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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Wilco, 'Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014'

18. Wilco, 'Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014'

A simultaneous release, What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 tells the band's story according to the official canon. This four-CD set charts Wilco's improbable rise from alternative country-rock to an audacious, compelling futurism via the byways: the demos, covers, live curios and unreleased songs by singer-leader Jeff Tweedy that came, glowed and fell to the side between and outside studio albums. The chronological sequencing gives the bounty a documentary flow, with extended treatment of the years and exploration up to, then after, the transforming 2002 landmark, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Deep-fan hits like "Kicking Television," "A Magazine Called Sunset" and "Dark Neon" are excavated here as alternative history. Any other band would kill to call them legacy.

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