Record Collector - Issue 534 Aug 2022

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Issue 534 Aug 2022


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AUGUST 2022 


ISLAND RECORDS - Manager, magus, talent scout, tastemaker, game-changer... since the early 60s Chris Blackwell has helped Island Records bring to our ears an incredible range of legendary acts,
from Bob Marley to U2, Eric B & Rakim to Amy Winehouse. He picks out a dozen albums from their back catalogue that forged Island’s unique place on the popular music map 
CLARE GROGAN - As Altered Images return on sparkling form with their first album in 39 years, the actress/singer/icon relives their rise to Top Of The Pops staples and explains their return to the studio
ROBERT CRAY - The Grammy-winning blues guitarist has played with a who’s-who of rock and soul legends. But he won’t be playing with Eric Clapton any time soon, he tells us
ASSOCIATES - In the early 80s, this Dundee duo took pop into giddy new stratopsheres, helped in no small part by the late Billy Mackenzie’s soaring voice. His bandmate Alan Rankine recalls the making of their unhinged masterpiece Sulk
LOU CHRISTIE - We go in search of the ‘Pittsburgh Puccini’, a 60s pop idol with an operatic voice who then attempted to Paint America Love, even if America wasn’t quite ready for his unconventional brushstrokes...
FRANZ FERDINAND - As the Glasgow modernists return with a new line-up, new songs and a career-spanning compilation, Alex Kapranos tells their story album by album
FROM THE VAULTS - Reissues and comps from Lou Reed, Madonna, George Michael and plenty more reviewed
NEW ALBUMS - Jamie T, Jack White, Black Midi, Hot Chip and many others have their fresh long players scrutinised
BOOKS - New volumes on The Beach Boys, Motörhead and Neil Young flicked through
MOVIES/DVDS - Baz Lurhmann’s glossy biopic Elvis reviewed. Thank you very much.
SINGLES - 45s including the new Weller/Suggs collaboration given a spin
LIVES - Report from Download plus Joe Bonamassa and Wet Leg shows witnessed