Music Reviews

Simple Minds

Remastering the Scottish stadium rockers' fame years

Snide Effects

IMPERIAL BEDROOM MIGHTY LIKE A ROSE ALL DEMON Two ideas seem to connect these albums: production...

Frank Zappa

Oddball compilations from late rock satirist's extraordinarily prolific career chosen by band-...

Madness - Our House

Nutty Boys' best-of and musical tie-in

Wilko Johnson - Back In The Night: The Best Of Wilko Johnson

Former Feelgood guitarist anthologised

Thelonious Monk

Piano eccentricities from jazz maverick

David Axelrod - Anthology II

Second collection from veteran orchestral fusioneer's recording career

Herbie Hancock - The Herbie Hancock Box

Music of unfeasibly large variety of style

Baby Bird - The Original Lo-Fi

Remastered replicas of original five self-released LPs plus a sixth of previously unavailable...

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3

Back to Bob's roots, and then some

Sells Like Teen Spirit

Grunge kings' best-of is sanitised yet magnificent. Includes previously unreleased track

Kate Rusby - Ten

Folk chanteuse celebrates decade of balladeering

Various Artists - I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders

Revamped covers LP lacks ragged glory

Various Artists - Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century

Four-CD, 83-track box with 36-page booklet tries to summarise soul music

Roy Wood - Wizzard

Everything worthwhile done in the '70s by the British Todd Rundgren

23 Skidoo

Singles and rarities collections from pioneering punk funksters

West World

The all-encompassing world of alt.country

To Helvetia And Back

Huge boxed set of European jazz festival concerts

Utopia - Bootleg Series Vol 2—Ksan 95FM Live 79

Blasting testament to Todd Rundgren's late-'70s stage rebirth

Carole King

Early '70s New York singer-songwriter in retrospect

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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...