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Articles in the current Issue



There was a time when the Ramones meant more than a means to flog a T-shirt. With the release of his autobiography, Marky Ramone talks to Ken Sharp, who also brings RC an unpublished interview with Dee Dee Ramone, the band’s top toonsmith They looked like they came out of a manhole cover in the deep bowels of New York City. Four punk rock ragamuffins in torn blue jeans, matching black leather …




Family were one of the best and most idiosyncratic bands of the progressive era, underappreciated but in the blood of many fans. Alan Clayson examines their heirlooms and talks to singer Roger Chapman Within a year of their formation in 1966, Family emerged as the toast of London’s underground clubs. Important media and music industry folk started flocking round them. The individual …

ARTICLE From Issue 438



Frank Sinatra would have been 100 this year. While his legend grows, during his lifetime he had his ups and downs – and none more so than in The Beatles’ decade. Spencer Leigh charts his golden moments during the 60s – and his disastrous decisions Frank Sinatra was a fighter, no doubt about that, though not in World War Two. He was a rising star during the conflict, winning enough success …

ARTICLE From Issue 438

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Box sets from Bruce Springsteen, ABBA, REM, Jesus Jones, Tears For Fears, The Jam, Simon & Garfunkel, The Moody Blues, Ulver, The Go-Betweens. Deluxe Jethro Tull. Q&As with: Devilment's Dani Filth, Rammstein's Richard Kruspe, Live, Kobra & The Lotus.

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

MCKAY - Into You Take Two

Rural masters of Indianapolis tripsichord Ray ‘McKay’ Pierle, brother Glen and ace guitarists Norm Preston and Steve Whaley were one of the most prolific independent rock groups of a type that defied categorisation. They managed to avoid even the fringes of the established music industry while still turning out some of the most immaculate West Coast-inspired country-garage noise ever …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 438

THE HARD LUCK FIVE - Rye Coalition: The Story Of The Hard Luck Five

This band could be your life “The Hard Luck Five” is an interesting descriptor for a band that managed to release four LPs, several near-legendary EPs and toured the US off their own bat. After 10 years of slogging it out and watching as major labels showered their lesser contemporaries in cash, a breakthrough finally came courtesy of a deal with Dreamworks and a Dave Grohl-produced …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 438

FRANCESCO MELLINA - Revealed: The Photographs Of Francesco Mellina 1977-1982 by Francesco Mellina

Stylish photo collection from strange but stylish times Italian Francesco Mellina, a Beatles fan, toured Europe at the age of 16, eventually settling in – where else? – Liverpool. He trained in photography at Liverpool Art School and became a known face on the local scene, setting up indie label Black Eye and managing Nightmares In Wax, an early incarnation of Dead Or Alive. As …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 438

GEMMA HAYES - London Barnes Olympic Studios (27th January, 2015)

View: close For this showcase gig, Gemma went off-piste with her set-list, opening with covers These Days, by Jackson Browne, and Wicked Game, by Chris Isaaks. She followed with Shock To My System and Back Of My Hand, before delivering Ran For Miles, from her first album. Gemma then brought Paul Noonan of Bell X-1/Printer Clips on-stage to play Snowman and Some Surprise, which Gemma had sung on …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 438


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