Vinyl Cave: Reissues by Dwight Yoakam, k.d. lang and Iron City Houserockers – Isthmus

Reissues have long been a solid cash cow for the music industry. The segment really took off after the introduction of compact discs convinced a lot of folks to buy CDs of everything that they owned on vinyl. During the 1990s and early 2000s when relatively few new albums were coming out on LP, indie labels such as Sundazed countered the CD revolution by reviving perennial favorites and rare titles on LP; even major label CBS/Sony was somewhat quietly repressing LPs off and on. Today, both serious and casual music collectors are continuing to fuel the resurgence of LP sales by purchasing a boatload of reissues. It’s somewhat ironic that this time around, collectors are often looking for vinyl reissues of albums that were initially released only on CD and sometimes cassette (or occasionally in miniscule quantities on LP).

Currently, the reissue market is hard to keep up with; the major labels have returned to the game full time rather than ceding most of the action to smaller labels. And a particular (and welcome) focus has indeed been first-time issues of albums that didn’t come out on LP in the 1990s or 2000s. If you’re in the market, remember that supply is often not meeting demand, and in many cases it is impossible to predict how long a title will be available. So, if a favorite first-time-on-LP issue emerges, it’s best to pony up when you see it; waiting can backfire. Many