John Mulvey

The First Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The First Uncut Playlist Of 2014

After last week’s Best Albums Of 2014 roundup/provocation, here’s the first proper playlist of the year; with, as you’ll see, a few auspicious new arrivals.


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John Mulvey

On Michael Head's "Artorius Revisited", and beyond...



On Michael Head's "Artorius Revisited", and beyond...

Sometime last autumn, maybe, an EP called “Artorius Revisited” by Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band was quietly released in limited quantities. Last time he surfaced around 2006/2007, in a quixotic, thwarted and mostly transcendent musical career that now stretches back some three decades, Head and his longest-lasting configuration, Shack, were signed to Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash label. It didn’t last.


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Allan Jones

You Really Got It! The new Uncut CD previewed



You Really Got It! The new Uncut CD previewed

The new issue of Uncut has just gone on sale. The Kinks are on the cover and inside we have exclusive interviews with Ray and Dave Davies, who tell us what it will take for them to get back together to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary in 2014, so we’ve titled this month’s free CD after one of their early hits.


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014 (thus far...)



The Best Albums Of 2014 (thus far...)

Happy new year, everyone. Since we’re into 2014 now, and (perhaps more pertinently) since all of our 2013 charts generated so much traffic to www.uncut.co.uk last month, I thought it’d be useful/cynical to post a Best Of 2014 (Thus Far) list.


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Michael Bonner

The View From Here: The 20 Best Albums Of 2013



The View From Here: The 20 Best Albums Of 2013

Apologies - I've been a little late posting my Best Albums Of 2013 list. In mitigation, at least I managed to post my Best Films Of 2013 last week, which you can read here.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: The Waterboys play "Fisherman's Blues", London Hammersmith Apollo, December 18, 2013



Reviewed: The Waterboys play "Fisherman's Blues", London Hammersmith Apollo, December 18, 2013

So this, I think, might be a new thing: not so much a live recreation of a classic album, but a live recreation of the sessions which resulted in a classic album. A show predicated not just on evocative songs recorded 25-odd years ago, but on a nostalgia for outtakes that – up until a month or so ago, at least – most of the crowd in the Hammersmith Apollo tonight had never even heard.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street



First Look - Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street

The bulk of the action takes place in retrospect, prominently soundtracked by music from that era. There’s a knowing narration from a central character who is attracted to an exhilarating lifestyle fuelled by crime, money and drugs. There is a terrible fall, and a redemption of sorts.


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John Mulvey

The 47th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 47th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

The last playlist of 2013, I think, and – as you’ll see – a bunch of faithful retainers slipping back in with 2014 releases. Not sure I can believe I’m ending the year with an embedded video of Tears For Fears covering Animal Collective, but there you go.


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Allan Jones

The Kinks, Robert Plant, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley in the first Uncut of 2014



The Kinks, Robert Plant, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley in the first Uncut of 2014

This is the last newsletter of 2013, and therefore an appropriate moment perhaps to thank you for your support over the last 12 months and wish you all the best for the New Year. The next time you hear from me, our first issue of 2014 will already be out – we’ll be on sale from Friday, January 3 – so here’s a brief taster of what to expect.


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The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Uncut Top 80



The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Uncut Top 80

This month’s issue of Uncut, as you may have seen, comes with a free supplement showcasing our extensive end-of-year charts. We’ve decided, though, to post our 80 Best Albums Of 2013 list here.

You can read new assessments of these albums in the booklet. But in the meantime, click on the links to read the original Uncut reviews. A reminder, too, that Uncut staffers have been posting their individual 2013 lists:


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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...