Musoscribe’s Best of 2023: Archival

Reissues, compilations and archival releases are of particular interest here at Musoscribe World HQ. And this year has seen a bumper crop of excellent titles in these categories. Here are my four favorites; all come highly recommended.

Marshall Crenshaw
Perfect album gets deluxe reissue. Review is here.

Various – Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos
With the amazing stable of writers at Stax during its golden years, it should be no surprise that there would be a wealth of songwriters’ demos. Somewhere, but where? An intrepid team rescued them from obscurity, earning a Grammy nom along the way. Essential. My feature is here.

Various – March of the Flower Children
British labels have an easier time putting together various-artists compilations. This one is extra-special, for fans of Nuggets. Review is here.

Andrew Gold (Fraternal Order of the All) – Greetings from Planet Love
There’s so much to say about this one. Here’s my review, and a long-form feature will be on the site next month. Must-hear.