Music Reviews

Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers - The Complete Specialty Recordings

Classic '50s gospel group singing from influential sweet soul man

Various Artists - The Wire 20 1982-2002

Triple box set celebrating independent alternative experimental music

Lou Reed - Take No Prisoners

Lou live'n'loose, on CD for first time

Prince Buster - Fabulous Greatest Hits

Crown Prince of ska's classic collection gets reissued with bonus tracks as a prelude to...

Uneasy Listening

Remastered 24-CD box set of live performances by establishment-baiting avant-noise terrorists

Doom With A View

Full-scale album reissue programme of Sheffield electronicists' 1979-82 output, before they signed...

U-Roy - Various Artists

Jamaican superstar DJ and his UK peers

Bill Withers

Seminal soul man, best known for "Ain't No Sunshine", "Lean On Me" and "Lovely Day", back in print

Kid Loco - Another Late Night

Inveterate remixer (Pulp, St Etienne, Talvin Singh) chills out with some downtempo classics

Various Artists - Commercial Break

Diverse 49-track, two-CD collection of songs that have been used on TV ads

Badfinger - Head First

Ill-starred, Badfinger's final album before guitarist/vocalist Pete Ham's suicide was designed to...

John Martyn - Solid Air—Classics Revisited

Don't be misled by the title. This is not Martyn's classic 1973 album Solid Air, but a best-of that...

Peggy Lee - The Complete Capitol Small Group Transcriptions

Three-CD discovery from original Queen of Cool

Various Artists - Aktion Mekanik

Compilation of hardcore electro and New Beat from Belgium-based label

Jerry Lee Lewis

The Killer's country comeback years on 28-track twofer

Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe

Indie landmark gets elaborate two-CD reissue

Various Artists - The Wild Bunch

Typical set by the '80s Bristol sound system that predated Massive Attack, mixed by original DJ Milo

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,...

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Editor's Letter

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...