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Articles in the current Issue



Everyone knows that The Beatles were massive in the US. But Capitol Canada released their music before the US branch knew what it had – and made a better job of it. Terry Ott outlines The Fabs’ truly fab Canadian releases and asks: what happened to the decent reissue programme? Earlier this year The Beatles: The US Albums CD box set was released to much worldwide hoopla. It especially …


Birth of a monster

Birth of a monster

As with most forms of music, the roots of the hard stuff are tangled and twisted. Harry Sword discovers some noisy curios in this in-depth examination of 51 proto-metal gems The established narrative on the roots of metal so often rests with the eternal gatekeepers – Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – then traces back to the blues. But in reality, the proto-metal lineage …

ARTICLE From Issue 435

There Was A TIME

There Was A TIME

A James Brown biopic, Get On Up, has earned good reviews. What it can’t do is explore the funky soul legend’s lasting influence over his fans, such as Mick Jagger, Prince, and, more prosaically, RC’s “dull and suburban” editor, Ian McCann We all have heroes. Mine was James Brown. And here he was, The Amazing Mr Please Please Himself, walking alone down Leytonstone High Road on a …

ARTICLE From Issue 435

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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

FRANK ZAPPA - Freak Jazz, Movie Madness And Another Mothers: Frank Zappa 1969-1973

The step-Mothers, presumably The original Mothers Of Invention were a daunting, thankless act to follow. What some members may have lacked in steroidal musicianship, they made up for with sharply delineated character, exacerbated by Zappa’s meticulous myth-making. Kudos to Tom O’Dell, then, for assembling an unsanctioned but authoritative film, crammed with archive footage, which …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 435

NEIL YOUNG - Neil Young Special Deluxe

Ol’ Shakey’s middle-of-the-road musings… Neil Young’s 2012 memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, was a pleasantly surprising collection of discursive ramblings and scattergun insights into various periods of his life. As with many a Neil Young record, Shakey had a lot to say, and did so in an endearingly circuitous, free-form way.  Like that book, which was something of a sister release …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 435

WILCO - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Backstage – less exciting than you’d hoped This bumper set of outtakes, demos and live versions is not the only compilation from Chicago’s country-turned-noise terrorists-turned-dad-rockers being release in time for Christmas. In fact the 2CD best of, What’s Your 20?, which also spans Wilco’s entire career, succinctly webs the precious ebb and flow of their music (albeit …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 435

THE PINK FAIRIES - London Camden Dingwalls (7th November, 2014)

View: near front After 45 years, on-and-off, in the trenches of psychedelia, it’s a miracle the Pinks were able to field a line-up at all! Bassist Duncan ‘Sandy’ Sanderson is now the band’s frontman, and chronicler of their woes. Original drummer, Russell Hunter, due to form a four-stick attack with George Butler, was in the sick bay. Guitarist Larry Wallis also had a …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 435


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