The Very Best Of The Tube – Universal TV

It's the 20th anniversary—already—of the groundbreaking TV pop show where enigmatic New Order vocalist Barney once furrowed his brow, stared at Paula Yates' arse and said to me: "Cor, I wouldn't half mind shagging that." Ah, melancholy '80s indieland, where the boys were poets and the girls were, if they had any gumption at all, somewhere else having a life. A splendid 37-track compilation this, as much for Wham! and Frankie as for Echo And The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, U2, The Human League and The Jam.

Ray Charles – Thanks For Bringing Love Around Again

Godlike genius in "plastic funk" scandal

Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology

Retrospective becomes elegy for skiffle king who died in November, aged 71

Carole King

Early '70s New York singer-songwriter in retrospect

Madness – Our House

Nutty Boys' best-of and musical tie-in

Joni Mitchell – Travelogue

Joni looks back with a symphony orchestra

Chris Potter – Travelling Mercies

Outstanding tenorist tears it up

Noriko Tujiko – Make Me Hard

Electronic siren songs

Power To The People

Eighth album from rap renegades is a 21-track jumble of new tracks, live performances and fan remixes

Various Artists – The Now Sound Of Brazil

Cool modern Brazilian sounds remixed

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