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REISSUES AND BEYOND

FROM THE BEST OF U2’S POP OFFERINGS AND THE FALL’S SINGLES TO CLASSIC 70S ELO, THE FINAL EURYTHMICS’ ALBUMS AND OUTLYING EXPERIMENTS FROM THE BETA BAND AND LUNA, WE DROP THE NEEDLE ON THE LATEST VINYL RELEASES…

T. REX – DANDY IN THE UNDERWORLD

Marc Bolan’s fortunes declined through the mid 70s, but were on the rise again at the time of his death in 1977 – largely due to this, T. Rex’s final album from the same year, which is getting a hugely merited vinyl reissue now. The punks who rejected Elton, Rod and The Rolling Stones largely embraced Bolan, and it’s easy to see why: Dandy In The Underworld sparkled with contrary, impish glee via three-chord-wonder glitter-pop such as Crimson Moon, Universe and Top 20 hit I Love To Boogie, while Jason B. Sad coquettishly wrapped the riffs from Bang A Gong (Get It On) and Telegram Sam into one gaudy package. Mesmerising, wonderful stuff.

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About Classic Pop

Issue 44 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue we speak to Soft Cell's Marc Almond and Dave Ball as they prepare for their farewell gig at the O2 in London and release a career-spanning boxset, Keychains & Snowstorms. We also take a look at their Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret LP in our Classic Album feature. Elsewhere, we have an exclusive interview with the world's biggest record producer, Mark Ronson, catch up with The Proclaimers who return with their politicised new album Angry Cyclist and talk to Level 42's Mark King about his life in pop's funkiest band. This month, we look back on the glory days of house music and Toyah tells us how she brought the punk aesthetic to the pop world. For boombox fans, we take an in-depth look at why cassettes are making a return and we also serve up a buyer's guide to the wonderful Luther Vandross. Our packed reviews section features new albums from Prince, Paul Weller, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Simon and many more while the reissues section includes Pet Shop Boys, the latest David Bowie boxset and Curiosity Killed The Cat. On the gig front, we head to Hyde Park for The Cure's only European show of the year, delve into the latest Let's Rock festival in Shrewsbury and check out gigs by Nick Heyward, Del Amitri and others. Enjoy the issue!