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Bruce Springsteen performs in a concert scene from the 1982 musical documentary, “No Nukes.”

The best reissues of the year include a total immersion Beatles experience, a panoply of 50th anniversary Philadelphia International Records releases, Joni Mitchell and John Coltrane rarities, a Latin Soul dance party, a Bruce Springsteen live show, a hip-hop classic by The Roots and a Philly jazz iconoclast getting his due.

The Beatles, “Let It Be (Super Deluxe)”After living through Peter Jackson’s eight-hour Disney+ “Get Back” on the making of “Let It Be,” I won’t be needing to hear “I’ve Got A Feeling” or “Don’t Let Me Down” again for a while. But this six-CD box contains plenty of rare treasure, from fashion-plate producer Glyn Johns’ “Let It Be” mix to Billy Preston singing the 1929 chestnut “Without A Song” to an early “Something” with the lyric “Something in the way she moves me attracts me like a pomegranate.”

The Roots, “Do You Want More?!!!??!”A three-LP reissue of the 1995 sophomore release that found the Philly hip-hop band truly coming into its own with jazz- and funk-textured poetic tracks like “Proceed” and “Mellow My Man.”

Hall & Oates, “The Philly Tapes”This vinyl-only limited-edition release also goes under the name Daryl Hall & John Oates, “Fall In Philadelphia: The Definitive Demos 1968-71,” which is an accurate description of what it contains.

The Replacements, “Sorry Me, Forgot To Take Out The Trash”There’s an ongoing reissue program of the catalog of the brilliantly unsuccessful Minneapolis 1980s post-punk band affectionately known as The ‘Mats — short for ‘Placements — spurred by Bob Mehr’s superb 2016 band bio, Trouble Boys.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts”

The live wire performances of New Jersey’s $500 million man at Madison Square Garden with the E Streeters at their zenith are captured here in a DVD plus CD package.

Philadelphia International Records reissuesPIR celebrated its 50th in various ways, from an online gallery of visual art inspired by the company that gave the world McFadden & Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” to collections compiled in all sorts of physical configurations via Sony’s Legacy Recordings and partner labels.

Joni Mitchell, “Archives, Vol. 2, The Reprise Years, 1968-1971”

Joni Mitchell is being celebrated as never before with the 50th anniversary of her 1971 album “Blue” and as a recipient of the Kennedy Center honors.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts”

The live wire performances of New Jersey’s $500 million man at Madison Square Garden with the E Streeters at their zenith are captured here in a DVD plus CD package.

“It’s a Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records”

This fabulously entertaining collection of either four CDs or a condensed two LPs collects Latin soul and dance music recorded from 1965-1975. Featured artists include Joe Bataan, Willie Colon and Ray Barreto. More obscure treats come from bands like Butter Scotch, who show the prevailing influence of Philly Soul.

“The Jimmie Vaughan Story”

This seven CD, one LP box is a lavish 70th-birthday celebration for a guitarist who’s known more as a complementary player than a guitar god like his late brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, but the music backs up the care and attention given to it. The set covers the blues master from his early days in Austin, Texas, to his work with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and on to his current solo career.

Hasaan Ibn Ali, “Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album and Retrospect in Retirement of Delay: The Solo Recordings”

In 2021, the late Philadelphia jazz pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali, who died in 1980, finally got the respect he deserved. Metaphysics is the influential, idiosyncratic player’s 1965 solo that was though to be lost in a fire. Retrospect is a unique set of standards recorded in Philly in the 1960s.

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