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10 Best Reissues of the Year

David Fricke's picks for the year's best reissues include the Beach Boys' finally-completed mosiac-pop symphony, U2's rebirth as future-pop subversives and the Smashing Pumpkins' psychedelic debut.

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Capitol Records

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The Beach Boys, ‘The Smile Sessions Box Set’

The greatest rock album never finished receives lavish closure: five CDs of deep studio detail from 1966 and 1967 – with sunbursts of vocal and instrumental eccentricity – as Brian Wilson builds his mosaic-pop symphony about America’s pioneer history. One disc is the best of it all – Smile as it might have been. The outtakes take you into Wilson’s imagination, before it shut down in disappointment.

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