Essential New Music: Reissues And Collections Roundup (Kinks, John Lennon, Lindsey Buckingham, John Fogerty, Stereolab, NRBQ, Bikini Kill And More)

Just in time for your holidaze shopping, we bring you the best reissues and collections with which to stuff your loved ones’ stockings.

The Kinks The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (BMG)
The 50th anniversary edition of hands-down one of the best and most influential rock albums ever is available as a super-deluxe set (174 tracks over two LPs, five CDs and three seven-inches, plus a book and other goodies) and a deluxe set (49 tracks over two CDs), as well as single-LP and single-CD editions. Absolutely essential.

Dave Davies Decade (Red River/Green Amp)
Since Father Christmas can never have too many Kinks-related goodies in his gift sack … This 13-track set collects unreleased material spanning 1971-1979 by this guitar hero.

John Lennon Imagine (UMe) and Imagine and Gimme Some Truth (Eagle Vision)
Lennon’s 1971 masterpiece gets multiple treatments with the centerpiece being a four-CD/two-Blu-ray ultimate collection featuring 140 tracks (the album is also available in double-CD, double-LP and single-CD formats); films Imagine and Gimme Some Truth are available on Blu-ray and DVD, having been hand-restored, remastered and remixed in surround sound.

Lindsey Buckingham Solo Anthology: The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham (Rhino)
A 53-track, three-CD set (a six-LP version is out November 23) featuring album, live and alternate versions from the Fleetwood Mac frontman’s solo career, plus some live takes on Mac hits.

John Fogerty Eye Of The Zombie and Deja Vu (All Over Again) (BMG)
From 1986 and 2004, respectively, these two often-overlooked LPs from the Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman are the latest in his year-long reissue campaign.

Loudon Wainwright III Years In The Making (StoryStound)
A two-CD, 42-track collection of live recordings, radio appearances, demos, etc., spanning Rufus’ dad’s almost-half-century career.

Permanent Green Light Hallucinations (Omnivore)
A 16-track compilation of Michael Quercio’s post-Three O’Clock ’90s psych-pop trio.

David J Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh (Glass Modern)
A reissue of the second solo album by the Bauhaus and Love And Rockets bassist, from 1985.

Stereolab Switched On, Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2) and Aluminum Tunes (Switched On Volume 3) (Duophonic)
All three are essential to ‘Lab rats, but we’re partial to Aluminum Tunes; these are available individually and as a CD boxed set.

NRBQ All Hopped Up (Omnivore)
Straight-up reissue of the genre-blending band’s fifth album, from 1977.

Bikini Kill The Singles (Bikini Kill)
A nine-song reissue of the 1998 CD collecting all of the legendary, Kathleen Hanna-led riot-grrrl band’s seven-inches.

The Four Tops The Complete ABC/Dunhill Singles (Real Gone)
33 tracks from the vocal quartet’s post-Motown period (1972-1978), many of which have never been released on CD before.

Yum-Yum Dan Loves Patti (Omnivore)
A 20th anniversary reissue from Chris Holmes (Sabalon Glitz, Paul McCartney touring DJ), with him in classic-pop mode; 10 bonus tracks, including Prince and Ronettes covers, round out the set.