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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 …




The subject of a play, a new film and multi-CD retrospective, Frankie Valli, the Jersey boy talks to Paul Rigby. Had I not made it in the music business then there was always a risk that I might have turned to crime. Most of the people that I grew up with were not college-educated. There was no one funding that. If you didn’t make it one way, you made it the other way. You either got mobbed …

ARTICLE From Issue 433



Founding fathers of the R&B boom, creators of country rock, punks before punk, horror rock; there’s not much that Downliners Sect haven’t done. And they’re still out there, not doing it! Nick Dalton meets the ultimate cult band The Downliners Sect were already cranking out vicious R’n’B when the Stones started rolling. They were the forerunners of country rock, and were a …

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

PHILIP SELWAY - Weatherhouse

Storming assertion of talent There’s something slightly distracting about the idea of a solo record by the drummer of one of the biggest bands of the past few decades. It’s a bit like when you’re sat in the cinema and Johnny Depp pops up onscreen in a funny wig. Oh, you think. It’s him. And yes, there’s an easy, lazy comparison to be drawn when first confronted with …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 433

HERBIE HANCOCK - Possibilities by Herbie Hancock With Lisa Dickey

A frank confessional Herbie Hancock has felt the wrath of the jazz police several times during his long career. In the 70s he faced accusations of selling out for commercial gain when he released the jazz-funk hybrid Head Hunters, in 1973; and then later the same decade when he jumped on the disco bandwagon and sang into a vocoder on I Thought It Was You. In this superlative autobiography, the …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 433

IAN ANDERSON - Thick As A Brick Live In Iceland

Tull man heads north – and back in time Jethro Tull’s concept album Thick As A Brick was last played live in its entirety over four decades ago – sufficient reason for Ian Anderson to dust it down for 176 performances across 2012- 13. As this show from early in the tour illustrates, this was followed by the newly recorded Thick As A Brick 2, imagining five different life stories for …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 433

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE - Manchester Ruby Lounge (26th October, 2014)

View: rear right The five Japanese long-hairs started at speed-metal velocity, alerting the half-full venue’s hipster audience to their presence. This began a section of relatively short songs, singing bassist Atsushi Tsuyama warping through a variety of vocal styles as the band covered all psych bases, including bar-room blues. They even threw in a bass solo and throat-singing, which …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 433


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