Music Reviews

Kate Rusby - Ten

Folk chanteuse celebrates decade of balladeering

Various Artists - I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders

Revamped covers LP lacks ragged glory

Various Artists - Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century

Four-CD, 83-track box with 36-page booklet tries to summarise soul music

Roy Wood - Wizzard

Everything worthwhile done in the '70s by the British Todd Rundgren

23 Skidoo

Singles and rarities collections from pioneering punk funksters

West World

The all-encompassing world of alt.country

To Helvetia And Back

Huge boxed set of European jazz festival concerts

Utopia - Bootleg Series Vol 2—Ksan 95FM Live 79

Blasting testament to Todd Rundgren's late-'70s stage rebirth

Carole King

Early '70s New York singer-songwriter in retrospect

Sugarhill Gang - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Reissued curate's eggs of debut albums from key early rappers

Jethro Tull

Remastered CD reissues of Lancastrian rockers

Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Self-selecting career highlights overview

Lee Hazlewood - These Boots Were Made For Walkin'—The Complete MGM Recordings

Two-CD garnering of US maverick producer/songwriter's golden years. Includes rare and unreleased...

The Cowboy Junkies - The Best Of The Cowboy

17-track retrospective proves mildly addictive

Robert Palmer - At His Very Best

Ex-Vinegar Joe fella turned, er, '80s sex symbol celebrates 25 years of lounge lizardry

Edwin Starr

Agent 00 soul, licensed to thrill

Sparks - This Album's Big Enough... The Best Of

Something for the music lover with everything

David Bowie - Best Of Bowie

Every home should have one. Or possibly two

Carpenters - The Essential Collection 1965-97

Chronological 73-track, four-CD anthology of avant-MOR avatars

David Thomas - Monster

Box set of Pere Ubu frontman's five solo albums, plus bonus live material with Two Pale Boys

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Editor's Letter

Some more thoughts on Kate Bush and Alice Gerrard


On Sunday, Kate Bush inadvertently staged a one-woman assault on the British charts. This week, 11 records in the Official UK Albums Chart are by Bush – not bad, really, for a woman who has only really released nine new studio albums in the past 36 years.

Apart...