My favorite releases of reissues, rarities and collections this year included rock, pop and punk music from the ’70s and ’80s as well as some very recent material from a contemporary singer songwriter.
Chicago archival record label Numero Group does an excellent job with its reissues. But these guys outdid themselves with the phenomenal Savage Young Du, the early recordings of ’80s Minneapolis punks Husker Du.
Likewise, For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, showcased the live performance of another legendary Minneapolis band, the Replacements.
Neil Young’s Hitchhiker was recorded in 1976 but was just released this year.
U-Men was a 1980s band from Seattle that is getting some notice again thanks to an anthology released in 2017.
Angel Olsen had some great unreleased material, most notably the song Special from the My Woman recording sessions. Olsen’s Phases, a collection of demos and B sides, is worth a listen.
Chicago’s HoZac Records put out some interesting archival releases, including a collection of 1973-74 recordings by Oister, a pop band led by Dwight Tilley.