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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...

Snowbird - Moon

Snowbird - MoonSimon Raymonde and Stephanie Dosen's mysterious, Cocteaus-y nightscapes...

Uncle Tupelo - No Depression: The Legacy Edition

Uncle Tupelo - No Depression: The Legacy EditionNot for now, just for forever. Insurgent Country's big bang...

Doug Paisley - Strong Feelings

Doug Paisley - Strong FeelingsThe Canadian crooner returns. Now with added Garth Hudson and Mary Margaret O'Hara...

Small Faces - Here Comes The Nice

Small Faces - Here Comes The NiceThe Mod scamps best work, finally given due respect...

Broken Bells - After The Disco

Broken Bells - After The DiscoSupple mood music tailored for a rainy Sunday afternoon...

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des JeunesDamon Albarn-led cultural exchange bears fruit...

The Jesus And Mary Chain - The Vinyl Collection

The Jesus And Mary Chain - The Vinyl CollectionLimited edition box set to mark JAMC's 30th...

Mark Lanegan - Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989 - 2011

Mark Lanegan - Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989 - 2011Towers of song from gravel-throated American mystery...

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At JagbagsPavement’s ex-mainman plays to strengths in his first since becoming a Berliner. By Jason Anderson

Ry Cooder - 1970 - 1987

Ry Cooder - 1970 - 1987Box fresh: 11 albums from guitar king’s first golden age...

Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread

Rosanne Cash - The River & The ThreadMesmerising trek through the land of Dixie: R Cash paints her masterpiece...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live From KCRW

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live From KCRWRadio on - the dons of magisterial cool get up-close and personal...

The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe Edition

The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe EditionReed and Cale's most experimental work. Still mind-blowing...

Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - Born With The Caul

Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - Born With The CaulIntroducing, from Dublin, a new star of psychedelic folk-rock…

Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen - High HopesGood-time title, sombre message on The Boss' 18th studio album proper...

Lee Hazelwood Industries - There's A Dream I've Been Saving 1966-1971

Lee Hazelwood Industries - There's A Dream I've Been Saving 1966-1971Cosmic Cowboy’s indie label exhumed...

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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...