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Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - ReflektorA grand - sometimes cacophonous - inquisition into what comes next...

Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu

Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu500 albums into his career, a Syrian cult hero hooks up with Four Tet for his first trip to a...

The Beatles - On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

The Beatles - On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2The return of the Fab Four at the Beeb and live - now with added Beatle wit...

Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe EditionServing the servants: Kurt’s caustic last stand, now spread across four discs...

Basically, Johnny Moped

Basically, Johnny MopedAn accidental visionary and "star in his own world"... the strange tale of a cult punk hero...

The Beta Band - The Regal Years (1997 - 2004)

The Beta Band - The Regal Years (1997 - 2004)A 6 CD set of LPs, EPs, Beeb cuts, demos and live...

Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red

Prefab Sprout - Crimson/RedPaddy McAloon makes a heartfelt, hook-laden return...

Roy Harper - Man & Myth

Roy Harper - Man & MythThe outsider no more - Harper's first album in 13 years is a magnificent, ambitious rejuvenation...

Volcano Choir - Repave

Volcano Choir - RepaveJustin Vernon and his able mates set sail, under a strong wind, on what could prove to be an epic...

Van Morrison - Moondance Deluxe Edition

Van Morrison - Moondance Deluxe EditionHow much of a good thing is too much..?

Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

Okkervil River - The Silver GymnasiumWill Sheff goes back to the future...

Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - AMSongs about heavy nights, and the mornings after. It's clearly been emotional...

Iasos - Celestial Soul Portrait

Iasos - Celestial Soul PortraitOpen your third eye! Blissed-out new age voyager’s early work compiled...

Elton John - The Diving Board

Elton John - The Diving BoardThe rocket man returns to his very best on 30th LP...

The Beach Boys - Made In California

The Beach Boys - Made In CaliforniaHits, rarities and more - the two sides of The Beach Boys laid bare in extensive box set...

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love YouSongs of bereavement and grief on mature sixth...

Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost

Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up GhostEC’s metatextual affair with the jazz y neo-hip-hoppers...

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers & Sisters

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers & SistersDeluxe four-disc reissue of first post-Duane album...

The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars - The Civil WarsThe final conflict? Roots revivalists find harmony in discord on self-titled second album...

The Clash - Sound System

The Clash - Sound SystemGreat things come in crazy packages. Newly remastered albums, plus remastered ephemera...

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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...