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Bottle Rockets - Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side

Bottle Rockets - Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn SideBlue-collar blast: Roots-rock masterpieces, back in print...

Eric Clapton - Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Recordings

Eric Clapton - Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 RecordingsSix-disc set from the 'identity crisis' years - three albums, outtakes, lives and a session with...

Al Green - Let's Stay Together / I'm Still In Love With You

Al Green - Let's Stay Together / I'm Still In Love With You1972 - when Al Green ruled the world...

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A-Comin'

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A-Comin'A fascinating story, disappointingly told...

White Denim - Corsicana Lemonade

White Denim - Corsicana LemonadeThe Texans continue their radical evolution with a kaleidoscopic concept album...

The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies

The Kinks - Muswell HillbilliesRay Davies underrated North London song-cycle, now with an extra disc of rarities...

Nick Lowe - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family

Nick Lowe - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the FamilyOl’ Saint Nick, playful pop alchemy, and the retro-reinvention of the Christmas album...

Bob Dylan - Complete Album Collection Vol. One

Bob Dylan - Complete Album Collection Vol. OneEvery album, and a little bit more. Something is happening…

Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Jason Isbell - SoutheasternRare example of sobriety and marriage causing great country music...

The Who - Tommy (Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions)

The Who - Tommy (Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions)Another night at the opera, with demos and live versions...

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Trout Mask ReplicaNewly remastered and still astonishing...

Midlake - Antiphon

Midlake - AntiphonThe band move on with a subtle change of emphasis following Tim Smith's departure...

Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy 30th Anniversary Edition

Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy 30th Anniversary EditionThe bard's compact debut plus live counterpart...

Willie Nelson - To All The Girls...

Willie Nelson - To All The Girls...At 80, country’s king takes up with 18 assorted queens...

Gene Clark - The Byrd Who Flew Alone

Gene Clark - The Byrd Who Flew AloneA dark chronicle of his life and works...

Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare

Jonathan Wilson - FanfareTaking Laurel Canyon songcraft into epic territory on his second album...

Paul McCartney - New

Paul McCartney - NewYoung producers help locate classic Macca sounds....

John Martyn - The Island Years

John Martyn - The Island YearsOld and new treasures from the folk pioneer...

Kelley Stoltz - Double Exposure

Kelley Stoltz - Double ExposureOne-man garage auteur arrives at his natural home...

Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long Now

Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long NowFolk-rock grande dame, still damned grand...

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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...