Saturday, January 31, 2009

I realized that I haven't posted my year-end reissues mix tracklist--I'd planned to make it for Idolator's year-end, but that didn't pan out the way I'd planned. Anyway, this is, I think, the best mix CD I've ever made. Rules for inclusion are simple: a song had to be reissued in 2008, and I either had to not know it beforehand or it had to have horned itself into my life during '08 in such an obviously intrusive way that I couldn't ignore it (the latter is the reason for the Bellamy Brothers' inclusion--that, and it was a hit again in the U.K. on the back of a TV ad).

1. Steel An' Skin, "Reggae Is Here Once Again," from Reggae Is Here Once Again (Honest Jon's; 1978)
2. Skibadee, "Tika Toc," from An England Story (Soul Jazz; 2006)
3. Adriano Celentano, "Prisencolinensinainciusol," from Poplife Presents Poplife Sucks (N.E.W.S.; 1973)
4. Gold Coast Police Band, "Rocking in Rhythm," from Delta Dandies: Dance Bands In Nigeria 1936-1941 (Honest Jon's; c. 1937)
5. Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra, "Central Avenue Breakdown," from The History of Rhythm and Blues Part One 1925-1942 (Rhythm and Blues Records import; 1940)
6. Dr. Feelgood, "Back in the Night," from Rock On (Ace; 1975)
7. Margo, "The Spark That Lights the Flame," from She's a Heartbreaker: 20 Blue Eyed Soul Stings UK Floor Fillers, Vol. 4 (Psychic Circle; c. 1969)
8. Billy Eckstine, "Ask the Lonely," from The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 9: 1969 (Hip-O Select)
9. Gene Pitney, "She's a Heartbreaker," from Blame It on the Dogg: The Swamp Dogg Anthology 1968-78 (Ace; 1969)
10. Willie Nelson, "I'm a Memory," from One Hell of a Ride (Columbia/Legacy; 1970)
11. The Bellamy Brothers, "Let Your Love Flow" (reissued single; 1976)
12. Los Jaivas, "Foto De Primera Comunion," from Love, Peace & Poetry: Chilean Psychedelic Music (QDK; c. 1972)
13. Karen Dalton, "Something on Your Mind," from Optimo, Sleepwalk (Domino; 1969)
14. Grand Kalle & L'African Jazz, "Parafifi," from The Rough Guide to Congo Gold (World Music Network; 1957)
15. Franco, "Fifi Nazali Innocent," from African Classics (Sheer; c. 1971)
16. George Akaeze & His Augmented Hits, "Business Before Pleasure," from Nigerian Special (Soundway; c. 1973)
17. The Elcados, "Ku Mi Da Hankan," from Nigerian Rock Special (Soundway; c. 1974)
18. R. Tyme, "R-Theme," from Network: The Box Set (Network; 1989)
19. Jay J & Devious D, "Time of Our Lives," from Awesome Records Classics Part 1 (Can You Feel It; 1992)