❉ As a breakthrough piece for Third Ear Band, Alchemy truly lives up to the promise of its title, writes C.J. Newman.
❉ ‘Topper’ Headon was a drumming genius who propelled a good band to become the best around, writes Paul Matts.
❉ Michael Seely looks back on Alan Plater’s trilogy, 30 years on from the first airing of its last instalment.
❉ Bowie’s veteran sideman takes centre-stage in this readable, eclectic biography, thoroughly revised and updated for 2018.
❉ The renowned producer and arranger tells We Are Cult’s Eoghan Lyng about working with Percy Thrillington, aka Paul McCartney.
❉ Hidden treasures from Dudley Moore in ivory-tickling mode, and guilty pleasures from Carly Simon in all her ‘80s AOR pomp.
❉ A welcome reissue of Rypdal’s rare 1968 solo album featuring Jan Garbarek.