Wacky send-up pop cleverly put together by early-'70s Manchester four-piece hailed as 'New Beatles'

Sugarhill Gang – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Reissued curate's eggs of debut albums from key early rappers

Wilko Johnson – Back In The Night: The Best Of Wilko Johnson

Former Feelgood guitarist anthologised

Sondre Lerche – Faces Down

Debut album from 19-year-old Norwegian singer-songwriter

Chris Rea – Dancing Down The Stony Road

Life-threatening illness sends Rea back to his roots

LL Cool J – 10

Tenth album from veteran rapper sounds as fresh as his first

The Very Best Of The Tube – Universal TV

It's the 20th anniversary—already—of the groundbreaking TV pop show where enigmatic New Order vocalist Barney once furrowed his brow, stared at Paula Yates' arse and said to me: "Cor, I wouldn't half mind shagging that." Ah, melancholy '80s indieland, where the boys were poets and the girls were, if they had any gumption at all, somewhere else having a life. A splendid 37-track compilation this, as much for Wham! and Frankie as for Echo And The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, U2, The Human League and The Jam.

Ray Charles – Thanks For Bringing Love Around Again

Godlike genius in "plastic funk" scandal

Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology

Retrospective becomes elegy for skiffle king who died in November, aged 71

Carole King

Early '70s New York singer-songwriter in retrospect

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