sat 24/06/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Denys Baptiste - The Late Trane

Peter Quinn

Denys Baptiste's deep dive into the mid-1960s work of jazz icon, sax player and composer John Coltrane also serves to mark 50 years since Coltrane's shockingly early death at the age of 40.

DVD/Blu-ray: Minute Bodies - The Intimate World of F Percy Smith

Graham Rickson

F Percy Smith was a maverick film-maker whose most important work was created in a house in suburban Southgate, North London.

CD: Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar

Joe Muggs

Gossip – the trio fronted by Beth Ditto from 1999 until last year – always felt a bit overshadowed by their 2006 breakthrough hit “Standing in the...

CD: Django Bates - Saluting Sgt. Pepper

Matthew Wright

Sgt. Pepper is a popular choice for a tribute but also a dangerous one. How to say anything meaningful about a work widely agreed to be the most...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage

Kieron Tyler

A well-known internet sales site currently offers seven previous home cinema editions of The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. Some are DVD or Blu-ray...

CD: Steve Earle & The Dukes - So You Wanna Be An Outlaw

Liz Thomson

Earle's career is as multifaceted as Jennings'

CD: Steve Earle & The Dukes - So You Wanna Be An Outlaw

Liz Thomson

Steve Earle returns to his roots

CD: Lorde - Melodrama

Katie Colombus

The Kiwi songstress's long-awaited second album ticks all the right boxes

DVD/Blu-ray: Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Graham Rickson

Social commentary and sex comedy, darker than ever despite a shiny new print

CD: Justin Adams featuring Anneli Drecker - Ribbons

Howard Male

The producer and guitarist’s first solo for 16 years is a journey out of darkness

CD: Katy Perry - Witness

Thomas H Green

US superstar's fifth album may be her best

DVD/Blu-ray: One-Eyed Jacks

Mark Kidel

Marlon Brando's outstanding 1961 western returns in an immaculate 4K restoration

CD: Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' - TajMo

Matthew Wright

Blues veterans asleep on the job

CD: Goldie - The Journey Man

Joe Muggs

A fully-functioning, highly listenable album

CD: Ride - Weather Diaries

Guy Oddy

Shoegazing trail-blazers return for another spin on the rock’n’roll merry-go-round

DVD/Blu-ray: The Naked Civil Servant

Saskia Baron

John Hurt astounding as Quentin Crisp: welcome restoration of Jack Gold's classic television drama

DVD/Blu-ray: Prevenge

Graham Rickson

Tremendous: Alice Lowe's directing debut is a (bloody) good film

CD: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - The Anarchy Arias

Thomas H Green

Dismally conceived operatic revision of punk rock

DVD/Blu-ray: My 20th Century

Tom Birchenough

Mesmerisingly imaginative 1989 Hungarian film restored in luminous black and white

CD: London Grammar - Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

Guy Oddy

London Grammar lose their shine with that difficult second album

CD: Chuck Berry - Chuck

Mark Kidel

Last goodbye from father of teen rock'n'roll

CD: Alt-J - Relaxer

Russ Coffey

Cambridge art-rockers extend their ambitions, but can they maintain their winning formula?

DVD/Blu-ray: Spotlight On a Murderer

Nick Hasted

Jean-Louis Trintignant broods through Eyes Without a Face's forgotten, larky follow-up

CD: Roger Waters – Is This the Life We Really Want?

Adam Sweeting

He's suffered for his art and now it's your turn

CD: Saint Etienne - Home Counties

Barney Harsent

The trio return with an album of shimmering melancholy and poised pop

DVD/Blu-ray: Mulholland Drive

Nick Hasted

Restoration of Lynch's Hollywood enigma retains its haunting depths

CD: Tubular Brass - Tubular Bells

Graham Rickson

Superb brass recreation of a 1970s classic, with added baluphonium

CD: Binker and Moses - Journey to the Mountain of Forever

Peter Quinn

Prodigious concept album from the brilliant sax-drums duo

CD: DJ Hell - Zukunftsmusik

Thomas H Green

Stunning electronic masterpiece from Bavarian techno don

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