Various Artists – Velvet Tinmine

As everyone knows, glam rock in the UK was begat by Bowie, Bolan and Ferry, then ruined by bandwagon-jumping brickies in mascara. Well, yes and no—some of this rubbish was great fun, as compilers Bob Stanley and Phil King hereby recognise. And while the correct response is probably to chuckle at its tackiness, some of us, behind closed doors, will be punching the air and stomping along with surreal enthusiasm.

Gilbert – Lewis

Long-lost 1981 recording of ex-Wire members' recording installation project

Positive Altitude

Utopian popsters' sublime rarities are a head and long neck above the opposition

Progspawn

First four albums from Wayne Coyne's favourite progressive act, expanded and remastered

Various Artists – The Curtom Story: Curtis Mayfield’s School Of 20th Century Soul

Double CD focusing on Chicago soul giant's work with friends and disciples

The Passage

Re-releases for undeservedly forgotten post-punk Mancunians

Kool & The Gang – Gangthology

Two-CD, 33-track comp of pioneering street funk with emphasis on early years

Various Artists – Acoustic 3

Classy chill-out anthology follows hit formula

Robert Mitchum – Calypso—Is Like So…

While hanging out with calypso stars Mighty Sparrow and Lord Invader on the Trinidadian set of 1957's Fire Down Below, Mitchum hit on the idea of a cash-in album for Capitol execs eager to tap into the next big thing. Harry Belafonte aside, the craze didn't quite sweep, but old sourpuss' unlikely stab is commendable for its gusto, rum-cocktail swing and gentle innuendo (see "Tic Tic Tic"). Sinatra it ain't, but it sure beats Richard Harris.

The Raspberries – The Very Best Of The Raspberries

Ripples of excitement from Cleveland's neglected power pop masters
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