20 Best Reissues of 2014

The Beatles in mono, Led Zep's alternate takes, history's greatest bootleg and more of the year's best boxes rereleases and excavations

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Bob Carpenter, 'Silent Passage'

10. Bob Carpenter, 'Silent Passage'

The debut album by this Canadian singer-songwriter — made in 1974 for Warner Bros. with a supporting cast that included Emmylou Harris, her producer Brian Ahearn and members of Little Feat — was too well named: shelved just before its release after Carpenter allegedly balked at his contract. Silent Passage, eventually issued north of the border in the mid-Eighties, is now fully rescued treasure in this belated U.S. arrival: a Canadian country-folk union of Nick Drake and Gram Parsons that has survived with earthy gentility intact.

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