WHAT’S BETTER: A new musical discovery or an old favourite you’ve found new reasons to love? The world of reissues can provide both – and that’s certainly true of the ten albums we present below.
Picked by MOJO’s Editors, here are our favourite reissues, remasters and compilations released between January and March of this year. The selections include new looks at classics from David Bowie, Magma, Flying Saucer Attack, Michael Jackson and more.
You’ll note that for now our list is in alphabetical order, not ranked according to brilliance (we’ll do that at the end of the year), though please do contact us on Facebook or via Twitter (@MOJOmagazine) about anything we’ve missed out that you feel would enrich the listening lives of fellow MOJO readers.
David Bowie Bowie At The Beeb [Vinyl Box]
PARLOPHONE / BBC "Thirty-nine more reasons to love and admire the guy." Danny Eccleston
Flying Saucer AttackChorus
DOMINO "Hums and throbs with a transcendent reverberant power." Andrew Male
Alex Harvey The Last Of The Teenage Idols [Box Set]
UMC "Previously unreleased material by ’70s titans The Sensational Alex Harvey Band is the main draw – it doesn’t disappoint." James McNair
Michael Jackson Off The Wall [CD + Blu-Ray]
SONY MUSIC TV "A perfect, subtle, groundbreaking blend of soul, dance and pop." Geoff Brown
The Long Ryders Final Wild Songs [Box Set]
CHERRY RED "Americana's midwife and incubator." Andy Fyfe
Magma Köhnzert Zünd [Box Set]
JAZZ VILLAGE "Eleven-CD box of prog-jazz-rock/space opera craziness. Reveals huge versatility." Ian Harrison
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx [2xLP Vinyl]
MUSIC ON VINYL "Kool G Rap introduced mafia terminology to hip-hop, but Raekwon made it cinematic." Andy Cowan
This Heat This Heat [Vinyl Remaster]
MODERN CLASSICS/LIGHT IN THE ATTIC "So singular that it feels that the musicians’ main influences must have been each other." Mike Barnes
Various Artists Genius Of Time: Larry Levan
UMC "Levan’s experiments lit the way for house and the future of dance." Jim Irvin
Various Artists Still In A Dream - A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 [Box Set]
CHERRY RED "Shoegazing's very blankness has kept it a compelling, flexible aesthetic. After 25 years, it’s going nowhere." Victoria Segal
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