The list author says: "I've bought and loved hundreds of re-issues over the last few years, but some just stand head & shoulders above the rest. Some are well known, but many are obscure, so I hope my detailed reviews of them all will help potential buyers take a chance and dig in."
"2CD 2007 LEGACY EDITION of their 1985 masterpiece beautifully remastered by original producer THOMAS DOLBY with 8 new 2006 acoustic re-workings of album tracks on Disc 2 which are sensational. See review..."
"2CD 2006 EMI "Collectors Edition" of their rockin' 1975 debut, Mono on Disc 1 with the previously unreleased STEREO version on Disc 2 + loads of previously unreleased studio/live tracks. Superb sound from 1st generation master tapes. See review..."
"The "Gold" series has loads of obvious collections in it, but some are out-and-out gems - this is one of them - stunning remasters of their criminally overlooked 1970s and 1980s catalogue. See detailed review..."
"For such a huge band, I've found most of their 'remasters' to be weedy - until this - a 2008 2CD COLLECTORS EDITION of their bluesy 1968 rock debut on Island Records - a top reissue & one that offers up loads of rediscovery and reassessment…"
"His wonderful STEREO album from 1964 with "No Particular Place To Go" on it - part of Universal's "Rock 'n' Roll 50th Anniversary" series of CDs - see list of 7 in Listmania and individual reviews for all..."
"Another Universal compilation with fabulous Erick Labson remastered sound quality - part of their "Blues Classics - Remastered & Extended" series - see my list of the 10 titles in the series in Listmania..."
"Along with his 2nd album from 1970 "Elton John", Universal have done the absolute business on that and "Tumbleweed Connection" - 2CD 2008 DELUXE EDITIONS - really fantastic sound quality & extras. See detailed reviews for both..."
"Long forgotten goody from 1991 on Permanent Records in the UK - finally been given a really great remaster in 2007 by Voiceprint/One World Records - with good extras - highly recommended - see detailed review..."
"1968 Elektra Folk/Rock LP Masterpiece that introduced Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne & James Taylor as songwriters to the world - now finally given the Remaster and Appreciation it’s long deserved in this 2008 Rhino Extended Version. See review..."
"Expensive, But Beautifully Mastered and Presented 4CD Book Set Covering The Rare A&M Label Years In The USA (Island Label Material for UK Buyers) 2 released albums, 2 unreleased + wads of singles - fabulous - another HIP-O SELECT Reggae exclusive - see detailed review..."
"The "Gold" series has loads of obvious collections in it, but here's the second gem among them - it's got breathtaking remastered sound quality by ERICK LABSON and a great track selection. Rediscover these guys. See review..."
"Hip-O Select 2004 2CD set containing 3 full albums (one a double) and a non-album 7" A-side (1967 - 1969) - all of it beautifully remastered by SUHA GUR. It's a numbered Ltd Edition of 3000. See review…"
"A criminally overlooked 'Best Of' covering the 1st part of his career on the Asylum Records label - Really Great Remastered Sound - Cheap As Chips too - The "Tom Waits Is God" rumour starts here! See review..."
"2004, Velvet Box, 5CDS of unreleased goodies from the American Recordings rejuvenation period of his career - beautifully mastered and packaged - and all of it as unbelievably ace as the released stuff...I much prefer these tracks to any other part of his extraordinary career. Sorely missed."
"5 full albums across 3 CDs with 9 singles added onto Disc 1 - shaped limited edition packaging - two albums are first time on CD. However, a bad mastering error repeats a track on Disc 1 and there's been complaints about the slightly squashy packaging - so deduct a star. See review..."
"Release Number 36 for the wonderful "Light In The Attic" label (see Karen Dalton, Lou Bond and Kris Kristofferson). 2008 reissue of an obscure 1970 folk-psych-funk album on USA's Sussex Records. Produced by Dennis Coffey, features Motown's Funk Brothers. 36-page booklet, first issue on CD. Brill!"
"2008 Salvo Records (UK label) remaster of their forgotten and heavy rock LP on Fly Records (UK) in December 1970. It has a huge sounding remaster, gatefold card sleeve, in-depth liner notes, 7 bonus tracks (single B-side and 6 'rough' mixes). Features pre ELO - Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan and Rick Price. Includes "Brontosaurus"."
"2008 CD compilation by the mighty Bear Family of Germany. 31 tracks, remasters, massive booklet in a tri-gatefold card digipak. Superlative one-stop hits set. It's an import, but their issues are the best. See my review for "All We Wanna Do Is ROCK" June 2010 36-track sampler for the "Rocks" series. Prepare to spend!"
"2009 Hip-O Select 2CD Set with 5 albums and bonus single sides. "Hi We're The Miracles" (June 1961), "Cookin' With..." (Nov 1961), "I'll Try Something New" (July 1962), "The Fabulous Mircales" (May 1963) "Recorded Live On Stage" (May 1963). Lovely colour 24-page booklet and beautiful concertina card fold out of albums sleeves (front & rear). Ellen Fitton remasters. A peach."
"2006 20-track CD compilation by Sanctuary of the UK featuring UK, Irish and Scottish Folk, Rock-Folk and Singer Songwriter types who are criminally forgotten and shouldn't be. Picked by Pete Lawrence & AJ who ran a radio show called "The Big Chill". The track choices are brilliant - a real journey of discovery. See also "Meridian 1970" for similar (reviewed)."