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Modern English: Mesh & Lace/After The Snow (Blixa Sounds)

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January 16, 2020

British New Wave band Modern English will forever be remembered for their sole hit, the superb “I Melt With You.” But there was more to the band than that hit, and the reissue of the band’s first two albums highlight a band much better than the “one-hit wonder” tag might lead you to believe.

Yma Sumac The Quintessence

Yma Sumac: The Quintessence (él Records)

Peruvian vocalist Yma Sumac was a unique personality that appeared in the 1950s. She released six studio albums during this time, all of which have been compiled in this handy and essential three-disc box set.

Friends Again

Friends Again: In The Beginning/Trapped & Unwrapped

Scottish indie-pop group Friends Again burned brightly in the early 1980s, leaving behind a legacy of one fantastic, promising debut album before imploding. Two recent releases document their brief existence; one offers a glimpse of the band’s early years, while the other presents their sole album in expanded form. Both highlight a young band that could have been a contender.

Mercury Rev All Is Dream

Mercury Rev: All Is Dream: Expanded Edition (Cherry Red)

Mercury Rev album All Is Dream easily stands as one of the best albums the band has ever made. Cherry Red’s new four-disc collection only proves that point, expanding it with a wealth of unreleased material, b-sides, demos, outtakes, and live recordings.

Tim Peaks

Tim Burgess & Bob Stanley Present Tim Peaks: Songs From A Late-Night Diner (Ace Records)

Saint Etienne mastermind Bob Stanley enlists friend Tim Burgess to help curate the latest edition of his fictional setting compilation, Tim Peaks. This diner offers up a more contemporary setting than previous volumes, with a special focus on more melancholic, Factory Records-inspired post punk and indie-pop.

Tim Buckley Live At The Electric Theater Co.

Tim Buckley: Live At The Electric Theatre Co. (Manifesto)

Live At The Electric Theatre Co offers up a new collection of recently discovered live recordings from May 1968, capturing the young musician in fine form as he transitions from traditional folk into something more compelling and experimental.

Mudhoney Pedazo De Pastel

Mudhoney: Pedazo De Pastel (FOLC Records)

Pedazo De Pastel is a delightful collection culled from a one-off Mudhoney recording session shortly before they began recording their major label debut.

Harry Nilsson Losst And Founnd

Harry Nilsson: Losst And Founnd (Omnivore Recordings)

When he died in 1994, it was assumed that Harry Nilsson had largely retired from making music. A brand new collection from Omnivore Recordings offer up Nilsson’s final recordings taken from a heretofore unknown recording session two years prior to his sudden death.

Dinosaur Jr: Hand It Over (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr ended its tenure as a major label band with 1997’s Hand It Over. Though released with little fanfare, this deluxe edition helps shine a light on what is indeed an underrated jewel of an album.

Dinosaur Jr: Without A Sound (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr released their sixth album Without A Sound less than a year after their previous effort, thanks in part to the allure of commercial success, resulting in a good album that feels slightly off. This reissue offers up the chance for a reevaluation, and in so doing one discovers it wasn’t that bad of an album.