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Sometimes it seems like a long wait for the new magazine to arrive. It went to the printers at the end of last week but it has yet to return. We’re missing it’s cute little blue front with the picture of the Small Faces looking out at us. It’s like the kids going off to university/remand centre (I always said that one was the milkman’s). It will be back soon enough, and we’ve kept its room exactly as it was when it left, but there will be a little emptiness in our hearts until it walks through the door, bringing with it a month’s worth of washing and some truly skanky trainers. Anyway, it will be winging its way to the shops on May 24, and until then, you’ll just have to take my word for it that it’s a good ’un, featuring Richard Hawley, Dion, Led Zep at Chislehurst Caves, the first issue of the Ziggy LP, Beatles books read and rated, collectable dance music, the mad prog-psych story of Atomic Forest, Winston’s Fumbs, Feeder, and reviews of albums by Can, Talk Talk and Damon Albarn. Plus there’s our latest vinyl offer – an unreleased album from the mighty Leviathan. You’ve got four weeks to absorb that lot – no pressure then! Hope you like it when it arrives – we’re really excited about this issue.

What have I been playing? Incredible prog from Zambia in the shape of the new box set from Witch (Now Again). A couple of fab Keith Hudson albums, Furnace (Sunspot) and the extended version of Rasta Communication (Greensleeves). Some more modern dub from Busy Signal, who’s released the six-song vinyl EP Busy Dubb’N Again (VP) which, in a nice retro touch, is in a format they used to call a ‘showcase’ of extended vocal and dub mixes. And I am stuck right into Muddy Waters Blues Band’s Mud In Your Ear (Douglas). I am listening to so much antique music that I am considering resurrecting an equally superannuated valve amp I used to use in the 80s, assuming I can get it serviced… and can afford to do so. If it’s analogue music, maybe it ought to be played on the equipment it was made for…

Like buses and inner-city policemen, DJ gigs come along in pairs, and I am making a two-night world tour on May 25 and 26, both retro reggae/soul/ska clubs. On the 25th I am among the DJs at Ska-Lip-Soul, at The Grosvenor, 291 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 2BY, 8pm-1am, admission £3. My fellow DJs will be Andrew Neale (Tradition records), Dave ‘Blue Cat’ and further guests, all playing five-record rotating slots so nobody can get bored.

The following night, May 26, I’ll be playing an earlyish set at The Spread Eagle, 267 Victoria Avenue Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6NE, alongside my Live Injection mates Arfur, Duke Downbeat and the Tippers, 8pm-1-am. Come and say hello – I don’t bite, but I am told I suck!

Hope all is good for you.

Thank you for reading,

Best wishes,


Ian McCann, Record Collector Editor

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  RC May


In this issue:

The Beatles – Which is the rarest edition of their first album? How many were pressed? In more depth than ever achieved before! Plus a review of recent developments in Fab Four books and a story that looks at some of the less-appreciated elements of their tale.

A major feature on one of the most enduring punk bands, Cockney Rejects (and they’re more than just punk, as those who heard their later albums will know).

An interview with Madness in which they take us back to their ska days.

We meet “the German Pink Floyd”, Eloy.

And we hear from The Smiths’ Mike Joyce about a new project which includes something big and unseen about the band.

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