Best New Reissues: William Doyle, R.E.M., Fela Kuti, Cherry Ghost, Nada Surf, Spelling, Nucleus and Larry Young.

Best New Reissues: William Doyle, R.E.M., Fela Kuti, Cherry Ghost, Nada Surf, Spelling, Nucleus and Larry Young.

Easing into Monday with the best of the week’s reissues.

Hello, Friends. 

A really stunning set on Tough Love to get the week started from William Doyle. In the few years between leaving his Mercury Music Prize nominated East India Youth moniker and re-emerging under his own name, Doyle self-released a string of ambient-leaning albums, The Dream DerealisedLightnesses Vol I & II and Near Future Residence. They receive a first vinyl pressing and they really are a treat. Such space and they all highlight his abilities as both a composer and producer. Really impressive stuff.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, R.E.M.’s debut EP Chronic Town gets a new pressing, including a very limited 45rpm picture disc pressing. They sure could jangle.

Following the excellent Live! with Ginger Baker release back in February, the Fela Kuti 50th Anniversary Edition celebrations roll on with Roforofo Fight. Originally released in two parts, this new edition is pressed on double Yellow & Green colour vinyl, with side D featuring singles "Shenshema" and "Ariya" on vinyl for the first time. Love him.

Nucleus - Alleycat

Originally released on Vertigo in 1975, Alleycat is an album of stone-cold funk-prog jams from Ian Carr's Nucleus. It was never re-pressed so original copies are almost impossible to find, which aint right! It's another one that is destined to be a most played over at Drift.

A couple of cracking reissues on Heavenly this week, with the first ever vinyl pressing of Nada Surf's 2002 Let Go LP and Thirst For Romance, the stunning debut LP from Cherry Ghost. Lovely production job on these, they sound great and the art all looks pin-sharp. Great stuff.

As part of the Sacred Bones label birthday celebrations, we have a special anniversary pressing of Spelling's epic The Turning Wheel on double Pink colour vinyl. Such a great record, this. As Connor Drift points out, anyone who is starting their Kate Bush journey at the moment should really check out Tia Cabral's work as she'll be right up their hill.

Newly remastered from the original tapes, Duet Emmo's Or So It Seems is reissued this week on Mute. The legendary collaboration between Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis (Wire) and Daniel Miller (Mute) is a proper trip through electronics and abstract textures.

Mute have also given us some really lush Tonal Evidence 2022 CD samplers to give away with this and any other Mute release.

Drift Unity

Back on wax via the Blue Note is Unity, an iconic, experimental set led by organist Larry Young. Post-bop musicians just riding off into the wild, this really has to be in any conversations about early free jazz. Oh, and that sleeve... Inspirational stuff!

The jazz offer is fierce this week with Verve adding The Oscar Peterson Trio's We Get Requests to the Acoustic Sounds Series. It's one of the most iconic piano trio albums around and we're so glad that it got the full analog tape remaster treatment.

The third of the trio is Wayne Shorter with a 'Classic Vinyl Series' edition of Adam’s Apple. Another post-bop album, this one is a real seeker with graceful and searching compositions. The reproduction job is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. Boosh.

Also this week we have a physical pressing of the much-loved and often-overlooked late eighties Eldorado EP from Neil Young. A blink and you'll miss it 25th Anniversary pressing of Oasis' Be Here Now on double silver vinyl. Puma Blue's In Praise Of Shadows receives a new edition on Blue Flowers with added B–sides and live versions, all pressed on Clear vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve. Looks great.

It’s looking like a bubbling week ahead with a Dinked Archive Edition for you, a pretty massive preorder announcement and as you can well see, the new season Drift caps have landed...

- Drift


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