In praise of Uncut's 'Ultimate Music Guide'

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Yovra, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Yovra

    Yovra Forum Enthusiast Thread Starter

    In these days of my declining interest in music magazines ("Hey, another 100 Beatles'best songs poll!") there's a good thing happening: Uncut's Ultimate Music Guide!
    I have the ones about The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush, Lennon, McCartney, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, (Small) Faces (and Humble Pie), Dylan, Neil Young, Paul Weller (Jam, Council), David Bowie and The Who. Sometimes it's ''nothing really new'' (Beatles), but most of the time it's a treasure trove of half-forgotten (by me) albums, anecdotes, interviews and facts! I'm into the ''middle'' periode Fleetwood Mac-era now (after when Peter Green left, but yet without Buckingham/Nicks) and I'm happy takes time and effort to list and rate albums like Kiln House!
     
  2. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Forum Resident

    I do like the archive articles from Melody Maker and NME, but the price per issue has been slowly creeping up and are now a penny shy of £10 which reduces the likelihood of an impulse buy
     
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  3. jl151080

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    Agreed, amd also excellent from the same publisher is the monthly 'The History Of Rock' magazine. Each issue focuses on a specific year and features contemporary articles. The series started with 1965, and the latest issue is up to 1973.



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  4. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

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    I'm currently in the early stages of the recent U2 edition.

    Another fine entry in the series!

    (Previous ones read: McCartney, Dylan, Kate Bush)
     
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  5. Phil Tate

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    I have the Tom Waits and Kate Bush issues and they're very good - however I'm not so keen on this increasing trend of "special editions" coming out a few months later, it's putting me off buying any more.
     
  6. No Static

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    I purchase the digital edition of these.

    They're a great reference for a band you both like and collect. Keepers for certain.
     
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  7. Man at C&A

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    I have almost all of these, cannot find an affordable copy of the Rolling Stones one, and I think they have been consistently excellent, even on artists I don't like much. I liked the Macca one a lot as a lot of his solo & Wings music has not been covered much in the music press. There were some great in depth interviews in that. The quality of photos they have in these specials is outstanding and the History of Rock idea is inspired too. Just hope they reprint the Stones one soon. I think it's coming soon. Beach Boys next...
     
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  8. Man at C&A

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    The expanded special editions are not essential if you already have the 1st one and also, all of them so far have had gaps of years between the 2 issues, not months.
     
  9. Yovra

    Yovra Forum Enthusiast Thread Starter

    I have the 1965 and 1968 and as a document of their time theý're insightful, but the rock writing as such is toe-curling stuff sometimes! I guess rock writing grew up with rock itself!
     
  10. jay.dee

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    I am also following their History of Rock series:

    https://nme.backstreetmerch.com/artist/uncut-history-of-rock/

    Each issue brings an interesting selection of articles and interviews plus a handful of surprisingly competent album reviews and hilarious blind dates with musicians. Although I would like to see a more variety in the featured artists I appreciate their attempts to cover some of the less mainstream music too (hey, they even managed to squeeze in a full page feature on the 60s free-jazz!).

    I have also got some of their earlier issues on the general rock history published in the NME Originals series, like "1960s Swinging London", "Mod" and "Madchester".

    Nme originals: MOD »
     
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  11. Man at C&A

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    There's a feeling that things were moving so fast in the 60s the writers did not really know what to make of it! There's a massive improvement in the quality of interviews and journalism from around 1970 onwards.
     
  12. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    The Depeche Mode and Nick Cave issues are also very good.
     
  13. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    "We've always felt like a cult..." !
     
  14. Man at C&A

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    The Mode one was superb and unexpected. Would like to see more like that. A Pet Shop Boys one would be good. Always good in interviews & a long successful career. Can't see it though as it's not what I imagine a lot of Uncut readers buying. I'd like a Blur one and can see that happening. Also Blondie.
     
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  15. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    I guess Cave and DM are as left field as these things can get;)
     
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  16. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

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    Yes please, if anyone at Uncut is lurking here! :righton:
     
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  17. the sands

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    I rarely read music magazines thoroughly anymore but I have an online route where I check out what's going on and new releases. Sometimes I read interviews with artists.
     
  18. Zack

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    Yes! I have 1967 and love it. I want every other year from 65 to, say, 78.
     
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  19. Man at C&A

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    Don't forget The Cure!
     
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  20. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    There was a "Britpop" special a couple of years ago which was not bad either!
     
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  21. Man at C&A

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    They will carry on well past 1978. I wonder where they will stop them?
     
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  22. wallpaperman

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    The regular ones are still £7.99 or at least the recent Byrds one is that I picked up at the weekend. I think they're fantastic, almost completely advert free.

    I'll only buy artists I'm really interested in, so have only bought Neil Young, Smiths, Kinks and now The Byrds, but I think they would be an interesting read even if you are not that particular artist.

    I would absolutely love a Prince issue, surely that is possible bearing in mind his relative popularity both here and in the US.
     
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  23. Neonbeam

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    On a side note, the NME "Glam Rock" special is also excellent since it gives great insight how certain bands were (re)viewed back in the day. Hell...it even contains THE BAY CITY ROLLERS....

    Plus a great/ tragic interview with Mick Robson from 1973 where he fantasises about his future with Bowie. Little did he know what the man had in store for him;)
     
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  24. Yovra

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    Prince would make a fine issue! Maybe a ''family tree'' of the bands/artists, produced and worked with.

    I loved what they did with the Kate Bush-issue. Of course there were far less albums to review compared to the bodies of work of Dylan and Young, but they made up for it by longer and more thorough reviews of her albums.
     
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  25. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

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    I like the UG's overall , have the Kate
    one , Bowie , Waits , Mac , Floyd , Clash (i think) ,
    kickin' myself for not snaggin' the McCartney !
     
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