Music Reviews

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

Utopia - Bootleg Series Vol 2—Ksan 95FM Live 79

Blasting testament to Todd Rundgren's late-'70s stage rebirth

Carole King

Early '70s New York singer-songwriter in retrospect

Sugarhill Gang - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Reissued curate's eggs of debut albums from key early rappers

Jethro Tull

Remastered CD reissues of Lancastrian rockers

Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Self-selecting career highlights overview

Lee Hazlewood - These Boots Were Made For Walkin'—The Complete MGM Recordings

Two-CD garnering of US maverick producer/songwriter's golden years. Includes rare and unreleased...

The Cowboy Junkies - The Best Of The Cowboy

17-track retrospective proves mildly addictive

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

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The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out,...