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Short Cuts

A version of every one of the 26 songs that the short-lived punk band ever wrote (culled from albums, radio sessions and singles?including their Top 20 hit “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes”), presented chronologically, backed with a bonus disc recorded live in 1978.

Various Artists

MIAMI SOUND

SOUL JAZZ

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Exceptional compilation of late-’60s/early-’70s rare groove and lost soul from Miami’s TK label (Florida’s answer to Motown), featuring million-sellers Gwen McCrae and hubby George alongside criminally ignored artists like Little Beaver and Helene Smith.

Martin Denny

THE EXOTIC SOUNDS OF MARTIN DENNY

REV-OLA

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Best-of from band leader Denny and producer Les Baxter, the lynchpins of ’50s exotica and space-age pop, adored by everyone from John (The Magnificent Seven) Sturges to Genesis P.Orridge.

Freeform

CONDENSED

NONPLACE

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The highlights from Simon “Freeform” Pyke’s experiments in haunting minimalist electronica since 1987. Remastered, remixed and segued into a continuous mix by German techno dubmeister Burnt Friedman.

V Mescherin’s Orchestra

EASY USSR PARTS I & II

SONY JAZZ

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Russian State Radio engineer Vyacheslav Mescherin’s experimental studio techniques and pioneering use of the Ekvadin 10 synthesizer made him the Tsar of exotic easy listening in Russia from the ’60s through to the ’80s. Space-capades, Soviet style.

The Yardbirds

FIVE LIVE YARDBIRDS

SNAPPER

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Dismayed by their move towards pop and psychedelia, Eric Clapton left London’s premier blues hotshots shortly after this 1964 album. Clapton-era Yardbirds specialised in rave-up versions of Chicago Chess classics, and this timeless document shows the 19-year-old Clapton’s striking blend of nuance, precision and fury.