Saturday, 14 December 2013

Reissues of the year - 2013

Here is a list of some of my favourite reissues, remasters, box sets, live albums etc. Whether it's a last ditch attempt by the record industry to keep physical product like the CD afloat, there has been a very healthy set of reissues and box sets this year. I have said it before and I will say it again, recorded music is just not an aural experience. For the serious music afficionado, downloads are not enough. Music is for the whole senses. I want to look at something when I listen to my music. The packaging is just as important as the sound. Also, I want to own and touch what I am listening to and experience the ritual of putting on a disc. It's all part of the listening experience. Long may it last.

King Crimson - The Road to Red Fripp's gone completely bonkers with this mammoth set of live Crimson. Can you have to much Crimson? Maybe!

Hawkwind - Warriors on the Edge of Time after many, many years languishing in the void, not only is this classic reissued at last, but given the Wilson treatment. Esoteric do us proud!

Anathema - Universal best live album of the year and superb film by Lasse Hoile. Unusually emotional.

Yes - High Vibration SACD Box Set i know Wilson is doing these, but there is something about SACD that is so natural. I just love this set.

Bill Nelson - Getting the Holy Ghost Across at last properly reissued with the original artwork. Another winner from Esoteric.

Rush -Vapor Trails remixed it has taken a while, but this now sounds listenable.

Harold Budd - Budd Box sumptuous little box set. All Harold's best stuff.

John Martyn - The Island Years mammoth box set that does justice to Martyn's legacy

Family - Once Upon a Time justifiably won Prog magazines design award

Yes - Close to the Edge 2013 Remix Wilson again. Every type of CTTE all in one package

Kenso - Complete excellent packaging of this superb Japanese prog band

Yes - The Studio Albums 1969-1987 how to get mini LP set of Yes's albums at a very affordable price. Bargain of the year.

Nick Drake - Tuck Box all Drake's work in one box. Nice mini LP sleeves with booklets and all at a great price too


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