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Along with all the new music online and in stores these days, there's plenty of new old music -- remastered reissues, long-lost live albums, obscure oddities, big box sets and much more. Here are just a few of the classics making a comeback this fall:


Bleach: Deluxe Edition

4.5 stars (out of 5)

Famously recorded for a cost of $606, Nirvana's 1989 full-length debut delivered plenty of bang for the buck. And now it delivers even more: This remastered 20th-anniversary reissue comes with a blistering 12-song live concert taped in Portland in 1990, plus a booklet of photos. It lands in stores Nov. 3, the same day as the CD/DVD of the band's famed 1992 Reading Festival gig.

Download: About a Girl, Love Buzz


Slipknot: 10th Anniversary Special Edition

4 stars (out of 5)

This updated version of the masked metal maniacs' 1999 debut includes a slew of bonus tracks, demos and remixes, along with a DVD featuring all the onstage carnage, bodily fluids, fire and rotting pig heads you expect. But the real draw for maggots is that it comes in a black-metal safe-deposit box that locks -- and also houses a T-shirt, patch, beanie, keychain and much more.

Download: Purity, Wait and Bleed


Live 1973-2007

4 stars (out of 5)

For the fourth box in their reissue series, Phil Collins and co. offer up remastered versions of their first four live albums, along with some 5.1 mixes, the much-bootlegged Live at the Rainbow 1973 and a hardcover book. The upside: The box has an empty slot for your copy of last year's Live Over Europe. The downside: No live footage -- it's all in the Genesis Movie Box next month.

Download: Squonk, Supper's Ready

Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968

Various Artists

4.5 stars (out of 5)

Taking its cue and its name from Lenny Kaye's seminal '60s garage-rock comp Nuggets, this four-CD anthology rescues 101 oddities, obscurities and overlooked gems from the hazy halcyon days of the Sunset Strip. From the famous (Beach Boys, Byrds) to the infamous (Kim Fowley) to the forgotten (Velvet Illusions), they're all here -- along with a coffee-table book of liner notes.

Download: Stephen Stills & Richie Furay's Sit Down, I Think I Love You

Elvis Costello

Live at the El Mocambo

5 stars (out of 5)

Recorded in the famed Toronto club during his first North American tour in 1978, heavily bootlegged shortly afterward and repeatedly released in various official incarnations ever since, this historic (and incendiary) 50-minute performance by Elvis Costello and his original Attractions has lost none of its punky piss and vinegar over the decades. So what are you still waiting for?

Download: Mystery Dance, Lipstick Vogue

The Doors

Vinyl Box Set

4 stars (out of 5)

Sometimes it pays to wait. This limited-edition box set containing remastered vinyl versions of the six original Doors LPs came out last year. Turns out there weren't 12,500 fans who wanted to shell out back then -- so the leftovers are being hawked at a reduced rate. Don't want all of them? The individual titles -- featuring refurbished original artwork -- are available separately.

Download: Hello, I Love You, Light My Fire


Kid A | Amnesiac | Hail to the Thief -- Collectors Editions

All: 5 stars (out of 5)

Earlier this year, the experimental Brit-rockers' first three CDs got a deluxe makeover. Here's the other half: The 2000 landmark Kid A, 2001 followup Amnesiac and 2003's Hail to the Thief have all been repackaged in mini-boxes and augmented with an extra CD of leftovers and live performances, a DVD of promo clips and TV appearances, and booklets. Everything in its right place.

Download: Cuttooth, Paperbag Writer

Sunny Day Real Estate

Diary | LP2

Both: 4 stars (out of 5)

SDRE were hardly a household name. But the mid-'90s Seattle post-hardcore rockers definitely made their mark. They helped draft the template for emo. Two members went on to join Foo Fighters. And singer Jeremy Enigk is an underground icon. To coincide with a reunion tour, their two influential albums have been reissued with bonus cuts and liner-note reminiscences.

Download: Seven, 8

Beastie Boys

Paul's Boutique | Check Your Head | Ill Communication | Hello Nasty! -- Remastered Editions

All: 5 stars (out of 5)

While you wait for Adam (MCA) Yauch to recover from cancer so the Beasties can drop Hot Sauce Committee, tide yourself over with these revamped reissues of their 1989 sampledelic Paul's Boutique, their '92 and '94 rap-rock fests Check Your Head and Ill Communication, and their 1998 return to form Hello Nasty! All but Paul come with a bonus CD of remixes, live cuts and demos.

Download: Resolution Time, Dope Little Song

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