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Rubik - (2021)
Rubik - Solar

Maarten Schiethart reflects upon Finnish maths pop pioneers Rubik’s under-rated third album ‘Solar’, which has its tenth anniversary this year.


Loft - (2021)
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.


Ian Dury - (2021)
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 - (2021)
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 - (2021)
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 - (2020)
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.


Bert Jansch - (2020)
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 - (2020)
Lapre - Banzai (Elektronische Musik aus Berlin 1985-87)

Maarten Schiethart reviews a retrospective of vintage synthesizer nostalgia from Berlin duo Lapre.


Neil Innes - (2020)
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.


Miscellaneous - (2020)
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.


Giant Sand - (2020)
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 - (2020)
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.


David Gray - (2020)
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 - (2020)
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.


Mercury Rev - (2019)
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 - (2019)
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.


Graham Day and the Forefathers - (2019)
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.


Gene Clark - (2019)
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 - (2019)
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'.


Billy Idol - (2018)
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’.


Sorrow - (2018)
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 - (2018)
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 - (2018)
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.


Bark Psychosis - (2018)
Bark Psychosis - Codename: Dustsucker

Adrian Janes reflects on the reissue of 'Codename; Dustsucker', the astonishing 2004 second and final album from British band Bark Psychosis, finding that, while its blend of musical moods and random sounds might be defined as post-rock, it in fact, however, transcends all categories.


Roger Mcguinn - (2018)
Roger Mcguinn - Peace On You

Carl Bookstein reflects on 'Peace on You', the 1974 second solo album from Byrds founder, singer and guitarist Roger McGuinn which has just been reissued.


Gomez - (2018)
Gomez - Bring It On

Cila Warncke finds that an outsized 20th Anniversary Edition four CD re-release of Gomez's Mercury Music Prize winning 'Bring It On' captures the brash charm of their youthful debut


Zz Top - (2018)
Zz Top - Antenna

In our 'Re:View' section Adrian Huggins finds Texas band ZZ Top's recently reissued 1994 album 'Antenna' celebrates the best of their exhilarating music and foreshadows the excitement that their upcoming 50th anniversary will bring.


Television Personalities - (2018)
Television Personalities - Beautiful Despair

Erick Mertz examines 'Beautiful Despair', a 'lost' Television Personalities from 1990, which has finally come out on Fire Records.


Pele - (2017)
Pele - Fireworks

Tony Gaughan reflects upon Wirral-based pop/rock act Pele's 1992 debut album, which has just been re-released in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition


Brinsley Schwarz - (2017)
Brinsley Schwarz - It's All Over Now

KImberly Bright examines influential rock act Brinsley Schwarz’s last album, 'It’s All Over Now', which finally sees an official release after forty-two years


Phil Ochs - (2016)
Phil Ochs - Live Again!

Anthony Strutt examines 'Live Again!', a recently discovered mixing desk tape of a 1973 gig from under-valued folk artist and protest singer Phil Ochs which finally sees the light of day


Death and Vanilla - (2016)
Death and Vanilla - Death and Vanilla

Anthony Strutt reflects upon Swedish duo Death and Vanilla’s recently reissued self-titled 2012 debut album


Grace Jones - (2016)
Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette

Following reissues of 'Nightclubbing' in 2014 and 2015's 'Disco' Grace Jones has even more to offer with the deluxe editions of her 1980 album 'Warm Leatherette' released on Universal


Terry Allen - (2016)
Terry Allen - Juarez

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Kimberly Bright examines Terry Allen's 1975 concept album 'Juarez' which has been recently re-released


John Cooper Clarke - (2016)
John Cooper Clarke - Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell, 1/6/2016

Nicky Crewe watches John Cooper Clarke perform an exuberant set of punk poetry at Bakewell Town Hall


Breathless - (2016)
Breathless - Blue Moon

Carl Bookstein reflects on London based quartet Breathless' evocative, atmospheric and melancholy fifth album 'Blue Moon', which originally released in 1999, is about to be reissued


Flamin Groovies - (2015)
Flamin Groovies - Supersnazz

In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Adrian Huggins examines 'Supersnazz', the 1969 debut album of 60s underground icons the Flamin' Groovies


Mothmen - (2015)
Mothmen - Pay Attention!

In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe reflects on Manchester post-punk band the Mothmen's long-lost only album 'Pay Attention', which has just been released on CD for the first time


Townes Van Zandt - (2015)
Townes Van Zandt - The Nashville Sessions

In our 'Re:View' series, in which our writers reflect upon albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson examines Townes Van Zandt's 'lost' Nashville album, which recorded in the 1970s but not released until 20 years later, is now being re-released as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of his career


McCarthy - (2015)
McCarthy - I am the Wallet

Almost thirty years after its initial release, UK label Optic Nerve is re-releasing jangly left-wingers McCarthy's debut album 'I am a Wallet' on vinyl with a lot of bonus tracks. Tommy Gunnarsson reflects on what is his favourite album ever


Monochrome Set - (2015)
Monochrome Set - The Lost Weekend

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson listens to 'The Lost Weekend', the Monochrome Set's 1985 would-be chart-topper, and also their last album during their first period as a band, which has just been re-released on CD


Gong - (2015)
Gong - Camembert Electrique

The late Daevid Allen’s legacy is enough to fire up the most jaded amongst us. This latest reissue of Gong’s ‘Camembert Electrique’, which comes with stunning packaging, does just that


Phil Alvin - (2015)
Phil Alvin - County Fair 2000

Dan Cressey reflects on 'County Fair 2000', Blasters' front man Phil Alvin's 1994 second solo album, which, recently reissued, finds him moving away from rock and roll and experimenting with jazz and blues


Blind Mr Jones - (2015)
Blind Mr Jones - Tattooine

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Dave Goodwin reflects on shoegazing/Britpop band Blind Mr Jones' 1994 second album 'Tattoine', which has just been re-released and remastered


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - (2015)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Junk Culture

Dave Goodwin reflects on Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's 1984 fifth album 'Junk Culture', which has just been reissued in a double CD expanded edition


Ub40 - (2015)
Ub40 - Labour of Love

Erick Mertz reflects upon UB40's 1984 fourth album and covers record 'Labour of Love', which is about to reissued in a three CD extended edition


Primitives - (2015)
Primitives - Galore

Anthony Strutt reflects on the Primitives' underrated 1991 third album 'Galore', which has just been reissued in a double CD edition


Wolfhounds - (2015)
Wolfhounds - Unseen Ripples From A Pebble

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Dixie Ernill reflects on indie pop band the Wolfhounds' debut album 'Unseen Ripples From A Pebble', which is about to be re-released in an expanded edition


Motorpsycho - (2015)
Motorpsycho - Demon Box

In our 'Re;View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Erick Mertz refelects on Norwegian heavy metal/psychedelic rockers Motorpsycho's classic third album, which has just been re-released in a four CD box set


Madness - (2014)
Madness - One Step Beyond

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Fiona Hutchings reflects on Madness's 1979 debut solo album 'One Step Beyond', which has just been re-released in an expanded edition


Chvrches - (2014)
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Anthony Strutt reflects on 'The Bones of What You Belive', Scottish electronic trio Chvrches' acclaimed debut album from last year


Iron Butterfly - (2014)
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Carl Bookstein examines psyschedelic Californian group Iron Butterfly's recently reissued 1968 second album, 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida'


Beth Orton - (2014)
Beth Orton - Central Reservation

In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Anthony Strutt reflects on English singer-songwriter Beth Orton's 1999 album 'Central Reservation', which has just been re-released in a new double CD edition







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