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music: LOU RAWLS The Very Best Of (EMI).

Byline: bev

LOU Rawls was a gospel singer, born in Chicago in 1933.

Over his five-decade career, he recorded a staggering 75 albums and picked up three Grammy awards.

There are 21 tracks on this fine complication including his lone British hit You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, plus US successes Love Is A Hurtin' Thing, A Natural Man, and Dead End Street.

Lou Rawls died earlier this year, at the age of 72.

HOTHOUSE FLOWERS The Platinum Collection (Warners Platinum)

THIS terrific 16-track collection features the best of vastly underrated Irish band, Hothouse Flowers.

All songs are written by band members Liam O'Maonlai and Fiachna O'Braoinain, except Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now and Leiber and Stoller's Kansas City.

Outstanding songs include 80s hits Don't Go and I'm Sorry - if you like U2 or Bruce Springsteen, you'll love Hothouse Flowers.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL Rich Kid Blues (Edsel)

SINCE her first hit As Tears Go By in the 60s - co-written by her then boyfriend, Mick Jagger - Marianne Faithfull remains one of our best interpretive vocalists.

On this CD collection of recordings from the early 70s she gives her unique styling to Bob Dylan's It's All Over Now Baby Blue, James Taylor's Mud Slide Slim, Tim Hardin's Southern Butterfly and Cat Stevens' Sad Lisa.

Tune into Bev Bevan's Jukebox every Saturday night from 6pm to 8pm for more classic hits
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2006
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