Best New Reissues: Myriam Gendron, Acetone, Bill Evans Trio, The Rapture, Oscar Peterson, Tina Brooks and Bob Dylan.

Best New Reissues: Myriam Gendron, Acetone, Bill Evans Trio, The Rapture, Oscar Peterson, Tina Brooks and Bob Dylan.

This week’s reissues are absolutely one of our most favourite set from the entire year; it’s pure gold!


Recorded alone in her apartment, with no knowledge of sound engineering, Myriam Gendron’s debut LP - Not So Deep As A Well - is a beautiful artefact. A spellbinding set inspired by the poems of Dorothy Parker, this is one of the most genuinely captivating albums we’ve heard in years. Pure magic on tape, it’s just stunning.

Regular readers will be well aware, but we are huge fans of Acetone. The Light In The Attic “1992-2001” compilation is one of our most played and recommended releases over here at Drift and we’re absolutely thrilled to have (most) of the The Los Angeles group’s studio albums repressed and on the racks this week. Cindy, If You Only Knew, Acetone and York Blvd are all available for the first time in years and are such a dream. Hazy, smokey and hugely evocative music, like sunlight through cobwebs and whispered guitars. Beautiful and glorious. Of all the recommendations we make, if you don’t already know them, be sure to get into Acetone.

There was also an eleven LP box set called I'm still waiting. We are currently sold out, but do let us know if you want one as we’re trying to source more.

Bill Evans Trio - Sunday At The Village Vanguard

Guys, the gifts keep giving. Sunday At The Village Vanguard is the first of two albums recorded at the legendary final appearance of the Bill Evans Trio at the iconic New York venue. The subtlety throughout is amazing and you can really feel just how magical the performance felt. For the second time this week, this is pure magic on tape!

This 2023 edition is released as part of the Original Jazz Classics Series and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI with all-analogue mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. It is presented in a Tip-On Jacket. US Import.

Another belter - and still sounding fresh and vibrant at twenty years old - is The Rapture’s Echoes that receives a first pressing since its 2003 release. Very much part of the DFA / electro-clash explosion, but they really had so much more going on, with each track a trip through NYC’s rich history of pop, punk and electronic bloops. Really good stuff. Recut by Bob Weston, loud and clear.

Up next, a little itty-bitty of Scritti Politti. A couple of reissues this week on Rough Trade with the really gorgeous 2006 LP White Bread Black Beer and the ‘Early’ collection of singles and EPs.

We didn’t make a massive fuss because we could hardly get any, but we did managed to get a few, so… We have a 10th Anniversary Edition of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s II and it is lush! Love this record to bits.

Very Tall is the first coming together of pianist Oscar Peterson and vibes man Milt Jackson. Released as part of Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series, with transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Blue Note reissue Tina Brooks’ hard-bopping True Blue. This ‘Classic Vinyl Edition’ is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

Also released under Blue Note’s ‘Classic Vinyl’ series is Wayne Shorter’s Night Dreamer. Such a lush vibe on this one, positively transcendental stuff.

Lastly for the Jazz heads, New Land records release Kenny Dorham’s Jazz Contrasts. Dorham is in full flow, with Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach and harpist Betty Glamann all shimmering. Mastered directly from the original tapes by Kevin Gray and housed in deluxe packaging, making this the definitive edition.

Acetone

Also this week; We have Daft Punk’s “Drumless Edition” of their pop goliath Random Access Memories. Pearl Jam release a 30th Anniversary Edition of the Vs album. We have Jonathan Richman’s excellent I, Jonathan due to land in a minute. Beggars Arkive reissue The Cult’s third album Electric. Finders Keepers present Possession, a collection of unreleased music by Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski.

Lastly today, we have Bob Dylan’s Another Budokan 1978, sixteen specially selected unreleased tracks from the formidable 'The Complete Budokan 1978' box set. Chronologically it was circa Street-Legal, but he goes back through a good decade or so and there are some real big band moments here.

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