10 Best Reissues of 2013

David Fricke's look back at the year in re-releases

Public Image Ltd., 'First Issue'
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Courtesy of Light in the Attic Records7/10

7. Public Image Ltd., 'First Issue'

PiL's 1978 debut LP was John Lydon's scabrous repudiation of punk's already calcifying remains. "Theme" and "Annalisa" are naked, barely riffing fury, scoured by Keith Levene's rusty-treble guitar, Lydon howling at the rear as if drowning in the tumult and echo.

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