Music Reviews

Dandies Of The Underground

Comprehensive collection of Philly pop-soul boys, fronted by Todd Rundgren, who looked to Swinging...

Various Artists - Platinum Soul Legends 1960-1975

Strong across-the-board selection of soul classics

A Boy's Own Story

Pick'n'mix four-CD retrospective from original '80s New Popsters, including demos, remixes,...

The Sunshine Company - The Blades Of Grass

The Blades Of Grass ARE NOT FOR SMOKING REV-OLA West Coast ex-folksters The Sunshine Company just...

Laika - Lost In Space: Volume One 1993-2002

Double retrospective featuring rarities/outtakes disc

Big Brother And The Holding Company

'Frisco hippies who survived the '60s and still go back there for a living

Intastella - Intastella Overdrive

Double CD compendium from Mancunian Deee-lite

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Deluxe Edition

New digital version with no shortage of bonuses

Tangerine Dream - Zeit

Edgar Froese's Berlin electronica franchise got into gear with this 1972 double, Tangerine Dream's...

Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Proto-US hardcore from Jello Biafra and gang

Palace In Wonderland

It's over a decade since former actor Will Oldham took his first faltering steps in a forgotten...

Satyricon - Volcano

Black metal from Norway

Reed shows off "heavy bear" side on two-CD tribute to 19th-century poet

Brokeback - Look At The Bird

Tortoise off-shoot, featuring Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen

Erlend Øye - Unrest

Kings Of Convenience man goes electronic on solo debut

Elephant Man - Higher Level

Third album from dancehall king

Jane Birkin - Arabesque

Gainsbourg's grand amour offers Oriental stylings

El-P - Fandam Plus

Ace rapper/producer shows off his soundscapes

Blue Öyster Cult - A Long Day's Night

Veterans of the Psychic Wars hammer out the soft molten metal stuff

Ja Rule - The Last Temptation

Pumped and vacuous fourth album from rap's No 1 pin-up

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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,”...