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Best New Reissues: Mystic Tide, Lee Morgan, Joe Henderson, Kate Bush and We've Got A Funky Beat.

Best New Reissues: Mystic Tide, Lee Morgan, Joe Henderson, Kate Bush and We've Got A Funky Beat.

Turntable essentials, it’s your weekly new-not-new sounds.


The new week is swimming to the reverberating sounds of Long Island’s Mystic Tide, a revered but largely obscure sixties garage rock group. Numero Group have done the good work this week by compiling Frustration, an album of ridiculously obscure 45 singles covering rock beat and delicious surf-noir vibes. This one really is hugely enjoyable. Real innovators and a proper treat for any of you with a passing interest in Nuggets.

+ Pressed on Mystic Emerald Eyes colour vinyl.
The Mystic Tide - Frustration
Two… well, “classics” under the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series this week!

Just two months after recording his seminal The Sidewinder, trumpet legend Lee Morgan returned to the Van Gelder Studios in February of 1964 for the smooth, searching and graceful Search For The Land. It moves through the gears to keep things engaging, but remains super chill throughout.

Also recorded out at Van Gelder (although two years later), Mode for Joe is a really enthralling one from saxophonist Joe Henderson. Although he recorded it with a large band (including Lee Morgan incidentally!), there is plenty of space, even with the modern frenetics.

We are in such a boom time for the Jazz reissues, but don't go missing out on these two.

+ Both albums are stereo, all-analogue, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

As part of Kate Bush’s album reissue series, we have a very limited “Escapologist Edition” of her 1982 The Dreaming album. A custom, totally new illustrated sleeve, which has been designed by Glasgow-based design studio Timorous Beasties. A lush print job with gold inners and a custom OBI strip, too. It’s a lovely thing.

Lastly this week, following the hugely popular first Acid Jazz (Not Jazz) compilation back in 2022, Acid Jazz Records label-heads Eddie Piller and Dean Rudland return with a second outing called We’ve Got A Funky Beat. Some killer beats and breaks keep this one bubbling.

So, a short and sweet set of Reissues.

A reminder that you can re-read about the week’s new albums (including Omni, IDLES, Royel Otis, Grandaddy, Les Amazones d'Afrique, HEALTH, William Doyle and Levitation Room) here

- Drift

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