best of the rest

Other new re­leases out this month.

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Reissues - by Ian fort­nam

Uriah Heep

Demons & Wizards BMG Back where it be­longs, on 180g vinyl, with an Andy Pearce re­mas­ter, a Roger Dean sleeve re-imag­ine, a proto-prog­ging Trav­eller In Time and a riff-romp­ing Easy Livin’. ‘Appy days! 8/10 Mike + The Me­chan­ics

Liv­ing Years 30th An­niver­sary Edi­tion BMG With an air­brushed mid-At­lantic sound crip­plingly redo­lent of its time, and a ti­tle track that’s al­most 100 per cent wince, Ruther­ford’s Young/Car­rack-voiced jug­ger­naut is back, on dou­ble vinyl. 6/10 Buster Poin­dex­ter

Buster Poin­dex­ter / Buster Goes Berserk Float­ing World The New York Dolls’ Bad De­tec­tive hinted at David Jo­hansen’s pro­cliv­ity for in­hab­it­ing a char­ac­ter. Here are his first two al­bums as lounge-singing, se­rial-im­bib­ing, Latin jazzer Poin­dex­ter. 7/10 The Fall

I Am Ku­ri­ous Oranj Beg­gars Arkive Writ­ten to sound­track a bal­let about Wil­liam of Or­ange (ob­vi­ously), this or­ange vinyl, Brix-era gem opens with New Big Prinz (ar­guably ev­ery­thing you need by The Fall in 3:26). 7/10 The Beta Band

The Three Eps Be­cause Call it folk­tron­ica if you must, but any col­lec­tive that mix dis­parate styles with this de­gree of brave al­chem­i­cal in­ge­nu­ity are only prog. Nine­teen-year old sam­pledelic trip-hop hip-rock ge­nius. 8/10 The Busi­ness

1980-1988 Cap­tain OI! Born of oi!, but fiercely anti-racist, Mickey Fitz’s South Lon­don punks never let their in­nate bru­tal­ity (part Sham 69, part Only Fools And

Horses) get in the way of a de­cent hook. 6/10 Lit­tle Bob Story

The Col­lec­tion Float­ing World A fire­ball of diminu­tive gal­lic en­ergy, Lit­tle Bob’s raw-throated punkera R&B was a must-see in ‘77. His Feel­go­ods/MC5 schtick was red hot, but his shades-framed face didn’t fit. 7/10 Semisonic

Feel­ing Strangely Fine 20th Ed Umc/is­land Vinyl de­but for the Min­neapo­lis col­le­giate indie rock­ers’ se­cond al­bum that briefly burned bright enough to spawn a sum­mer ‘99 UK Top 20 hit in Se­cret Smile. R.E.M.-y, but cheerier. 7/10 Splod­ge­ness­abounds

The Al­bums Cap­tain OI! Ob­vi­ously, there was more to ‘hi­lar­i­ous’ punk pa­the­tique chancer Max Splodge than Two Pints Of Lager. But not much. Five discs, 118 tracks. One joke… And a packet of crisps. 3/10 Mott

Drive On Float­ing World Mott The Hoople with­out Ian Hunter (or Ron­son, or Ralphs, or even Ben­der). Hous­ton, we have a prob­lem. Perky Watts songs, but it still sounds like a shrill Heavy Metal Kids demo. 5/10 Deep Pur­ple

Two vinyl reis­sues Rhino More re­mas­tered ar­chive vinyl pressed in ap­po­site pur­ple. In Rock

(10/10) opens with Speed King, and Fire­ball (9/10) its sim­i­larly all­guns-blaz­ing ti­tle track. So what are you wait­ing for? Var­i­ous

Run­ning The Voodoo Down Vol­ume 2 Tad The sub­ti­tle has it: Ex­plo­rations In Psy­chrock­funksoul­jazz 1967-77. As mu­sic’s head was ex­panded by Afro­cen­tric pol­i­tics, John Coltrane, MC5 and Melvin Van Peebles spread the news. 8/10

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