Best New Reissues: Harold Budd, Blackalicious, Francesco Messina, The Coral and The Lemonheads.

Some absolutely glorious tones this week, come and float with us.


Hello, Friends.

Welcome to a new week and a very impressive set of new reissues. We think we alluded to it a little while back, but we are currently completely consumed by Superior Viaduct's reissue of Harold Budd's The Pavilion Of Dreams. Four minimal compositions that are simply extraordinary. Produced by Brian Eno (who also originally released the album on his own Obscure Records imprint), the album also features contributions from saxophonist Marion Brown, and multi-instrumentalists Gavin Bryars and Michael Nyman. The album is an absolute master class in subtle tones and evolving textures. It is a positively spiritual listen.

As Budd himself said: “The Pavilion Of Dreams erased my past. I consider that to be the birth of myself as a serious artist. It was like my Magna Carta.”

Just shy of it's 20th Anniversary next month, Music On Vinyl have put out a much-needed pressing of Blackalicious' essential Blazing Arrow LP. The West Coast hip hop duo's second LP includes guest appearances from Zack de la Rocha, Ben Harper, Chali 2NA, Cut Chemist and an amazing turn from Gil Scott-Heron, but the biggest victories are Chief Xcel's production, and Gift of Gab's remarkable vocal delivery. Still sounds so vibrant, an amazing album.

Fire Records release a deluxe 30th anniversary edition of The Lemonheads' It's A Shame About Ray. The band's much-loved fifth album includes a slew of bonus material, with an unreleased session track, B-sides and the deluxe (and very limited) bookback editions feature new liner notes and unseen photos.

Harold Budd - The Pavilion Of Dreams [Reissue]

Just shy of it's 20th Anniversary next month, Music On Vinyl have put out a much-needed pressing of Blackalicious' essential Blazing Arrow LP. The West Coast hip hop duo's second LP includes guest appearances from Zack de la Rocha, Ben Harper, Chali 2NA, Cut Chemist and an amazing turn from Gil Scott-Heron, but the biggest victories are Chief Xcel's production, and Gift of Gab's remarkable vocal delivery. Still sounds so vibrant, an amazing album.

Fire Records release a deluxe 30th anniversary edition of The Lemonheads' It's A Shame About Ray. The band's much-loved fifth album includes a slew of bonus material, with an unreleased session track, B-sides and the deluxe (and very limited) bookback editions feature new liner notes and unseen photos.

Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow [20th Anniversary Edition]

Superior Viaduct also release another absolute beauty this week, with Francesco Messina's stunning Reflex. Recorded in 1979 at Studio Barigozzi in Milan, the recordings have remained mostly unreleased for over thirty years. Such incredible ambience, improvised (feeling) piano meditations that slowly build. 

Soul Jazz Records' long out-of-print classic Studio One Dub is re-released this week on an especially handsome Orange vinyl pressing. Eighteen years after it's debut, it remains a hard-hitting set, with classic and rare Dub cuts from the Studio One vaults (many of which are totally out-of-press anywhere else). The album also includes two rare interviews - one with Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd about dub and dubplates and one with the sound engineer Sylvan Morris, talking about his groundbreaking period at Studio One and the many innovations that he evolved there.

A deluxe trip down memory lane today as we celebrate The Coral's eponymous debut, remastered from the original mixes. Two unreleased, never-before-heard-tracks, She’s The Girl For Me and Tumble Graves, produced by Ian Broudie, that were shelved after the 2001 album sessions, are included in the track-listing. The rarities appear on an all-formats bonus disc, alongside a complete singles B-sides collection and the band’s pre-album EP The Oldest Path.

+ Limited White colour vinyl pressing.

A really nice King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 3LP bootleg on the Bubblewrap label this week, with 2019 European live takes. 

Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow [20th Anniversary Edition]

Modern Nature's recent Island Of Noise gets a standard LP/CD pressing after debuting a little while back as a lavish box set.

Full Time Hobby reissue Tunng's excellent Mother's Daughter and Other Songs debut LP on recycled vinyl (so it might be funny colours). This is pressed from the original masters that were re-cut in December 2020 for our Dinked Archive Edition.

Because Music reissue Christine and The QueensChaleur Humaine for the first time in a while, always nice to have that one back.

And lastly today, Be With Records have delivered us (just a few) more copies of Ian Carr's Nucleus' funky-prog-jazz-rock masterpiece, Roots. It was way too hot to handle in 1973, absolutely love blasting this in the shop, it's been one of our most-played over the last few years.

- Drift

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