We are inching closer to the holidays and a music fan might be able to sense this with all the must-have releases beginning to come out. In October, you will get Taylor Swift's 1989 (Taylor's Version) and the new record by the Rolling Stones, among a host of others. But the month is loaded with fantastic re-issues.
Not listed below among the re-issues is Prince's excellent Diamond and Pearls. I only had some much space. We get charged by the word! (That's a joke.)
Devo is releasing on October 20 50 Years of De-Evolution 1973-2023, so you know you'll need that too. So that's just another re-issue you'll want to save for. But here are three you shouldn't do without.
Three re-issues to buy in October, including Nirvana!
Nirvana - In Utero
The first Nivana studio album after the explosion that was Nevermind, In Utero is a more mature sounding record. The rage is still there, but the band plays a bit more with its Beatles-side. This is likely because they had more money to record a record with.
But this is still a fantastic record featuring singles "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies". The 30th anniversary edition of In Utero will be released on October 27. There will be a bunch of different formats in which to buy the 30th anniversary edition, including a limited-edition eight LP Super Deluxe box set, five CD Super Deluxe box set, one LP + 10” edition, two CD Deluxe edition, and a Digital Super Deluxe edition. Combined among the releases are 53 previously released tracks.
The Darkness - Permission to Land
The fantastic Darkness album Permission to Land will see a 20th anniversary edition which is being called Permission to Land...Again! Like Nirvana's re-issue, the Darkness will release several formats of Permission...You can buy the original LP which has been out of print since 2003, or you can buy a massive four CD set which features, according the band's website, "the full original album, rare B-sides, bonus unreleased demos, as well as live albums from their iconic shows at London’s Astoria (2003), Knebworth (2003) and Wembley Arena (2004)." There will also be a five LP edition of the four CD set, or a reduced-track two CD edition.
Permission to Land was originally released on July 7, 1993. The record features bangers "Get Your Hands off My Woman" and "I Believe in a Thing Called Love.' Plus the dance-y pop-y fun of "Friday Night". The re-issue will be released on October 6.
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
The excellent first full-length studio album of the Scottish band will be re-issued on October 13. The Bones of What You Believe is nearly bursting with 80s synths but lyrics that can be painfully personal. There isn't a bad track on the record.
This is a 10th anniversary edition of the album that features, per the band's website, "a second LP of previously unreleased tracks and live recordings." The original release contained the fantastic "The Mother We Share" as the opener. If you didn't get the original, then just go ahead and buy the re-issue and you will not be disappointed.