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Hudson's Favorite Archive Releases of 2017

Yes, it's that time of year again. I've spent the last few days tearing my hair out trying to figure out my favorite records of 2017. Today I'm posting my favorite archive releases of the year, while next week I'll unveil my 40 favorite releases of new music.

For the sake of clarification, let's review my definition of an archive release. I know that many people throw everything into one big list, but that's not really fair to current records. Few new records can truly compete with reissues of classic albums.

Anything featuring previously-released tracks is an archive release. Compilations, reissues, box sets, and live records obviously fit into this category. If a live record contains nothing but new tunes then it can find a place on the new release list.

I also adhere to a one artist/one entry rule. Artists that have multiple releases from the vaults are combined into one place on my list. This rule came into play quite a bit this year, as Lydia Loveless, Wilco,…

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