Billy Bragg – Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg

Two-CD retrospective from Barking's finest. Initial copies include limited edition CD of rarities

The Fall – The War Against Intelligence

Their major label period. Better than you remember


Monolithic early-years box set

Terry Callier – The New Folk Sound Of…

Re-emergence of jazz-folk classic from Chicago tunesmith

Alex Harvey – The Soldier On The Wall

First time on CD for Scots showman's final album


Mining the same classical chamberpop as contemporaries Procul Harum, Alex Spyropoulos' and Patrick Campbell-Lyons' charges cut... Simon Simopath Rating Star in 1967, a science-fiction pantomime a-flutter with silken strings and baroque delicacy. Part Greek myth, part L Ron Hubbard. Even better was follow-up All Of Us, though—with the exception of "Rainbow Chaser"—it failed to ignite a public weaned on less fragile acid fare.

Nina Simone – Baltimore

Lush, underappreciated gem from Simone's wilderness years

Angel Of Darkness

Two-disc, 30-track retrospective of enigmatic solo artist's hits and rarities

Nude Awakening

I know what you're thinking. Oh Lord, what's McCartney doing now? What desperate revisionism is he foisting on a Lennon-free world? Now calm down.

The Spinners – The Chrome Collection

Box set treatment for runners-up to Temptations, Four Tops and O'Jays in soul giants league

Editor's Picks

Tim Buckley’s Starsailor: “It was just so good in the studio”

Bandmates recount the making of his mercurial masterpiece

The 8th Uncut New Music Playlist Of 2020

It's Friday afternoon, so it's time for another of our rarer-than-intended rundowns of the finest new music that's appeared...

Michael Stipe: “I don’t have to please anyone but myself”

In Uncut's exclusive interview, he discusses new solo material and REM's legacy

Introducing the Ultimate Music Guide to Wilco

It’s been 25 years since the first Wilco album, the fiery AM, and it’s an anniversary we felt like...