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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...

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...

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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,”...