Carpenters – The Essential Collection 1965-97

Chronological 73-track, four-CD anthology of avant-MOR avatars

Various Artists – Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century

Four-CD, 83-track box with 36-page booklet tries to summarise soul music

The Zombies – Singles As & Bs

Lightly jazzy English pop spread thinly

Neko Case – Canadian AMP

Vinyl-only mini LP of stripped-down delights from Virginian chanteuse

Jay-Z – The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

Double CD follow-up to last year's mainstream rap classic proves that bigger is rarely better

Billy Joe Shaver – Freedom’s Child

Hard-country survivor soldiers on with his 12th studio album

Various Artists – Risiko 100

Ultra-hip German label gets birthday cake and bunting treatment

Days Of Thunder

Twenty-two tracks from Dylan's legendary Rolling Thunder tour finally see official release

David Bowie – Best Of Bowie

Every home should have one. Or possibly two

Various Artists – I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders

Revamped covers LP lacks ragged glory

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