More Great 2016 Reissues and Finds: David Fricke's Picks

Expanded classics, unearthed obscurities and other historical gems

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The Verve, 'A Storm in Heaven'/'A Northern Soul'

The Verve, 'A Storm in Heaven'/'A Northern Soul'

These reissues of the Verve's 1993 and '95 albums are really one story: the rise and shine, in the thick of Britpop, of this English psychedelic tempest – singer Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. A revolving-door sequence of tensions, disbanding and a brief reunion with McCabe produced the group's best-selling Waterloo, 1997's Urban Hymns. But here are the stronger visions: the winding, reverb-soaked ascension of Storm and evolving grandeur of the EPs leading to it; the grounding of that reach for the sky in the melodic certainty and earthier, instrumental poise of A Northern Soul. The boxes come with extra liftoff – B sides, BBC sessions and, in the Storm set, a live DVD of a late-'92 show that is all dry ice, ghostly twang and determined soaring.

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