When you read this we'll be into 2016, looking back on the year past fondly or not-so-fondly depending on your perspective.
Musically, it was a pretty good year and there was a lot of interesting music to check out. Unfortunately, I couldn't get to it all in 2015. But, hey, that is why man invented time and the "New Year," right?
Generally, I dislike these sort of "Best of" features which most journalists are almost obligated to generate each year. But I get it that some people like a handy recap so I've tried to keep things brief in case you want to print out this little check list for your purchases in the year ahead. Or just click through and buy stuff if you feel so inclined.
So... the envelopes please...
A jazz classic I wrongly ignored all these years now lovingly restored for the ages by the good folks at Plangent Processes....
BEST REISSUES IN STEREO
Fabulous more-or-less-first-time-on-vinyl-for-most-of-us pressing on lush 180-gram vinyl from the folks at Music on Vinyl. This two-LP issue shimmers, shines and sparkles. Can we have a surround sound version soon?
Best album of cool out mood music from 2000 that I'd never heard before... how did I miss this?? Easy. Seems a lot of people did except those hep folks in-the-know. Sounds great on first time ever vinyl...
Nebraska, Born To Run, Greetings From Asubury park on HD Tracks downloads sounded amazing, thanks especially to the technology from Plangent Processes. I can't wait to get the LP box set once the price comes down a bit.
Beatles videos restored and remixed in 5.1 surround sound. 'Nuff said. Essential.
Producer Steven Wilson's 5.1 (and stereo mixes) help to warm up this fine basket of California-raised British pop rock hits.
Steven Wilson strikes again producing another stellar reinvention of a prog rock classic, bringing it into 5.1 surround sound yet keeping true to the feel and intention of that original stereo mix.
It was worth the 40 year wait for technology to evolve which could repair a glitch that kept the film in the vaults all these years. Essential.
BEST LIVE ROCK ALBUM : VINYL/CD
The only known complete soundboard quality recording of a concert by the legendary Move, the group that morphed into The Electric Light Orchestra. Appearing in San Francisco for their first and only visit, this end-of-the-tour concert documenmt shows the band pulling out all the stops delivering a spectacular show that pre-echoes the ELO to come.
BEST LIVE JAZZ ALBUM : VINYL/CD
Yeah, its pricey but the performance is off the hook and the sound and packaging are exemplary.
BEST LIVE ALBUM : CD
Fine fine Archival release from 1978 underscores that he was not only a great performer, Gold was way more than a three hit wonder... The band really had goin' on.