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Articles in the current Issue



The debut album holds a unique place in music. Little wonder, then, that it’s often the most collectable item by an artist. Ian Shirley, editor of the Rare Record Price Guide 2016, brings us 51 opening shots worth targeting Even in this age of digital downloads and streaming of individual tracks, the debut album by an artist is of vital importance and of great interest to fans. It reveals not …




As an indie label, you’re meant to smoulder bravely for a few years, then burn out! So how has the Fire imprint survived for 30 years, sparking collectable gems from the likes of Pulp, without being extinguished? Tim ‘Ferno’ Peacock delves deep Record companies’ roles in promoting and marketing music have changed beyond recognition since 2000. Most surviving majors and independents …

ARTICLE From Issue 433



Our latest Rare Record Club album is a hand-finished reproduction of a captivating private-press acid-folk LP from 1971. The artist, Ken Saul, tells Ian Shirley all about his beautiful Seashells The latest entry to the Rare Record Club came through a source close to home – the Rare Record Price Guide itself! When updating the 2016 edition, I was examining prices for the rare folk-rock Stone …

ARTICLE From Issue 433

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Reviews from the current issue

Here is a selection from over 200 reviews from this month's Record Collector, the magazine that has the world's largest coverage of reissues

SIXX:AM - Modern Vintage

Not such a motley crew Sometimes it’s creatively beneficial when musicians put their feet up for a while, and this is definitely the case with the irritatingly punctuated Sixx:AM, led by Nikki Sixx, bassist with the equally painful-to-type Mötley Crüe.  Given his day job, there’s obviously no pressure on Sixx to make this band a major success and, as a result, …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 433

- Check The Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies by Brian Coleman

Forensic look at 25 hip-hop classics From judiciously put-together sales pitches to Dylan’s freewheeling prose poetry, LP sleevenotes used to be something of a craft. Yet, as Brian Coleman notes, hip-hop albums largely emerge from the pressing plant boasting little more than a “list of producer and sample credits, a publicity photo or two, and some hastily composed shout-outs”. …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 433

MESHUGGAH - The Ophidian Trek

Live combo pack from Swedish djent pioneers Over 25 years since their formation, Meshuggah remain a somewhat unlikely success story. Merely hinting at their taste for the challenging at the very beginning of their career, they evolved from a band at the more progressive end of the thrash spectrum into a genuinely pioneering outfit. Indeed their polyrhythm-packing, syncopated riff-wielding lunacy …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 433

- Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset (29th October, 2014)

View: bucolic Considering half the bands here were influenced by Pavement, it was a joy to hear Stephen Malkmus, master of contorted guitar. By contrast, Jenny Lewis was as poppy as this festival gets. The first exclusive was Gene Clark – No Other Band (featuring Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes and Iain Matthews, plus Vegas-style compère). There were some beautiful vocals, and a …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 433


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