New releases for 10 & 17 December

Our pick of releases for the run-up to Christmas opens with the extraordinary performance captured on An Orchestrated Songbook in which Paul Weller exquisitely reworked and updated a quintessential selection of his vast catalogue into 75 minutes of breath-taking music that was broadcast by the BBC. The set list includes classic tracks from The Jam,…

Pre-sale of the week: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barn, out 10 December

Barn, the new studio album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features 10 new songs that capture “the raw, idiosyncratic rock and roll spirit and lyrical beauty that epitomises a classic Neil Young Crazy Horse collaboration”. The line-up is: Neil Young, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Nils Lofgren. The album was recorded this past summer,…

New releases for 1 October 2021

Our super six this week kicks off with The The, who celebrated their comeback in 2018 after 20 years of absence with a glorious UK and US tour, topped by a sold-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the so-called Comeback Special. What started as an unforgettable live experience now turns into something…

New releases for 6 November 2020

On to our pick of this week’s new releases. November 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the North American release of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World – the beginning of a 10-year collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would produce indispensable albums such as Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, all…

New releases for 19 June 2020

Our pick of next week’s releases starts with Rough And Rowdy Ways, the 39th studio album from Bob Dylan (released 58 years! after his debut LP) and his first album of original material since 2012’s Tempest. The ten-song double album includes several songs released this spring, including the 17-minute ‘Murder Most Foul’, about the assassination…

New releases for 25 October 2019

This has been another stellar week for releases, and the task of picking the best 6 hasn’t got any easier. But here we go … His sixth album in just four years, Three Chords & The Truth, is further proof that Van Morrison is one of the greatest recording artists of all time and remains…

New releases for 7 June 2019

This week’s carefully selected lovelies start with Office Politics, which is – barely believably – The Divine Comedy’s 23th album. Main man Neil Hannon says of this follow-up to 2016’s mighty fine Foreverland: “It has synthesisers, and songs about synthesisers, but don’t panic, it also has guitars, orchestras, accordions, and songs about love and greed.…

New releases for 1 December 2017

There are plenty of top releases coming up in December that we’re excited about. We start of with On Air, which showcases the early vibrancy of The Rolling Stones live, includes eight performances not released officially before and is arguably the Stones at their early, raw peak. U2 return with Songs Of Experience, a companion…