In a recent post regarding the recent Cheap Xmas LP set from Donald Fagen I made a wish for a similar set to be issued at some pint in the future of Steely Dan's output. With recent events in mind, I guess we will just have to see on that. It may take a while as the lawyers do their thing. However, it did set me thinking on what other issues from the past I'd like to see brought back - preferably done with care and from the best analogue source. Two or three immediately sprang to mind - all forgotten British Jazz gems that have only really begun to more widely appreciated in recent years;
First up, is the Don Rendell and Ian Carr Quartet's sublime Shades of Blue. Originally issued in '65 on a mono LP, this was given a wonderful Stereo CD release a decade or so ago by BGO (paired with the equally lovely Dusk Fire - can we have that on LP too?) but so far, apart from a rather dodgy unofficial "e-bay" LP release a couple of years ago, there been nothing on vinyl since the first issue. Incidentally original LPs are crazily expensive now. I first heard this one around 10 or 11 years ago thanks to a colleague at Naim. I fell in love immediately. The CD release sounds really good - and stereo too - and is a stone-cold bargain at around a tenner. I'd love to hear a full-on analogue LP reissue of this one, whether mono, or stereo (or both, I can be greedy).
Second is another forgotten (OK, slightly less forgotten) British jazz gem, the Stan Tracey Quartet's Under Milk Wood Jazz Suite. Also from '65 (must have been a great year!) this one had both a mono and stereo LP original release as well as a reissue in the mid '70s. I first caught it on Gilles Petersen's second "Impressed" volume and quickly bought the CD and vinyl of those great compilations. The original LPs are expensive, if way more affordable than Shades of Blue. There's an excellent CD issue from Resteamed though and the '70s reissue is fairly affordable, but again I'd love a really great analogue vinyl reissue of this one.
Both this and the Shades of Blue (Oh, OK and Dusk Fire) would be a great project for Vocalion or perhaps even Gearbox records. If anyone wants to reissue either of these, and they're prepared to do the job right, then I'll be first in the queue with wallet in hand...
So, what's on your vinyl reissue wish-list, and why..?