Air – Mr.Man


Some reissues are unmissable for bringing something obscure to our attention, others for doing everyone the service of finally making a much-loved album accessible for the first time. Very much of the latter category, Be With Records has breathed life back into Air’s one and only album, a stone-cold holy grail coveted by everyone from Floating Points to Jeremy Underground, who puts it second only to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going on in his all time favourites. Unlike other jazz albums that dabbled in a rockier sound, Air never lose sight of the melody, delivered with a naïve, ephemeral beauty by Googie Coppola on cult cuts like ‘Mr Man’. As ever, Be With treat the original with respect, re-creating the die-cut logo and front-flap gatefold for what is an early contender for jazz-funk reissue of the year.

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