Even As We Speak
John Peel Sessions 16.02.92 and 20.09.93
Dave Goodwin is impressed by two 1990’s John Peel Sessions by Australian indie pop band Even As We Speak, which have just been released on the ever reliable Precious Recordings of London.
Red 1962-1966 and Blue 1967-1970
Nick Dent-Robinson looks at The Beatles’ classic greatest hits Red and Blue albums which have just been reissued for their 50th Anniversary in expanded and remastered deluxe editions.
No Need to Argue
Zena Greig reflects upon Irish pop/rock outfit The Cranberries third album ‘To the Faithful Departed’, which has just been re-released in a deluxe edition.
Radio Times: Live at the BBC
Iconic Newcastle folk rock act Lindisfarne recorded lots of lots of music for the BBC during the 70s and 80s, and now all the sessions are compiled on a lovely eight-disc CD box set. Tommy Gunnarsson is certainly intrigued by what he’s hearing.
BB King, Albert King and Freddie King
Nicky Crewe finds that this double CD compilation of live performances from three of the most influential US blues guitarists. BB King, Albert King and Freddie King, is both a revelation and a reminder of the story of the blues.
Steve Lamacq Session 16.09.98
Welsh drum-machine punksters Helen Love recorded two BBC sessions at the end of the 90s, and the second one, from 1998, has now been released on 10” vinyl by Precious Recordings. Tommy Gunnarsson thinks this one’s for the already converted
One Thousand Violins
John Peel Sessions 29.09.85 and 02.12.86
Dixie Ernill examines the release on 10” vinyl of two Peel Sessions from 1985 and 1988 by under-rated Sheffield C86/indiepop band One Thousand Violins.
Hymns for Strange Children
Dave Goodwin re-examines the debut set by London glam rockers Rachel Stamp, who looked set to break into the mainstream at the start of the new Millennium.
The Fraternal Order Of The All - Greetings From Planet Love
Eoghan Lyng examines classic singer-songwriter Andrew Gold’s recently reissued 1997 psychedelic album, ‘The Fraternal Order Of The All - Greetings From Planet Love’,
T. Rex 1973: Whatever Happened to the Teenage Dream?
In our 'Re:View' section, Eoghan Lyng examines a new four CD box set which assesses T. Rex and Marc Bolan's work in the prolific year of 1973.
Janice Long Sessions 18/11/1985 and 09/07/1986
Dixie Ernill reflects on North West indiepop band The Bodines' 1985 and 1986 Janice Long sessions, which have just been reissued on 10 inch vinyl by Precious Recordings of London.
Peel Sessions 08.05.1990 and 09.04.1994
Dixie Ernill examines the release on 10” vinyl of two Peel Sessions from 1990 and 1994 by Glasgow indiepop band The Orchids.
Days I Won't Forget
In our 'Re:VIew' section' Malcolm Carter reflects on last year's sixth studio album from Australian singer-songwriter Sam Shinazzi, this time produced by power pop legend Michael Carpenter, which proved an inspired move that has produced Shinazzi’s finest album to date.
The Dark Side of the Moon
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the extraordinary impact of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ which the fourth best-selling album of all time, is being released both in a box set and a live album for its 50th anniversary.
Nick Dent-Robinson listens to the reissue of ’Honky Château’, the 1972 album that sent Elton John’s career into the stratosphere.
From A to B – The Sony Years
Classic new wavers New Musik get almost their entire catalogue compiled on four discs, and Tommy Gunnarsson is thrilled to hear the amazing debut album again!
Live and Dangerous
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nick Dent-Robinson finds that Thin Lizzy’s re-release of ‘Live And Dangerous’ captures the Phil Lynott-led band at their prime.
John Peel session 02.09.94
Dave Goodwin takes a road trip with Boyracer back to the indie days of 1994,
Sons of Adam
Saturday's Sons - Complete Recordings 1964-1966
In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back at records from the past, Malcolm Carter celebrates a brlliantly produced double CD package of 60's cult band The Sons Of Adam’s complete output.
Against the Odds 1974-1982
Nick Dent-Robinson examines a new box set from Blondie, which, as well as containing their first six albums, also includes many unreleased tracks.
Pillows and Prayers
Cherry Red celebrates the 40th anniversary of its iconic label sampler ‘Pillows and Prayers’ with a new, expanded version. Tommy Gunnarsson takes us along for the ride.
Nick Dent-Robinson examines The Beatles' influential 1966 album 'Revolver', which has recently been re-released in a newly mixed version.
Tommy James and the Shondells
40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)
Lisa Torem enjoys a new compilation from unrivaled American singer-songwriter Tommy James which includes distinctive recordings from his long-standing solo career.
Cherry Red is finally going back in time from the iconic ‘C86’ compilation to bring us this three CD box set of early UK indiepop, and Tommy Gunnarsson surely is delighted.
Bright and Guilty
In our Re:View section, in which our wriiters look back at albums from the past, Kiimberly Bright is impressed by an Optic Nerve reissue of ‘Bright and Guilty’, the 1989 second album‘ from the legendary Wolfhounds, one of the best C86 bands and Romford's finest.
Before the Day is Done: The Story of Folk Heritage Records (1968-1975)
Tommy Gunnarsson enjoys ‘Before the Day is Done’, the third instalment in a folk anthology series from Grapefruit which focuses on the obscure Folk Heritage label between 1968 and 1975.
Peel Sessions 20.08.94 and 08.04.97
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look at albums from the past, Fiona HUtchings checks out two Peel Sessions EPs from Leicester indie band Prolapse, which have been released by Precious Recordings of London for the first time on vinyl.
Ich Bin Der Eine Von Uns Beiden
Andreas Dorau's re-released 2005 LP finally makes sense to Maarten Schiethart
Flying Doesn't Help
Maarten Schiethart finds that, while receiving lukewarm reviews at the time, Anthony Moore's 1979 now seminal solo album 'Flying Doesn't Help' strikes hard after over forty years.
Biff Bang Pow!
A Better Life – Complete Creations 1984-1991
Tommy Gunnarsson reflects upon a new six-disc box set on Cherry Red which compiles together Creation Records boss Alan McGee’s recordings with his 80’s and 90’s band Biff Bang Pow!
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on Keith Richards' 1992 debut solo a;bum 'Main Offender', which has just been re-released in a thirtieth anniversary edition.
It's a Shame about Ray
Tommy Gunnarsson finds essential listening a 30th anniversary reissue of iconic US indie rocksters The Lemonheads’ fourth album 'It's a Shame about Ray', which includes a bonus disc of B sides and demos.
The Year of the Ox
John Clarkson ref;lects on Edinburgh-based band New Leaf's fourth album 'The Year of the Ox', which recorded originally in 2001, has finally seen release twenty years later.in an updated version.
In our Re:View section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Nick Dent-Robinson is excited that David Bowie’s ‘Toy,’ previously soldas part of a box set format will be released in its own right.
Dreamworkers Of Time – The BBC Recordings 1985-1995
Julie Cruickshank examines a fabulous box set containing the BBC recordings of Hawkwind, pioneers of psychedelic rock.
Maarten Schiethart examines unfathomable King of Garage Punk Pop Ty Segall's thirteenth album, which was released at the end of last year.
In our 'Re:View' section, Maarten Schiethart finds that baffling, avant garde electronic wizard from Kampala Don Zilla is graced with a divine touch on his new album 'Ekizikiza Mubwengula' which was released earlier this year.
Zena Greig enjoys Oasis' new double live CD which captures the two infamous sell-out concerts they played at Knebwoth in 1996.
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Zena Greig reflects on Garbage's 2001 third album 'Beautiful Garbage', which is being released in a remastered, expanded version.
Ian A. Anderson
Please Re-Adjust Your Time – The Early Blues & Psych-Folk Years 1967-1972
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson reflects on a new 4CD box set compiling folk/blues under-appreciated singer-songwriter Ian A Anderson’s first four albums
In our 'Re:View' column, in which we look back at records from the past. Dave Goodwin reflects on a new double CD compilation from early 80's Barnsley post-punk band Party Day
All Things Must Pass
In the first of two articles Nick Dent-Robinson commemorates the 50th anniversary of the late George Harrison’s seminal album,’ All Things Must Pass'.
All Things Must Pass
In the second of two articles Eoghan Lyng finds that George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ “is the most thoughtful and fully-realised" of all The Beatles' solo debut albums.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look at albums from the past, Nick Dent-Robinson examines Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s classic 1971 album, ‘Blue’, which is being released in various 50th Anniversary editions, which include demos and out-takes.
Big Eyes Family
The Disappointed Chair
Nicky Crewe examines the not-to-be-missed latest album from Sheffield’s Big Eyes Family, which was first released in the Covid chaos of November 2020.
Obviously 5 Believers
Stephen Duffy, sometimes also known as 'TinTin', formed The Hawks after quitting Duran Duran just before they were signed. Tommy Gunnarsson listens to The Hawks' previously unreleased only album 'Obviously 5 Believers', and finds that it isn’t without its charm.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Nick Dent-Robinson profiles a new 50th anniversary deluxe version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 1971 hit album, 'Deja Vu'.
The Who Sell Out
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look at albums from the past, Malcolm Carter finds that The Who’s finest album, 1967's 'The Who Sells Out', is given the box set treatment it deserves with five CDs, two vinyl 7 inch singles and a book worth the price of admission alone.