Remix albums tend to get a bad rep, and deservedly so.
Most remix albums are opportunistic abominations, hastily cobbled together either in an attempt to reinvigorate the fortunes of an artist or album that has been selling poorly, or simply to colonise the potentially profitable “dance” market. Linkin Park’s Re-Animation, anyone?
Of course, there’s another side to the coin: beginning with Jamaican dub and the early days of disco, there have been remix albums that have amounted to more than the sum of their parts, giving radical producers the opportunity to shine and demonstrating the richness and depth of the source material. Over the next few pages, we highlight 20 landmark remix albums to have been released after dub and disco; albums which, even if not entirely successful, are at least laudable in their ambition.