Music Reviews

Roy Ayers - Destination Motherland: The Roy Ayers Anthology

Definitive two-CD, 33-track compilation of jazz-funk vibraphonist's finest moments

Rory Gallagher - Wheels Within Wheels

Much lamented Irish guitar hero's roots exposed

Heart - The Essential Heart

Double whammy from Seattle's multi-faceted finest

The Style Council - The Sound Of The Style Council

Best-of to mark 20th anniversary of Weller's experimental post-Jam outfit

Roxette - The Ballad Hits

Tear-streaked wonder from Abba's pop-rock progeny

Various Artists - Glass Onion:Songs Of The Beatles

Black artists reinterpret the Fabs

Townes Van Zandt - Absolutely Nothing

Posthumous live and studio collection from legendary Texan troubadour

Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy: The Best Of

Son of an Arkansas share-cropper made good

Lo Fidelity Allstars - Abstract Funk Theory

Tenth in the series exploring influences on modern dance music

Toppermost Of The Coppermost

Reissue of blonde wonders' five studio albums. In other words, Sting when he was good

Show Me The Money

Two CDs of remixes from the eternally bloody-minded Richard D James

Love - Comes In Colours: The Stereo Masters 1966-1969

Fully expanded reissue of Love brilliance culled from band's Elektra period

Lenny Bruce - Lenny Bruce Originals Vol 2

Bad taste personified, they said. Comic genius, in other words

Green On Red - Gas Food Lodging

Green On Red - Gas Food LodgingLong overdue reissued twofer of pioneering US country-bloozesters

The Walkabouts - Watermarks: Selected Songs 1991-2001

Decade-spanning compilation of Chris Eckman and Carla Torgerson's alt.country trailblazers

Back From Heaven

Definitive collection honouring late rap pioneer

The Human League

The first two albums from Sheffield's poppiest electro pioneers, now remastered

Tremeloes - Marmalade

Deep baroque pop from '60s stalwarts and psych-pop from Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Glaswegians

The Pretty Things

Not especially distinguished albums reissued

Fred Frith

Re-releases of solo outings by prodigious ex-Henry Cow guitarist

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Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...