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Loft



Ghost Trains and Country Lanes: Studio, Stage and Sessions 1984-2005
In our 'Re:View' section Tommy Gunnarsson reflects on a new double CD retrospective by influential early indie act The Loft.


Kaleidoscope



Sky Children : The Best Of Kaleidoscope and Fairfield Parlour
Malcolm Carter examines a new compilation that covers all stages of cult 1960's outfit Kaleidoscope/Fairfield Parlour's career, and finds an accompanying DVD of archive footage makes it an essential purchase.


Disco Zombies



South London Stinks
Disco Zombies, who were post-punk proteges of John Peel. get an essential reissue – and send Maarten Schiethart on a trip down memory lane.


Ian Dury



Hit Me! The Best of Ian Dury
In our Re:View section John Clarkson examines an impressive three CD Ian Dury retrospective.


Bitter Springs



(Suburban Crimes of) Everyday Happiness
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Kimberly Bright finds that the Bitter Springs’ magnificent remastered 2001 masterpiece '(Suburban Crimes of) Every Happiness' hasn’t aged a day.


Donald Fagen



The Nightfly
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Neil Swift reflects upon Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen’s 1982 debut solo album ‘The Nightfly’.


VIPS



Need Somebody to Love
Steve Kinrade enjoys new Optic Nerve Recordings retrospective 'Need Somebody to Love', which compiles together all the studio recordings of lost 70's new wave band, the VIPs.


Amy Winehouse



The Collection
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on 'The Collection', a new five CD box set from the late Amy Winehouse.


Bert Jansch



Crimson Moon
Keith How appraises a reissue of 'Crimson Moon', the 21st LP by legendary, late Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch which feature appearances from Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler.


Lapre



Banzai (Elektronische Musik aus Berlin 1985-87)
Maarten Schiethart reviews a retrospective of vintage synthesizer nostalgia from Berlin duo Lapre.


Neil Innes



How Sweet To Be An Idiot
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson finds something for almost everyone in Neil Innes' 1972 debut solo album 'How Sweet To Be An Idiot', which is being reissued in an expanded version.


McCarthy



The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson reviews Iionic British Marxist indiepop band McCarthy’s 1989 second album, ‘The Enraged Will Inherit The Earth’, which is being reissued in an expanded vinyl edition.


Paul McCartney



Flaming Pie
In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back albums from the past, nick dent-Robinson, reflects on Paul McCartney's 1997 album 'Flaming Pie', which has just been-released in an updated edition.


Miscellaneous



My Colors Dark
Ben Howarth refelcts upon Californian singer-songwriter Sean O'Brien's eighth solo album from last year, which is an enjoyable ride from power-pop to angsty punk.


Bobbie Gentry



The Delta Sweete
Cila Warncke examines Bobbie Gentry's striking 1968 album which showcases an unexpected diversity of country music.


Giant Sand



Ramp
Adrian P examines Giant Sand’s much-cherished 1991 studio album once more, which Fire Records have rebooted once more with a renewed double-disc edition.


Trashmen



Surfin' Bird: The Best of the Trashmen
Maarten Schiethart reflects on a compilation from mid-Western surf-twang pioneers The Trashmen from last year, who were finally given a comprehensive Best-of CD in the UK.


Distractions



Nobody's Perfect
In our Re:View section Malcolm Carter reflects on the Distractions' debut album from 1980 which has finally been made available on CD, comprising both the original album and a new Nick Halliwell remix. He finds that a host of extras make this a must-buy.


Hangman's Beautiful Daughters



Smashed Full of Wonder
In our 'Re:View'section, in which we look at albums and records from the past, Dixie Ernill reflects on an excellent new compilation of forgotten 80’s garage band Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters.


David Gray



White Ladder
Eoghan Lyng reflects on Irish singer-songwriter David Gray's groundbreaking fourth album 'White Ladder', which has just been re-released in a remastered 20th Anniversary edition.


Earthworks



Heavenly Bodies
Adrian Janes assesses an expanded version of a 1997 career compilation of Bill Bruford’s jazz combo Earthworks, which covers both studio and live tracks.


Neville Brothers



Great American Radio Volume 3 – Telluride Jazz Festival, Colorado, June 8, 2008
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Carl Bookstein, reflects on a solid 2008 concert recording from the legendary New Orleans soul group the Neville Brothers.


Miscellaneous



Diamond Head
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Adrian Janes reflects on a new reissue of Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera’s 1975 first solo album 'Diamond Head', which mixes styles and star guests to often impressive effect.


Shed Seven



Going for Gold
Richard Lewis examines Britpop act Shed Seven's Greatest Hits compilation 'Going for Gold', which, originally released in 1999, has just been reissued in a new double CD edition with additional studio sessions and live tracks.


Mercury Rev



All is Dream
In our 'Re: View' section. in which our writers reflect on albums from the past, Keith How finds that a timely sumptuous four CD celebration of Mercury Rev’s 'All is Dream'from 2001 presented with demos, live materials and unreleased material proves to be a relevant and fascinating listen.


Bert Jansch



Avocet
Keith How reflects on Bert Jansch's 1979 album, 'Avocet', which has been newly re-released in an expanded version on vinyl.


Oh Susanna



Johnstown
In our 'Re:View' section Malcolm Carter reflects on the 20th Anniversary edition of Canadian singer-songwriter Suzie Ungerleider's debut as Oh Susanna, which has been re-mastered by producer Peter J. Moore and adds five bonus acoustic tracks.


Jefferson Airplane



Sweeping Up The Spotlight: Live at the Fillmore East 1969
Lisa Torem finds that this Jefferson Airplane live album, which was recorded at the Fillmore East in New York in 1969 and features hits and fillers, exemplifies the Summer of Love experience.


Guy Clark



Live from San Francisco, 1988
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe finds that Guy Clark's reissued album, recorded live in San Francisco in 1988, takes you back to a special concert from a singer songwriter whose influence is very much alive today.


Graham Day and the Forefathers



Good Things
In our 'Re:View' section. in which our writers reflect on albums from the past. Fiona Hutchings examines Medway garage rockers Graham Day and the Forefathers reissue of their 2014 album 'Good Things' which features three bonus tracks.


Otis Rush



Live in Boston, 1973
Carl Bookstein finds Chicago Blues guitar great Otis Rush's 'Live in Boston' album which was recorded in 1973 captures him in fine form.


Gene Clark



Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers
As Gene Clark's 1967 solo debut is re-released, Tommy Gunnarsson takes us through its history and its highlights.


Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield



Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68
Carl Bookstein finds that the great instrumental pairing of Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield shines on 'The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68'.


Wild Hares



Dose
Maarten Schiethart finds much to recommend in 'Dose', Colorado indie duo Wild Hares' 2017 CD only debut album indie classic.


Flibbertigibbet



Whistling Jigs to the Moon
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the part, Malcolm Carter finds Mellow Candle founder Alison O’Donnell and David Williams' 1978 South African only Flibbertigibbet album finally getting the reissue treatment it deserves.


Asian Dub Foundation



Rafi's Revenge
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Adrian Janes finds that Asian Dub Foundation's superb 1998 second album 'Rafi's Revenge;, which has now been reissued, criss-crosses genres to create truly multicultural music.


Byrds



Byrdmaniax
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Carl Bookstein examines 'Byrdmaniax', 1960's California folk rock legends the Byrds' recently re-released 1971 album.


JODI



Pop Espontáneo
Paraguyan brothers Joern and Dirk Wenger, known as JODI, released one album in 1971, and since then psych/fuzz collectors have been searching for more recordings. They're here now, and Tommy Gunnarsson takes us through a new collection.


Third Rail



ID Music
Lisa Torem finds that the Third Rail’s 1967 only album ‘ID Music’ is somewhat dated, yet a fine period piece for those with fond memories of an earlier time.


Billy Idol



Vital Idol Revitalized
In our 'Re:view' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Lisa Torem examines ‘Vital Idol: Revitalized’, a new masterfully remixed edition of Billy Idol’s 1980’s classic ‘Vital Idol’.


Richie Havens



Something Else Again
In our Re: View section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Gus Ironside examines groundbreaking folk-blues artist Richie Havens' 1968 second album, 'Something Else Again'.


Bronski Beat



The Age of Consent
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at classic albums, Tommy Gunnarson examines Bronski Beat’s seminal electro-pop classic 'The Age of Consent'


Sorrow



Under the Yew Possessed
Keith How examines recently re-released 1993 lost classic 'Under the Yew Possessed', the debut album of Sorrow, which featured Stawberry Switchblade's Rose McDowall and her then husband Robert Lee.


Giant Sand



Returns to Valley of Rain
In our 'Re:View' section, Steve KInrade examines seminal Americana act Giant Sand's latest album 'Returns to Valley of Rain', which is a reworking of their 1985 debut album, 'Valley of Rain'.


Hot Pepper



Spanglish Movement
Dave Goodwin examines the 1978 only album of Hot Pepper, the disco-influenced studio project of Mexican drummer and producer Jesús Muñoz 'Tilico' which has recently been re-released.


John Foxx



Metamatic
In our Re: View section, in which our writers reflect on albums from the past, keith How reflects on ‘Metamatic’, electronic music pioneer John Foxx’s 1980 groundbreaking solo debut album after leaving Ultravox, which has just been re-released in a three CD deluxe edition.


Great Society



Live at the Matrix
Lisa Torem reflects on the Great Society’s ‘Live at the Matrix 1966’, which released originally in 1989, honours the San Francisco hippie era/American roots music and the passionate vocals of future Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick.


Paul Kantner and Grace Slick



Sunfighter
Carl Bookstein reflects on Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of San Francisco’s Jefferson Airplane's musically innovative 1971 album 'Sunfighter', which has recently been reissued,







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