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Richard Thompson on the flowering of Fairport Convention

"There was a musical explosion – you could play almost anything and be accepted"

My Bloody Valentine: “We were like the Partridge Family on acid”

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Alan Horne on the resurrection of Postcard Records

"There’s no conceivable excuse to be whoring yourself off to any crooked corporate malarkey"

Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Neil Young

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David Steele drove Fine Young Cannibals and The Beat, and there’s still a hint of ’80s wine-bar soul about his neat new project. Nonetheless, the slick sound’s given a lift by New Orleans singer Jonte Short. On the swooping “When You Get Out Of Jail” (with guest rap by RZA), she whips a cracking chorus till it whimpers. Beth Gibbons co-wrote “Stranger In This Land”, and Steele’s shrewdly taken ’90s trip hop tricks on board. As pop, it works best in short bursts, but for all the calculation there’s also a smouldering heart. “You’re With The Wrong One” is “It Shoulda Been Me” for the Macy Gray generation.


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