Posted on December 16 2021
Another packed year of re-issues and compilations, here are my top ten.
NIGHTFLY RECORDS COMPILATIONS & RE-ISSUES OF THE YEAR 2021
10. Jethro Tull – ‘A’ (Steven Wilson Remix) (Rhino)
Always loved this album, bought it on release in 1980 during my teenage ‘Tull’ phase and now Steven Wilson has sprinkled his magic to make it all shiny.
9. V/A - Country Funk Volume III 1975-1982 (Light In The Attic)
Part 3 of this series from Light In The Attic and no dip in quality, more funky gems with that country groove, don those cowboy boots, tip your hat and let’s dance.
8. Various Artists - Choctaw Ridge - New Fables Of The American South 1968 – 1973 (Ace)
A companion to Country Funk, the new modern country sound of the late 60’s, early 70’s, another Ace compilation brought to us by master selector Bob Stanley.
7. Scritti Politti - Anomie & Bonhomie (Rough Trade Records)
Green Gartside is an under rated artist in my opinion and this 1999 album melds hip hop with his slick pop and soul music, finally on vinyl and the pressing was superb.
6. The Waterboys - Room To Roam (Chrysalis Records)
Mike Scott and his band of revellers regale us with fine tales and high times, now half speed remastered at Abbey Road, it sounds refreshed and revitalised and deserved the re-appraisal.
5. Sasha – Luzoscura (Alkaane)
Sasha collects some nuggets from his ongoing playlist of the album title and once again proves his taste is impeccable, sophisticated dance/electronic music for the 2020’s.
4. Hiroshi Suzuki – Cat (We Release Jazz)
Top drawer jazz funk fusion from 1976, re-issued by the Swiss dons at ‘We Release Jazz’. This rolls and swings hard, drop dead cool music that is timeless.
3. Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces (Blue Note)
This 70’s funky jazz/R&B/soul tour de force was part of the Blue Note Classic Vinyl series which has been outstanding all year, bringing great pressings at affordable prices.
2. The Durutti Column – Sex and Death (Factory Benelux)
First issue on vinyl for this 1994 album from Vini Reilly who lets rip with guitar pyrotechnics, delicate rhythms and breakbeats tempered with oh so gorgeous Balearic moods.
1. The Beatles – Let It Be (Apple)
The much-maligned Beatles album gets a new airing, dusted down and spruced up by Giles Martin. Having watched ‘Get Back’ the near 8 hour documentary it just re-affirms their genius and gives you a greater understanding, appreciation and context whilst listening. The Deluxe Edition just gives and gives, peerless.
NIGHTFLY RECORDS MIX OF THE YEAR 2021
1. Robag Wruhme – Connecting The Dots (Kompakt)
In which the German maestro collects tracks from the Kompakt catalogue delving back through the labels history, adds a touch of his production brilliance and mixes for an hour to produce a veritable feast for the ears and grooves for the feet. Can this man do no wrong, a master at work? Essential.
I have included a playlist below for your discovery.
Thanks For Calling!
David – Nightfly Records