Music Reviews

Smash And Grab

Ex-Pumpkin head pulps up the volume with his reinvented gang of 'glamadelic' grungesters

The Pretty Things

Mid-'60s reissues of variable quality

Various Artists - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Thirty-six axe-wielders in mostly reflective mood

Various Artists - Teutonik Disaster

Essential purchase for fans of electro and German new wave

Various Artists - Top Deck SKA 45s Box

Replica singles set of cuts by ska pioneers

Illinois Jacquet - The Illinois Jacquet Story

Four-CD crash course from Texan tenor titan

Pearl Jam

Seattle rockers' first and fifth albums reissued at mid-price

Mad About The Boy

Never before collected under one (legal) roof, Beach Boy's non-band '60s classics

Various Artists - Great Day Coming

Wide-ranging anthology of classic gospel tracks

Their first two EPs on CD, at last

Nina Simone - Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club

Accompanied by bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath the 24-year-old Simone works...

Camper Van Beethoven - Cigarettes And Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz Years

Limited edition five-CD box from '80s US indie heroes

Electric Dreams

Four re-releases spanning disco innovator's career

The Moon - Without Earth

Entire studio output of psychedelic orch-pop band on CD for first time

Would-Be-Goods - Marden Hill

Marden Hill CADAQUEZ Various Artists THE COOL MIKADO ALL ÉL In the '80s, Mike Alway's él...

Spiritualized

Pierce and co's cosmic masterpieces reissued

Nancy Sinatra - Lightning's Girl

A best-of thin on any real achievement

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

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Robert Wyatt interviewed: "I'm not a born rebel..."


Today (January 28, 2015), social media reliably informs me that Robert Wyatt is 70, which seems a reasonable justification for reposting this long and, I hope, interesting transcript of an interview I did with him at home in Louth back in 2007, a little before the marvellous “Comicopera” was...