"Their 1989 masterpiece on Linn Records given a 2012 2CD upgrade with the remaster handled by Calum Malcolm (Producer) and band members Paul Buchanan and Robert Bell. Beautifully realized sound quality and the bonus disc features some surprising goodies too. See DETAILED REVIEW for this and "A Walk Across The Rooftops"..."
"Their second album from 1988 on Chrysalis Records (relaunched as "The Bible" in 1989 with a different track list and sleeve) given a superlative Cherry Red 2CD remaster and upgrade. Has a large amount of quality tracks and B-sides. A bit of an overlooked gem frankly. See DETAILED REVIEW..."
"Stunning Rhino France 20-CD Mini Box Set with gorgeous colour repro card sleeves, booklet and new remasters. Some well known titles for sure, but also some newbees and discoveries worth making. Probably my fave reissue of 2012. See DETAILED REVIEW..."
"Edsel have done a bang-up job of reissuing Deacon Blue's entire catalogue (along with a new album) in 2012. "Raintown" is their wonderfully melodic humble beginnings in 1988 with CBS. A huge haul of goodies across 3CDs and 1DVD - remastered well - presented in cool digibook packs. See DETAILED REVIEW for this and "When The World Knows Your Name"..."
"Following on from the 6-disc reissue campaign in 2011 of his Polydor catalogue (1971 to 1974) - this is the first of 5 more covering his blistering Chrysalis label years. Fantastic remasters, card digipaks restoring original artwork and a dirt-cheap price too. He deserved no less. See DETAILED REVIEWS for this and "Calling Card" (1976), "Photo-Finish" (1978), "Top Priority" (1979) & "Jinx" (1982)"
"And about time! "Just As I Am" (1971), "Still Bill" (1972), "Live At Carnegie Hall" (1973) and "Menagerie" (1977) have been available in varying form for years – but the other 5 are either rare or unreleased on CD. Superlative new mastering, card repro sleeves and booklet. Rediscover gems like "+ 'Justments" from 1974. And at roughly £2.50 per album it's cheap too. Top class reissue of 2012."
"There's 2 ways of looking at this 10CD 2012 Mini Box Set - it's a bargain/it's a travesty. It's both of course. If you're one of those 'lapsed buyers' as the industry likes to tag you and don't own any of these - an embarrassment of riches awaits. If however you're like me and already own them then the NON-remasters of "Hejira" and "Mingus" will ranker. Either way - what a goddess!"
"Sublime 1973 Philadelphia International album remastered superbly by Big Break Records of the UK (BBR) and bolstered up with 3 single-mix bonuses. Features Gamble & Huff and MFSB as the backing band. Loved it. See DETAILED REVIEW…"
"Salvo of the UK turn their attention to the sorely missed Kirsty MacColl (three others titles reissued also). Issued in 1991 and featuring collaborations with Johnny Marr of The Smiths and The Pogues - it's a corker ("Walking Down Madison"). 2CDs, remastered, chunky digipak, even some unreleased stuff. Working in Berwick Street - I have lunch on her seat in Soho Square on many an occasion."
"An obscure but hugely sought-after properly soulful album released on 20th Century Records in early 1975. Musically think a grittier version of Al Green on vocals while he fronts The Chi-Lites on one song - with Blue Magic or Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes coming through on the others. A superb reissue again by BBR of the UK. Stunning sound quality too. See DETAILED REVIEW..."
"A bit overshadowed now by the Sony/Legacy "Complete Albums..." box set above, but nonetheless worth noting for its truly superb remastering of his sublime Soul-Folk debut album from 1971. “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Harlem” and “Grandma’s Hands” are the most famous tracks but there are other gems too. See DETAILED REVIEW…"
"2012 2CD Deluxe Edition - 2nd of 4 DE’s for their Sixties output. Respectfully handled after years of mishmash releases (remaining members of the band involved) – this is a fan’s delight. Great stuff. See DETAILED REVIEW…"
"I’ve been meaning to review this but never got round to it. Japan SHM-CD with truly beautiful stippled-effect gatefold card repro sleeve and exclusive Japan-only remaster (from 2009). So rare on original 1970 A&M vinyl - this is Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton hard-rocking it out. Love it to bits. "Rock On", "Performance", "Smokin'", "Eat It" and "Thunderbox" also in the series - all SHMs."
"2012 CD + DVD in oversized card pack with booklets. Stunning album given a lovely remaster and a bonus DVD that would make a worthy stand-alone. Limited Edition in this packaging was replaced by standard jewel-case version so watch which you’re buying. See REVIEW…"
"Was originally issued Stateside by Rhino in 2005 in a Record Player Dansette shaped oversized box – this is the 2012 7CD mini box set reissue version at £30ish (minus the DVD.) A huge haul of primo Ray Charles including an entire disc of unreleased with a great 80-page booklet. See DETAILED REVIEW…"
"His breakthrough Soul album from 1972 on Philadelphia International with the huge hits “Me & Mrs. Jones” and “Am I Black Enough For You”. Beautiful remaster as always from Big Break Records of the UK (BBR). See DETAILED REVIEW…"
"Bear Family - 4 Volumes of 3CD card digipaks with great remastering from original sources and each with a huge booklet by top-writer and music historian BILL DAHL. Duplication I know of titles you already have – but there are also 'new to CD' titles, the best sound quality and truly affectionate presentation. Bear Family is always worth the price tag."
"Second set of 5 volumes (follows on from Volume 1 to 5). Definitive stuff again from Bear Family – card digipaks – great remasters and monster fully featured booklets. There are cheaper options of course but Bear offers the best."
"“Green Onions” from 1961 with 2 bonus tracks and expanded booklet. Part of the “Stax Remasters” series issued between 2011 and 2012 (Concord Music Group out of the USA). There are only 8 titles released to date - but the remasters are vast improvements over previous issues (all reviewed – see list). It's cheap too. Hope there’s more. See DETAILED REVIEW…"
"Her beautiful 1979 debut album on Warner Brothers has never been properly remastered for CD (all UK and US issues are standard 80's dreck). This Japan-only SHM-CD (playable on all machines) with repro artwork IS remastered. Will cost ya though. The equally gorgeous "Pirates" (1981) and "The Magazine" (1984) are the other two SHM-CDs in the series."