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Iris Dement - Sing The Delta

Iris Dement - Sing The DeltaBringing it all back home: Arkansas dazzler's first original music in 16 years...

The Jam - The Gift: Super Deluxe Edition

The Jam - The Gift: Super Deluxe EditionThe Fab Three's studio swansong, with B-sides, demos, vids and a live gig...

Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin - Celebration DayNo myth-making here: just an impressive document of old friends blowing minds again...

The Rolling Stones - GRRR!

The Rolling Stones - GRRR!Despite the silly title and gorilla sleeve, this 3CD compilation proves a respectable primer...

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental TouristCosmic collaboration from two electronic masters...

The Lumineers - The Lumineers

The Lumineers - The LumineersPounding folk debut album from Denver, Colorado-based trio...

Kris Kristofferson - Feeling Mortal

Kris Kristofferson - Feeling MortalMore death, Vicar? Aged 76, KK faces down the Reaper...

Mickey Newbury - Lulled By The Moonlight/Stories From The Silver Moon Cafe/Blue To This Day

Mickey Newbury - Lulled By The Moonlight/Stories From The Silver Moon Cafe/Blue To This DayThe last wilful testaments of a true original...

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965Satisfaction guaranteed! The band's fascinated early days...

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial CollectionHard to believe that Woody Guthrie, conceivably, could still be alive in 2012, given that he’s been...

Allah-Las – Allah-Las

Allah-Las – Allah-LasLos Angeles quartet the Allah-Las have the most perfect of backstories for a group making such...

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & NicoThe banana’s back. Not before time. Late last year, Lou Reed’s reputation suffered a serious blow...

Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos

Donald Fagen - Sunken CondosAn unexpected new treat from the Hall of Famer...

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A Stranger

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A StrangerMore heartbreak and droll humour from one of America’s underrated greats...

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album CollectionMotherlode: Spanning the decades with the Man in Black—59 albums-plus, across 63 discs...

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted ManA stripped-down - yet chart friendly - return...

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box set

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box setThe classic '86 solo album, lavishly packaged with extras...

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light OrchestraELO man upgrades his hits and re-imagines his youth...

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan BA real return to form, though it can't match Van's best...

R.E.M - Document reissue

R.E.M - Document reissue25th anniversary reissue, accompanied by contemporaneous live show...

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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...