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singles and albums: ALBUMS.

Byline: john dingwall

Jacob Golden: Revenge Songs

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THE follow-up to Oregon singer-songwriter Golden's 2003 debut album Hallelujah World will have you downloading the Simon and Garfunkel and America back catalogues having been inspired by this gentle set of vulnerable break-up songs.

Various: Radio 1. Established 1967

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FORTY cover versions of tracks charting the Radio 1 playlist since the station was established back in 1967. The first ever song on Radio 1 was The Move's Flowers In The Rain and that song kicks off the double CD collection, covered by the Kaiser Chiefs. Today's chart acts do their best to live up to the originals and generally fail.

Kate Walsh: Tim's House

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KATE grabbed the No.1 spot in the iTunes download chart recently and it's easy to see why. Sweet natured folk songs, a crystal clear voice and beautifully-crafted songs make this album hard to fault.

Idlewild: Scottish Fiction - Best of 1997-2007

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FIVE albums and a mini-album already to their name and an impressive catalogue of singles enables Scotland's literary rockers Idlewild the luxury of a "best of" compilation from Parlophone with whom they are no longer affiliated. Some great tracks include Roseability, When I Argue I See Shapes and Little Discourage.

Mick Jagger: Very Best Of

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MICK Jagger without The Rolling Stones is a bit like Bono without U2, but not nearly as bad as it sounds. The blues rock standards stand up to scrutiny even when they lack the edge (no pun intended) of his resident guitarist, Keith Richards. Just Another Night sounds great even today and there's his collaboration with David Bowie of Martha Reeves and The Vandellas' Dancing In The Streets, not to mention a certain nostalgic appeal.

Harry Connick Jnr: My New Orleans

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AS a song stylist manager, he should be congratulated for turning Lee Dorsey's blues classic Working In A Coal Mine into elevator music while Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey is just terrible. He makes Daniel O'Donnell sound like Sid Vicious. File under Wfor Woeful.

The Last Post: Carob/Silicon

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LEGENDARY Clash guitarist Mick Jones and Generation X rocker Tony James deliver a surprisingly upbeat middle-aged version of their respective bands. Having said that punk royalty shines on and you can almost imagine her Maj rocking all over the world to these tunes on her iPod.

Unklejam: Unklejam

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FEATURING the singles Stereo and What Am I Fighting For? and on the back of a series of club-sized dates, retro electro soul stars in the making Unklejam are out to put the fun back into pop.

Katie Melua: Pictures

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WOMBLES songsmith Mike Batt continues to act as the perfect partner on songs such as What I Miss About You and Spellbound, while Katie also covers Leonard Cohen's My Secret Life. A shoe-in for a massive Christmas push.

Pink Floyd: Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

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MARKING the 40th anniversary of the band, PATGOD was originally released in August 1967 and gets a special edition re-release with newly-discovered tracks on a third CD while the first two discs contain stereo and mono versions of the original album, remastered.

Babyshambles: Shotters Nation

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OH, he's in a band. Yes, Britain's celebrity smackhead Pete Doherty, right, takes time out from abusing his body to record what turns out to be a half decent album. Who knows, maybe one day he will be remembered for his music as well as his particularly unsavoury antics.

Following on from the debut album Down In Albion, Babyshambles attempt to perfect the quintessentially English pop sound with the help of Smiths producer Stephen Street.

Thomas Dolby: The Sole Inhabitant

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RECORDED from Dolby's tour of the same name, this live album includes fresh reinterpretations of his electro hits such as She Blinded Me With Science and Hyperactive. One for the fans to collect.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 5, 2007
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