YOU THINK YOU know a favourite record or artist, but every so often a beautiful remaster or reissue comes along and makes you appreciate an album in a whole new way, while the best curated compilations can open whole new corners of music to your ears.
In the first quarter of 2015, we’ve had the exhaustive brilliance of a Go-Betweens box set, the rediscovery of David Wiffen’s lost songs and the spoils of Jimmy Page’s toil in the remastering suite and Led Zep archive. MOJO’s staff and writers were blown away by all of these and more.
Please note the list is in alphabetical order. But please do contact us on Facebook or via Twitter (@MOJOmagazine) about anything you think should, or (perish the thought!) shouldn’t have made the 10.
The Go-Betweens G Stands For Go-Betweens Vol. 1
DOMINO “This is a fine celebration of a finely poetic band.” Roy Wilkinson
Jellyfish Spilt Milk
OMNIVORE “Condenses a lifetime of music appreciation into 46 action-packed minutes... An extraordinary feat” Jim Irvin
The Kinks Anthology 1964-1971
BMG/ SONY “This splendid package succeeds in putting a quirky new spin on The Kinks fascinating oeuvre.” Pat Gilbert
Lead Belly Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS/ DISCOVERY “From prison cell to friend's front room, this beautifully put-together set is truly inspiring. Probably the closest we will ever get to understanding the man who soundtracked the African-American experience and was the root of rock'n'roll.” Lois Wilson
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
WARNER MUSIC “It was as if Zeppelin had steered their Viking longships up the Thames and pillaged everything in sight.” Mark Blake
Jose Prates Tam... Tam... Tam...!
TRUNK “Tam... Tam... Tam...! is a seminal symptom of a culture breaking through the dam of stifling conservatism. Quite simply, a classic.” David Hutcheon
Popol Vuh Kailash
SOUL JAZZ “Florian Fricke always said he wanted to create magic; here, numerous moments deserve that description.” Ian Harrison
The Pretty Things Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky
SNAPPER “Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky is a fitting celebration of a band that, 50 years after the release of their debut, remain utterly unrepentant. For The Pretty Things, at long last, justice has been done .” Phil Alexander
Various Punk 45: Cleveland, Ohio
SOUL JAZZ “Quirky, enthralling punk emanations from the industrial Midwest.” Pat Gilbert
David Wiffen Songs From The Lost & Found
TRUE NORTH “The Black Crowes, Harry Belafonte, Roger McGuinn and Tom Rush have covered his songs, yet David Wiffen remains a singer-songwriter deserving of wider notice.” Andrew Male