The Uber Rock Approved stampRe-issues of classic albums have always been a staple of any record company’s release schedule. Often appearing to mark the anniversary of the original appearance of a specific album, they afford bands and fans alike to look back at particular moments in musical history. They also are valuable ways of introducing new fans to discover often long-lost gems which missed the first time around – or classic albums that were released long before they were born and therefore have only heard about in the myths and stories told by their older counterparts.

Three of our top ninja reviewers look back on this past year and share what classic re-releases have brought a nostalgic tear to their eyes and re-ignited their memory cells as to what attracted them to the original albums in the first place:

Jim Rowland

  1. Motörhead – ‘No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith’ 40th Anniversary DeluxeArtwork for the 40th anniversary edition of No Sleep To Hammersmith by Motörhead
  2. The Selecter – ‘Too Much Pressure’ Deluxe
  3. Black Sabbath – ‘Master Of Reality’ RSD 2021 vinyl
  4. Black Sabbath – ‘Technical Ecstasy’ Super Deluxe
  5. Venom – ‘Welcome To Hell’ 40th Anniversary vinyl
  6. Marillion – ‘Fugazi’ Deluxe
  7. Jethro Tull – ‘Benefit’ 50th Anniversary Deluxe
  8. Kiss – ‘Destroyer’ 45th Anniversary Deluxe
  9. The Vapors – ‘New Clear Days’/’Magnets’ vinyl reissues
  10. The Specials – ‘Ghost Town’ Half-speed master 12”

Jonny Bakes

  1. Eskimo Callboy – ‘MMXX Hypa Hypa Edition’Artwork for Exile by The Raven Age
  2. The Raven Age – ‘Exile
  3. Saor – ‘Guardians’
  4. Skindred – ‘Roots Rock Riot’
  5. Nightwish – ‘Once’


  1. Motörhead – ‘No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith’ 40th Anniversary Deluxe
  2. OverKill – ‘The Atlantic Years 1986 – 1994’
  3. Sepultura – ‘Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998 – 2009
  4. Skid Row – ‘The Atlantic Years 1989 – 1996
  5. The Quireboys – ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy’ 30th Anniversary Edition
  6. Kiss – ‘Destroyer’ 45th Anniversary DeluxeArtwork for Destroyer (45th Anniversary Edtiion) by Kiss
  7. Bulletboys – ‘The Warner Albums 1988 – 1993
  8. Sonic Flower – ‘Sonic Flower
  9. Vinegar Joe – ‘Finer Things: The Island Recordings 1972 – 1973
  10. Hawkwind – ‘Roadworks Remastered

There you go. Another eclectic selection from our team. For our next roundup, we’ll be looking back at what was another traumatic and hugely troubled year for the live music scene, as our contributors pick their selection of the live shows they managed to catch when restrictions eased enough for festivals and shows to go ahead. Until then, keep ‘er lit, keep ‘er between the hedges and keep on rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ \m/