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The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965Satisfaction guaranteed! The band's fascinated early days...

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial CollectionHard to believe that Woody Guthrie, conceivably, could still be alive in 2012, given that he’s been...

Allah-Las – Allah-Las

Allah-Las – Allah-LasLos Angeles quartet the Allah-Las have the most perfect of backstories for a group making such...

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & NicoThe banana’s back. Not before time. Late last year, Lou Reed’s reputation suffered a serious blow...

Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos

Donald Fagen - Sunken CondosAn unexpected new treat from the Hall of Famer...

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A Stranger

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A StrangerMore heartbreak and droll humour from one of America’s underrated greats...

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album CollectionMotherlode: Spanning the decades with the Man in Black—59 albums-plus, across 63 discs...

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted ManA stripped-down - yet chart friendly - return...

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box set

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box setThe classic '86 solo album, lavishly packaged with extras...

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light OrchestraELO man upgrades his hits and re-imagines his youth...

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan BA real return to form, though it can't match Van's best...

R.E.M - Document reissue

R.E.M - Document reissue25th anniversary reissue, accompanied by contemporaneous live show...

Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The DistanceDrive-By Trucker lifts the lid on his crisis years...

Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel

Bill Wilson - Ever Changing MinstrelBack from the bargain bin, a lost piece of southern-soul-baring...

The XX - Coexist

The XX - CoexistSensual second proves even better than the first...

Produced By George Martin

Produced By George MartinA fascinating journey through the life of the producer who changed the world...

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - 35th anniversary box set

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - 35th anniversary box setShambolic punk artefact gets the grand, 3-CD and DVD box-set treatment, with lavish book. Punk...

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat + Bone

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat + BoneIt's now seven years since Damage, the last Blues Explosion album, a hiatus during which Jon...

Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - ShieldsClass of '09 grads think bigger; wilder.

Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention reissues

Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention reissuesThe Zappa Motherlode: 12 albums reissued this month and 48 more by the end of the year...

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Editor's Letter

Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!


First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile...