Music Reviews

T. Rex

WAX CO SINGLES VOLUME 2 (1975-8) BOTH EDSEL If you hit puberty back in the '70s, your first vaguely...

The Pretty Things - Singles As & Bs

R&B/psychedelic/rock odyssey charted in 45s

Simple Minds

Remastering the Scottish stadium rockers' fame years

Snide Effects

IMPERIAL BEDROOM MIGHTY LIKE A ROSE ALL DEMON Two ideas seem to connect these albums: production...

Frank Zappa

Oddball compilations from late rock satirist's extraordinarily prolific career chosen by band-...

Madness - Our House

Nutty Boys' best-of and musical tie-in

Wilko Johnson - Back In The Night: The Best Of Wilko Johnson

Former Feelgood guitarist anthologised

Thelonious Monk

Piano eccentricities from jazz maverick

David Axelrod - Anthology II

Second collection from veteran orchestral fusioneer's recording career

Herbie Hancock - The Herbie Hancock Box

Music of unfeasibly large variety of style

Baby Bird - The Original Lo-Fi

Remastered replicas of original five self-released LPs plus a sixth of previously unavailable...

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3

Back to Bob's roots, and then some

Sells Like Teen Spirit

Grunge kings' best-of is sanitised yet magnificent. Includes previously unreleased track

Kate Rusby - Ten

Folk chanteuse celebrates decade of balladeering

Various Artists - I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders

Revamped covers LP lacks ragged glory

Various Artists - Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century

Four-CD, 83-track box with 36-page booklet tries to summarise soul music

Roy Wood - Wizzard

Everything worthwhile done in the '70s by the British Todd Rundgren

23 Skidoo

Singles and rarities collections from pioneering punk funksters

West World

The all-encompassing world of alt.country

To Helvetia And Back

Huge boxed set of European jazz festival concerts

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The Father, The Sun And The Holy Ghost… An interview with Hiss Golden Messenger


One bright Sunday morning, MC Taylor is driving through his patch of North Carolina, past New Hope Creek and the Eno River, over the Chatham County Line and the James Taylor Bridge in Chapel Hill, near the Haw River and the valley that he has meditated upon in song these past few years. Through...