(ALSO RELEASED THIS MONTH)
Can it really be a quarter-century since “Roxanne”? To mark the anniversary comes Every Breath You Take, a collection of 14 Police videos made between 1978 and 1986. Some of them look pretty silly today. But fortunately the extras include live material that stands the test of time better and a Jools Holland-presented documentary about the band in Montserrat. If you don’t get why Norah Jones won all those Grammies and has now sold 10 million records, Live In New Orleans might provide a few clues. Her album Come Away With Me is pleasant enough if hardly world-shattering, but live she has a winning charm. Still, she could learn from the effortless craftsmanship of James Taylor, whose Pull Over contains 23 songs recorded on tour in 2001, including all the old favourites and a few surprises. Extras include a dull documentary about the making of his last studio album, October Road. There’s little to commend The Robbie Williams Show , an in-concert performance from which even the famous showmanship seems oddly missing. He comes over as the Cliff Richard of his generation?which is why America is never going to take to him. For showmanship, George Clinton and Parliament take some beating, and The Mothership Connection , shot on a legendary 1976 tour, features such stonking P-Funk classics as “Dr Funkenstein” and “Undisco Kidd”. On Later Louder we get 30 performances compiled from Later With Jools Holland, with a strong bias towards the White Stripes/Hives/Vines school of new rock. A useful extra lets you customise your favourite six tracks in your own chosen sequence?PJ Harvey, Mercury Rev, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The White Stripes is mine.