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Articles in the current Issue

FIRST and BEST?

FIRST and BEST?

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 …

FEATURED ARTICLE From Issue 435

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

YES - Songs From Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert

Elaborate birthday bash, and a humbler bonus Though some fans may contest the claim, the five men who comprise Yes on this 2004 show represent what’s generally perceived as the band’s “classic line-up”. The gig, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, was the final date of the tour where Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White performed …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 435

THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL - Do You Believe In Magic? The Story Of The Lovin’ Spoonful by Simon Wordsworth

It’s magic if the music is groovy Simon Wordsworth’s lovingly created account of the often peculiar career of a US pop phenomenon gives an excellent overview of their improbably gawky rise to fame. The author collates most of the factoids one needs to understand how John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone made the trip from the Greenwich Village folk clubs to the top of …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 435

JESSE WINCHESTER - A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble

A true Southern gentleman leaves the stage Taking its title from Humphrey Bogart’s remark in The Maltese Falcon (“I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble”), this posthumous album is a reminder that Jesse Winchester died in April aged 69, leaving behind a lovely collection of light pieces, most of which serve as contemporary standards.  The optimistic and breezy …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 435

FLYING COLORS - London Islington Assembly Hall (13th October, 2014)

View: standing US prog supergroup, Flying Colors – featuring Mike Portnoy, Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson – played a packed venue in support of sophomore album, Second Nature. The set leaned heavily on material from it, the lengthy, complex opener, Open Up Your Eyes, proving the band’s virtuoso musicianship and quality songwriting. But it …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 435

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