Tori Amos Live

  Bush & RavenEye Live

  Nitin Sawhney New Live LP

  The Vietnam War Soundtracks

  Glen Hansard New LP & Tour

  Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live CD/DVD

  David Ford 2017 Tour

  Ani DiFranco’s New LP For June

  Imelda May’s New LP

  Grandaddy Live

  George Vjestica’s Bandante

  Laura Marling Live

  Seen & Heard Jan-March 2017

  The Swingles New LP & Shows

  Michael Schenker ‘Live’ CD/DVD

  Xylouris White 2017 World Tour

  The Pigeon Detectives New LP

  Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

  North Sea Jazz Festival 2017

  Grandaddy Are Back (at last)

  Martha Wainwright Live

  A Thousand Horses Live

  Rachael Yamagata Live

  Jimmy Eat World Live

  My Best Albums of 2016

  Swans Live in Manchester

  Nick Cave With Feeling

  Ben Folds & yMusic Live

  Dan Patlansky Live Blues

  Beverley Knight Live

  Ash Live in Manchester

  Meilyr Jones Live

  On The MONEY

  Ludovico Einaudi Live 2016

  Barry Adamson Live Manchester

  Jess Glynne Live 2016

  They Might Be Giants Live

  The Temperance Movement Live

  Courtney Barnett Live

  Mercury Rev Live

  Asian Dub Foundation Live

  Mew Live in Manchester

  Elevant Live in Chester

  James Live in Liverpool

  Joanne Shaw Taylor Live

  Asia Live in Manchester

  Foreigner Live Manchester

  The Feeling Live in Liverpool

  Glen Hansard & Friends Live


Editor’s Best Albums of 2010

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Shake Albums Of The Year: 2010. As usual, no fear no favours; no need for advertising income, back-stage passes or overseas interviews, no ‘live-lounges’ to furnish, and no radio-friendly investors… Just the best I’ve heard in another fantastic album release year. And it’s yet another eclectic collection of superb albums including far too many that criminally haven’t seen the light of day on BBC Radio 1 or 2.

For me, as always, music is music albeit in different dialects and, as in 2010, a different language. My top albums this year include Jazz, Blues, Electronic, Folk, Pop, Rock in its many hues, Americana and Rap releases. It’s been the year that several great guitarists chose to release special albums and I’ve been lucky enough to see a few of these guitarists play live this year. And in a year that some very talented musicians decided to go the independent route, some truly wonderful unsigned records.

My list this includes some veterans including my album of the year by John Mclaughlin who started out as a session guitarist in the 60s. John chose 2010 to release one of his finest albums which I saw him and his band perform live in Liverpool - a show I will treasure for the rest of my life. Cheap Trick make a welcome return also with one of their finest pieces of work. So here you go with my best of 2010 - it’s a long list but a great and definitive one.

jm9

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension TO THE ONE (Mediastarz/Abstract Logix)

eminem2

Eminem RECOVERY (Aftermath/Interscope)

jonsi2

Jonsi GO (Parlophone)

kateyb3

Katey Brooks PROOF OF LIFE (True Speaker)

brmc

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club BEAT THE DEVIL’S TATTOO (V2)

beth2

Beth Nielsen Chapman BACK TO LOVE (BNC)

linkinp

Linkin Park A THOUSAND SUNS (Warner)

walkmen

The Walkmen LISBON (Bella Union)

delta3

Delta Spirit HISTORY FROM BELOW (Rounder)

rutledge

Justin Rutledge THE EARLY WIDOWS (Six Shooter Records)

dford

David Ford LET THE HARD TIMES ROLL (Los Caballos/Magnolia)

deftones2

Deftones DIAMOND EYES (Reprise)

ladyanteb

Lady Antebellum NEED YOU NOW (EMI)

neilcowley

Neil Cowley Trio RADIO SILENCE (Naime)

campbell

Phil Campbell SAVIOUR’S SONG (Safehouse)

hjaltalin2

Hjaltalin TERMINAL (Borgin)

midlake

Midlake THE COURAGE OF OTHERS (Bella Union)

skunk

Skunk Anansie WONDERLUSTRE (V2)

prettyreckless

The Pretty Reckless LIGHT ME UP (Polydor)

jbtrio

John Butler Trio APRIL UPRISING (Jarrah Records)

cheapt

Cheap Trick THE LATEST (Cheap Trick Unlimited)

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