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SOUNDSCAPES STAFF BEST OF 2018

Welcome to our staff's 25 favourite new releases, reissues/archival releases, and compilations of 2018. Similar to last year, the list is not ranked but instead is sorted alphabetically (though if you are curious, personal staff number ones are highlighted throughout).

 25 Favorite New Releases

AMBER ARCADES - European Heartbreak
BELLE ADAIR - Tuscumbia (Phil's #1)
DANIEL BARENBOIM - Claude Debussy
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS - Look Now
CUT WORMS - Hollow Ground
DAUGHTERS - You Won't Get What You Want
GOLDMUND - Occasus/HELIOS - Veriditas
HELENE GRIMAUD - Memory
LA LUZ - Floating Features
LIMINANAS - Shadow People
LOW - Double Negative (John's #1)
STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS - Sparkle Hard
NAP EYES - I'm Bad Now
OH SEES - Smote Reverser
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER - Hope Downs
DANIEL ROMANO - Finally Free
TY SEGALL - Freedom's Goblin (Ernest's #1)
THE SHACKS - Haze
SMOKESCREENS - Used To Yesterday
SPIRITUALIZED - And Nothing Hurt (Greg's #1)
ROBERT EARL THOMAS - Another Age
US GIRLS - In A Poem Unlimited
DEAN WAREHAM VS. CHEVAL SOMBRE - s/t
PAUL WELLER - True Meanings
YO LA TENGO - There's A Riot Going On

25 Favorite Reissues/Archival

RUBY ANDREWS - Black Ruby
THE BEATLES - White Album (Phil & Ernest's #1)
BEGINNING OF THE END - Funky Nassau: Definitive Collection
GENE CLARK - Sings For You
COCTEAU TWINS - Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years
ALICE COLTRANE - Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros Studio Recordings
JOHN COLTRANE - Both Directions At Once (John's #1)
JACKIE DeSHANNON - Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings
BOB DYLAN - Bootleg Series Vol.14: More Blood, More Tracks
SHIRLEY ELLIS - Three, Six, Nine! Best Of Shirley Ellis
FABULOUS POODLES - Mirror Stars: The Complete Pye Recordings
MARIANNE FAITHFUL - Come Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-69
FELT - Reissues (Greg's #1)
Z.Z. HILL - That's It! Kent Recordings 1964-68
HUGH MASEKELA - Masekela '66-'76
MARK RENNER - Few Traces
MAX ROACH - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite
BOB SEGER & THE LAST HEARD - Heavy Music
SHOES - Black Vinyl Shoes Anthology 1973-78
JOE SIMON - Step By Step: Complete Pop Hits
NINA SIMONE - Colpix Singles
FRANK SINATRA - Only The Lonely
SPECTRUM - Highs, Lows & Heavenly Blows
JOE STRUMMER - 001
ZUIDER ZEE - Zenith


25 Favorite Compilations

VA - Agnes Obel Presents Late Night Tales (Greg's #1)
VA - Am I Dreaming? 80 Brit Girl Sounds Of The '60s
VA - Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground
VA - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Presents: Paris In The Spring (Phil & Ernest's #1)
VA - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Presents: State Of The Union
VA - C89
VA - Czech Up Vol.2
VA - Destination Crampsville
VA - Do The Popcorn
VA - Gathered From Coincidence: British Folk Pop Sound Of 1965-66
VA - Girls In The Garage Vol.1-6
VA - Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-81
VA - Make Mine Mondo!
VA - Mod Jazz Rides Again
VA - Night Train Route 2
VA - On The Soul Side
VA - Shaolin Soul Vol. 1-4
VA - She's A Doll Warner Bros. Feminine Side
VA - Stax Singles Vol.4/Stax '68: A Memphis Story
VA - Technicolor Paradise" Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights
VA - Try A Little Sunshine: British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1969
VA - Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Strings & Synths Of Sudan
VA - Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History Of Library Music
VA - Voices Of The Mississippi
VA - When The Day Is Done: The Orchestrations Of Robert Kirby