In The News: Nirvana, Chris Bell, Kraftwerk, Miles Davis, David Bowie, The Nerves, Matthew Friedberger

milesdavisYou may have heard the economy is in the tank (and that President Obama is a socialist, but we digress). Still, you wouldn’t know it by the number of fancy reissues record companies are forcing on what is an apparently eager public. Here’s a quick rundown of a few … On November 3, Sub Pop marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s debut LP, Bleach, with an expanded-CD/double-vinyl package featuring an unreleased live performance. The vinyl is 180 gram, and we know that’s important to the real geeks out there … Rhino Handmade will release a remastered, two-CD deluxe edition of I Am The Cosmos, the lone solo outing from the late Chris Bell of Big Star, on September 28. The package contains more than a dozen unreleased tracks, and the first 1,000 orders will receive a free seven-inch of “I Am The Cosmos” b/w “You And Your Sister” … Sinatra: New York (Reprise) is a five-disc boxed set of 71 unreleased Frank Sinatra live performances in New York City from 1955 to 1990. The fifth disc is a DVD … Frequent Sinatra collaborator Kraftwerk celebrates the 35th anniversary of its landmark Autobahn with 12345678 The Catalogue (EMI), a special collector’s CD boxed set of remastered versions of eight LPs, available October 6. Note to you special collectors: While the records are also being re-released in separate CD editions, licensing restrictions in the U.S. call for only five to be available here; you’ll have to spring for the entire set if you want own all eight … November 10 sees the release of The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Columbia/Legacy) by Miles Davis (pictured); it’s a 70-CD (not a misprint)/one-DVD extravaganza that has so much shit it in, you’ll have to find out for yourself. But we can tell you that it will be available only at Amazon and will set you back $369.98 … If you don’t have that kind of coin or simply prefer to hear David Bowie, you can spring for Virgin/EMI’s expanded 40th anniversary edition of Space Oddity on November 3. The remastered, two-CD product (also available digitally) adds 15 demos, alternate mixes and a BBC Radio performance to the original LP … On a decidedly lower scale, Yep Roc brings us One-Way Ticket: The Best Of The Nerves, available on CD and limited-edition purple vinyl. The record includes the Nerves’ self-titled 1976 EP (the power poppers’ only release before breaking up two years later) as well as demos and live performances. History buffs will note that the band included folk-rock troubadour Peter Case, who went on to play in the Plimsouls … And finally, Thrill Jockey is reissuing Matthew Friedberger’s Winter Women/Ghost Language double album, with bonus tracks, on October 6. Friedberger, half of the Fiery Furnaces, saw this debut solo effort originally out in 2006 on 859 Recordings.