- For the reissuing of print material see Reprint
(also known as a re-release
) is the repeated issue of a published
work. In common usage it refers to an album
which has been released at least once before and is released again, sometimes with alterations or additions.
Common additions to reissued albums include:
Reasons for reissues
Special, Limited and Commemorative Editions
Some recordings are reissued to celebrate their popularity, influence or an anniversary
of the artist or the recording.
New audio formats
Recordings originally released in an audio format that has become technologically or commercially obsolete are reissued in new formats. For example, thousands of original vinyl
albums have been reissued on CD
since introduction of that format in the early 1980s. More recently, many albums originally released on CD or earlier formats have been reissued on SACD
Beginning with Pickwick Records
, which acquired the rights to reissue many of Capitol Records
' non-current albums at a low price in venues other than record stores, several record companies started "budget" or "drugstore records
" subsidiaries to sell their deleted items at lower prices.
When one record label buys out another record label, or acquires an individual recording artist's back catalogue, their albums are often reissued on the purchasing label. For example, Polydor Records
reissued many of James Brown
's albums originally released on his former label, King Records
. King had itself previously reissued albums and singles
by Brown that were originally recorded for its subsidiary label Federal Records
Strong or weak sales
Recordings are reissued to meet continuing demand
for an album that continues to be popular after its original release. In other cases albums are reissued to create interest in, and hopefully revive sales of, a release which has sold poorly. For example, the heavy metal
label Roadrunner Records
is notorious for reissuing their artist's works' only months after releasing the original album.
Reissues and certification
For the purposes of quantifying sales, an album's original and subsequent releases are counted together - for example, if an album sold 300,000 of its original release and 700,000 in subsequent reissues, it would be entitled to platinum
certification. However, the musical contents of the disc must remain the same on a reissue for it to count towards certification.
Some record labels
specialize in reissuing recordings originally released on other labels. Three of the biggest reissue labels are Rhino Records
, Hip-O Records
and Legacy Recordings
. Each of these companies reissues material from the labels of a major music conglomerate
- Warner Music Group
, Universal Music Group
and Sony BMG
, respectively. Collectables Records
is another prolific reissue label that licenses
recordings from other labels.
The term also refers to a new release of a classic motion picture
(not to be confused with a remake
, which is an all-new production of a film with a new cast). Reissues of older films were frequent before the days of television, videocassette
, and DVD
. Walt Disney Studios
stands out as the film company which has re-released their older films more often than any other studio - up to their appearance on DVD, nearly all of the Disney full-length films were reissued to theatres on the average of every seven years, even after they had appeared on videocassette.
Gone With the Wind (1939) stands out as another film which has been reissued many times before being shown on television.
Today, theatres called "revival houses" show nothing but reissues of older films.