HOW TO BUY… PAUL WELLER2 Aug 2007

Weller Whether he was kick-starting a one-band Mod revival with The Jam in 1977, mixing up soul and socialism in a rain-coat and a wedge hairdo in The Style Council in the ‘80s, or surging back into contention as a solo artist in the ‘90s, few songwriters have sustained as well as Paul Weller, as current admirers including Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, The Enemy and Midlake would readily agree. But, with 20 studio albums, umpteen live releases, boxed sets and greatest hits sets to his name, what’s the best way to appreciate his back catalogue? This is where you come in. Is The Jam’s This Is The Modern World any cop? Is The Style Council’s Modernism: A New Decade an overlooked masterpiece? Where does the output of The Paul Weller Movement fit in? Give us your recommendations and the best comments will be printed in the magazine.

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WHAT'S THE BEST JOHN FAHEY ALBUM?10 May 2007

Johnfaheyforweb John Fahey, the mysterious and unpredictable guitar virtuoso from Takoma Park, Maryland, used the guitar as an extension of his subconscious, variously invoking childhood turmoil, mercurial beauty, supernatural blues and ragtime bounce. But with his forty-odd album back catalogue being such a minefield of revisions, re-recordings and red herrings, the neophyte can be left floundering when it comes to knowing what to buy. Do you start with The Legend Of Blind Joe Death? What's better - John Fahey's Christmas Album or Old Girlfriends And Other Horrible Memories? And is Womblife any good? Let us know what you think and the best comments will be printed in a future issue of the magazine.

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HOW TO BUY... GOTH!4 Apr 2007

Specimen “Bela Lugosi’s dead, undead, undead…” intoned Peter Murphy on the single that released a new genre - not to mention a fair scattering of bats - into the world in 1979. Like the vampiric film star Bauhaus eulogised, Goth has never gone quietly into the ground, finding virgin blood to drink wherever the pale, alienated and over-imaginative young flock together. But what are the necessary, inspirational albums of the form? What discs by the Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission or Alien Sex Fiend does the Goth neophyte need? And do Red Lorry Yellow Lorry get a look in? Comment with your recommendations and your eldritch (and, indeed, Eldritch) pronouncements could be printed in a future issue of the magazine.

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How To Buy... U221 Feb 2007

U2_1_160x120 Who's the biggest band on the planet? U2. Formed at Dublin's Mount Temple Comp in 1976 (and known for their first 24 hours as the heroically-named Larry Mullen Band), their staying power and willingness to experiment has never faltered. But which are the best albums? Are you thinking early triumphs like War or October? The mighty success of The Joshua Tree? The strangeness and adventure of Zooropa or Achtung Baby? Or even live mini-album Under A Blood Red Sky? There's plenty to choose from, so get cogitating and let us know - the best comments will be printed in a future issue of the magazine. Leave a comment here!

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HOW TO BUY... STEVIE WONDER29 Jan 2007
Steviewonder_1_160x120 Still a 12 Year Old Genius at the time, the artist  also known as Stevland Judkins blew up in 1962 with The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Wonder. Since then there have been thirty album releases and a slew of official collections, a random sampling of which throws up Innervisions, Hotter Than July and The Secret Life Of Plants. But we're not interested in random samplings here - so which ten albums do you consider the choicest picks that no-one should be without? Let us know what and why and your comments could be featured in a future issue of MOJO magazine.
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How To Buy... Jazz-Rock5 Jan 2007

Milesdavis_1_160x120 Weather Report... Mahavishnu Orchestra... Jaco Pastorius... Miles... The world of Jazz-Rock isn't just about jazz and rock. And the neophyte needs to know how best to access this ever-experimental, brain-busting Möbius-strip of a genre. Fill them in by suggesting your top ten picks - Soft Machine? Chick Corea? Allan Holdsworth? -  and your comments could be featured in a future issue of MOJO magazine.

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How To Buy... The Ramones24 Nov 2006
Ramones1How to buy The Ramones? You've got a point. There's an awful lot out there, but what are the essential ten? The first four, yes... but who's going to argue the toss over Acid Eaters and Animal Boy? And what's the best compilation? Are the guys' solo LPs demanding of attention? And do Subterranean Jungle and End Of The Century demand re-evaluation? There is point-making to be done!
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VOTE GONG!18 Aug 2006

Gong

They created a universe of their own making! And a vast intergalactic catalogue to match! They are post-psychedelic cosmonauts Gong and MOJO needs your help in compiling the ultimate ‘How To Buy Gong’ guide.

So does the fromage-fest of Camembert Electrique top the warped genius of Flying Teapot? And where do the shimmering sounds of Shamal fit? Simply leave your comments on what you consider to be the most mind-blowing Gong releases here and we’ll compile our guide from your suggestions and print your thoughts on their finest work in the November issue of MOJO magazine.

[NB: All albums selected must have been released under the Gong moniker rather than by individual band members so Steve Hillage’s Fish Rising is out. So too are Daevid Allen manifold solo outings.]

Oh, and check out the Gong Unconvention – a gathering of the entire Gong Family. It happens at the Melkweg, Amsterdam, on November 3-5 and tickets are on sale now via Jonny Greene’s wondrous www.planetgong.co.uk site.

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HOW TO BUY.... SOLO LOU REED25 Jul 2006

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In the next issue of MOJO magazine, we'll be compiling the best solo albums by Lou Reed - and we need your help. What, in you opinion, are the finest post-Velvets from Laughing Lou? Would you include the all-time classic Transformer? How about the return to form that was New York? Perhaps the chucklefest that is Berlin? Or maybe you're partial to a bit of Metal Machine Music (shudder)?

Leave your comments here and maybe they'll appear in a future issue of MOJO...!

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HOW TO BUY... HORROR SOUNDTRACKS10 Jul 2006

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Next ish, we're taking a look at the very best in Horror soundtracks. From the spooky skewed folk of The Wicker Man, to the techno bleeps of John Carpenter's Halloween, which are the greatest examples to be given their own spin-off album in their own right? Suggestions and comments here, please - and your recommendations could appear in a future issue of MOJO.

Me? You can't go wrong with Goblin's soundtrack for the peerless Dario Argento giallo Profondo Rosso (Deep Red, 1975) - pseudo-Pink Floyd prog, with wobbling synths, frantic drumming and stacatto guitar riffage that accompanies the creepy mayhem perfectly. Best track: Death Dies, a piano-led vignette that is heard whenever meat cleavers are wielded in madness. Oh yes.

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