Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 - In Review (Part 2 - Reissues and More)

Part 1 of my 2014 Review covering LPs of the year can be found here.

Reissues of the year:

Morrissey - Your Arsenal (Parophone)

Vauxhall & I also got the reissue treatment but for me this was always the more exciting LP of the two. Moz with Boz and Alain Whyte and Mick Ronson behind the console and a batch of amazing tunes - the Remastering sounded fantastic. Unlike the other albums in Moz's reissue campaign Your Arsenal has been left alone from a tracklisting and song ordering point of view except for a different mix of the album's last track, Tomorrow.

 The The - Soul Mining (Sony Music)

I balked initially but eventually went for the LP boxset. I'm glad I did - this is how reissues should be done. There was even room in the box for the Record Store Day 12'' of DJ Food's reworking of Giant. Soul Mining is one of altime favourites and this pressing sounded unreal.

C86 - 3CD Boxset (Cherry Red Records)

This was a blast from start to finish and fantastic companion piece to Cherry Red's Scared to Be Happy Boxset. Worth it for the extensive booklet alone - basically an history of indiepop.

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (Kompakt)

Axel Willner's 2007 debut was finally released on vinyl by Kompakt. An amazing record remastered and pressed on double vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.

Live Album of the year:

The House of Love - Live at the Lexington 13.11.13 (Cherry Red Records)

Chadwick and Bickers blasting through a set culled mainly from the first two records but also highlighting some of the gems from last year's She Paints Words in Red. Jesus, I love this band! This came with a DVD - watching the camera zoom in on Bickers' guitar playing was one of my highlights of the year!!! Wow that sounds sad, I know!

Now would someone please get around to doing a boxset of the Fontana years. It's always the Creation years that people go on about. I would love a box of the three Fontana LPs + the B-Sides Comp. The last album of the band's original run, 1993's Audience With the Mind has to be without doubt one of the most under-rated albums of the 90s - tt is absolutely sublime but because of the band's backstory it always gets ignored and also because Bickers was gone by then they don't play any of it live.

Gigs of the year:

Sleaford Mods at Whelans
Clint Mansell at NCH
Peter Gabriel at The Point
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Vicar Street
Moderat - Vicar Street

Of the secondhand finds these were the highlights: 

 The Triffids - Wide Open Road 7''
DAF - Gold Und Liebe LP
David Ackles - American Gothic LP
Moby Grape '69 LP
XTC - Black Sea LP
Fiction Factory - Feels Like Heaven 7''

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