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CANDY CRUSH SAGANME's Neil Taylor testifies to the live power of the Jesus & Mary Chain in 1984. Plus Sounds' Jack Barron raves about the band's 1985 debut Psychocandy, while The Face's Max Bell meets the brothers Reid (and Creation boss Alan McGee) on the eve of the album's release…

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WINGS OVER AMERICATrouser Press co-founder Dave Schulps sees the Sex Pistols in Memphis (Sounds, 1978), confers with the great Kevin Ayers (Trouser Press, 1980) and assembles the experts to assess Solomon Burke's comeback album (RBP, 2002).

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