“Attention to detail is important, maybe as crucial as context, when it comes to reissues. It’s easy enough to put out some old music on a CD, but it’s something of an art form to release lost sounds in a way that adds to the magic and mystery” from Rebound (yho 43)
The latest instalment of the very fantastic yr heart out is available from the very fantastic yr heart out blog now. The last few editions of this fine online read have really hit the mark for me sending me back to a whole host of records and CDs I had forgotten about. Stuff i have loved but not listened to for years, things that i bought but for whatever reason not fully gotten in to and a whole load of stuff that for equally unanswerable reasons I had never bothered with.
The latest issue covers some of the best looking and sounding names involved in reissuing stuff over recent years; Kent, Blood & Fire, Soul Jazz, On U Sound and the importance of these labels in documenting and re-presenting the sounds and stories from their respective chosen fields. Indeed presentation is the key here, it’s all in the details. The names of the labels and the fine recordings they compile and package should be familiar to most of you. The stories jump off point is the early 90’s when cd’s were becoming the dominant format and examines how this new format kick started a wave of reissues that had nothing to do with the shoddy best of’s and lazily thrown together compilations that had been around. The cast includes Steve Barrow, Ady Croasdell, Stuart Baker, Roger Eagle and the Intro design co. amongst others.
And whilst you’re there be sure to check out the back issues and their own fine collection of mix tapes and guides