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The 40 Best Reissues of 2012

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    30 Nov 2012
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40 best reissues of 2012


The reissue industry is currently in overdrive. You can’t move for all the lavish new editions of supposedly classic records you’ve never heard of before. They’re breeding like rats, or at least that’s how it feels.

It’s easy to be cynical about this rampant retromania, but today let’s focus on the positive. Now more than ever, music-lovers seem madly keen to discover the roots of things, to get to the bottom of the genres they’re interested in, but also to think laterally; to dig widely as well as deeply. People want the real thing. They don’t want to listen to pale contemporary imitations of post-punk bands when they could be working their way through an exhaustive Clock DVA box set. Why listen to a so-so deep house track made yesterday when you could be listening to say, Dream 2 Science?

Secondly, there seems to be a huge appetite for the odd and the undiscovered these days, and not just among your typically hirsute record collectors. Of course this carries with it a danger of obscurity for its own sake, or of privileging the eccentric over the good; and we certainly endeavoured to avoid that kind of tokenism when compiling our list of the 40 Best Reissues of 2012. All good reissues have a story behind them, certainly, but the story is worthless if the sounds themselves aren’t up to scratch. Over the following pages, we highlight 40 instances where the music proved equal to the mythology.




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