Captain Sensible – The Collection

To some, the Captain's 1982 No 1 romp through Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Happy Talk" was the ultimate punk sell-out. Silly beggars! It was, of course, a hilarious act of screwball subversion. Either way, its Goonish novelty was unrepresentative of the two albums that followed. As the best bits collated here show, solo Sensible traded in the same satirical Englishness as The Kinks and Madness ("Croydon", "A Nice Cup Of Tea").

Doug Dillard – The Banjo Album

Early five-string outing from country-rock pioneer

The Drifters – The Definitive Drifters

58-track survey of soul troupe's 50-year career

Various Artists – Byrd Parts 2

Second volume of Byrds-related oddities, curios, rarities and essentials

A Place In The Sun

This legendary album, the centrepiece of the so-called "Doom Trilogy", has waited nearly 30 years to be issued on CD, such has been its author's reputed disenchantment with it. Over that time, On The Beach has become a sort of Holy Grail to Neil Young CD buyers, its continuing unavailability adding to a notoriety which began with the first round of reviews the album received in summer 1974. Early reaction to On The Beach was almost entirely negative and it was only after a certain amount of hindsight had set in that it was accorded any respect, let alone admiration.

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum

First two albums from late-'60s Frisco proto-grungesters notorious for being "loudest band on the planet"

Jeff Beck – Shapes Of Things

Sixties group and session work from Britain's first truly 'modern' guitarist

Bummer In The City

Today's New York rockers, posturing Gotham dance music and yesterday's post-punkers from Blighty

Generation X – Anthology

Three-disc overview of Billy Idol's brigade

Nico – Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology

Double CD featuring Velvet Underground chanteuse's solo comeback material from early '80s
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