UNBELIEVABLY, IF YOUR faith rests in received cosmology, the earth has whizzed around the sun a whole once since we did this last. And, what an orbit it’s been! The last 12 months have seen a sizzling feast of sonic goodies unleashed into the ether – and not just in the new albums dimension, but in the ever-expanding universe of reissues, that hallowed place where the glorious past gets a new lease of life.
So, steel yourself for our 20 Best Reissues of 2014, as unveiled in the latest issue of MOJO, available in the UK from Wednesday, November 26. Not only have we had the pleasure of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums getting the deluxe remastered-with-bonus-tracks treatment, but careworn jewels like Orange Juice’s You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever and Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing have also been judiciously rebirthed, together with amazing archive wonders such as CSNY’s 1974 tour document, more of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes and, jazzheads, mind-shattering long-lost live sets from John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
This, and all The Beatles’ mono LPs stamped in that groovy one-channel format onto 180-gram vinyl, and much more.
Scroll through our carefully selected score of best reissue releases of the year below – and let us know via Facebook or Twitter (@MOJOmagazine) what you agree on, disagree with and, heaven forbid, what you think we may have missed…
20. Francoise Hardy – Message Personnel
19. Miles Davis – Miles At The Fillmore
18. Michael Bloomfield – From His Head To His Heart To His Hands
17. Crime – Murder By Guitar (1976-1980)
16. Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner – Just Between You & Me
15. K. Leimer – A Period In Review
14. Jackson C Frank – Jackson C Frank
13. Orange Juice – You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever
12. John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University
11. Craig Leon – Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1
10. Brigitte Fontaine – Brigitte Fontaine Est… Folle
9. Grace Jones – Nightclubbing
8. Slint – Spiderland
8. Small Faces – Here Come The Nice
6. Bob Dylan – The Basement Tapes: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
5. The Beatles – In Mono
4. The The – Soul Mining
3. CSNY – CSNY 74
2. Led Zeppelin – Album Remasters
1. Lewis – L’Amour