Various Artists

Various Artists – All Good Clean Fun

A three-CD journey through the English underground of 1967-1975

Various Artists – Twice As Nice

In the early '80s, energised by hip hop and electro, New Order produced a string of acts for Factory under their short-lived studio moniker Be Music, the results of which were greeted with indifference on these shores. Quite why is hard to fathom since, as Twice As Nice attests, tracks like "Sakura" by Section 25 and "Motherland" by RFATP were taut, bewitching slices of robo-funk that still excite today. The other producers herein (Arthur Baker, Mark Kamins and Donald "Dojo" Johnson of A Certain Ratio) all had their moments, too.

Various Artists – Funk 45s Box Set

Irresistible compendium of funk drops and breakbeat chops

Various Artists – Maybe Someone Is Digging Underground

In 1967, John Peel used to justify the frequent inclusion of Bee Gees tracks on his legendary Perfumed Garden show by saying, "If you're going to copy anyone it might as well be The Beatles." He was right, of course, and this excellent comp is testimony both to that assertion and the undeniable endurance of the Gibb brothers' early material. Gerry Marsden, Billy J Kramer, Marmalade, Status Quo and Paul Jones are just some of the acts who elect to don the red velvet cape of love in order to deliver appropriately idiosyncratic interpretations of those delightfully eccentric songs.

Various Artists – Biba: Champagne & Novocaine

Glammy tribute to a clothes shop a bit hipper than Primark

Various Artists – The Leiber & Stoller Story: Vol 1—Hard Times

Legendary rock'n'roll songwriters' early years

Even Serpents Shine

Twentieth anniversary edition of '80s classic expanded with live songs, sessions and rarities

Various Artists – The Trip: Created By St Etienne

Epic two-CD 'vinyl junkie' retro-mix from Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs
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