#BestOf2012 : Top 50 Compilations; Reissues & Mixtapes


Next in our end of the year review is a look at the best compilations, reissues and mixes. In clear contrast with the bulk of the new product released, 2012 has been another vintage year for reissues as more record labels dug deeper in the vaults for lost recordings; deluxe editions keep on flooding the market trying to lure the few remaining physical product buyers and mixtapes, once the preferred promotional method for hip-hop DJs, have gone well beyond the boundaries of their original realm.

Check our Top 50 favourite compilations of the year after the jump.

David Lynch & Alan R. Splet - Eraserhead
50-DAVID LYNCH & ALAN R. SPLET
Eraserhead Soundtrack
(Reissue) (4AD)
Swell Maps - A Trip to Marineville
49-SWELL MAPS
A Trip To Marineville/Jane From Occupied Europe
(Reissue) (Mute)
 - This Ain't Chicago: The Underground Sound of UK House & Acid 1987-1991
48-VARIOUS
Richard Sen presents: This Ain't Chicago: The Sound Of Underground UK House & Acid 1987-1991 (Strut)
The Azusa Plane - Where the Sands Turn to Gold
47-AZUSA PLANE
Where The Sands Turn To Gold
(Compilation) (Rocket Girl)
U.V. PØP - No Songs Tomorrow
46-U.V. PØP
No Songs Tomorrow
(Reissue) (Sacred Bones)
 - Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
45-VARIOUS
Just Tell Me What You Want: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac
(StarCon)
 - Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics
44-VARIOUS
Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics
(Nublu)
 - Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance, Industrial, Post Punk, EBM Classics & Rarities 80-88
43-VARIOUS
Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Punk , Industrial, Post-Punk… (Strut)
R. Stevie Moore - Lo Fi Hi Fives... A Kind Of Best Of
42-R STEVIE MOORE
Lo Fi Hi Fives...A Kind Of Best Of
(Ogenesis)
Moss Icon - Complete Discography
41-MOSS ICON
Complete Discography
(Temporary Residence)
Bert Jansch - Heartbreak
40-BERT JANSCH
Heartbreak
(Reissue) (Omnivore)
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
39-WILLIAM BASINSKI
The Disintegration Loops
(Reissue) (2062)
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
38-BILLY BRAGG & WILCO
Mermaid Avenue : Complete Sessions
(Nonesuch)
Paul Simon - Graceland
37-PAUL SIMON
Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition
(Reissue) (Sony)
Colourbox - Colourbox
36-COLOURBOX
Box Set
(4AD)
 - The Man with the Iron Fists
35-OST
The Man With The Iron Fist
(Stax)
(Listen)
John Maus - A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material
34-JOHN MAUS
A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material (Ribbon)
The Books - A Dot in Time
33-THE BOOKS
A Dot In Time
(Box) (Temporary Residence)
Rustie - Essential Mix
32-RUSTIE
BBC Essential Mix
(Download)
Antony and the Johnsons - Cut the World
31-ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS
Cut The World
(Live) (Rough Trade)
Philip Glass - Rework_
30-PHILIP GLASS
Rework: Philip Glass Remixed
(Orange Mountain Music)
Drexciya - Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller I
29-DREXCIYA
Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller I /II/III
(Reissue) (Clone)
Peter Zummo - Zummo With an X
28-PETER ZUMMO
Zummo With An X
(Reissue) (Anthology Of Recorded Music)
 - Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974
27-VARIOUS
Listen, Whitey! The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-1974
(Light In The Attic)
Listen
Action Bronson & Party Supplies - Blue Chips
26-ACTION BRONSON
Blue Chips (Mixtape) (Fool's Gold)
Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle
25-VAN DYKE PARKS
Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang of the Yankee Reaper
(Reissues) (Bella Union)
The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It
24-THE BEAT
I Just Can't Stop: Deluxe Edition
(Reissue) (4AD)
Azealia Banks - Fantasea
23-AZEALIA BANKS
Fantasea (Mixtape)
David Sylvian - A Victim of Stars 1982-2012
22-DAVID SYLVIAN
A Victim Of Stars: 1982-2012
(Virgin)
The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops
21-BLUE NILE
A Walk Across The Rooftops/Hats
(Reissue) (Virgin)
Sugar - Copper Blue
20-SUGAR
Copper Blue/Beaster/File Under Easy Listening
(Reissues) (Demon)
 - Cruel Summer
19-VARIOUS
Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D Music: Cruel Summer
(G.O.O.D Music)
Captain Murphy - Duality
18-CAPTAIN MURPHY
Duality (Mixtape)
Blur - Blur 21
17-BLUR
Blur 21
(Box) (Parlophone)
16-VARIOUS
¡Saoco! The Bomba and Plena Explosion in Puerto Rico 1954-1966 (Vampisoul)
Karen Dalton - 1966
15-KAREN DALTON
1966
(Reissue) (Delmore Recording Society)
Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music 1975-1982
14-FRANCES BEBEY
African Electronic Music 1975-1982
(Born Bad)
The Weeknd - Trilogy
13-THE WEEKND
Trilogy
(Reissue) (XO)
Joey BadA$$ - 1999
12-JOEY BADA$$
1999
(Mixtape)
Joni Mitchell - The Studio Albums 1968-1979
11-JONI MITCHELL
The Studio Albums 1968-1979
(Reissue) (Rhino)
10-RYAN HEMSWORTH
Collected
(Podcast) (Fool's Gold)
Download
Jeremih - Late Nights With Jeremih
9-JEREMIH
Late Nights With Jeremih (Mixtape)
ABBA - The Visitors
8-ABBA
The Visitors: Deluxe Edition
(Reissue) (Polar Music)
Suzanne Ciani - Lixiviation
7-SUZANNE CIANI
Lixiviation
(Finders Keepers)
D'Angelo - Voodoo
6-D'ANGELO
Voodoo
(Reissue) (Lights In The Attic)
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
5-DAVID BOWIE
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (Reissue) (EMI)
Rodriguez - Searching for Sugar Man
4-OST/RODRIGUEZ
Searching For Sugarman
(LLC)
3-NICOLAS JAAR
BBC Essential Mix
(Mix)
My Bloody Valentine - EP's 1988-1991
2-MY BLOODY VALENTINE
EP's & Rarities 1988-1991
(4AD)
Can - The Lost Tapes
1-CAN
The Lost Tapes
(Box) (Mute)

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