Three (Maybe Four) Classic A Certain Ratio (ACR) Albums Reissued For CD and Limited Edition Vinyl

The well known Factory Records from decades past released an influential batch of memorable albums and music from bands like Joy Division, The Durutti Column, New Order, and Happy Mondays to name a few. One of the excellent bands of the early era of Factory Records was A Certain Ratio.

A Certain Ratio (ACR) formed in the latter ’70s as a UK postpunk band with a predilection for dance music fused with funk, jazz, and good old fashioned experimentation designed to challenge the constant of the day. Well, the experiment worked brilliantly even if they were relegated to the undercurrents of the pop scale. If you were a fan of Factory Records, then you definitely heard of them. They were completely ahead of their time.

On May 25, Mute Records will revisit three (possibly four) of the band’s releases with reissues for CD and colored vinyl LP. Previously, Mute has reissued To Each… (1981) [CD and Red vinyl LP], The Graveyard and The Ballroom (1979) [CD and color PVC sleeve for vinyl], and Force (1986) [CD]. Here’s what’s coming now:

  • I’d Like To See You Again (1982) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Neon Yellow colored vinyl LP.
  • acr:mcr (1990) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Clear vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.
  • Up In Downsville (1992) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Light Blue colored vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.
  • There is a hint of Good Together (1989) being reissued as well but I have no definite word on this one. It is also hinted at as being made available on CD and Limited Edition White Vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.

I failed to be alerted (and to discover) the previous reissues of ACR releases mentioned above as I would DEFINITELY have alerted you to these. Apologies!! A Certain Ratio is an underappreciated but classic band from the ’80s! They’re ripe for your discovery (if you haven’t heard of them), or presented anew if you have forgotten about them. Fans of the Post-Punk era, late ’70s, early ’80s, ACR is ABSOLUTELY worth your investigation!


Ten Years After 2017 Box Set Remasters To Be Issued Individually

Good news!!

In 2017, near the end of the year, the resurrected Chrysalis Records scheduled a 50th Anniversary Box of remastered albums for Ten Years After. The set, named Ten Years After 1967-1974 was, in essence, a celebration of their complete works, magnificent as they are. The box featured then new remastering (2017). The Box actually surfaced in January of 2018. Until now, if you wanted any of those albums, you had to acquire the box (which is still the ideal way given the added bonuses of a book, and a CD of previously unreleased songs. Now:

On April 20, Chrysalis will break out the CDs for individual purchase. They will reintroduce the 2017 remasters of classic albums:

  • Watt
  • Ssssh
  • Rock and Roll Music To The World
  • Positive Vibrations
  • Cricklewood Green
  • A Space In Time
  • Currently, Ten Years After, Undead, and Stonehenged have not been “officially” announced although their release along with the above listed seems assured.

All CDs will feature the 2017 remasters and other goodness, all presented in six-panel digipak packaging.


Ornette Coleman Atlantic Years Preserved Within 10LP Box

Ornette Coleman is considered one of Jazz’s great saxophonists. Over the expanse of his storied career, he released well over thirty albums for a number of great labels. Ornette Coleman lived a long life before passing away at the age of 85.

On May 11, Atlantic will reissue its catalog of Ornette Coleman albums on 180g-weight black vinyl LPs, all housed in a box named The Atlantic Years. Included are a collection of outtakes. The albums here are:

  • The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959)
  • Change Of The Century (1959)
  • This Is Our Music (1960)
  • Free Jazz (1960)
  • Ornette! (1961)
  • Ornette On Tenor (1961)
  • The Art of The Improvisors (1970)
  • Twins (1971)
  • To Whom Keeps A Record (1975)
  • The Ornette Coleman Legacy

If you’re an Ornette Coleman fan as well as a purveyor of fine vinyl releases, then this Box (although pricey) can be the great way to enjoy the music of one of free-form Jazz’s masters!