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The La's
1987

If not quite the holy grail, this looks like an essential release for all those frustrated the La's fans. It features sessions from 1987 (natch) recorded at the Flying Picket and at Echo & the Bunnymen's studio. There's also a few live tracks and rarities which may part satiate those still hoping for new mat...view item »

Various
Lost Highways: American Road Songs 1920s-1950s

Lost Highways: American Road Songs 1920s-1950s is a compilation so this is going to be one of those listy reviews. Well known people on this release include Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Nat 'King' Cole, Woody Guthrie, Big Joe Williams, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis 'and many more'. Stylistically it's all over the shop with blues ramming into boo...view item »
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The Edgar Jones Free Peace Thing
Stormy Weather

What an odd career path Edgar 'Jones' Jones has had from The Stairs' marvellous '60s beat group racket to his excellent 'Soothing Music for Stray Cats' album to being hyped by Noel Gallagher and working with the Scouse mafia of McCulloch, Power and Mavers...view item »

Various
The Ultimate 30s and 40s Reefer Songs

OK the last one from me is a stonking CD on Viper called The Ultimate 30's and 40's Reefer Songs' which manages to incorporate 2 things I love. Cheeky old music and smoking gear. Featuring old blues stalwarts like Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and loads more (dead) old folks all singing about rolling up a phat one and getting busy with...view item »
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Various
Hot Guitars - American Guitar Tracks From 1920s - 1950s

I kind of like those Viper comps. They're a light hearted take on songs of old and they normally compile a decent selection on each CD to while your time away before your impending death. After the awesome American Protest Songs I'll always give 'em a good listen as I still play that now. Their latest theme is Hot Guitars and it's as 20 track comp ...view item »
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Various
Up Jumped The Devil - American Devil Songs 1920s - 1950s

I always really enjoy those Viper comps. The 'Up Jumped The Devil' comp is here featuring American devil Songs from the 20's to the 50's. Another great themed album but one day they'll run out of ideas and you'll get songs about people who wore really big hats or people who just ate citrus fruit. Any...view item »
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Lightnin' Hopkins, Various
I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus

Am a bit partial to the old blues themed comps that Viper do. When they get them right they really get 'em right. Mind you that last thing on Tompkins Square was cool. Anyway here's 'I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus' which is an xmas themed blues comp romping from the roaring 20's to the gorging 50's. On here you get Christmas related jingles and jangle...view item »
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Johnny Cash, Willie Nix, Various
Banged Up- American Jailhouse Songs 1920's to 1950's

I know many of you enjoyed that American Protest Songs comp CD we gave album of week back many months ago. A goodie it was too. I still play it in fact you'll be more than interested to know. So, if you did enjoy that I suspect you'll more than likely enjoy the Banged Up comp on Viper which hath just arrived. This is a prison song themed album with...view item »
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Various
The Song Before The Song

The folks who brought us that ace (album of the week!) Protest Songs CD follow it up with THE SONG BEFORE THE SONG. The premise here is it's loads of famous old songs sung by black folks which you never really heard until whitey came along and made 'em successful. Shock horror!! Racism exists even in our precious music industry.... Origi...view item »
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Woody Guthrie, Various
Protest! American Protest Songs 1928-1953

Christ this is good. It's so good it goes beyond good and gets better. As the title suggests it's a compilation of American  protest and anti war songs from yesteryear. From the Hawaiian influenced opening track called Old Man Atom by Sons of The Pioneers you're hooked for the entire duration of the album. Maggie has just pointed ...view item »
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Tramp Attack, Hokum Clones, Various
21st Liverpool Unearthed

For all you lovers of all music scouse then there's a top comp of new-ish tunes called 21st Century Liverpool Underground on Viper featuring a number of tracks by The Big Kids, The Hokum Clones and Tramp Attack. 18 tracks in total by all 3 bands and Double Decker Bus by Tramp Attack is superb. Not really heard much b...view item »

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Magneticism

Captain Beefheart is king! You know it! I know it! I don't need to go on about it, right? Good. So it's been a while since anything new has reared it's head from the Beefheart's magic archives so i was pleased to find 'Magneticism' - The best of Captain Beefheart and his magic bands in my review pile. 'Magneticism' features some of the finest live ...view item »
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