The list author says: "Working in a second-hand record shop in London, as you can imagine, you come across mountains of CDs - and being a voracious music fiend - I've bought and loved hundreds of re-issues over the last few years.
But some just stand head and shoulders above all the rest. Many of these 2CD sets are well known, but others are obscure (I've reviewed most of them in detail). Here's why they're recommended..."
"1965. His iconic 3rd album for Volt Records of the US given a 2008 2CD 'Collectors Edition' by Rhino. Better sound than the previous single CD reissue and stomping live stuff added too. See detailed review..."
"1966. Superlative 2011 42-track 'Deluxe Edition' upgrade by Sanctuary of the UK - brand new and much praised new remaster and a fan's-delight booklet. The STEREO mix is a shocker. See detailed reviewÂ "
"1967. Another 2011 'Deluxe Edition' upgrade by Sanctuary of the UK - this time with a whopping 52 tracks. Great new remastered sound and a properly annotated booklet. The STEREO mix is again a real find. See detailed reviewÂ "
"1968. EMI 2CD ÂCollectors EditionÂ with the Mono and Stereo mix of their explosive debut LP on Island Records. Extras are non-album singles, BBC stuff. Top Peter Mew Abbey Road remaster. See detailed reviewÂ "
"1969. And the goodies just keep coming... Another superlative 2011 42-track 'Deluxe Edition' up-grade with great new sound, a properly annotated booklet and previously unreleased stuff worth having. See detailed review..."
"1969. One of my fave 'Deluxe Editions' - this iconic LP on Trojan Records practically introduced Reggae Music to the youth of Britain via Woolworths. Originally a 12-track budget label sampler, it captured the UK's imagination and hence the huge 48-track overhaul. Lo-fi recordings with charm to burn. See detailed review..."
"1969. EMI 2CD '40th Anniversary' Edition of his 2nd LP (later known as "Space Oddity") with stunning Peter Mew/Kevin Reeves remasters. Great extras - beautifully laid out card digipak and booklet too. See detailed review..."
"1970. There was a time when this articulate-swansong regularly topped the best album list everywhere - but over the last decade it's sort of slid too much into the background. This 40th Anniversary CD/1DVD 'Legacy Edition' is a superlative reminder of their combined magic. Masterclass for a masterpiece..."
"1970. Originally a 3-Sided 2LP set - now given a 2004 2CD 'Legacy Edition' makeover. Disc 2 gives us blistering new live material - 8 tracks recorded 17 April 1970 at London's Royal Albert Hall - which includes an early version of "Frankenstein"."
"1970. The original Trojan Records LP was 2nd in a series of REGGAE LP compilations that finally stopped at Volume 8 in 1973. Like its famous predecessor, Volume 2 is only the 2nd of the 8 to get a 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' treatment. A huge amount of extras, sound that transports you back to 45's and all topped off with a fantastically evocative booklet. See detailed review..."
"1970. Elton's 2nd LP (featuring the breakthrough ballad "Your Song") gets a truly beautiful sound makeover on this hero of the 'DE' series. The extras and the booklet are shockingly good. But it's the gorgeous remastered sound that will shock. See detailed reviewÂ "
"1970. Free's iconic 3rd album for Island Records (featuring "All Right Now") gets the 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' treatment and once again Peter Mew at Abbey Road delivers the sonic goodies. See detailed review..."
"1971. Elton's 3rd LP (featuring concert favorites to this day - "Country Comfort" and "Burn Down The Mission") gets a truly beautiful sound makeover on this hero of the 'DE' series. 13-tracks on Disc 2 feature Previously Unreleased Demos and BBC stuff. See detailed review..."
"1971. Disc 1 is a new remaster of the album (1 to 10) with 6 Demos & Alternate versions added on (3 Unreleased). Disc 2 is a 13-track set - "Live From The Festival Express Tour, Canada, June-July 1970" - six of which are Previously Unreleased. Superb Vic Anesini remaster of a beloved album..."
"1971. At the beginning of the Seventies, it seemed like each of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were simply dripping in recorded brilliance - and Graham Nash's Atlantic debut was no different. Here Rhino have given it a 2-disc Deluxe treatment - remastered album (stunning sound quality) and a DVD with Photo Gallery. See detailed review..."
"1971. 2006 2-disc Rhino Deluxe for CrosbyÂs genre-defying yet thoroughly beautiful debut album (with one bonus track ÂKids And DogsÂ). The DVD includes the entire LP in Advanced Resolution Surround Sound with Lyrics and Video. A bit of an unsung masterpieceÂ "
"1972. Following an album as good as "Sticky Fingers" (1971) was always going to be a tall order, but The Stones went ahead and trumped it with this awesome double. ReproÂd packaging, great Stephen Marcusson remaster, half-decent outtakes and even newly recorded stuff. A winner and many people's fave reissue of the year. See detailed review..."
"1973. Much-delayed, but sensational 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' of Lizzy's 3rd album for Decca. Not the twin-guitars I know (this is the Power Trio line-up with Eric Bell), but still has 'so' much to love. See detailed review..."
"1973. His passing in 2009 still hurts, but this fabulous 2CD overview of John Martytn's much-loved and name-checked "Solid Air" LP helps remind us of his musical warmth. An ethereal gem in the 'DE' series. See detailed review..."
"1974. AWB's "White Album" was a breath of funky-rock-soul fresh air in 1974 (an Arif Mardin production). Not just a one-trick pony ("Pick Up The Pieces") - it was all good. This 2004 Columbia 2CD Card Deluxe Edition contains a Gene Paul remaster of the album on Disc 1, while Disc 2 offers up 10 equally tight outtakes called "The Clovis Sessions". Overlooked brilliance."
"1975. Rock'n'Roll and gritty R'n'B bliss. Dr. Feelgood were the best barband in the UK and this - their blasting debut LP on United Artists was issued in retro MONO only. This fabulous 'Collectors Edition' on EMI gives us a remaster of that and the new unissued STEREO mix with singles and extra live thrown in. The Feelgoods are held in so much affection - and here's why. See detailed review..."
"1976. The 'remaster' on this 2011 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' has been called into question and it appears rightly so. But the extras still make it worth buying. A great band hitting their stride and remembered with huge affection for good reason. See detailed review of this and "Johnny The Fox" DE, "Live And Dangerous" DE and the extended "Bad Reputation"."
"1977. His breakthrough album to the mainstream opens with the wonderful "Natural Mystic" and is Reggae/Roots genius to the end. This 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' has a 2000 Ted Jensen remaster (beautiful sound quality), five previously unreleased live tracks from The London Rainbow, Lee Perry sessions and 12" versions. An overlooked gem in the series..."
"1977. More experimental and trippy than his previous Folk-Rock outings, alongside 1973Âs ÂSolid AirÂ this is one of his most beloved albums Â and rightly so. The 8-minute echoplex sea-and-vibes of ÂSmall HoursÂ is absolutely gorgeous. There'a a great Paschal Byrne and Mark Powell remaster on Disc 1, 5 previously unreleased live and 10 Studio Out-Takes on Disc 2. ItÂs all 'so' goodÂ "
"1983. Along with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Kate Bush's "Hounds Of Love", ZZ Top's boogie masterpiece is one of the most beloved of 80's outings. The remaster is great (the whole album for the first time), the extras are a bit iffy though, but the DVD's good. See detailed reviewÂ "
"1984. A superb Vic Anesini remaster that keeps 4 of the 5 bonus tracks on the 1999 Expanded Version - and then adds on 4 from ÂThe Sky Is CryingÂ posthumous album, 3 Previously Unreleased and a 13-track live set on Disc 2. What a crime he was taken from us when he just getting there. See detailed review..."
"1985. Their 2nd album is an acknowledged Eighties masterpiece - songwriting to die for. This 2CD 'Legacy' issue gives the album a long overdue remaster (known as "Two Wheels Good" in the USA), but Disc 2 also has truly stunning extras - 9 new specially-recorded acoustic remakes of album tracks which may even better the originals. See detailed review..."
"1986. 25th Anniversary 2CD Collectors Edition in a 5" Mini Box Set with Postcards and A Foldout Poster. Features a superlative remaster of the album on Disc 1 (done in 2011) with a juicy 19 "Athens" Demos on Disc 2. Each of these I.R.S. albums have had fantastically upgraded remasters and this underrated gem isn't an exception."
"1987. U2's penultimate album for Island Records has long needed a sonic overhaul since its first release on the relatively new format of CD. This 2008 3-disc over-sized Deluxe Box Set gives it a proper homage - and the music still raises the hairs on my arms after all these years. A classy presentation - and audio and visually - it's dripping with magic. See detailed review..."
"1988. Originally issued as two separate discs, this 2009 2CD card digipak combo is probably the most overlooked of the 09/09/09 remasters. Ignore the incredibly dull rubbish artwork Â and feel the track list instead. Song after song of unbelievable brilliance (most non-album). I've also compared it with the 'Mono' variant in the 'Mono' box set. See detailed review..."
"1990. Her Number One album on both sides of the pond (features "Nothing Compares 2 U") is given a superb 2CD remaster and makeover. Great album outtakes (mostly cover versions) with remasters of rare CD single sides too. She's always been a special artist to me. See detailed review..."
"1990. Another great EMI 2CD 'Collectors Edition' - and a very clever choice for a makeover (they also done "Fisherman's Blues"). The remaster is lovely and the extras actually worth drooling over. Mike Scott and his band have always been inspiring and this proves it. See detailed review..."
"1995. A 2011 2CD 'Legacy' issue with a 2nd disc of demos and outtakes (many of them as good as the released stuff). A fabulously musical Americana band hitting their stride. See detailed reviews for this and their 1992 effort "Hollywood Town Hall"..."
"1996. 10th Anniversary 2CD 'Legacy' Issue. The original album on Disc 1 has a Previously Unreleased Eddie Vedder outtake added on as Track 13, while Disc 2 features a superb DVD of the "Not In Our Name" concert (compared by Tim Robbins) featuring many of the soundtrack contributors. A smart 'Legacy' reissue - powerful music with a beautifully complimentary visualÂ "
"1996. An overdue remaster of her wonderful Heavenly Records LP with a 2nd disc that gathers up all the rare CD single B-sides and plays like an album of its own. Lovely duet with Terry Callier too. See detailed review..."
"1997. No new remaster of their masterpiece on Disc 1, but Disc 2 gathers up 16 of those ultra-desirable and rare B-Sides. Disc 3 is a DVD with 3 Videos and a 'Later...With Jools Holland' 3-Track UK TV Broadcast from May 1997 which is superb. The 3 dinky art postcards are nice too as is the themed collector's box. Part of a series..."
"1997. Their 2nd album was for many their best. This 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' offers up a beautiful remaster of it alongside a huge amount of similar outtakes, which could easily have made a brill 4th LP. Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary featured. See detailed review..."