The Ultimate Music Guide

Ultimate Music Guide: Elvis Costello

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Elvis Costello

"Oh I just don't know where to begin…" So sang Elvis Costello in 1979, opening one of his most enduring singles, "Accidents Will Happen". The best place to start investigations of this brilliant and complicated artist, though, is Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide: Elvis Costello. Inside, you'll find a wealth of old NME and Melody Maker features, printed in full for the first time in decades, that capture one of the most pointed British songwriters of the last four decades in full ferocious effect. "There's a lot of rock music that's become exclusive and it's of no use to anyone.

Ultimate Music Guide: Tom Waits

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Tom Waits

Roll up, roll up, for the latest in Uncut’s legendary and extravagant Ultimate Music Guides. This time, our subject is none other than Tom Waits – radical beatnik, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the past 50 years, and a true American original. Once again, we’ve gone deep into the archives of NME, Melody Maker and Uncut to fish out the wildest and most surreal interviews with Waits, a man whose stories are every bit as good as his songs.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Cure

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: The Cure

The latest Uncut Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page celebration of the wayward genius of Robert Smith and The Cure, the band he formed nearly four decades years ago and which almost from the very beginning of their illustrious career he seems to have almost every year promised to walk away from, even as they have become one of British rock's most enduring and fascinating musical institutions.

Ultimate Music Guide: Oasis

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Oasis

What's the story? To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Oasis, Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page tribute to the wild genius of Noel and Liam Gallagher. As ever, we've tracked down the greatest Oasis interviews in the NME and Melody Maker archives, and reprinted them: chaotic, hilarious, unabridged. And once you've read through all the bitching, battling and tales of legendary carnage, Uncut's team of writers have filed revelatory new pieces on every album - from Oasis' epochal debut, right up to Noel and Liam's most recent adventures.

Ultimate Music Guide: Lou Reed

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Lou Reed

Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page tribute to the genius of Lou Reed. As with all of our Ultimate Music Guides, we've raided the archives of NME and Melody Maker to uncover a rich collection of old Lou Reed interviews: some of them legendary encounters, restored to their original and unexpurgated lengths; others just as debauched and gripping, but unseen for decades.

Ultimate Music Guide: Neil Young

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Neil Young

This comprehensive, 148 page magazine includes brand new reviews by our crack team of writers covering all Young's albums - Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, with Crazy Horse and solo. Meanwhile, revealing interviews from the archives of Melody Maker and NME are revisited, plus incredible rare photographs and a round-up of Young Memorabilia.

Ultimate Music Guide: Small Faces & The Faces

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Small Faces & The Faces

“It was chaos, chaos, chaos!” Uncut’s latest Ultimate Music Guide tells the compelling story of The Small Faces and The Faces. Over 148 packed pages, we stitch together the tale of an extraordinary musical dynasty, with roistering interviews from the NME and Melody Maker archives and in-depth new reviews of all their records. Plus, there are extensive new pieces on Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott and Humble Pie, and an introduction from Ian McLagan… “We did so many stupid things,” he says. The Small Faces and Faces Ultimate Music Guide – it’s all too beautiful!

Ultimate Music Guide: Depeche

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Depeche

Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page special dedicated to the planet-conquering genius of Depeche Mode. From the depths of the NME and Melody Maker archives, we've dug out revealing, hilarious and harrowing interviews with the band, unseen for decades. We've commissioned in-depth new reviews of every Mode album by the best contemporary writers. Oh, and Martin Gore has provided an exclusive introduction. "We're survivors, we're like brothers," he says. That's Depeche Mode: The Ultimate Music Guide - it's a black celebration!

Ultimate Music Guide: Nick Cave

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Nick Cave

Nick Cave is back with his stunning new album, Push Away The Sky, and what better way to celebrate than with a 148 page special revisiting his incredible music and wild times with the Birthday Party, the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. The Ultimate Music Guide features revealing interviews from the Melody Maker and NME archives alongside amazing photos and in-depth new reviews of all Cave’s albums to tell the complete story behind Cave’s remarkable rise to become one of the most acclaimed songwriters of his generation.

Ultimate Music Guide: Paul Weller

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Paul Weller

Wake up the nation! Over the past 35 years, Paul Weller has asserted himself, time and time again, as one of the most potent figures in British music: impassioned, tireless, single-minded, brilliant. In the latest Uncut Ultimate Music Guide, we tell Weller's complete story, from the seismic arrival of The Jam, through the inventive subversions of The Style Council, and on to his rich and varied two decades as a solo artist.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Kinks

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: The Kinks

Give the people what they want! The 12th Uncut Ultimate Music Guide tells the compelling story of The Kinks! An epic saga of warring brothers, wild concepts, worldwide hits and long sojourns in the wilderness. As usual, we've pored over old copies of NME and Melody Maker to locate revelatory interviews with Ray Davies and his fractious bandmates. Reprinted in full in this Ultimate Music Guide, most of them have been lost for decades. Uncut's current writers, meanwhile, have produced new reviews of every single album in the Kinks' catalogue, uncovering a few long-neglected gems in the process.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Smiths

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: The Smiths

Uncut presents our latest 148-page special, telling the complete story of The Smiths, and tracing Morrissey and Johnny Marr's careers to the present day.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Beatles

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: The Beatles

"A splendid time is guaranteed for all!" Yes, the 13th Uncut Ultimate Music Guide is a very special one – a 148-page extravaganza dedicated to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Ultimate Music Guide: Led Zeppelin

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Led Zeppelin

Uncut presents Led Zeppelin: The Ultimate Music Guide Issue 10. Just as Robert Plant returns with a new band, and Jimmy Page releases his great lost album from the archives, Uncut celebrates their incredible band, Led Zeppelin.

Ultimate Music Guide: REM

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: REM

Uncut presents REM: The Ultimate Music Guide. In the wake of their split, we celebrate the greatest American rock band of the past 30 years.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Clash

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: The Clash

Uncut presents The Clash: The Ultimate Music Guide. The complete story of the punk firebrands who revolutionised rock'n'roll.

Ultimate Music Guide: David Bowie

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: David Bowie

Ch–ch–ch–ch–Changes! The latest Ultimate Music Guide, from the makers of Uncut, is our biggest yet: a 180–page extravaganza dedicated to the charismatic, shape–shifting genius of David Bowie.

Ultimate Music Guide: Pink Floyd

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: Pink Floyd

Track the band's history from its early days as psychedelic pioneers and cult favourites of London's hippy underground to multi-million selling super-brand they became with Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Who

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: The Who

People try to put them down – but that's because they're still around! The latest Ultimate Music Guide from the Uncut team turns the spotlight on one of the most exciting, bright, controversial – and loud! – rock bands that Britain has ever produced.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Rolling Stones

Uncut - Ultimate Music Guide: The Rolling Stones

“Sometimes I feel that my whole career with The Creation, Jeff Beck and The Faces was one long audition to join The Rolling Stones,” writes Ronnie Wood, in his introduction to our latest Ultimate Music Guide.

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The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


First off, thanks for all your kind and indulgent comments about my 154 best albums of 2014 blog; I'm genuinely grateful and touched by the feedback.

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