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THE ROLLING STONES Sticky Fingers *****

Goat's Head Soup ****

It's Only Rock 'N' Roll ***

Black And Blue***

Being a Rolling Stone doesn't come cheap - you have to fork out for paternity suits, divorce settlements and medical bills for falling out of coconut trees. So Mick, Keef and co are rolling out their 1970s catalogue to refill the coffers. It is, however, a case of diminishing returns. The series kicks off with Sticky Fingers, one of the top five albums in their illustrious canon, headed up by the rifftastic single Brown Sugar. 1972's Goats Head Soup is overshadowed by Angie, but this and It's Only Rock 'N' Roll would be highlights of any other band's career. The quality then starts to dip on Black And Blue. Just don't expect any exciting extras - The Stones aren't that generous.

ROGER CHAPMAN Hide Go Seek ****

Chappo was the far from secret weapon who fronted Family in the 70s. This excellent double CD set maps 28 years of rarities and offcuts from a solo career full of lost gems waiting to be uncovered. A true lionheart still roars.

ALESSI'S ARK Notes From The Tree House ****

West London 18-year-old Alessi Laurent Marke's ravishing debut highlights her luscious voice and luminous songs in a heady blend of sensual dream pop. It's churlish to complain about her tendency to over-decorate songs as the accomplishment elsewhere is so complete. An alternative star is born.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 1, 2009
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