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Articles in the current Issue



The debut album holds a unique place in music. Little wonder, then, that it’s often the most collectable item by an artist. Ian Shirley, editor of the Rare Record Price Guide 2016, brings us 51 opening shots worth targeting Even in this age of digital downloads and streaming of individual tracks, the debut album by an artist is of vital importance and of great interest to fans. It reveals not …




As an indie label, you’re meant to smoulder bravely for a few years, then burn out! So how has the Fire imprint survived for 30 years, sparking collectable gems from the likes of Pulp, without being extinguished? Tim ‘Ferno’ Peacock delves deep Record companies’ roles in promoting and marketing music have changed beyond recognition since 2000. Most surviving majors and independents …

ARTICLE From Issue 433



Our latest Rare Record Club album is a hand-finished reproduction of a captivating private-press acid-folk LP from 1971. The artist, Ken Saul, tells Ian Shirley all about his beautiful Seashells The latest entry to the Rare Record Club came through a source close to home – the Rare Record Price Guide itself! When updating the 2016 edition, I was examining prices for the rare folk-rock Stone …

ARTICLE From Issue 433

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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

HAWKLORDS - Censored

Censored? The Man would stick a DA-Notice on it… Starting out as a one-off live ensemble of former Hawkwind musicians, and taking their starting-point as their mothership’s temporary flag of convenience cum art-rock alter ego, Hawklords have evolved a life of their own. They now boast an annual album-and-tour strategy that’s already spawned two very good LPs that have re-thought and …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 433

- Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story by Richard Balls

History of seminal label rather stiffly retold There’s a mighty tale to be told of how the volatile pub-rock manager Jake Riviera, and Irish charmer-cum-entrepreneur Dave Robinson, pulled together one of the great maverick record labels. A partnership of opposites poised for the inevitable implosion, they nevertheless delivered some of the UK’s most iconic music releases. This book, …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 433

ANTHRAX - Chile On Hell

Yo soy la ley! You won’t fuck around no more… If you’re a classic metal band, a great way to pay the bills – and this is not intended to be sarcastic – is to go out on tour, find a rabid crowd, play the old hits and record the show for a DVD. Who needs the newer songs or the album fillers? Give the punters what they want and take the money.  That’s what veteran …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 433

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Blackpool Winter Garden (7th August, 2014)

View: all about Is Vic There? by Department S still ranks as one of the best tunes of 80s pop-punk, and contrasted with GBH, who veered to thrash, such was the ferocity of their set. The Dictators NYC celebrated life, charismatic Handsome Dick Manitoba and co answering the question, Who Will Save Rock’n’Roll? SLF shook things up with the thunderous At The Edge, Alternative Ulster and …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 433


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