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Quincy Jones - Complete Recordings 1955 - 59 / 1960 - 1962

Quincy Jones - Complete Recordings 1955 - 59 / 1960 - 1962Bargain priced boxsets showcasing the early genius of Mr Jones...

The Rise And Fall Of The Clash

The Rise And Fall Of The Clash...but mostly, the fall. An awkward, insightful account of how it all went sour for Strummer &...

Miles Davis - Bootleg Series Vol 3: Miles At The Fillmore 1970

Miles Davis - Bootleg Series Vol 3: Miles At The Fillmore 1970Miles in 1970: expanded, and expanding all the time...

Linda Perhacs - The Soul Of All Natural Things

Linda Perhacs - The Soul Of All Natural ThingsPsychedelic folk, eschatology, spirals and choirs: welcome back, Linda Perhacs...

Metronomy - Love Letter

Metronomy - Love LetterJoseph Mount and co head to Toe Rag for analogue experiment and mild anxiety...

Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky

Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper SkyAmericana master, songwriter du jour, strikes while iron is hot...

The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady - Teeth DreamsA leaner, keener Hold Steady return from hiatus...

Dr John, The Night Tripper - Gris Gris

Dr John, The Night Tripper - Gris GrisMac Rebennack's brilliant debut, reissued...

Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of EverythingSombre and sparce, but not in the least bit sober: Guy Garvey and co's classy sixth...

Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans

Drive-By Truckers - English OceansAlabama's finest return, recharged, and with a brilliant, balanced blast of rock'n'roll...

Tyrannosaurus Rex / T.Rex - A Beard Of Stars / T.Rex / Tanx / Alloy And The Riders Of Tomorrow - Deluxe Editions

Tyrannosaurus Rex / T.Rex - A Beard Of Stars / T.Rex / Tanx / Alloy And The Riders Of Tomorrow - Deluxe EditionsThe rise and fall of Marc Bolan and his glam phenomenon...

Michael Bloomfield - From His Head To His Heart To His Hands: An Audio/Visual Scrapbook

Michael Bloomfield - From His Head To His Heart To His Hands: An Audio/Visual ScrapbookBloomfield is God? Long-overdue, career-spanning look at rock's foremost guitar trailblazer...

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back HomeDown but not out: Wilko revisits his catalogue in good company...

Wild Beasts - Present Tense

Wild Beasts - Present TenseSynths and sex... the Kendal clan's excellent fourth...

Beck - Morning Phase

Beck - Morning PhaseThe LA maverick invokes Anglophile folk on first new album in six years...

Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance - Ooh La La: An Island Harvest

Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance - Ooh La La: An Island HarvestDouble-disc retrospective from the king of rustic rock...

Benmont Tench - You Should Be So Lucky

Benmont Tench - You Should Be So LuckyThe Heartbreakers keys man debuts - with a little help from his friends...

Dave Van Ronk - Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Dave Van Ronk - Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways CollectionThe real Llewyn Davis? The Mayor of MacDougal Street's first career-spanning collection...

Jackson C Frank - Jackson C Frank

Jackson C Frank - Jackson C FrankIll-fated folkie's fleeting moment of clarity...

Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert CelebrationDylan's star-studded rejuvenation...

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The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Weird serendipities aplenty this week: versions of "O, Death" on two albums I downloaded one after another, by Mike & Cara Gangloff and Bessie Jones; dovetailing into Sea Island overlap between Jones and Loscil. It makes for a nice blurring between time and genre with, say, the Gangloffs...