Thelonious Monk – Criss Cross

Overdue reappraisal of mid-'60s Monk

The Smithereens – Green Thoughts

New Jersey quartet's 1988 power-pop classic revived

Shack – The Fable Sessions

Liverpool's best songwriters since Lennon and McCartney

Duke Ellington – New Orleans Suite

Late flourish from eminent jazz composer

The Runaways

Influential '70s jailbait rockers reassessed

Robert Plant – Sixty Six To Timbuktu

Lord Percival surveys his manor of song and declares it most fine

The Troggs – From Nowhere

Expanded '66 debut by Andover's finest

Jefferson Airplane

First quartet of LPs by San Francisco's trans-love aviators, remastered with bonus tracks

The Filth Amendment

The best of compilation: a time to reflect upon a career, including even the early mishaps that eventually shape one's body of work. That's how it should be, anyway. It's telling reflection on the control freakery and uptight nature of Primal Screen that they've chosen, like some pampered footballer or insecure soap star, to relate a sanitised autobiography with Dirty Hits, ignoring their early but substantial first recordings as both fey indie janglers and one-dimensional rockers.

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First five albums (plus bonus tracks) by post-punk demigods
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