Just when we thought the vaults must, at long last, be exhausted, we find more extraordinary music that’s never before seen the light of day – blinding revelations that force us to reconsider received rock’n’roll history. Like the great tracks that never made it onto the final Led Zeppelin album – until now.
But in a rich quarter for reissues, the latest and most surprising tranches of Zep remasters weren’t the only coups. Overlooked music by pioneer singer-songwriter Jackson C. Frank; a reminder of the consistent awesomeness of The Isley Brothers; the scrappy, early-’80s singles on which Alan McGee’s Creation empire was built; Bert Jansch on stage at his best: music we’re already wondering how we lived without.
Swipe through MOJO’s 10 favourite reissue music packages from July, August and September 2015 and then check out our 20 favourite slices of brand new music.
Julian Cope Fried
CAROLINE “A strangely glowing piece of art.” Ian Harrison
Link Wray 3-Track Shack
ACE “That old Shack magic is fully intact.” Geoff Brown
Jackson C Frank The Complete Recordings
BA DA BING “It's unlikely you'll experience a stranger, sadder story this year.” Andrew Male
Various Artists Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-85
CHERRY RED “Creation's Age Of Innocence was short; but at least now it has a fitting headstone.” Danny Eccleston
The Strands The Magical World Of The Strands
MEGAPHONE “An elegantly unified work, tough yet guileless, and rustic in tone when the idea of lads with beards and banjos was unheard of.” Ian Harrison
Led Zeppelin Coda
WARNER MUSIC “It begs the questions: what if there'd been more like this?” Mark Blake
Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975 The Bootleg Series Vol. 4
COLUMBIA/ EPIC “Superb compilations like this continue to affirm Davis' maverick genius.” Charles Waring
Pere Ubu Elitism For The People 1975-1978
FIRE “Few bands set out with such confidence and vision.” Mark Paytress
Bert Jansch Live At The 12-Bar
EARTH “This particular show couldn't have been more intimate.” Sylvie Simmons
The Isley Brothers The RCA Victor And T-Neck Album Masters 1959-1983
SONY “This small brick of a box set houses 22 Isley Brothers albums, many of them essential to any soul-funk library.” Geoff Brown