Music Reviews

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

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

10cc

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

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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...