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Fave Reissues Of The Last Few Years - PART 8

Mark Barry "Mark Barry"
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..."
Solid Air [2 CD Deluxe Edition]
Solid Air [2 CD Deluxe Edition]
"2009 2CD DELUXE EDITION reissue of his 1973 Island Records etheral folk/rock masterpiece. There's many fully formed outtakes equal to the album tracks on Disc 2 - they're shockingly good. Has a beautiful Paschal Byrne remaster too. See detailed review..."
Occasional Rain
Occasional Rain
"Part of the Universal's ORIGINALS series (over 100 titles - mostly jazz, funk, fusion, soul etc) - this 1972 US soul masterpiece on Cadet Records has been given a beautiful 2008 Gavin Lurssen remaster. An absolute gem. See detailed reviewÂ…"
Brentford Trilogy (Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood, The Convincer)
Brentford Trilogy (Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood, The Convincer)
"A July 2009 British reissue in a card wrap with a new booklet of his last 3 albums - "The Impossible Bird" (1994), "Dig My Mood" (1998) and "The Convincer" (2001). Witty, sly, brill – one of England’s great songwriters. See detailed review..."
Tattoo You [Remastered]
Tattoo You [Remastered]
"June 2009 Polydor reissue of their 1981 album - fantastic Stephen Marcusson remastered sound quality - carries over the same 'long' version of "Slave" that the Virgin 1993 CD had. See detailed review..."
No Guru No Method No Teacher
No Guru No Method No Teacher
"June 2008 remaster of a long-forgotten gem from 1986 on Mercury Records. Gorgeous sound quality and two genuinely excellent bonus tracks. See detailed review..."
The Spice Of Life
The Spice Of Life
"August 2005 remaster of her stunning 2nd album on Cadet Records from 1969. Charles Stepney production (see also Terry Callier above) - has a beautiful muscular remaster - musically it's righteous soul. A treat if you don't already know it..."
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
"April 2009 2CD remaster of her 2nd album on Ensign Records in 1990 (number 1 on both sides of the pond). Long overdue overhaul with some great outtakes on Disc 2. See detailed review..."
Give Me the Night
Give Me the Night
"June 2009 Japan-only SHM-CD of his huge 1980 album on Warner Brothers/Qwest. Produced by Quincy Jones, this CD variant has truly glorious sound quality - and musically the R'n'B and Funk tunes still stand up. Pricey as an import for sure, but worth it (SHM-CDs play on all CD players). See detailed reviewÂ…"
Confessions of Doctor Dream & Other Stories
Confessions of Doctor Dream & Other Stories
"March 2009 EMI reissue of his trippy/druggy 1974 album on Island Records. Stunning Peter Mew remaster with genuinely excellent bonus tracks and a good booklet. See detailed review..."
Living In The Past
Living In The Past
"1997 2CD USA-only Mobile Fidelity ULTRADISC-2 reissue. Features the 'full' 2LP compliment that appeared on both UK & US issues of this 1972 Double-Album Book set. The booklet inside the card wrap apes the original artwork too. It has great sound, but like most MF issues, it costs. See detailed reviewÂ…"
Show Your Hand & How Sweet Can You Get & Average White Band - Average White Band
Show Your Hand & How Sweet Can You Get & Average White Band - Average White Band
"April 2009 2CD set on Edsel (of the UK) which gathers up their MCA debut LP "Show Your Hand" (1973) with the more famous "AWB" LP and adds on "The Clovis Sessions" - outtakes from that 1974 funky masterpiece. Stunning little reissue. Hugely underrated band. See detailed review..."
Memorial Collection [3 CD]
Memorial Collection [3 CD]
"2009 long-delayed 3CD haul of his extraordinary recording legacy - lots of stuff off the 6LP 1979 "Complete" box set finally seeing the light of CD day. Remastered, tastily presented and reasonably priced too. See detailed review..."
Little Mama
Little Mama
"2004 EMI remaster of a rare United Artists 1972 USA funk-fusion-soul LP. Part of their "Masters Of Funk & Soul" Series of CDs. See detailed review..."
Complete Reprise Recordings 1971-73
Complete Reprise Recordings 1971-73
"2006 2CD Rhino set which compiles their wicked 1971 debut album "Crazy Horse" with their less than great follow-up LP "Loose" from 1972. But it has really ace outtakes from their debut, a nice remaster and lovely Rhino packaging. See detailed review..."
Vol. 2-Tighten Up
Vol. 2-Tighten Up
"March 2009 2CD DELUXE EDITION of the iconic and much-loved 1969 reggae compilation on Trojan Records of the UK. There were 8 volumes in the series until 1973, but along with its wonderful predecessor, this peach practically introduced Sixties Reggae and Ska to the whole of EnglandÂ’s youth. Chock full of goodies. See detailed review..."
Very Extremely Dangerous
Very Extremely Dangerous
"A white man who sounded like Otis Redding's younger brother, Hinton put out this lovely soul/rock debut LP on Capricorn Records in the States in 1978. This CD of it is rare too, but sooooo good. See detailed reviews for this and an Anthology on Raven of Australia called “A Mighty Field Of Vision”."
Piece of My Heart: The Best of 1969-1978
Piece of My Heart: The Best of 1969-1978
"Once a part of the Ikettes, Bonnie Bramlett's wonderfully guttural rock/soul vocals get a great remaster on this 19-track 2008 Raven CD compilation. Fab stuff and a lot of it hard to get on CD. I just wish there was a Volume 2. See detailed review..."
Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers
Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers
"2006 Rhino CD compilation raiding the Atlantic/Cotillion/Atco vaults for unreleased goodies and finding them (mostly). There's a companion volume called "Soul Sister" which is excellent too. See detailed review..."
The Undertones - Undertones, The
The Undertones - Undertones, The
"March 2009 Salvo Records of the UK CD reissue of their explosive and joyful 1979 debut album on Sire. Huge haul of non-album 7" single sides thrown in too and a video. Loved it. See REVIEW..."
Dark End of the Street 1963-69: The Operatic Soul of Roy Hamilton
Dark End of the Street 1963-69: The Operatic Soul of Roy Hamilton
"2009 Revola 28-Track CD covering his overlooked MGM and RCA Victor soul sides - great booklet and beautiful remastered sound - a bit of a rediscovery really. See detailed review..."
Margie Joseph
Margie Joseph
"Her 3rd album and her debut for Atlantic - this 2007 Vivid Sound Japanese CD is a hard-card sleeve repro of that 1973 rarity and is limited to 3000 copies. Nice remaster too. See detailed review..."
Takin It to the Streets
Takin It to the Streets
"2010 USA-Only Mobile Fidelity SACD Remaster with better sound than the Japanese 5” card repro remaster of a few years ago. This 1976 Warner Brothers album is a mixture of Tom Johnston’s rock with Michael McDonald’s soul-rock. I also adore Tiran Porter’s slinky “For Someone Special” on Side 2 – very Steely Dan, very cool."
Shades Of: The Chess Singles 1961-1968
Shades Of: The Chess Singles 1961-1968
"2008 CD by Kent (Ace Records of the UK). Usually classy stuff from Ace - 24 track compilation that will allow you to sequence most of her Chess singles - with many tracks being first time on CD. A really sweet soul listen. See detailed review..."
Clarence Carter:  Patches / The Dynamic Clarence Carter
Clarence Carter: Patches / The Dynamic Clarence Carter
"2000 USA release which combines two of his four excellent Atlantic LPs onto 1 CD - his 4th "Patches" from 1970 and his 2nd "The Dynamic..." from 1969. Great sound and there’s huge number of tracks on here that are never on the usual “Best Of" sets. See detailed review..."
Forever: The Complete Motown Albums 1
Forever: The Complete Motown Albums 1
"2009 Hip-O Select 3CD set covering 1961 to 1965 with a massive 87 tracks (6 albums worth and more). Great Ellen Fitton remasters and a fully featured 30-page booklet. A Hip-O Select gem – and it’s reasonably priced too. See detailed review…"
Ommadawn
Ommadawn
"His 1975 3rd album for Virgin gets the long-needed 2CD DELUXE EDITION treatment in 2010 and itÂ’s a winner. ThereÂ’s a part on Side 2 where the Uilleann pipes of The Chieftains come wailing in and itÂ’s finally got the beautiful sound it deservesÂ…"
Atlantic Crossing (2 CD Limited Edition)
Atlantic Crossing (2 CD Limited Edition)
"2009 Rhino 2CD Deluxe Edition of his iconic and huge 1975 album on Riva Records (Rock on Side 1, Smoochers on Side 2). Great remaster and extras worth owning."
Rock & Roll / Rockin' the Blues
Rock & Roll / Rockin' the Blues
"A 1999 singular CD on Collectables of the USA featuring 2 rare Atlantic LPs from the late Fifties by this giant of Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music (28 tracks in all). Also features many tunes difficult to find outside of the usual “Best Of” scenario…"
Memorial Album
Memorial Album
"2009 2CD set from Sanctuary/Trojan Records of the UK covering 2 ultra-rare but desirable DD albums. Each LP has had loads of extras added on to give you a whopping 49 Reggae tracks in all. Superbly detailed booklet too. This is Sixties Ska music, so the sound quality is not exactly audiophile, but the music is magical..."
Superfly (25th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.)
Superfly (25th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.)
"1997 Rhino 2CD Deluxe Edition of his 1972 soul masterpiece with card digipak artwork that mimics the US originalÂ’s die-cut gatefold sleeve. With 2 bonus tracks on top of the 9-track album on Disc 1 - and 12 previously unreleased and alternate versions on Disc 2, Dan Hersch remastering and a 24-page booklet - this is a must buy. What a loss to music he was..."