Music Reviews

Aaliyah - I Care 4 U

Classic singles plus unreleased material

Outkast

Second and third pre-Stankonia albums from Atlanta funk-hop giants, at mid-price

Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson - Winter In America

Introspective seasonal offering from black poet-singer and collaborating pianist

The Yardbirds - The Yardbirds Story

Exhaustive overview of seminal UK R&B group

Various Artists - The Bristol Sessions Vol I

Eighteen tracks from legendary sessions that constitute The Big Bang of country music

Amon Düül II

Re-release of classic krautrock albums with bonus tracks

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

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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...