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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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Box/deluxe sets from Metallica, Stevie Ray Vaughan, T.Rex, Donna Summer, Henry Mancini, Rush, Johnny Mathis, Ronnie Milsap. Reissues from Suede, HIM, Bryan Adams. Q&As with: Ex-Genesis' Anthony Phillips, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Jethro Tull's Martin Barre, Godflesh, Marillion's Steve Rothery.

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

THE HOLLIES - 50 At Fifty

A by-the-by book extended best-of Any band celebrating a half-century anniversary will be no stranger to the box set treatment, but this budget-priced offering (retailing for about £15) is more humble than its predecessors. Fifty of the band’s best-loved recordings, leaning heavily towards the big hits, are sequenced chronologically, closing with a sole new recording, the overwrought …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 433

- Check The Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies by Brian Coleman

Forensic look at 25 hip-hop classics From judiciously put-together sales pitches to Dylan’s freewheeling prose poetry, LP sleevenotes used to be something of a craft. Yet, as Brian Coleman notes, hip-hop albums largely emerge from the pressing plant boasting little more than a “list of producer and sample credits, a publicity photo or two, and some hastily composed shout-outs”. …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 433

DEXYS - Nowhere Is Home

We need to talk about Kevin Not only did 2012’s outsider opera of an album, One Day I’m Going To Soar, completely revive the reputation of Kevin Rowland and Dexys, it also provided the focus for one of the more ambitious series of concerts of recent times. The release of Nowhere Is Home sees that theatrical presentation given the cinematic treatment it deserves, while acting as a …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 433

KATE BUSH - London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo (3rd September, 2014)

View: centre stalls Kate’s 22-date residency raised the question, could she deliver? And the answer was yes – and then some. Throughout her career she’s been renowned for innovation and working on her own terms. Tonight was no exception.  The first part consisted of Kate and her outstanding band giving the audience time to settle and absorb her presence, and a voice …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 433


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