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Albums that have never been Remastered/Reissued but deserve to be.

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Initial post: Sep 28, 2012 1:14:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2012 1:15:32 PM PDT
Lou Presley says:
This could be a lengthy rant, but I have on one else to complain to so here I go.

Because I actually am older than dirt, I have lived through the entire Rock era. The advent of the CD fifteen years before they had begun to perfect the medium (and now Neil Young is about to change all that) caused the music industry to so cheapen the quality of vinyl records that they became almost unlistenable.

Forced to make the switch, I sold my 2000 LPs to finance the move into CDs. Since then I have been trying to repurchase my collection on CD (in addition to buying new releases and the latest Remasters available). I now have 5000 CDs and still haven't been able to complete my earlier collection.

Here then is a list of only a few albums I miss:

Boz Scaggs first album on Atlantic. Never out of print; never given the proper Remaster it deserves.
The Joy (Of Cooking) on Fantasy
Terri Garthwaite's two albums on Fantasy
Fleetwood Mac's Then Play On. Never out of print; never given the proper Remaster it deserves. Warner Bros.
Van Morrison's first three albums on Warner Bros. Never, never although the Japanese Remaster of Astral Weeks is amazing.
Jerry Lynn Williams only album on Warner Bros.
John Hurley of the Hurley/Wilkens songwriting team. One on RCA, two on Bell.
The entire Hoodoo Rhythm Devils catalogue. Capitol, Blue Thumb and Fantasy.
Don Nix on Elektra.

There are many many others, but I'll stop here for now. If you feel as strongly about this as I do, tell everyone what you're looking for.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 2:17:39 PM PDT
Here's a copy-and-paste of a 2008 Amazon UK customer review for Van's Tupelo Honey:

'January 2008 (7 titles)
Tupelo Honey (1971), It's Too Late To Stop Now (2 CD Live Set) (1974),
Wavelenght (1978), Into The Music (1979), A Sense Of Wonder (1985),
Avalon Sunset (1989) and Back On Top (1999)

June 2008 (8 titles)
Veedon Fleece (1974), Common One (1980), Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart (1983), Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast (1984), No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986), Enlightenment (1990), A Night In San Francisco (2CD Live Set) (1994) and The Healing Game (1997)

September 2008 (7 titles)
Saint Dominic's Preview (1972), A Period Of Transition (1977), Beautiful Vision (1982), Poetic Champions Compose (1987), Hymns To The Silence (2CD Studio Set) (1991), How Long Has This Been Going On (Live At Ronnie Scott's) (1995), Tell Me Something - The Songs Of Mose Allison (1996)

January 2009 (8 titles)
Hard Nose The Highway (1973), Irish Heartbeat (with The Chieftains) (1988),
Too Long In Exile (1993), Days Like This (1995), The Story Of Them (2CD Set) (1999), The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast (with Lonnie Donegan & Chris Barber) (2000), Down The Road (2002) and What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)

Those hoping to see desperately needed sonic upgrades of his 1st and 2nd album masterpieces on Warner Bothers "Astral Weeks" (1968) and "Moondance" (1970) will be disappointed to hear that they're NOT in this re-issue campaign. Apparently there is still some dispute between the record label and Van that remains unresolved. A damn shame! They've both been on crappy-sounding non-remasters for over 20 years and they are glaring omissions here. Both of these recognised masterpieces deserve 2CD DELUXE EDITION treatment and soon. (Some tracks in remastered form are available across the 3 volumes of "Best Of"). Let's hope they sort their differences and soon!'

This review was given while the reissue programme was in full swing but the plug was pulled after phase two, so Van must have found something else to dispute. I was especially looking for forward to the reissue of Hard Nose and the Story of Them anthology but even some of the albums that were remastered are getting increasingly pricey.

Elsewhere, I hope Neil Young eventually ends his embargo on Time Fades Away (after all, he did relent and do a sudden u-turn for On The Beach) and it really is high time ZZ Top's pre-Eliminator back catalogue was properly finished off - Fandango! and Tres Hombres saw the light of day but we're still waiting for 1st, album, Rio Grande Mud, Tejas, Deguello and El Loco. I am not going to dwell on those lamentable editions of certain albums when instead of remastering the old stuff properly some idiot thought it would be a good idea to sanction a remix programme and give them an Eliminator-era sheen (with glacial 80s-style drums to boot) and foist those on an unsuspecting public instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 3:07:01 PM PDT
Lou Presley says:
Van can be difficult, but Warner Bros. has no leg to stand on, their back catalogue is full of albums that deserve better than they're getting. I also hope Neil will relent on "Time Fades Away" as well as "Tonight's The Night".

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 7:20:00 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Here! here!...TIME FADES AWAY!!!

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 7:57:16 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Nine Inch Nails - Broken EP & The Fragile

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 8:03:11 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
Prince's "1999" has inferior sound quality and should and deserves to be remastered.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2012 8:06:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2012 8:06:59 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Lots of Prince's early albums sound inferior. Would be nice to get most of them remastered. I'll definitely add Purple Rain to my list!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2012 8:10:23 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
"1999" was originally released on cd without "D.M.S.R." due to time limitations, and subsequently re-released with the inclusion of "D.M.S.R.", with slightly improved sound quality compared to all the other songs on the cd.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 8:48:19 AM PDT
Tom Petty- Southern Accents
Rickie Lee Jones- the debut

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2012 9:22:00 AM PDT
Lou Presley says:
Couldn't agree more about Tom Petty.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 10:43:42 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Lou, agree with "Then Play On" is way overdue to be properly remastered.
Mick Fleetwood did issue a couple of outtakes sessions from "Then Play On" called "Vaudeville Years" that for the most part sound very good.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 11:10:55 AM PDT
scottsrush says:
zz tops first 4 or 5 albums remastered and remixed in there original vinyl mix form on cd!

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 12:12:27 PM PDT
zlh67 says:
How about Cheap Trick's entire 80's catalog? "All Shook Up" from 1980 was nicely remastered as were the earlier albums, but "One on One", "Next Position Please" and subsequent albums have all been ignored.

And pretty much the whole Styx catalog. The songs they remastered for 'Greatest Hits' and 'GH Part 2' sound superb and noticeably better than their regular cd's, but these compilations ignored a lot of songs that also deserve a sonic upgrade.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 12:18:34 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
They should redo the Styx catalog and bring in Yoko to overdub new harmonies with Dennis ;)

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 12:45:48 PM PDT
zlh67 says:
I hear a missing part in "Mr. Roboto" that I think would be perfect for Yoko. Not sure about much else though....

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 6:56:06 AM PDT
C. Batty says:
Matraca Berg Sunday Morning to Saturday Night.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 1:49:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2012 4:43:55 PM PDT
An important set comes to mind as being a fraction of the quality of it's LP parent.

1.) Fillmore: The Last Days
This was a 3 record set from the early 1970's and it's sound quality wasn't perfect but it is many times better than the poor quality 2 CD set from the late 1980's that is of very poor quality and full of tape-hiss and really crappy.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 2:20:35 PM PDT
This album isn't as obscure or as old as many others previously mentioned but, if you're a Bob Seger fan you might want to know that "Nine Tonight", his 1981 Live album has finally been remastered. I don't know why it took so long since Capitol started remastering his albums way back in 1999 (Night Moves and 'Live' Bullet) and did Against the Wind in 2003. I was just shopping for some new titles at our local Best Buy and there it was sitting on the shelf for only $6.99! Cool...

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 3:53:48 PM PDT
Geezerguy says:
Ray Gomez - Volume
Siegel-Schwall - All the Wooden Nickel albums
Neil Young - Time Fades Away
Ben Sidran - The Blue Thumb and Arista albums
Jerry Hahn Brotherhood
Finnigan and Wood

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 7:27:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2012 7:28:00 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
I thought all of Petty's earlier albums were remastered around 2002. Was Southern Accents not in that batch?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 7:36:56 PM PDT
Pettys first 5 albums were remastered up to Long After Dark..nothing after...that I'm aware of.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2012 8:27:51 AM PDT
Dee Zee says:
Except that Let Me Up (Ive Had Enough) was also reissued in 2002.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2012 9:28:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2012 9:37:00 AM PDT
Yes, my mistake. His first 6 were reissued. Southern Accents was reissued as a Japanese import SHM CD in 2009 and is now OOP. If you google cdjapan it should bring the site up (or I can post the link later) and you can get a copy for $35, otherwise its selling for at least $100 on ebay new.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2012 9:57:18 AM PDT
Grandpa Tom says:

Totally agree on both your nominations. I would add RLJ's Pirates without investing in the uber-expensive MFSL version.

I will suggest scoring Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology . It is as good as a boxset can possibly be. In reality, it includes every song except maybe 3 on her debut and Pirates, delivering incredible sound (Rhino treatment, after all). It can be scored new for less than $12 from Marketplace sellers.

Southern Accents was never a favorite Petty effort for me. The standard issue always sounded fine to me, and I'm happy with it to fill in my TP and Heartbreakers' collection.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2012 10:08:01 AM PDT
Thanks for the info, Tom. Her debut is one of my all time favorite albums but I have never owned Pirates. I was pretty young when she hit the scene so I didn't get turned on to her until later on. I'm waiting for Pirates to be remastered before I get it but that box is pretty cheap for 3 Cds.
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