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Duane Allman - Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective

Duane Allman - Skydog: The Duane Allman RetrospectiveThe charismatic slide guitar god and Southern rock avatar finally gets his due via a massive career...

John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant - Pale Green GhostsFormer Czar's emotionally raw second - Sinead sings backing...

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow MoonA collaboration at once overdue, and worth the wait...

Eels - Wonderful, Glorious

Eels - Wonderful, GloriousEels’ tenth album lives up to its fate-tempting title...

Bert Jansch - Acoustic Routes

Bert Jansch - Acoustic RoutesUnderstated BBC overview reissued...

Endless Boogie - Long Island

Endless Boogie - Long IslandUber-jams, the Civil War and a great leap-forward...

Who's That Man - A Tribute To Conny Plank

Who's That Man - A Tribute To Conny PlankFour-CD box set honours the great Krautrock producer and collaborator...

Johnny Marr - The Messenger

Johnny Marr - The MessengerThe solo debut by The Smiths guitar ace is a joyous return to the sound of his greatest triumphs...

Ballads, Blues & Blueglass

Ballads, Blues & BlueglassUnearthed time capsule from Greenwich Village 1961. Dylan's attendance disputed...

Atoms For Peace - Amok

Atoms For Peace - AmokIt’s The King Of Limbs with beats! And tunes! Thom Yorke’s “supergroup” achieve an instant...

Julian Cope - Saint Julian

Julian Cope - Saint JulianThe arch druid goes POPTASTIC...

Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In

Caitlin Rose - The Stand-InCaptivating second album from the uncrowned queen of new Nashville...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky AwayRevitalised by Grinderman, Cave and band return with an aquatic, slow-moving work of hushed beauty...

Jim James - Regions Of Light And Sound Of God

Jim James - Regions Of Light And Sound Of GodMMJ man goes it alone with an eclectic, intricate LP...

Ron Sexsmith - Forever Endeavour

Ron Sexsmith - Forever EndeavourTender, string-soaked twelfth from Canuck songwriter...

Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa Perdita

Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa PerditaCVB comeback, take two: A sun-cracked roots-rock homage to Northern California...

Villagers - {Awayland}

Villagers - {Awayland}Conor O'Brien adds some weirdness to his songcraft...

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Fleetwood Mac - RumoursThe game-changing ’70s AOR blockbuster turns 35 with a super deluxe boxset...

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & JimAffable Americana from Nashville statesmen...

Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer - Child Ballads

Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer - Child BalladsVocal collaboration draws ancient and modern together...

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The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...