IT’S ALWAYS NICE to see an old favourite in a new light, and the reissues that crossed our paths in April, May and June this year have not disappointed.
We saw The Rolling Stones get their digits all gooey again, received a timely reminder of the impact of Steel Pulse’s reggae agitprop, and found new reasons to love the most successful album in the Welsh language ever (!) courtesy of Super Furry Animals. In all, the second quarter of 2015 threw up incredible variety in the shape of deluxe editions, re-pressings and the raiding of various studio cupboards.
Following our list of the best of the year’s opening three months, MOJO’s writers and staff have distilled the cream of the second quarter, isolating the 10 Best Reissues Of 2015, April to June.
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REAL GONE MUSIC “Every track's a gem, but the album's original second side shows off the simple recipe best.” Jim Irvin
Ornette Coleman Beauty Is A Rare Thing
WARNER JAZZ “Listening to 40 chronologically arranged tracks from that dream line-up of Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins is a euphoric experience .” Andrew Male
Robin Gibb Saved By The Bell
REPRISE “One of the most remarkable solo albums of its era, and the most unlikely: a teenage millionaire writing death letters from lost suburbia.” Andrew Male
The Mothmen Pay Attention!
ON-U SOUND “The Mothmen managed to out-weird their '80s post-punk peers.” Andy Cowan
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
POLYDOR “Not just a rock band, but a rock'n'roll band – and it's the roll, the groove and the barefoot swagger that makes this still one of the finest albums of all time.” Mark Blake
Spooky Tooth The Island Years (An Anthology 1967-1974)
UMC “This nine-disc collection boasts music full of heart and soul.” Phil Alexander
Steel Pulse Handsworth Revolution
ISLAND “Steel Pulse put paid to the notion that only reggae from Jamaica could be authentic.” Lois Wilson
Super Furry Animals Mwng
DOMINO “The Welsh themes and words were to prove a bonus rather than a barrier.” Pat Gilbert
Various Artists The Odyssey: A Northern Soul Time Capsule
HARMLESS “There have already been innumerable Northern soul compilations but this box set, charting its beginnings at Manchester's Twisted Wheel, is the most comprehensive.” Geoff Brown
Various Artists Sherwood At The Controls
ON-U SOUND “Demonstrates that the self-motivated Adrian Sherwood’s production work went beyond reggae and its offshoots.” Ian Harrison
Tell us what you think of our reissues rundown, and suggest your own via www.facebook.com/MOJOmagazine or www.twitter.com/mojomagazine, though remember that our quarterly updates are in alphabetical order; the full 50-1 countdown – and the hysterically-toned debate that goes with it – comes at the end of the year.
Now see MOJO’s 20 Best NEW Albums Of 2015 April-June.