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Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam TwentyCameron Crowe's feature length documentary celebrates the grunge legends...

Cabaret Voltaire - Johnny Yesno Redux

Cabaret Voltaire - Johnny Yesno ReduxCabaret Voltaire's Steel City noir, now rewired with extras...

Public Image Limited - the complete reissues

Public Image Limited - the complete reissuesJohn Lydon's post-Pistols back catalogue re-released...

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' Hopkins

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' HopkinsIntimate portrait of a legendary bluesman...

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old IdeasHis first studio album for eight years finds Cohen addressing waning physical powers and moral...

Johnny Cash - Bootleg Vol.3: Live Around The World

Johnny Cash - Bootleg Vol.3: Live Around The WorldThe man in black takes it to the masses across three decades and two CDs...

Dave Davies - Hidden Treasures

Dave Davies - Hidden TreasuresWhatever it was meant to be, it wasn’t fun. In the closing years of the 1960s, the Kinks’ managers...

Rolling Stones - Some Girls Live In Texas

Rolling Stones - Some Girls Live In TexasIt’s 1978 and the Rolling Stones have just left the soggy vagueness of their mid-70s career behind...

The Who - Quadrophenia Director's Cut

The Who - Quadrophenia Director's CutHaul out the Vespa! Jimmy the Mod rides again on two and five CD reissues of Townshend’s 1973...

White Denim - Last Day Of Summer

White Denim - Last Day Of SummerWhite Denim, as their frenetic live shows would suggest, are not a band much given to idling. Last...

Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes

Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full EyesIt didn’t require a telescope to spot Craig Finn’s first solo record glinting on the horizon. The...

Talking Heads - Chronology

Talking Heads - Chronology“David Byrne, all neurasthenic nettles pointing inward. He looked like someone who’d just OD’d on...

Hiss Golden Messenger - Poor Moon

Hiss Golden Messenger - Poor MoonMC Taylor, a songwriter and a student of folklore, is not a declamatory man. His songs are...

Roy Wood - Music Box

Roy Wood - Music BoxIt is a sad fact of life that a man from any walk of life – even the often preposterous world of...

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson: Deluxe Edition

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson: Deluxe EditionParis, 1968. On the set of a nondescript film called Slogan, 22 year old English actress Jane...

The Kinks - The Kinks In Mono

The Kinks - The Kinks In MonoThis comes in a cute Dansette-style box stuffed with ten albums of antique Kinkorama and Meet the...

Smashing Pumpkins - Gish & Siamese Dream

Smashing Pumpkins - Gish & Siamese DreamBefore the rampant egomania, before the bloated double albums, before the mass band purgings and...

Elvis Costello & The Imposters - The Return Of The Spectacular Singing Songbook

Elvis Costello & The Imposters - The Return Of The Spectacular Singing SongbookElvis Costello wasn’t himself 25 years ago, the musician credits on the two albums he released in...

Howlin Wolf - Smokestack Lightning The Complete Chess Masters

Howlin Wolf - Smokestack Lightning The Complete Chess Masters4CD box set charting the ascendance of the blues’ most distinctive voice. O-wooo!

The Little Willies - For The Good Times

The Little Willies - For The Good TimesSecond collection of old-school country and western covers from Norah Jones and co. ..By sheer dint...

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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...