Music Reviews

Robert Palmer - At His Very Best

Ex-Vinegar Joe fella turned, er, '80s sex symbol celebrates 25 years of lounge lizardry

Edwin Starr

Agent 00 soul, licensed to thrill

Sparks - This Album's Big Enough... The Best Of

Something for the music lover with everything

David Bowie - Best Of Bowie

Every home should have one. Or possibly two

Carpenters - The Essential Collection 1965-97

Chronological 73-track, four-CD anthology of avant-MOR avatars

David Thomas - Monster

Box set of Pere Ubu frontman's five solo albums, plus bonus live material with Two Pale Boys

Dreams Never End

Four CDs of Mancunian magic from New Order's back pages, including cherry-picked album tracks, B-...

Dancing In The Dark

Best-of for uniquely bleak songwriter

Various Artists - Elec-Trax

Sixteen shiny "synthpop classics"

Isaac Hayes - Groove-A-Thon

Big Ike's disco detour, first time on CD

Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology

Retrospective becomes elegy for skiffle king who died in November, aged 71


Wacky send-up pop cleverly put together by early-'70s Manchester four-piece hailed as 'New Beatles'

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Live—1975-85

The Boss' "Rambo" period on three CDs

Chairmen Of The Board - Finder's Keepers: The Invictus Anthology

Three-CD, 64-track compilation of unsung '70s soul visionaries

Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of...

Odd hits affair which hardly acknowledges Peter Green

Pop Will Eat Itself - Pwei Product: Pop Will Eat Itself Anthology 86-94

Comprehensive compendium from indie-rap-rock Midlanders

Solid Gold Easy Action

Divine double bill hits the spot with some superior-quality quiet time

Dan Bern - The Borderline, London

Prolific US songwriter rustles up an acoustic storm

Rebels With A Cause

Rock luminaries line up for old man Young's legendary annual benefit concerts for severely...


Editor's Letter

"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014

Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...