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Each week 991's Sleeve Notes will be bringing you tidbits from the R.C. Weekly Newsletter – be sure to sign up for the full version by emailing anna.bowen@metropolis.co.uk

The latest issue of the magazine includes: FC rc394

Elvis: in search of the man behind the myth; Ryan Adams talks… plus his vinyl gems;

the roots of Kid Creole, the Tropical Gangster;

The Story Of Rough Trade and 42 collectables;

Studio One rarities and WIN The Smiths £250 box set plus Sandy Denny and Iggy goodies!

Without further ado, here is the Editor's Update from this week's Newsletter:-


The new issue of RC hits the shops any moment now, and that’s always an exciting time for us. While I often warble on about the features in the mag, I want to focus on some of the smaller, tucked away gems in the new edition. Spencer Grady, our production editor, has sorted out some fantastic competition prizes, including Sandy Denny and Fotheringay merchandise, Stooges DVDs, and for clever crossword completers, The Smiths’ eight-LP box set which includes artwork – and there’s only 15 of these in the whole world. Our Rocking The Box section recalls Marc Bolan on the London Bridge show on ITV in March 1975, an event I don’t remember – not, alas, because I was too young. We review the reissues of six albums from The Jesus And Mary Chain, new albums from Ryan Adams (also the subject of an interview this month) and Brett Anderson and look at Jimi Hendrix’s Winterland. Chris Spedding remembers his favourite record shop; we reveal the flexis that have been sending bidders bananas on eBay, and drool over Duran Duran’s remarkable All You Need Is Now box set, which is so classy, we hardly dare look at it. We’re also scared to look at Lemmy for different reasons, but one person who definitely isn’t is Mick Stevenson, our featured Collector, who has a Motörhead stash that will be the envy of thousands.

No longer with us, sadly: Sylvia Robinson, boss of Sugar Hill; Leonard Dillon, leader of The Ethiopians; and, we heard yesterday, the great Bert Jansch, Pentangler, composer of the haunting Needle Of Death, populariser of Davey Graham’s Angie, and whose Jack Orion still sounds like one of the most moving folk albums of the 60s to my ears and a home recording to boot. Condolences to friends and family of all of the above; we’ll be including tributes in the next issue of Record Collector.

RC has been doing a bit of sniffing around the shops lately, and there is still vinyl out there if you’re prepared to put the person-hours in! Spent a happy evening digging at a truly old-school black music shop, Direct Impact, at 158 Hoe Street, Walthamstow (07939 315928), and turned up some nice R&B and soul  tunes and a little bit of reggae. Funny thing is, I’ve spent decades looking through shops like this, yet now it feels like nostalgia – how often can you actually go in a record shop that’s not a dedicated collector’s outlet and find something, or not know just what it is you are going to turn up? The music’s still out there, but it’s spaced further apart; there used to be 12 such shops within two miles of there, at a rough guess, but now this shop is a rarity. There’s no guarantee you’ll find anything at any shop, but the possibility that you might is what keeps us all in the hunt, and I’m delighted to say that I did.

Hope your week is deeply musical, and thank you for reading.


Ian McCann










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