Various Artists – Century Of The Blues

The blues continues to pour down in reissues, compilations and box sets. Century Of The Blues is superbly assembled to commemorate the centenary of the day in 1903 when WC Handy encountered a "lean, loose-jointed negro" playing a guitar in the style he was the first to name "the blues". There's no attempt to claim the music as a contemporary art form, for the selection ends mid-century. Even BB King, the only name here who's still working, is represented by a 1950 recording.

Sue Thompson – Suzie: The Hickory Anthology

Overlooked cuts from pop-country gal with the "itty-bitty voice"

The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers – Blue Grass Favorites

Mountain-harmony brilliance revisited

The Nat Pack

Best-of for leading lights of the '80s US college rock circuit

Warren Zevon – Life’ll Kill Ya

The last two albums prior to his farewell LP, The Wind, Uncut's Album Of The Year for 2003

Sid Vicious – Too Fast To Live…

The diabolical face of punk

Lothar And The Hand People – Presenting…

Two-fer of late-'60s synth-rock oddities. Not that odd, really

Cat Stevens

Stevens launched Deram, Decca's off-shoot progressive label, in 1966 with "I Love My Dog", followed by further hits "Matthew & Son" and "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun"—ingenious, idiosyncratic, albeit lightweight pop. Like label-mate Bowie, Stevens was clearly an unorthodox talent. Typically, the singles and B-sides then bolstered Stevens' debut album, an impressive, diverse collection despite Mike Hurst's archaic production and fussy arrangements. By New Masters, Hurst was deploying an even heavier trowel.

Fop Of The Pops

Overlooked 1975 album from Lancashire balladeer with overtones of Bowie and Elton

Bob Neuwirth

Dylan sidekick's country-rock debut gets dusted down 30 years on
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