It’s been another amazing year for new and re-issued vinyl. From lost jazz icons to the latest indie pop sensations, 2018 was another year that spoiled record collectors young and old. Here are a few of my personal favourites (in no particular order!).
Can’t wait for 2019!
A fantastic collection of melodic pop punk gems from one of the UK’s most exciting live bands. The next album should be HUGE….
Great to finally see this one on vinyl. Expanded with unreleased tracks, the RSD release was on super-rare clear vinyl. But the black is just as lovely!
An atmospheric sound reminiscent of an end of the pier concert on your last day on earth. Damon Albarn and co. delivered a slow-buring but addictive second that is well worth investigating.
The definitive version of an overlooked album highlights a soulful, groove laden record that could have been a classic if Creation had given it the green light back in 1994. A very different version was released but THIS is the only way to hear Primal Screams ‘other’ masterpiece!
I could have chosen any of this extensive re-issue campaign which saw all of Kate’s albums back in print, but Aerial wins due to its continuing ability to beguile. A brilliantly understated album
This years break-out indie punk band made a startling and abrasive return which has seem them go from strength to strength. A fantastic album that deals with the human condition in frenetic bursts of strangled guitars. Ace!
A quite staggering blend of beats and jazz from the ridiculously talented Alex O’Connor. Technically this came out in 2017 but I didn’t get to hear it until 2018…so it’s included!
There were 3 XTC LPs re-issued towards the end of 2018, but Skylarking edges it as it has been a fave of mine since it first came out in 1986. A brilliant song-cycle that just seems to get better with age.
Another impressive album from the revitalized Suede. Blue of mood and amidst a raft of atmospheric instrumentation this is a fine collection of inward looking tunes. Catch the excellent ‘Insatiable Ones’ documentary if you can…Suede are surely the finest indie rock band to hail from Haywards Heath?
50 years young and still an amazing album. As English as scones and tea, Ray Davies’ vision of a disappearing England is still resonant. But it’s also a collection of fantastic collection of catchy pop gems. Enjoy!
OnnAn album that was so out of step with the times it later came to define them! A dizzy blend of urban blues and indie rock that is raw and potent. And the returning live shows were triumphant!
If it wasn’t good enough that The White Album was being re-released, it came with demo’s from George Harrson’s house-surely the holy grail for the Beatle collector. A very nice package!