Rating (Skip, Stream, Buy): Skip the reissue, go find a used LP.
The first time I hear Paul McCartney & Wings' 1973 classic, Band on the Run, I was around the age of 14 or 15 and thought the band name was "Band on the Run." I found the LP in a crate of records that had come in to the instrument/record shop I was working in. I bought the LP for $3, which was the price of just about every record that wasn't (P)Elvis or the Beatles. I took it home and damn-near wore that thing out.
Even today the slow burn of "Let Me Roll It," and the almost-cheesy delicacy of "Bluebird" are as exciting a find as they were on my first spin. McCartney will always be remembered as a Beatle, but Band on the Run reminds us that we'd remember him without the aide of his former band's cataloge, as well.
Last night I hobbled through the rain over to Everyday Music on Cap Hill to confirm my suspicion: There are few good reasons to buy this Band on the Run reissue.
Reissues are, with few exceptions (Exile on Main St.) marketing products designed to get people to re-purchase things that they already own, or once did. The studio footage included on the DVD and the out-takes on the bonus disc do nothing to reinforce the legacy of this album. The originals do not, as it happens, need any help.
This is, however, a great time to pull out your old copy, or procure one for yourself if you have yet to pick one up. There are, in fact, used copies of the LP available for $3, $4, and $5 at Everyday Music. And thanks to the modest, yet significant, bump in NEW vinyl sales, we're seeing the life expectancy of used vinyl extended by at least another generation. Perhaps the most important byproduct of this development is that ignorant, teenage kids will have a legal and low-cost way to discover and experience great records the way they was intended to be consumed: In their entirety.