10 Best Reissues Of 2015 (Q2)

MOJO’s staff and writers pick our favourite recent releases of classic music.

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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.

Jorge Ben Ben

Jorge Ben
Ben

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

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

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!

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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.