Sunday, December 27, 2009

100 Right-On Reissues Of 2009



Top 50 Reissues You May Have Missed
Along with the release of some impressive anthologies documenting the important work of Louis Armstrong, Neil Young, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and the Beatles and re-releases of classic albums from Nirvana, Charles Mingus, Jesus Lizard and Kraftwerk, a wealth of amazing material unearthed this year was overlooked by mainstream media. Here are 50 crucial excavations worth checking...

1. Big Star - Keep An Eye On The Sky (Rhino)
2. 13th Floor Elevators - Sign Of The 3-Eyed Men (International Artists)
3. Nathan Davis - The Best Of Nathan Davis '65-76 (Jazzman)
4. Jim Ford - The Unissued Capitol Album / Big Mouth USA: The Unissued Paramount Album (Bear Family)
5. Joe Harriott Quintet - BBC Jazz For Moderns (Gearbox)
6. The Ex - 30 (Ex Records)
7. Kath Bloom & Loren Connors - Sing The Children Over / Sand In My Shoe (Chapter Music)
8. Lyman Woodward - Saturday Night Special (Wax Poetics)
9. Pax Nicholas and the Nettey Family - Na Teef Know de Road of Teef (Daptone)
10. Sabu Martinez & Sahib Shihab - Winds & Skins: The Swedish Radio Recordings 1978 (Mellotronen)
11. Roy Brooks and The Artistic Truth - Ethnic Expressions: Live At Small's Paradise (P-Vine)
12. Delroy Wilson - Dub Plate Style (Pressure Sounds)
13. Vampires Of Dartmoore - Dracula's Music Cabinet (Finders Keepers)
14. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Pleasure Dub (Pressure Sounds)
15. Gianni Basso Quartet - Jazz al Centro Pirelli (Cinedelic)
16. Joyce - Visions Of Dawn (Far Out)
17. George Jackson - In Memphis 1972-77: The Sounds Of Memphis and XL Recordings (Ace)
18. Witch - Introduction (Shadoks)
19. Skatalites - Occupation Ska! The Very Best Of The Skatalites (Nascente)
20. Emitt Rhodes - The Emitt Rhodes Recordings 1969-1973 (Hip-O Select)
21. Lloyd Miller - A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz (Jazzman)
22. George Jones - Good Year for the Roses: The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971 (Bear Family)
23. Danser's Inferno - Creation One (Think!)
24. Junior Kimbrough - First Recordings (Big Legal Mess)
25. The Relatives - The Relatives (Heavy Light)
26. SJOB Movement -- Move In The Right Direction (Academy)
27. The Tubby Hayes Band - BBC Jazz For Moderns (Gearbox)
28. Victor Olaiya's All Stars - Soul International (Vampi Soul)
29. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Echos Hypnotiques (Analog Africa)
30. Little Ann - Deep Shadows (Timmion)
31. Blo - Chapters & Phases: The Complete Albums 1973 to 1975 (Rev-ola)
32. Bernard Szajner - Some Deaths Take Forever (LTM Recordings)
33. Ray Camacho & The Teardrops - The Best Of Ray Camacho & The Teardrops (Freestyle)
34. Tim Buckley - Live at the Folklore Center March 6, 1967 (Tompkins Square)
35. Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble - Spanish Suite (Zulu/Katalyst)
36. Solidarity Unit Inc. - Red, Black & Green (Eremite)
37. Jacques Dutronc - Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi (1966-1968)
38. Ngozi Family - 45,000 Volts (No Smoke)
39. Fitz Gore - Fitz Gore and the Talismen (GorBra/Plastic Strip)
40. The Masters Apprentices - The Masters Apprentices (Aztec Music)
41. Death - For The Whole World To See (Touch & Go)
42. Mebussas - Blood Brothers (Academy)
43. Prince Lasha Ensemble - Insight (Columbia/Dusty Groove)
44. Units - History Of The Units (Community Label)
45. Brigth Engleberts - Brigth Engleberts & The B.E. Movement (Hot Casa)
46. The Rationals - Think Rational! (Ace)
47. Psycheground Group - Psychedelic and Underground Music (Lupus/Cinedelic)
48. Famous L. Renfroe - Children (Big Legal Mess)
49. Sven Libaek - Solar Flares (Votary)
50. Sandro Brugnolini - Overground (Cinedelic)





Top 50 Various Artist Archival Compilations
1. Light: On The South Side – Photographs Of Chicago Southside Nightlife 1975 to 1977 (Numero Group)
2. Freedom Rhythm & Sound (Soul Jazz)
3. Fire In My Bones: Raw & Rare & Other-Worldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square)
4. Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-1981(Soundway)
5. Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968-1974 (Now Again)
6. Psych Funk 101 (World Psychedelic Funk Classics)
7. Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Rhino)
8. Complete Goldwax Singles Vol. 2, 1966-67 (Ace)
9. Singapore A-Go-Go (Sublime Frequencies)
10. Black Rio 2: Original Samba Soul 1971-1980 (Strut)
11. Thai Funk ZudRangMa Vol. 1 & 2  Compiled by Maft Sai (ZRM)
12. Local Customs: Downriver Revival (Numero Group)
13. Legends of Benin (Analog Africa)
14. Si Para Usted – The Funky Beats Of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 2 (Waxing Deep)
15. Can You Dig It? The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968-1975 (Soul Jazz)
16. Celestial Mass (Finders Keepers)
17. Ethiopiques Volume 24 – The Golden Age of Modern Ethiopian Music 1969-1975 (Buda Musique)
18. Designer Records Presents Together (Big Legal Mess)
19. Back To Peru Vol II: The Most Complete Collection Of Peruvian Underground 1964 to 1974 (Vampi Soul)
20. Cazumbi – African Sixties Garage Rock, Surf & Psych Howlers Vol. 2 (No Smoke)
21. Birmingham Sound: Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol. 2 (Rabbit Factory)
22. Raks Raks Raks: 27 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets From the Iranian 60s Scene (Raks)
23. World Is Shaking – Cubanismo From The Congo 1954 to 1955 (Honest Jons)
24. Mortika: Records From A Greek Underworld (Mississippi)
25. Memphis 60: Soul, R&B and Proto-Funk from Soul City USA (BGP/Ace)
26. Joe Gibbs Scorchers From The Early Years 1967-73 (VP Records)
27. The BYG Deal (Finders Keepers)
28. Working Man's Soul 2: Rare Funk, Rock, Soul & Jazz From The UK Cabaret Scene (Licorice Soul)
29. Anatolia Rocks – A Musical Trip Through Turkey 1968 to 1983 (Worldwild)
30. The Flamingo Connection: Great British Modern Jazz From The Ember Label (Fantastic Voyage)
31. Niney The Observer  Roots With Quality (VP Records)
32. Super Sounds Unlimited: Amphonic Music 1971 to 1981 (Amphonic/Vocalion)
33. Dr. Boogie Presents Heavy Jelly: Essential Instrumentals (Sub Rosa)
34. Siamese Soul: Thai Pop Spectacular Vol. 2, 1960s-1980s, Vol. 2 (Sublime Frequencies)
35. Musique Dessinee 03 – Essence (Disques Dessinee)
36. Histoire De Melody Vannier mixed by Andy Votel (Finders Keepers)
37. Tropical Funk Experience (Nascente)
38. Jah Shaka Presents: The Positive Message (Greensleeves)
39. Revolucion! Original Cuban Funk Grooves (Freestyle)
40. The Sound Of Wonder! The First Wave of Plugged-In Pop at the Pakistani Picture House (Finders Keepers)
41. Strange Breaks & Mr Thing II – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living (BBE)
42. Bridge Into The New Age: Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade (BGP)
43. Winston Riley Quintessential Techniques (VP Records)
44. Dillanthology Vol. 1: Dilla's Productions for Various Artists (Rapster)
45. Space Oddities Vol. 2 (Permanent Vacation)
46. Tumbélé! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds From The French Caribbean 1963-74 (Soundway)
47. Polish Funk 4 – The Unique Selection Of Rare Grooves From Poland Of The 1960s to 1980s (Polskie Nagrania)
48. Black Dynamite Soundtrack (Wax Poetics)
49. Roots of Hip Hop: From Church To Gangsta (Harte)
50. Daptone Gold (Daptone)

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