Arthur Russell – The World Of Arthur Russell

It's an unlikely story: avant-garde cellist sees the light in a disco glitterball at New York gay club The Gallery and decides disco is the ultimate modern format for exploring minimalist composition. In the mid-'70s, Russell—conservatory-trained, a scholar of Eastern music forms, steeped in the ideas of Steve Reich and Terry Riley—was blown away by the engulfing quality of music transmitted over a massive club sound system and literally entranced by disco's use of repetition.

Roy Wood – Outstanding Performer

Selective Wizzardry and solo material

Various Artists – Crème De La Crème

Philly soul classics and rarities from vaults of Atlantic, Atco and Warner Bros '72-'76

Counting Crows – Films About Ghosts: The Best Of Counting Crows

Best-of, plus two new recordings

Shiva Burlesque

Grant Lee Phillips and Jeffrey Clark, natives of California's San Joaquim Valley, formed Shiva Burlesque in what is now Santa Clarita, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, in 1986. As you can hear from their eponymous debut album, released in 1988 to howls of approval from an enthusiastic fanbase at what used to be Melody Maker, Shiva were in thrall to the looming psychedelia of The Doors and Love.

Ten-CD companion to last year's 24 Hours live CD box set

Rhyme Kingpins

A masterpiece of rap's golden age, now with second CD of extras

Brussels Sprouts

Staggeringly diverse re-releases from Belgian label a decade ahead of its time

Candi Staton

Rare southern soul sides from disco diva's Muscle Shoals days

The Long Ryders – Three Minute Warnings: Live In New York City

Live album from last days of much-loved "Paisley underground" heroes

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Sufjan Stevens, Bill Callahan, Sarah Davachi, David Gilmour… and Sun Ra Arkestra!

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Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time

Familiar stories from a fabled West Coast locale, enlivened by intimate archival footage

Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Paul Weller

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