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Howlin Wolf - Smokestack Lightning The Complete Chess Masters

Howlin Wolf - Smokestack Lightning The Complete Chess Masters4CD box set charting the ascendance of the blues’ most distinctive voice. O-wooo!

The Little Willies - For The Good Times

The Little Willies - For The Good TimesSecond collection of old-school country and western covers from Norah Jones and co. ..By sheer dint...

The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El CaminoTen years into the game, Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach add funk and soul to their potent blues-...

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls 1978 Reissue

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls 1978 ReissueFired up by disco and punk, Jagger’s swagger returns, with a disc of unreleased songs...Wrongly or...

Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden TreasuresThe final album, compiling offcuts into heartbreaking shape...This is, perhaps, the most gruelling...

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here Immersion Box Set

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here Immersion Box SetFive whole remastered discs and a mountain of trinkets. But is it worth a ton?JEEZ, THE SOUND...

KATE BUSH - 50 WORDS FOR SNOW

KATE BUSH - 50 WORDS FOR SNOWWenceslasaire! Spangladasha! Shnamistoflopp'n! Come frolic in Kate Bush's winter wonderland...

CAN - TAGO MAGO R1971

CAN - TAGO MAGO R197140th anniversary reiossue of Krautrock's greatest double album...

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - CEREMONIALS

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - CEREMONIALSBigger not necessarily better for Florence...

LOU REED & METALLICA - LULU

LOU REED & METALLICA - LULUMetallica blow away Lou Reed’s cobwebs. Great stuff...

THE BEACH BOYS - THE SMILE SESSIONS

THE BEACH BOYS - THE SMILE SESSIONSThe unfinished symphony, in five formats, with a wealth of extras...

RADIOHEAD - TKOL RMX 1234567

RADIOHEAD - TKOL RMX 1234567This year’s remodel: The King Of Limbs, remixed across two CDs...

TOM WAITS - BAD AS ME

TOM WAITS - BAD AS MEGrowling, whooping, yelping and crooning: a swaggering, multifarious tour-de-force...

FEIST - METALS

FEIST - METALSSingle-minded Canadian’s fearlessly original tour de force – a genuinely great leap forward...

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING' BIRDS

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING' BIRDSHigh-altitude birds; mid-tempo songs. So that’s Liam 1, Noel 0...

BJORK - BIOPHILIA

BJORK - BIOPHILIAApp-loaded mother of all concept albums from Icelandic myth-maker...

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - REISSUES

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - REISSUESAll six studio albums reissued, with many extras...

NIRVANA - NEVERMIND (REISSUE)

NIRVANA - NEVERMIND (REISSUE)The album that spray-painted the mainstream, now expanded to five discs...

WILCO - THE WHOLE LOVE

WILCO - THE WHOLE LOVESelf-released, and self-assured. Tweedy and co’s redemptive return.

THE JAYHAWKS - MOCKINGBIRD TIME

THE JAYHAWKS - MOCKINGBIRD TIMEMelancholy reunion for alt.country pioneers...

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Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!


At some point in October, I started receiving emails from record labels and publicists about their Tips For 2015. A new year loomed, distantly, and with it the annual music business imperative to embrace a tranche of new artists. Around the same time, the 2014 Mercury Prize hoopla culminated...