person's Guide To The Avant-Garde

The package: You know what isn't avant-garde? Traditional notions of age. So get your nose out of the air and into this impressive looking primer on avant-garde music. Two CDs with a twelve page booklet and 26 different artists.

Who it's for: Your aunt's brother's cowboy worship space ding dong acorn cup ting.

The reason we haven't bought it yet: There's way too much crazy stuff in our lives already, because of all the money and prestige we have.

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have itBoomkat.


I Am The Centre

I Am The Centre: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990

The package: New age music is more than just regrettable winged fairy designs and orbs everywhere, though it certainly is that as well. The musical movement most people think begins and ends with Enya actually spans back to the '50s, and seeks to articulate it's longevity with a three individually sleeved LP compilation and a lovely looking book.

Who it's for: Anyone with a crusty third eye.

The reason we haven't bought it yet: Our spiritual journey is our own, and it happens to involve SHOTS.

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have itAmazon.


Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (Deluxe Edition)

The package: The Mac's masterpiece was reissued earlier this year by Rhino, and the most sumptuous edition is packed with the album on CD and vinyl, multiple CDs of studio outtakes and live performances, and the documentary The Rosebud Film.

Who it's for: Anyone who can pronounce the word “pop” in any language, and those who might still be learning.

The reason we haven't bought it yet: Our accountants have advised us not to make any non-essential investments for the next few centuries.

Where to buy it if your local record store doesn't have itfleetwoodmac.fanfire.com

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