The list author says: "Working in a second-hand record shop in London, as you can imagine, you come across mountains of CDs - and being a voracious music fiend - I've bought and loved hundreds of re-issues over the last few years.
But some just stand head and shoulders above all the rest. Many of these titles are well known, but others are obscure (I've reviewed most of them in detail).
Here's some suggestions and why they're recommended..."
"Sensational 2010 2CD set from Soul Jazz Records of the UK (a busy and well-revered reissue label). A half-decent Krautrock comp has been a long time coming and this peach is it. Our shop customers rave about it. It’s also available on 2 wicked vinyl double-albums. Much of this stuff is obscure, but it’s so worth seeking out. See detailed review…"
"Really great 2008 4CD box set featuring a huge swath of unreleased stuff alongside new remasters of oldies. Spans folk to soulful rock – a Scot with a deep gravely voice and a way with a melody, the mighty John Martyn is sadly missed. See detailed review..."
"Initially a very expensive USA-only release from Hip-O Select, this 6CD Book Set has been given a belated UK release also (where he has a huge and loyal fan following to this day). Beautifully mastered and annotated. See detailed review and full discography pertaining to the box."
"Astonishingly good value for money 6 Volume Series of CDs with 20-tracks per disc and retailing at less than £4 each in the UK (comparable import price). Nicely done booklets, great remastered sound and a voyage of discovery."
"2011 EMI reissue of their forgotten 1972 soundtrack to the French film “La Vallee”. Truly superlative remaster by James Guthrie and Joel Plante, but minimal, naff and very disappointing packaging. See detailed review…"
"Another gem from the fabulous Bear Family of Germany. 7CDs, a huge 12" x 12" HARDBACK Book, affectionate and faithful transfers from original tapes. A monster and blues sensation. See detailed review…"
"Just flicking through the leaves of this 2009 7CD book set is thrilling – it contains near 5 decades of folk releases on the iconic Topic label of the UK. Truly beautiful presentation and ace remastering by DENIS BLACKHAM. Hard core folk though so not for everyone…"
"2010 3rd and final Hip-O Select 4CD card set covering the entire Chuck Berry Chess catalogue. Loads of unreleased - and much of the Seventies material remastered for the first time. Superlative ERICK LABSON sound quality. See detailed review…"
"A 2010 CD reissue of their 1975 Philadelphia International LP with a bonus 1977 Tom Moulton mix of "Don't Leave Me This Way". Teddy Pendergrass vocals - great sound - top Tony Rounce liner notes - part of a series. See detailed review..."
"Why this extraordinarily musical US band never made it is one of rock's great mysteries. Fantastic 2009 4CD Rhino set shaped like a 7" single box with a huge amount of previously unreleased. Their 3 albums and loads more…"
"2008 3CD mini box set covering the Rock and Prog side of the mighty Polydor label. Thick booklet with an individual page and more to each artist. Mark Powell and Paschal Byrne involvement (top reissue specialists). Great remasters. Much to discover..."
"The idea of Vertigo Prog Rock is enough to make most people cringe - and in places - rightly so. But this 3CD mini box set will surprise you. Superlative chunky detailed booklet, top-notch remastering and a very clever choice of tracks. A musical journey you may resist, but one that’s worth taking…"
"There are 5 x 2CD sets in this very cool and collectable 2009 40th Anniversary series. You get an applicable album + plus a live set (both in card sleeves – both remastered) and a foldout poster. And each is reasonably priced. The other 4 are Johnny Winter, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana and Janis Joplin."
"2011 EMI reissue of their 1973 Prog monster. Truly superlative remaster by James Guthrie and Joel Plante, but minimal, naff and very disappointing packaging. See detailed review fro this "Meddle". "Obscured By Clouds" and "Wish You Were Here" (single-disc 'Discovery' editions)."
"I've acquired 7 of these fabulous book-boxes across the years as funds would allow and each is a feast of unbridled lust for soul fans. This 12th set (Discs 61 to 65) is again beautifully laid out – full-page colour shots to die for – an essay on each release - 3 different indexes – STEREO. Admittedly it's not all genius, but it is gorgeous…"
"The "Follow That Dream" label out of the USA has provided Presley fans with beautifully presented remastered 2CD sets in 7" single-sized packaging, but this - his 1960 comeback - is a genuine peach. It’s a thing of beauty. If you want a more reasonably -priced version with equally beautiful sound too - try the 2011 2CD 'Legacy Edition' (reviewed)."
"Another Bear Family Rhythm 'n' Blues gem. A 12" x 12" 5CD Box Set with a gorgeous Hardback Book in which every single and LP is pictured (King Records mostly). Musically it’s superb fun rocking R'n'B with meticulous transfers. The Rolls Royce treatment as always."
"A 1973 album given a 2010 remaster by Salvo of the UK (who have handled their entire catalogue with real style). Features 4 bonus-tracks as well as live at the BBC sessions. Stunning remastered sound, cool card sleeve presentation. See detailed review..."
"Superlative 2011 2CD set from Edsel of the UK which (at last) remasters the entire "Abandoned Luncheonette" album along with "Whole Oats" and the cult Todd Rundgren-produced "War Babies". Even has bonuses, great booklet and is reasonably priced too. See detailed review..."
"2011 2CD set from Edsel of the UK. Very clever reissue of their 3rd and 4th albums on Warner Brothers from 1974 and 1975. Neither have been remastered before domestically. Keyboard-driven Prog Rock (Yes, ELP, Rush) with a defter touch. Great remaster for "Spyglass Guest" especially, fully annotated booklet and a cheap price too. See detailed review..."
"Bear Family single-CD that relies heavily on the unreleased tracks from their 4CD box set. Typically great remastering and a lovely booklet. It's not all genius, but I relish any release on this hugely underrated singer-songwriter. See detailed review…"
"2011 CD reissue by SuperBird of the UK featuring two rare albums from 1976 (USA) and 1979 (Japan-only). Great remasters. They feature the cool "Get It Up For Love" and "To Prove My Love" tracks. Very Boz Scaggs circa "Silk Degrees". See detailed review…"
"Contains a single disc of Cadence Label outtakes in a 'tapebox' package with an astonishing booklet. Fifties Vocal harmonies, R'n'b, R'n'R. Typical class act from Bear Family. See detailed review... PS: other artists in this superlative CD series include Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, Billy Riley, Janis Martin and Johnny Tillotson."
"2011 EMI single-disc ‘Discovery’ reissue of their 1975 iconic album. Number 1 on both sides of the pond, it was an attack on the music industry and a homage to Syd Barrett. Truly superlative remaster by James Guthrie and Joel Plante, but very disappointing packaging. See detailed review…"
"2011 CD remaster. Part of the “Stax Remasters” series (6 titles to September 2011). Super Joe Tarantino remaster. Actually contains 2 albums "Whatcha..." (1972) and "A Dramatic Experience" (1974) and bonuses on top. Cheap too. See detailed reviews for all six 2011 remasters…"
"2011 2CD reissue by Edsel of the UK (licensing deal with WEA) for their 1971 debut and 1972 follow up. Has all the bonus tracks from the 2000 4CD “Long Train Runnin’” box set as extras, book, remaster. Great. See detailed review…"
"As per 35 – 3rd in a series of 4. Their 5th and 6th albums from 1975 and 1976 plus bonuses. "Takin' It To The Streets" sees Michael McDonald join and take them into a more soulful direction. Great sound and booklet. See detailed review…"
"2011 5CD EMI/Harvest remastered overhaul of their first 4 albums on the iconic and eclectic UK label. Includes rare non-album singles and live stuff from the BBC. Some previously unreleased too. See detailed review…"
"A 2011 Audio Fidelity 24-carat gold audiophile reissue of her most loved album (1972 on Elektra – it went to No.1). Beautiful Kevin Gray remaster on an LP that like “Tapestry” thrills to this day – nearly 40 years later. Lovely stuff."