Music Reviews

Various Artists - Teutonik Disaster

Essential purchase for fans of electro and German new wave

Various Artists - Top Deck SKA 45s Box

Replica singles set of cuts by ska pioneers

Illinois Jacquet - The Illinois Jacquet Story

Four-CD crash course from Texan tenor titan

Pearl Jam

Seattle rockers' first and fifth albums reissued at mid-price

Mad About The Boy

Never before collected under one (legal) roof, Beach Boy's non-band '60s classics

Various Artists - Great Day Coming

Wide-ranging anthology of classic gospel tracks

Their first two EPs on CD, at last

Nina Simone - Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club

Accompanied by bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath the 24-year-old Simone works...

Camper Van Beethoven - Cigarettes And Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz Years

Limited edition five-CD box from '80s US indie heroes

Electric Dreams

Four re-releases spanning disco innovator's career

The Moon - Without Earth

Entire studio output of psychedelic orch-pop band on CD for first time

Would-Be-Goods - Marden Hill

Marden Hill CADAQUEZ Various Artists THE COOL MIKADO ALL ÉL In the '80s, Mike Alway's él...

Spiritualized

Pierce and co's cosmic masterpieces reissued

Nancy Sinatra - Lightning's Girl

A best-of thin on any real achievement

Aaliyah - I Care 4 U

Classic singles plus unreleased material

Outkast

Second and third pre-Stankonia albums from Atlanta funk-hop giants, at mid-price

Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson - Winter In America

Introspective seasonal offering from black poet-singer and collaborating pianist

The Yardbirds - The Yardbirds Story

Exhaustive overview of seminal UK R&B group

Various Artists - The Bristol Sessions Vol I

Eighteen tracks from legendary sessions that constitute The Big Bang of country music

Amon Düül II

Re-release of classic krautrock albums with bonus tracks

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Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...