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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 …


Sketches for a Self Portrait

Sketches for a Self Portrait

The discovery of a huge stash of acetates of Bob Dylan material found in a Greenwich Village apartment has cast new light on his Self Portrait album and its recording. Richie Unterberger speaks to Jeff Gold, the Dylanonolgist who unearthed this digger’s dream For an album so roundly trashed upon its original 1970 release, Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait has undergone a remarkable …

ARTICLE From Issue 431



The Flaming Lips used to be a normal, slow-moving band. Now, in the time it’s taken you to read this, they’ve probably cut an EP. And one that’s scarily good and edgy too. Paul Lester grills singer Wayne Coyne to find out how They might be celebrating their 31st birthday, but The Flaming Lips show no signs of slowing up, or of becoming an orthodox recording and touring unit reliant on …

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

BENJAMIN BOOKER - Benjamin Booker

Stunning debut from young NOLA songwriter Everyone knows how foolish it is to buy into hype, but that doesn’t mean it’s not sometimes warranted. In the case of 22-year-old Benjamin Booker the buzz is spot on. This self-titled debut is the mark of a true talent, one that’s still raw and real, but also confident and fully formed at the same time.  Built on a foundation of …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 431

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Bristol Boys Make More Noise: The Bristol Music Scene 1974-1981 by John Spink & Gill Loats

Avon better than the real thing During the mid-70s, Bristol-based photographer John Spink pioneered a technique for processing black-and-white film using an X-ray developer, which enabled him to shoot without using flash in dimly-lit rock venues. Spink’s innovative methods ensured he remained in demand, freelancing for (among others) Sounds and the Avon region’s Out West until he …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 431

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Live At Wacken 2013: 24 Years Louder Than Hell

The wurst is yet to come With 43 artists and 106 songs, this 3DVD live souvenir of last year’s massive Wacken festival is more than just a collection of hairy German geezers headbanging – on and off stage. In a very real sense, it’s a reminder that these giant events can survive, and even flourish, in an era when the music industry is a shadow of its former self.  Though …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 431

DREAM THEATER - Sheffield City Hall (5th July, 2014)

View: front stalls Having played the UK in February, the band’s energy and enthusiasm was unabated and they were more than just Along For The Ride. The instrumental Enigma Machine was awesome, as was The Count Of Tuscany, part of a set running to over three hours (with 15-minute video intermission).  The prog-metallers’ musicianship was to the fore, but with deference to their …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 431


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