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While David Bowie grabbed the acclaim and fame for thin white funk, Marc Bolan had beaten him to it. As ever, the pioneer did not win the plaudits. But when T.Rex sent soul into space with Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow, it produced fabulous rarities, a reMarcable musical fusion – and a great story. George Rab reports The start of the 70s saw the transformation of an amiable …




Its name synonymous with sweaty rock’n’roll, London’s Marquee spent decades as a launch pad for almost every legendary British act – and all the never weres. Bob Solly, who gigged there with some loser called David Bowie, tells the story of the venue with the help of its owner, Harold Pendleton, and RC ’s Editor, Ian McCann, recalls being a teenage punter at the club in the 70s The …

ARTICLE From Issue 426

The Composer

The Composer

Smokey Robinson is a walking Miracle, who still writes from the heart. He talks to Ian McCann about lost friends and how he feels about today’s crop of soul singers  Soul comes in many forms: Wilson Pickett screaming; The Dramatics hamming it up; Al Green’s Sunday service; Sam & Dave’s steps and sweat. All rely on a certain amount of theatre, on creating melodrama where …

ARTICLE From Issue 426

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Exhibitions of Gerry Rafferty, Ocean Colour Scene, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Nirvana. Deluxe Editions from Walter Trout, Oasis, Embrace, Soundgarden, Killing Joke, Billy Joe, Deep Purple. Q&As with: Chris Thompson, Concrete Blonde, Sonata Arctica, The Felice Brothers, Dean Wareham, Magnum.

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

THE MINISTRY OF WOLVES - Music From Republik Der Wölfe

A Grimm outlook Attention, creatives: if you’re in sore need of inspirationby- example, here’s an object lesson in what’s achievable when your stars are aligned. Enticingly, it’s a collaboration between Einstürzende Neubauten veteran Alexander Hacke, inexhaustible ex-Bad Seed Mick Harvey, Danielle de Picciotto from Crime And The City Solution, and …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 426

DAVID SYLVIAN - On The Periphery: David Sylvian: A Biography by Christopher E Young

From pop idol to doyen of the avant-garde It’s little wonder that this is only the second attempt at a biography of the former Japan frontman, and the first to cover his solo years. The perennial enigmatic recluse and a notorious control freak, David Sylvian has shied away from the media spotlight ever since his decision to quit the band that made him a household name. With an inevitable …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 426

THE BIG MELT - Martin Wallace & Jarvis Cocker

Steel-crazy, after all these years Like having British Sea Power soundtrack the BFI’s From The Sea To The Land Beyond, conscripting hometown hero Jarvis Cocker to score this paean to Steel City was a no-brainer. Welded together from vintage BFI footage stretching as far back as 1900, The Big Melt is a celebration of Sheffield’s industrial past – and of …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 426

- London Islington O2 Academy (10th February, 2014)

View: back The former Nightwish singer and her quintet of players were on impressive form throughout their 85-minute, 15-song set, whether simmering the pot as per the opening In For A Kill, or letting rip with the percussion/keyboard rollercoaster, Mystique Voyage. There were nods to her group past, as in Wish I Had An Angel (one of a three-song encore), but the emphasis was on solo works, …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 426