This is one reason (among many) why I dislike the record companies... if it ain't Brittney Spears, they can't be bothered to do a proper release, or keep it in print for very long. It's also a major reason why I recently bought a good turntable -- so much of the huge back-catalog of music from this time period remains locked up & rotting in record company vaults somewhere, probably never to see the light of the Compact Disc format. Also, the original records (pre-1980) often sound better because the master tapes were fresh when the LP's were pressed. I've heard too many CD "remasters" where some engineer tried removing tape hiss and ended up neutering the music (not saying this one, but in general...).
Somehow, the movie industry is getting it right with DVD's, but the music industry keeps on making the same blunders. *Please*, if it's going to be a chopped-up version of the original, don't bother releasing it at all. Today's generation of younger folks (among others) don't deserve to be treated this way.