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What’s left to hear? It’s now over 25 years since Bob Dy­lan and his man­ager ush­ered in the mod­ern era of archivedig­ging with the first vol­umes of The Boot­leg Se­ries. af­ter all that time, and all those deluxe ex­panded reis­sues, surely the record com­pany cup­boards must have been emp­tied of all their old tapes? Mer­ci­fully, that doesn’t ap­pear to be any­thing like the case. this month,

Un­cut goes look­ing for two of the most fa­bled repos­i­to­ries of un­re­leased mu­sic. One proves easy to ac­cess – at least par­tially – as stephen Deusner re­views the deluxe edi­tion of Pur­ple Rain, and the first cache of lost songs from the pre­sum­ably vast Prince archive. “For decades Prince’s vaults have been rock’n’roll’s very own El Do­rado, a myth­i­cal place filled with un­told trea­sures,” writes stephen. “Dur­ing his life he added to it every day but guarded the con­tents closely… It’s a bit­ter irony that it took his tragic death in april 2016 for that vault to be opened.”

the sec­ond is a trick­ier chal­lenge. For this is­sue’s cover story, tyler Wil­cox has tried to work out what still lan­guishes in Neil Young’s archives. tyler’s re­search and in­ter­views give a shape and sub­stance to the se­quence of le­gendary al­bums – in­clud­ing Chrome Dreams, Home­grown and Hitch­hiker – that have been the sub­ject of so much in­tense spec­u­la­tion for decades. as with Giles Martin dis­cussing the Bea­tles’ “Car­ni­val Of Light” in th­ese pages a cou­ple of months back, it’s a tale full of rev­e­la­tion and prom­ise: a re­minder that the sto­ries of our great­est he­roes – per­haps even that of Elvis Pres­ley, as you’ll find out on page 84 – re­main far from com­plete.

Else­where this month, we have event­ful meet­ings with Mark E smith and Nick Lowe; dis­cover the se­crets of sigur Rós, Iron & Wine and OMD; grap­ple with a bumper month of new al­bums that in­cludes releases from the War On Drugs, Griz­zly Bear, ar­cade Fire and Queens Of the stone age; wit­ness U2 and Kraftwerk live; and hear of a par­tic­u­larly ob­ses­sive pur­suit of sly stone. Now there’s another man whose vaults might hold the odd sur­prise or two…

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