In my view, it’s been another really excellent year for Reissues and Archival Recordings. I like to think this is quite an eclectic list, with something for everyone. A few years ago, my Reissues chart included countless live Grateful Dead recordings, but at the moment I’m taking a bit of a sabbatical from the Dead, and I only bought one Jerry Garcia Band album. Neither is there as much reggae as there used to be in my Reissues chart. A few years ago, I wondered whether the great re-release wellspring of classic 70s roots reggae and dub would ever run dry, and I fear that’s starting to happen now. Finally, there’s the rather worrying trend of reissues not being put out on CD, but only streaming/downloads (which I don’t like) and vinyl (which is rather expensive if one is a keen fan).
Anyway. Let’s start with the first batch of seven, from 20 down to 14. The next batch will come in a few hours’ time.