The Best of 2013 – the vinyl revival continues (Part 1)

I had originally envisaged writing regularly on the new vinyl record releases. Things haven’t really gone to plan. So I am taking this opportunity to play catch up on 2013.

And as it is that time of year when the “best of” lists appear I have three shortish lists  that I plan to expand upon over the next few weeks, as time permits.

Why three lists?  Well really 2013 has been a bumper year for vinyl records, both new and old. I can’t really recall a year where there has been so many good items available – this a mere 31 years after the introduction of the CD. So the three “lists” are;

    • New releases
    • Re-issues
    • Old records that I have discovered

I hope that you find something of interest.

List 1: New Releases

Top spot goes to a release that really came out of the blue and it is Bob Dylan -The 50th Anniversary Collection: 1963 which seems to be a very limited edition.

Ah ha I hear you say, this is not a new release! Well it is 6 record set that has been issued to protect copyrights.  It comprises of 12 sides of “unreleased” Bob Dylan recordings made during 1963.  Most of them are “live” recordings but there are some studio outakes. From what I have played so far I think it is fantastic.

The records appear to be  European pressings, they have however been pressed from a Sterling  Sound (US) cut. This is  a good sign that best source tapes were used.  Sterling is one of the top places for “cutting” records.

Checking against some other releases for the odd ’63 Dylan studio outakes and live recordings I didn’t detect any duplication with other Columbia/CBS releases. So you don’t get the outtakes seen on the Bootleg Series Vol 1-3,  while there are tracks from the October 26 Carniegie Hall Concert you don’t get the ones that came out on the “promo” CD, nor do you get Newport ’63.  But you will have some duplication is you have say bought the Let Them Eat Vinyl “Studs Terkel’s Wax Museum” record.




No. 2: The Grateful Dead at the Family Dog, San Fancisco 1970

No. 3:  Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door 1970

No. 4:  White Stripes – Nine Miles From The White City

No. 5: Ry Cooder – Live at the Great American Music Hall 2011

List 2: Re-issues

No.1: Live in Hamburg by the Esbjörn Svensson Trio

No.2: Grateful Dead – One From the Vault

No.3: Bob DylanBlonde on Blonde (Mo-Fi)

No.4: Talking HeadsFear of Music (Rhino)

No.5: Sly & The Family StoneThere’s A Riot Goin’ On (ORG)

List 3: Fantastic old records that I have discovered

No.1:  Julliard String Quartet; Béla Bartók – The Six String Quartets (Columbia 360°)

No.2: Monday Night at Birdland; Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan etc (Roulette Birdland)

No.3: Sweet Potatoes by Geoff and Maria Muldaur 

No.4: This Is Our Music by Ornette Coleman (Atlantic B/G White Fan))

No.5: The Soulful Piano of Junior Mance by The Junior Mance Trio (Jazzland – DG)

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