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Articles in the current Issue

Searching For The Cure

Searching For The Cure

Dark, dissonant, disturbing – how did The Cure become huge? Tim Peacock delves into the first few years of the band that became a legend to discover what shaped them The Cure are recognised as one of the most significant bands to have emerged over the past four decades. Usually associated with frontman Robert Smith’s trademark big hair and smeared lipstick, they have long been the …

FEATURED ARTICLE From Issue 431

DAYS OF URE

DAYS OF URE

Prompted by a scintillating new album, Alan Clayson chronicles Midge Ure’s distinguished and diverse career For almost the entire decade bracketed by his No 1 as singing guitarist with teenybop latecomers Slik and another in 1985’s solo If I Was, Midge Ure was both a figurehead and eminence grise of British pop. In those years, he was fundamental to many other (sometimes simultaneous) …

ARTICLE From Issue 431

“MY VOICE? I’VE GOT IT ON LOAN FROM GOD”

“MY VOICE? I’VE GOT IT ON LOAN FROM GOD”

Little Anthony Gourdine has one of the most distinctive sounds in music, and the dramatic, heartrending records he created with his group, The Imperials, are undying classics of both doo-wop and soul. Spencer Leigh meets him After a long friendship with Michael Jackson, a torrid marriage with Liza Minnelli and eating a kangaroo’s testicle in the jungle, David Gest has become a soul music …

ARTICLE From Issue 431

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Box sets from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, INXS. Reissues from Wire, and Queen live. Q&As with: Accept, UB40's Ali Campbell, ex-Whitesnake's Bernie Marsden, THE THE, Rage's Mike Terrana.

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

VARIOUS ARTIST - Souvenirs: Little Gems Of Pop Volume II

Power-pop treasures to melt your heart The Sweden-based Sound Asleep imprint has kept the power-pop flame for some time, their first compilation of forgotten and overlooked melodic jangle appearing in 2009. This second volume is up to the same high standard, several of the cuts having interesting back stories.  Richard X Heyman brings a breezy surf vibe to Vacation, as you might expect from …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 431

THE WHO - Quadrophenia: A Way Of Life: Inside The Making Of Britain’s Greatest Youth Film by Simon Wells

Who-approved breakdown of mod movie monument  As shown by the ace faces mobbing the Soho launch of Simon Wells’ book of the film of Pete Townshend’s 1973 mod opera, the allure of Quadrophenia shows little sign of abating 35 years after its release.  Renowned for his forensic works on the Redlands bust (Butterfly On A Wheel), Charles Manson and The Prisoner, Wells’ …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 431

MINISTRY - Last Tangle In Paris

Sarcasm meets sadness on the live stage This live DVD from 2012 is more clearly understood if you’ve read Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen’s autobiography, The Lost Chronicles, from last year. First, his general attitude towards the music industry, plus his hatred of the touring lifestyle, is made clear in the book. Second, his affection for longtime Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia, …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 431

WINGER - London Islington O2 Academy (21st June, 2014)

View: standing, rear Black Wolf and a spirited performance from Jett Black got the party off to a splendid start, before Kip Winger and his namesake band, including ex-Whitesnake riff-cruncher, Reb Beach. Kip does less posing than of yore, and more talking, but the focus was new album, Better Days Comin’, which impressed, even if the material is not as commercial as before. Razor-sharp …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 431

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