Music Reviews

A Mixed Experience

The Experience's English farewell at the Albert Hall, and Hendrix's at the Isle of Wight, plus an...

Flower Power

Twelve-year chronicle of demos and live cuts from '90s keepers of pop flame

Various Artists - At Least You Can Die With A Smile On Your Face

Twenty-two-track sampler from eclectic art-rock label

Various Artists - Reggae Love Songs

Romantic tunes played a big part in British reggae charts in the late '70s and early '80s as a new...

The Last Poets

Groundbreaking proto-rap at white heat

Miss Kittin - Felix Da Housecat

Retro techno par excellence

The Fall - Listening In:Lost Singles Tracks 1990-92

Overdue collectors' B-sides bonanza

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles - 000 Baby Baby: The Anthology

Definitive 52-track compilation spanning 1958-1972

Malcolm Morley - Ian Gomm

Long-lost pub rock albums finally resurface

Steve Forbert - More Young, Guitar Days

Southern boy recalls homesick-in-the-city salad days

Townes Van Zandt - Texas Troubadour

Late, great Lone Star songwriter, often covered, seldom bettered

Ween - God Ween Satan—The Oneness

New Hope, PA nutters started out with a Casio and then bled rock's corpse dry

Blue Orchids

Reissue of rarities, live stuff, Peel sessions, plus unreleased 1993 album

The Vinyl Countdown

Legendary single-a-month scam from indie stalwarts revisited

Forever Young

Achronological compilation with titular reference to album's length. Includes three new tracks

Retro Grades

Nostalgia overload for the School Disco crowd

Ramones - Loud, Fast

The hits that launched a thousand punks

Sir Douglas Quintet

Tex-Mex pioneer who prefigured country rock in the Beatlemania era

John Coltrane

A sax supreme

Various Artists - 16 Classiques De 1995 À 2002

Double CD of best tracks from celebrated Sourcelab compilations

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Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...