THE 2020 ROUND-UP & THE WISH-LIST FOR 2021
It's customary at this time of year to look back on all that has happened throughout the year, and Reissues By Women is no different. This blog has been going for just twelve weeks which means that there are lots of releases in 2020 that didn't get featured. So just for the fun of it, I gathered some thoughts from friends about what their favourite reissues, archive projects or catalogue releases by a woman or female-fronted band were, and here's what came together.
It's not definitive, it's not judged or ranked, it's simply a collection of 20 things that people enjoyed in 2020.
So, in alphabetical order, here we go:
Amy Winehouse - 12x7. This beautiful box set of a singles catalogue that is tragically shorter than it should have been was featured on the blog last month. Amy's mum's message on Twitter is just lovely.
Bobbie Gentry - The Delta Sweete (Deluxe Edition). Originally released in 1968, the deluxe reissue released in July this year includes a new remaster of the album, and ten bonus tracks. The CD format also includes the album in mono. "The essence of catalogue cool" is a quote I have 'borrowed' from Chas Chandler who was one of the people who suggested it.
Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again (Remixes & B-Sides). A Record Store Day Drop 2 exclusive in September, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Britney's second album with an 8-track collection on blue vinyl, including remixes of the four hit singles ('Oops!...', 'Lucky', 'Stronger' and 'Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know').
En Vogue - Born To Sing (30th Anniversary Edition). An expanded digital edition of their debut album, released day and date with the anniversary on 3rd April this year. Eight bonus tracks - remixes and radio edits - and a brand new remaster of the Grammy-nominated album (with incidentals that make you smile).
Gillian Welch - Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vols. 1, 2 & 3. 48 songs across three volumes, apparently recorded in the space of one weekend in the early '00s and compiled and released digitally between July and November. Deluxe boxes are also available - 3CD available now, 3LP vinyl available to pre-order for shipping in early 2021. The recordings were made to fulfil obligations for a publishing contract, which makes them even more remarkable ("absolutely stunning", were the words of John Chadwick who was one of the people to suggest this one).
Joni Mitchell - Joni Mitchell Archives - Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). Featured on this blog a few weeks ago, this was one of the most mentioned releases by those who contributed suggestions - and justifiably so, it's a brilliantly curated historical record of one of the early works of one of most popular female artists of all time, and has whetted appetites for what is to follow.
The wish-list for reissues in 2021 is pretty impressive and aspirational, it has to be said - some are likely to happen, some are total wishful thinking (I'll leave you to guess which!). Here is what the band of big thinkers above are hoping for:
Alice Coltrane's Ptah The El Daoud, Joni Mitchell Archives - Vol. 2, Lucinda Williams' Lu's Jukebox Vol. 4 - Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night Of 60's Country Classics, Madonna's Like A Prayer, Maria McKee's albums, Mary Margaret O'Hara's Miss America, Nadia Cattouse's catalogue, PJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea + Demos (and later albums), Sugababes One Touch and Taylor Swift's re-recordings of her catalogue.
So that's it for 2020. A huge thanks to everyone who has read, liked, commented and made suggestions over the past three months. It has been amazing to get all the feedback, and I'm particularly enjoying the comments from people who have said that the blog has helped address a gender imbalance in their listening habits.
The Reissues By Women Spotify playlist has been updated with tracks from as many of the above releases that are available digitally. And don't forget that the Christmas playlist is still available for all your festive needs.
Wishing you a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! Back in January...