I The Velvet Underground: live MGMXGIII (Sire) I hate to say it. but I guess this is one of those cases where you just had to be there. The excitement. earlier this year. of witnessing these venerable warhorses going through their magnificent back catalogue was enough. at the time. Any more would have been a bonus. and most of us were happy with what we got. But in the cold light of day ie this live album. compiled from the three Paris dates of their tour what is most starkly defined are those things that were lacking: Innovation. Restlessness. Challenge. . You don't get that in an efficiently-played greatest hits set. even if Lou does play silly buggers with the words (out of boredom?) A celebration of The Velvet Underground this tour and album may have been. but not a continuation of its spirit. (Alastair Mabbott)

I Various: Judgment Night (Epic) The rock/rap explosion taken to its logical conclusion: team up to blow up - when popular music‘s most serrated cutting edges conjoin. the results are little short of explosive. Given the bullish self- stylings of all the acts featured. the Judgment Night soundtrack is surprisingly coherent.

even allowing the furiously thrashy Slayer and the snarlingly polemicising lce-T to pile through an Exploited medley —the whole thing. somehow. makes sense. Highlights: Living Colour and Run D.M.C.‘s ‘Me Myself & My Microphone‘. boasting the best riff; Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul. offerring the only mellow(ish) moment throughout with ‘Fallin“; and Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill. with the eery and sinister sibilance of ‘I Love You. Mary Jane‘. Honourable

mentions: Faith No More

and Boo-Yaa TRIBE. and Mudhoney and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Neither novelty nor uneasy

chimera. Judgment Night truly. thrillingly.

gel(ignite)s. (Craig


I Saint Etienne: You

Heed A Mess (it Help To

Stand Alone (Heavenly)

: Mid-price corralling of

assorted singles. B-sides

i and trilling witterings that

was originally released as

companion freebie to re-

issued .S‘n 'lbugh. You know what to expect: gently twinkling paeans to

1 life‘s little foibles. fluffy

keyboards. and an

1 assortment of octane-high.

saccharine. thin vocals provided by a variety of

‘songbirds‘ (that was

: irony. okay?) before La

Cracknell was conscripted I full-time. Like too much

' fudge. the singles' (‘Who Do You Think You Are‘.

‘Kiss And Make Up'.

; imminent single ‘I Was _ Born On Christmas Day‘

not included here) urgh. ; Pass the sickbag. One can only take so much irony.

: (Craig McLean)

j found in the albums chart. Anderson has tried to

immersed in with the

main track. ‘Mama Said‘.

isn‘t too far away from the ideas of Fermi and

Said‘ is sweetly

the sax solo has to be

‘Join Our Club‘) bite- sized gooeyness combines with the B-sides filler-ish feel to induce queasy nausea. And as for that

SECC Glasgow


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I Carleen Anderson: Dusky Sappho (Circa) Five tracks. 21 minutes and. strangely. only to be

This has to be the best soul release of the year.

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6th DECEMBER MEATLOAE heard to be believed. The final track. ‘Ain‘t Givin‘ Up On You‘. has all the classic soul elements that Anita Baker would be proud of. Anderson‘s vocal beauty and thoughtful lyrics of female passion augur well for a full-blown LP release next spring. If it‘s as good as this. then I‘m going to reaffirm my belief in Heaven. (Philip Durward)


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I Carla Bley: Big Band Theory (Watt) There is a strong Scottish connection here. since this new disc includes ‘Birds Of Paradise’. the big band composition which Carla wrote as Composer-in- Residence at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in I992. This is a tightened-up version of the original. and comes with two more recent works. ‘On the Stage ln Cages‘ and ‘Fresh lmpression‘. plus a splendid arrangement of Mingus‘s ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat‘. Bley‘s is the most consistently absorbing of all the new wave of big bands working in contemporary idioms. and her imaginative charts are backed up by superb soloists. including Andy Sheppard and Wolfgang Puschnig on saxes. lung- bursting trombonist Gary Valente. and trumpeter Lew Soloff. Essential. I Stephane Grappelli and Martin Taylor: Reunion (linn Records) Guitarist Martin Taylor has been

' trying to work his way out

of the automatic linking of his name with the veteran violinist in the past few years. but this chance to record a duo disc in Nice (with one top-up in Glasgow) was too good to pass up. The results are remarkably pleasing. with Grappelli turning in some beautifully mellow. relaxed performances. buttressed by Taylor‘s unfailingly inventive. searching guitar work. Tunes include four of Martin‘s own compositions alongside familiar standards. and all are given an immensely musical treatment. with a lovely sound-balance into

: the bargain. A treat for the

I Cassandra Wilson:

. Blue Light "I" Dawn (Blue Note) A highly

unconventional but

extremely ear-catching set ; from this excellent young singer. She takes an eerie.

atmospheric approach to the blues-rooted material (including Robert Johnson‘s 'Hellhound On My Trail‘ and ‘Come On In My Kitchen‘). abetted by Brandon Ross‘s spectral guitar work. and

Admission - 70p Open I.45pm - IO.45pm

an engagingly original twist on more modern tunes like Joni Mitchell‘s ‘Black Crow‘ and Van Morrison‘s ‘Tupelo Honey‘. This one may need a little persevering with. but reveals a decidedly bold and original talent.

I Humphrey Lyttelton: Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya (Calligraphy Chris Barber: And His Hew Orleans Friends (Timeless) New releases from two doyens of the British jazz scene. both of whom are heading this way this month. Lyttleton takes his regular band through a crisp. swinging. deftly-arranged set of music from WC. Handy to Carla Bley. It also features an impromptu tribute to the late Al Fairweather with Stan Grieg in his best boogie-woogie mode. and is highly recommended. Barber teams up with members of the Preservation Hall Band of New Orleans in a decidedly low-key (and rather poorly recorded)


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