The big surprise reissue pleasure: Caetano Veloso‘s 1972 album Araca Azul. First you have to get over the cover art: it shows the singer in a tight red Speedo, his tan belly hanging out, and his face buried in ’70s hair. The album itself is a reckless cut and paste of traditional drumming, chanting, found sound, and classic Veloso sweetness. And it all works. Especially if you’ve run out of Tom Ze records to buy.
Of course, the end of this year and next should produce some cool reissues. Dischord just announced it has reissued Rites of Spring and Scream records on vinyl. And Dust-to-Digital has a box of John Fahey unreleased stuff coming out (hopefully) soon.
I’m sure I’m missing some great reissues from this year. Tell the Bag what we’ve missed!