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LONG LIVE VINYL

FROM THE 80S POP OF JAPAN AND A-HA TO THE UNLIKELY COLLABORATIONS OF GARY NUMAN AND RADIO HEART, PLUS TREVOR HORN’S HOOK-UP WITH YES, WE RUN OUR CRITICAL EYE OVER THE LATEST HOT VINYL RELEASES…

REISSUES AND BEYOND

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN – 21 SINGLES

The sales bullet points were always noise, feedback, attitude and what Creation Records co-founder Alan McGee termed “art as terrorism”, but the Jesus And Mary Chain were always best with a sweetly ingenuous tune lurking beneath their barbed surfaces. Feral flails like Upside Down were all very well but it was 1987’s April Skies, with its honeyed Motown melody, that went Top 10. Simultaneously thrilling and samey, this 2LP set is a vinyl reissue of the 2002 21 Singles CD boxset, but completists may rue the failure to add the most recent singles, Amputation and Always Sad, from the 2017 comeback album Damage And Joy.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop, our cover star is the mighty Rick Astley. We have an exclusive in-depth chat with the singer as he returns with new record Beautiful Life – the pressure's on as he attempts to follow up his hit album 50. Synth-pop icons Heaven 17 look back on their superb LP The Luxury Gap and the legends keep on coming this month as The Human League talk us through their back catalogue, album by album. For ABBA fans, we go behind the scenes with Carl Magnus Palm for the inside track on their career in the recording studio and also serve up a buyer's guide to Sweden's finest. We travel Down Under to speak to Dannii Minogue as she relives her Neon Nights album 15 years on – it's the record that transformed her into a bona fide dancefloor icon. Massive Attack's imperious Blue Lines is our Classic Album this issue and we also meet Jennifer Warnes to talk about her brand new studio LP as well as her Oscar-winning songs that soundtracked the 80s. Our packed reviews section features new albums from All Saints, Gorillaz, The Proclaimers, Rick Astley and Gabrielle and many more while the reissues take in a superb Soft Cell boxset, Depeche Mode 12" singles, Morrissey and Jean-Michel Jarre. On the gig front, we're bowled over by an astonishing David Byrne live show, travel to the Isle of Wight Festival to see Depeche Mode and check out two legends, George Benson and Quincy Jones. Enjoy the issue! Steve Harnell Editor Classic Pop