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Isaac Hayes and The Platinum Pirates

Report by Roger St. Pierre, Record Collector, January 1972

BOOTLEG RECORDS have become a familiar part of the music scene in the past few years but a far more serious problem for record companies ...

Butthole Surfers: The Butthole Surfers

Guide by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, February 1989

Mark Paytress Unravels the Career of the Cult American Band ...

Melanie

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, August 1989

MANY OF THE ACTS at Woodstock were already well established names, but if anyone can claim to have been broken by the festival, it must ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: Syd Barrett

Retrospective by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, 1993

IN COMMON with Brian Wilson, Captain Beefheart and Phil Spector, Syd Barrett is a musician whose work is often overshadowed by the myths that surround ...

John Mayall, Peter Green: Peter Green's Blues

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, Record Collector, July 1993

THERE ARE many guitarists who produce a sharp intake of breath from their peers and fans, in admiration of their complex technique, speed or innovation. ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Peter Green: The End Of The Game

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, Record Collector, August 1993

PETER GREEN'S decision in June 1967 to quit his role as lead guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers brought one era of British blues to an ...

Kirsty MacColl

Profile and Interview by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, March 1994

KIRSTY MACCOLL first came to prominence as a solo artist during the early 80s, scoring Top 20 hits with 'There's a Guy Works Down The ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust: The Album That Killed The Sixties

Retrospective by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, June 1998

Bowie's Ziggy Stardust redefined the meaning of rock artistry ...

Del Amitri: The Del Amitri Story

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Record Collector, October 1998

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN something of a thankless task, being a member of Del Amitri. Put bluntly, in spite of launching their prestigious career from the ...

Lemmy, Motorhead: Mil-Lemmy-Um: The Man from Motörhead

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, 1999

The artist formerly known as Ian Kilminster waxes lyrical on guns, drugs, feminism and ancient rome. Joel McIver meets rock'n'roll's elder statesman, Lemmy. ...

Slayer: All Aboard The Slay Ride

Profile and Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, 1999

Slayer vocalist Tom Araya discusses his band's blood-soaked life and times ...

The Creatures, Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Creatures

Interview by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, August 1999

SIOUXSIE AND THE Banshees have carried the can for all manner of goth-related crimes, from walking-corpse fashions to minor chord musical misanthropy. It's a wonder ...

The Who: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Record Collector, December 1999

THE END of the millennium brought a welcome rush of unexpected activity from The Who, most of it inspired by the group's charitable leanings. ...

Megadeth, Where Is Thy Sting?

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Winter 1999

After sixteen years at the forefront of speed metal, Megadeth are releasing a new album, Risk. Joel Mciver finds controversial frontman Dave Mustaine a reformed ...

Ozric Tentacles: Wizards Of Ozric

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, 2000

Hippies and new age chancers the Ozric Tentacles are still tripping the light fantastic after 18 years. ...

Smog

Profile and Interview by David Hemingway, Record Collector, July 2000

DESPITE WIELDING an acoustic guitar and piano, Bill Callahan of unrivalled miserabilists Smog happens to be one of America's most relevant music makers. With last ...

Anthrax: The Original Skate-Thrash Nutters Speak

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2000

IN THE CLICHÉ-RIDDEN world of heavy metal, it's sometimes refreshing to encounter a band that redefines the genre without sticking to the tired old formulas. ...

Crowded House, Neil Finn: Neil Finn

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2000

New Zealand's Favourite Songwriter Is Releasing A New Album Of Crowded House B-Sides And Rarities. Joel Mciver Quizzes The Kiwi King. ...

The Chemical Brothers: Right About Now . . . The Funk Soul Brothers!

Retrospective by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2000

THINK YOU KNOW about dance music? OK then, answer this question: which of the Chemical Brothers is Tom and which is Ed? Despite the fact ...

Mike Oldfield: Ring Out The Old . . .

Retrospective by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2000

EVERYONE KNOWS the haunting opening melody of Tubular Bells, but it means different things to different people. If you're in your 40s or over, you ...

Venom: Poison Us: Venom

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2000

FEW BANDS can claim to have started off a whole musical trend; even fewer can claim to have started two. Newcastle band Venom recorded three ...

David Gray: David Gray Live

Review by Colin Harper, Record Collector, February 2001

DAVID GRAY BEGAN playing live around Ireland's small but discerning music pub circuit in 1993, shortly after the release of his debut album A Century ...

Ashley Hutchings

Report and Interview by Colin Harper, Record Collector, August 2001

WITH EXPANDED REISSUES of classic albums by himself and his various bands – including Fairport Convention's Leige & Leif and his own Compleat Dancing Master ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis in Hollywood

Retrospective by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2001

"I've had intellectuals tell me that I've got to progress as an actor, explore new horizons, take on new challenges, all that routine. I'd like ...

Slipknot: To Be... Or 'Knot To Be

Profile and Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2001

TAKE THE INTENSITY of an old-school thrash metal band like Slayer and add the Noughties awareness of a media-straddling figure such as Eminem. Mix in ...

Bon Jovi: Bon Non-Jovial

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

IF POP'S MOST unpredictable comeback - from has-been oblivion to global success - was made by Blur between Modern Life Is Rubbish and Parklife, then ...

The Cult: Lil' Devils: The Cult

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

Grunge and alternative rock defeated the Cult in the mid-90s - but now they're back in business. Joel McIver asks how they did it. ...

Madness: Mad About The Boys?

Retrospective and Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

North London ska legends Madness ruled the world for a decade. Now they're back with a new album. Joel Mciver speaks to the original nutty ...

Gary Numan: Paranoid Android

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

GARY NUMAN is fortunate enough to be among the privileged group of individuals who have spoken to Record Collector not once or twice, but an ...

Miles Davis: The Re-Rebirth Of The Cool: Miles Davis at 75

Review by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of Miles Davis' birth, a classic reissue programme has begun in earnest. In the mode: Joel McIver. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: Dexys Midnight Runners and Don’t Stand Me Down

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, 2002

In 1985 an album was released that sold little and contributed to the demise of one of the most venerated groups of the 80s. With ...

The Who: How The Who’s My Generation LP Finally Came Out On CD in the UK

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Record Collector, 2002

STRANGE THOUGH it might seem, it took an ad on eBay offering the master tapes for sale to anyone with half a million dollars to ...

Julie Felix

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, Record Collector, 2002

"HOW CAN WE explain the phenomenon of Julie Felix?" mused Karl Dallas, Melody Maker's titan of folk, in a December 1965 concert review. "Clearly anyone ...

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars: 30th Anniversary Edition

Review and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2002

"I'm really just a Photostat machine. I pour out what has already been fed in. I merely reflect what is going on around me" – ...

David Gilmour

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, March 2003

ROCK HISTORIANS HAVE a problem with David Gilmour because he is, well, so very balanced. Displaying little of the madness or angst of Pink Floyds ...

David Gilmour, Pink Floyd: David Gilmour: The Record Collector Interview

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, May 2003

ROCK HISTORIANS have a problem with David Gilmour because he is, well, so very balanced. Displaying little of the madness or angst of Pink Floyd's ...

Barry White 1944-2003

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2003

FEW ARTISTS CAPTURED the aspirational glamour of the 70s better than Barry White. ...

Sparks: What A Difference The Days Made: Sparks Look Back

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2003

FOR OVER 30 YEARS, Sparks have always been a glorious musical anachronism. To think that their genesis is on the American West Coast at the ...

Duffy Power: People Power: The Remarkable Retrieval of the Duffy Power BBC Sessions

Retrospective by Colin Harper, Record Collector, 2004

Author's Note: the longed-for compilation of Duffy's Parlophone singles mentioned at the end of this piece did indeed (shortly after) come to pass, in the ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: The RC INTERVIEW: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, 2004

LET NO ONE tell you otherwise. An hour with reggae maverick Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a wondrous thing. His ‘madness’, however stage-managed, is there, almost ...

Wizz Jones

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, Record Collector, 2004

"HARD TIMES IN NEWQUAY, If You've Got Long Hair" was the endearingly absurd refrain performed by that Zelig of British acoustic music, Raymond "Wizz" Jones, ...

Aim, Rae & Christian: Grand Central: Label of Love

Profile by David Hemingway, Record Collector, February 2004

THE UK'S PREMIER soul label, Grand Central, has released music by a hip-hop artiste who cites the Smiths as his greatest influence, a future-funk musician ...

Howard Tate: Fate?

Profile and Interview by Gavin Martin, Record Collector, June 2004

HOWARD TATE is sitting opposite me sipping black coffee in the bar of a West End Hotel and I can hardly believe it. Until recently ...

Julian Cope, XTC: The Old Boy Network

Report by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, June 2004

GETTING DITCHED by a major label is not always the end of the line for the big stars of yesteryear, as Terry Staunton reports ...

Jackie Lomax: Is This What You Want?

Review and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, July 2004

LIVERPOOL singer-songwriter Lomax never enjoyed the widespread acclaim of his Apple contemporaries (Badfinger, Mary Hopkin, and, eventually, James Taylor), but the wealth of big names ...

Badfinger: Magic Christian Music/No Dice/Straight Up

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2004

TAKING THEIR NAME from the working title for 'With A Little Help From My Friends', it's ironic that Badfinger's famous pals could also be a ...

Carly Simon: Reflections – Carly Simon's Greatest Hits

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2004

THIS IS THE fifth Carly compilation in less than ten years (and, yes, one was imaginatively entitled Nobody Does It Better), during which time she ...

Cat Stevens: Majikat: Earth Tour 1976

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2004

FELINE FOLKIE caught live in his prime ...

Gram Parsons: Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels (Rhino)

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2004

WITH A BODY OF WORK scattered over a wide selection of labels, Parsons fans had until now been faced with a musical Easter egg hunt ...

Elvis Costello: Almost Blue/Goodbye Cruel World/Kojak Variety

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2004

AS THE AMBITIOUS Costello reissue programme heads towards completion, the contents of the bonus discs take on a greater significance, bolstering releases that may struggle ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: George Thorogood & the Destroyers: Raiders of the Lost Axe

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2004

Bluesman George Thorogood is celebrating 30 years of 12-bar brilliance with a new Best Of… and a global tour. He talks to Terry Staunton. ...

Elvis Costello: Complicated Shadows: The Life And Music Of Elvis Costello by Graeme Thomson

Book Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2004

Only the man himself could have done better ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2004

AFTER THE TEPID reception for last year's Nocturama, Cave and the Bad Seeds could have been forgiven for taking time out to lick their wounds. ...

The Clash: London Calling 25th Anniversary

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Record Collector, October 2004

BY EARLY 1979, to the outside world The Clash were coasting. In their three short years of existence they had signed to Sony for a ...

Dwight Yoakam, Randy Travis: Dwight Yoakam: The Very Best Of; Randy Travis: The Very Best Of

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, November 2004

ROUTE 88 WAS an ambitious cross-label campaign to establish several country stars in the UK, with Yoakam and Travis seen by many as the twin ...

Jim Croce: The Way We Used To Be (Sanctuary)

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, November 2004

KILLED IN A PLANE crash in 1973, just weeks after his first US Number One single, Jim Croce was a master of tender beauty and ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ray Davies: Return To Waterloo/Come Dancing With The Kinks

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, November 2004

Double bill of Ray Davies' '80s video output ...

Warren Zevon: Various Artists: Enjoy Every Sandwich - The Songs Of Warren Zevon

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, November 2004

LONG BEFORE his death last year from inoperable lung cancer, Warren Zevon knew his time was almost up. Undeterred, he carried on making records bulging ...

Anne McCue: Roll

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

ALREADY FAMILIAR to fans of Lucinda Williams after a lengthy stint as an opening act, Australian-born McCue has effortlessly mastered the bluesy drawl of her ...

Elton John: Peachtree Road

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

IT HAS BECOME an irritatingly common marketing ploy for any new release by a music veteran to be declared a "return to form". If we ...

Gwen McCrae: I'm Not Worried

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

ALTHOUGH OFTEN in the shadow of former hubby George, Gwen McCrae is still a much revered name in deep soul circles almost 30 years after ...

Ian Dury: New Boots And Panties/The Bus Driver's Prayer And Other Stories

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

Welcome double disc reissues for a solid gold masterpiece and a forgotten nugget ...

John Mellencamp: Words & Music

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

HEARTLAND ROCKERS have been ten-a-penny over the last 20 or 30 years. For every eloquent and poetic Springsteen there is a subs' bench straining under ...

Lloyd Cole & the Commotions: Rattlesnakes (Deluxe Edition)

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

DISMISSED IN some quarters as a chubby Elvis lookalike with a library card, Lloyd Cole was nonetheless an integral part of any student dorm soundtrack. ...

Gene Vincent: Primitive Texas Rockabilly & Honky Tonk: Gene Vincent Cut Our Songs

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

Not quite the Crossroads Robert Johnson had in mind… ...

The Ramones: Ramones: We're Outta Here!

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

RAMONES GIGS were always exciting rather than accomplished affairs, and if this disc featured only their shambolic 1996 Los Angeles swansong there would be little ...

Sandie Shaw: Nothing Comes Easy (EMI)

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

AS STAGE GIMMICKS go, not wearing shoes is a pretty lame one, but it's what the tabloids of the '60s would inevitably focus on when ...

The Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955 - 1984

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

The greatest gospel group of all time? Lordy, yes! ...

Brenda Fassie: Greatest Hits

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, 2005

A potted history of one of Africa's biggest pop stars ...

Don't Give Up The Day Job

Guide by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, January 2005

THEY LIGHT UP the screen with their dramatic talent, but for many fine thespians that's just not enough. Some of them have a few songs ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Live Licks

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, January 2005

THEIR SEVENTH concert record, if you’re counting ...

Al Kooper: Al’s Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, February 2005

Unsung hero's anthology of solo work and collaborations ...

Bon Jovi: 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, February 2005

Ooh, they can be, you know ...

808 State: Interview with Graham Massey

Interview by David Hemingway, Record Collector, February 2005

THE APHEX TWIN'S Rephlex imprint is to release a duo of 'acid house' remixes of New Order tracks on 13 September. 'Blue Monday (So Hot ...

Bonzo Dog Band, Neil Innes: Neil Innes: Taking Off/The Innes Book Of Records

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, March 2005

A TV SHOW like The Innes Book Of Records would struggle for a terrestrial timeslot these days, but back in the late '70s former Bonzo ...

Noel Harrison: Life Is A Dream

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, March 2005

THE TERRIBLY BRITISH tonsils of Noel Harrison found a receptive audience in the laid-back California of the '60s, already in the throes of a love ...

Ray Charles: O-Genio: Live In Brazil 1963

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, March 2005

AFTER LAST YEAR'S duets album became the best-selling release of his career, coupled with the Oscar buzz surrounding the new biopic, it was inevitable that ...

Fairport Convention: Chronicles

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2005

FAIRPORT'S ANNUAL reunion festival at Cropredy in Oxfordshire celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, long since established as one of the primo dates on the ...

Free: Chronicles

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2005

CURRENTLY ATTEMPTING the almost impossible task of filling Freddie Mercury's shoes in a new-look Queen, it's hard to imagine Paul Rodgers landing any further from ...

Aimee Mann: The Forgotten Arm

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, June 2005

FILM DIRECTOR Paul Thomas Anderson used Aimee Mann's music as the starting point and inspiration for his Oscar-nominated Magnolia, about the intertwining, desperate lives of ...

The Beatles: The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary Of The Beatles

Book Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, July 2005

The madness and mayhem of the Apple empire ...

Thievery Corporation: Gentlemen Robbers: Thievery Corporation

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2005

FOUNDED IN 1995, Washington-based dance duo Thievery Corporation is in that select band of acts, that even though they remain elusive to the great majority, ...

Walter Gibbons: Salsoul Records: The Best Disco Label In The World... Ever

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2005

We present a 30th birthday tribute to Salsoul, the label that changed club culture forever. Bill Brewster talks to the movers and shakers and celebrates ...

Walter Gibbons

Retrospective by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2005

WALTER GIBBONS loved drums. As a young DJ, the beat-heavy records he played defined his sound and as a remixer he had the knack of ...

The Boo Radleys: Boo Radleys: Find The Way Out

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2005

THE ONLY CREATION act other than Oasis to have a Number One album, the Boos were arguably the label's most eclectic signing. This 35-track anthology ...

The Beach Boys: Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2005

Surf's up, mm-mm, mm-mm ...

Cowboy Junkies: Early 21st Century Blues

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2005

Conchie dispatches from the folk frontline ...

From The Velvets To The Voidoids: Clinton Heylin's The Birth Of American Punk Rock

Book Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2005

Updated reprint of a highly regarded new wave dossier ...

Luther Vandross

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2005

THERE WAS SOMETHING special about Luther Vandross (who died 1st July). Free of the brashness of the other male soul performers of the 80s; here ...

Big Star: In Space

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

WITNESSES TO BIG STAR'S comeback shows in 1993 would often find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder with sundry teary-eyed power poppers whose own bands owed a huge debt ...

BMX Bandits: Serious Drugs: The Creation Anthology (Castle)

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

SHOULD THE RENOWNED journalist and music archivist Pete Frame ever attempt one of his celebrated Rock Family Trees for the BMX Bandits, he may need ...

Elvis Presley: He Touched Me – The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

THE ONLY Grammys Presley won in his lifetime were for gospel records, and for a long spell in the '60s his songs of praise were ...

Jackie Lomax: Home Is In My Head/Three (Rhino/Warners)

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

FEELING UNDERVALUED and forgotten in the shadow of the Fab Four, two Apple signings jumped ship at the start of the '70s to join Warner ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Ocean Refrain: Echo and the Bunnymen

Retrospective and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

To mark the release of the first Echo & The Bunnymen album in four years, Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant recall the triumphs and pitfalls ...

Supergrass: Road To Rouen

Review and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

ANOTHER HIGH quality crop. ...

The Turtles: Happy Together: The Very Best Of (Shout Factory)

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

SPURRED INTO ACTION by Beatlemania and making their chart debut with a Bob Dylan cover, there initially wasn't a huge world of difference between The ...

The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, November 2005

EIGHT YEARS ON from Bridges To Babylon, the longest ever gap between studio releases, one question begs to be asked: Does anybody really need a ...

Marvin Gaye: Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye

Book Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY of the Trouble Man ...

Dolly Parton: The Essential Dolly Parton

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

DON'T BE FOOLED by the high hair, long nails or curvy torso. Dolly Parton may appear, on the surface, to be a prairie poppet moulded ...

Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come: The Definitive Collection

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

The man who paved the way for Marley ...

Neil Young: Prairie Wind

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

THE MOST POIGNANT moment on a masterly record full of insight and articulacy comes in the chorus of its opening song, 'The Painter'. It's just ...

Stevie Wonder: A Time To Love

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

Long overdue reminder of what the great man does best ...

The Gun Club: Mother Juno

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

THE PASSING OF Jeffrey Lee Pierce in 1996 after a brain haemorrhage robbed the music world of a true original. A wildman psychobilly blues howler ...

Kate Bush: The Kate Bush Collection: An Album By Album Guide

Guide by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

THE KICK INSIDE (1978, EMI EMC3223) Much was made at the time of the album's release of the fact that Bush was only 19, but let's ...

The Police: Synchronicity Concert

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

SUPERSTAR TRIO on swansong global jaunt. ...

Al Stewart: A Reticent Recording Artist

Profile and Interview by Larry Jaffee, Record Collector, February 2006

AL STEWART’S four-decade career recently was capsulated by a 5-CD boxed set Just Yesterday from EMI. His first four UK albums on CBS never were ...

Ray Davies: Supper Club, NYC

Live Review by Larry Jaffee, Record Collector, February 2006

RAY DAVIES, the leader of the Kinks, is back in circulation after an extended layoff, due to getting shot in New Orleans while trying to ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Geoff Emerick

Profile and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, June 2006

BESIDES GEORGE Martin, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, Geoff Emerick worked on more Beatles sessions than any other individual. ...

20 Salsoul Classics

Discography by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2006

RAFAEL CAMERON – 'BOOGIE'S GONNA GET YA' (INSTRUMENTAL) (SALSOUL 12-INCH/SG-362) £15 ...

Top Of The Pops: The Final Countdown

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2006

With the BBC pulling the plug on Top Of The Pops after 42 years, the stars share their memories with TERRY STAUNTON ...

The Final Countdown: Top of the Pops

Retrospective and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2006

With the BBC pulling the plug on Top Of The Pops after 42 years, the stars share their memories. ...

The Police: Kings of Pain: The Police

Retrospective and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2006

More than 20 years after The Police split, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland have broken lengthy silences about their time in the band.* ...

Wanda Jackson: Hard-Headed Woman

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, February 2007

WANDA JACKSON was the original Riot Grrrl. In the late '50s, she shook, rattled and roared next to Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and boyfriend ...

Ike Turner

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, August 2007

FUNNY HOW things change. A little over a decade ago, Ike Turner was rock'n'roll's terminal pariah. Damned by 1993's What's Love Got To Do With ...

Fairport Convention, Judy Dyble: Judy Dyble

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, September 2007

IMAGINE BEING the original woman singer in the most esteemed British folk-rock group of all – only to be replaced, after just one album, by ...

John Fahey: The Legend Of John Fahey & Blind Joe Death

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, October 2007

John Fahey was the maverick genius of the acoustic guitar, but that's only part of it. As another classic reissue appears, Kris Needs tries to ...

Billy Bragg: Patriot Games

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2007

As BILLY BRAGG blows out 50 candles on his birthday cake, TERRY STAUNTON sharpens his pencil for a musical history lesson ...

The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli: Talk Like a Man: Frankie Valli

Retrospective and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, April 2008

A FAILED AUDITION for a gig as a lounge singer at a low-rent bowling alley in Union, New Jersey, might be the sort of experience ...

The Fugs: Fug Life

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, July 2008

EARLY 1965: The Charlatans were about to galvanise California's acid rock revolution at the Red Dog Saloon, Jimi Hendrix was still playing R&B standards on ...

Randy Newman: Harps For Harps' Sake

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2008

The new record is in the shops, but RANDY NEWMAN admits he has no excuses for his "ridiculous" output of three albums in 20 years. ...

Underworld: Celebrating the Underbelly: Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2008

UNDERWORLD HAVE been at the forefront of electronic music for the past 15 years. The partnership at the group's core, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, ...

Darlene Love: All You Need Is Love

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2008

'Tis the season to be jolly, and to dig out a yuletide classic by DARLENE LOVE. Phil Spector's secret weapon gets festive with TERRY STAUNTON ...

Captain Beefheart: Low Yo-Yo Stuff

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, February 2009

"It's always irritated me that people labelled him weird. It was a kind of super-reality."– John Peel ...

Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Nightmare

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, February 2009

The shocking story behind the making of Beefheart's greatest album ...

ABC, Heaven 17, The Human League: The Steel City Tour: Human League, ABC and Heaven 17 at the Hammersmith Apollo

Live Review by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, February 2009

THE STEEL CITY TOUR is a thrilling glimpse of the once- future through the lens of the past. What these groups attempted in Sheffield at ...

Country Joe & The Fish, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix, The Who: Woodstock: Back To The Garden

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, September 2009

40 years on, Woodstock's epochal celebration of music, peace and unleashed hedonism is being marked with an unprecedented deluge of audio and visual releases. KRIS ...

Michael Jackson: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Bruce Swedien Remembers the Times with Michael Jackson

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2009

HERE'S IRONY for you: there were several things timed for the release of Michael Jackson's London shows that were to provide testimony to the man's ...

Jimi Hendrix: Brother From Another Planet

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, October 2010

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1970: It's all over the evening news that Jimi Hendrix has died at the age of 27. "JIMI HENDRIX DEATH RIDDLE" bellow ...

The Beta Band, Steve Mason: An Interview with Steve Mason

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, November 2010

DE: Tell us about your latest projects. ...

Van Dyke Parks: Parks Life: An Interview with Van Dyke Parks

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2011

The next few months will see the release of a series of vinyl singles by celebrated writer, arranger and producer VAN DYKE PARKS, plus the ...

Chic: Raymond Jones, 1958-2011

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2011

ALTHOUGH A NAME that doesn't readily trip off the tongue, most of RC's readers have danced at some point or another to the understated beauty ...

Donna Summer, 1948-2012

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, June 2012

WHEN DONNA SUMMER relocated from the US to Germany to star in the Munich production of Hair, she unwittingly set a course that would result ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Live Review by Mike Atherton, Record Collector, November 2012

IN MIDDLE ENGLAND, an Oxfordshire field came back to life to celebrate the 45th anniversary of folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention, whose acoustic set launched this ...

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