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Throwback tunes: Reissues from Frenchmen, Argentines, Brits, lumberjacks and Vaudevillians

Throwback tunes: Reissues from Frenchmen, Argentines, Brits, lumberjacks and Vaudevillians

These days, box sets, special editions and packaged reissues — you know, product — serve not only items to be purchased, but advertisements. In the streaming age, the releases filling record store shelves not only whet the appetite of object fetishists, but offer tips on sounds to check out later through online music portals.  Unless you’re a billionaire, who in 2015 needs a 23-CD Isley Brothers set cluttering up shelves or a double-disc Grateful Dead best-of set when it’s easier accessed via computer server farm? Those who like the tactile feel of a plastic disc? If it comes in the proper package or includes bonus stuff, liner notes, download cards...

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