There's A reason he was Lost to History.
Let's get something straight. A Cd or digital reissue is NOT a "Critical Resurrection" of an artist. There is always money to be made on anybody, especially the cherished obscure or the deceased. Arthur Russell is a TERRIBLE singer. He sings like a deaf person. Call it Ghostly if you wish. His beats are clunky, not well integrated and pretty undanceable. Compare his quirky dance or house experiments to any of his contemporaries in House, Disco, Freestyle or R&B - he doesn't hold a candle. What about the admiration for his mixing of genres that everyone seems so impressed with. It's all scattershot and reasonably awkward. There is no clear vision like the Talking Heads, just to name another genre hopping NY act of the same period. It doesn't even have the cache of someone who was at least FUN, like Klaus Nomi, just to name another deceased, NY, obscure artist whose fame has risen.