six of the best buys this weekend

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1. Goldie: Timeless (Metalheads/FFRR 828614-2) The jungle album they're all on about.

2. Pet Shop Boys: Alternative (Parlophone 8-34023-2) Bits, bobs and B- sides. Intriguing.

3. Various Artists: Revenge of the Surf Instrumentals (MCA MCLD 1928- 2) The Ventures, The Surfaris, Dick Dale: the whole dang thang.

4. Critters Buggin: Guest (Loosegroove/Sony 478376-2) Punk-funk for mysterious travellers.

5. Outside: The Rough and the Smooth (Dorado DOR 043) Jungle and jazz in groove-tastic love tangle.

6. Various Artists: The Rebirth of Cool Phive: Subterranean Abstract Blues (4th & Broadway BRCD 617) Trip-hop 'til you drop.


1. Don't Look Now (18; Warner; pounds 10.99). Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland in classic chiller.

2. The Driver (15; Warner; pounds 10.99). Crime thriller stripped to barest bones by Seventies maestro Walter Hill.

3. Wyatt Earp (15; Warner; pounds 13.99). The calm before Costner's storm. Dennis Quaid makes it all worthwhile.

4. I'll Do Anything (15; Columbia; Rental). Dotty if uneven comedy from Nick Nolte and Tracey Ullman.

5. Pet Shop Boys - Discovery (PMI; 15; pounds 10.99). Raunch with the heat up to 11.

6. Last Tango in Paris (18; Warner Elite; pounds 10.99). Bertolucci's elegant, moving drama featuring a bantamweight Brando.


1. A Change of Climate. Hilary Mantel (Penguin pounds 5.99) Beautifully written novel set in summer of 1980.

2. An Omelette and a Glass of Wine. Elizabeth David (Penguin pounds 13) Mouthwatering classic of food (or any other) writing.

3. God on the Rocks. Jane Gardam (Abacus, pounds 5.99) Meticulously observed modern classic.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee (Mandarin pounds 4.99) Truth, justice and the American way one adolescent summer.

5. Impossible Things. Penny Perrick (Bantam pounds 15.99) Gorgeous, sunny escapism with a twist of lemon.

6. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow. Peter Hoeg (Flamingo pounds 5.99) Cool off with this chilling thriller.


1. Alkan: Grande Sonate Les quatre ages. (Hyperion) Pianism to take your breath away from Marc-Andre Hamelin.

2. Bach: Brandenburg Concerti. (DG Archiv Masters) Endlessly surprising performances under Reinhard Goebel.

3. Colin Matthews: Misc Works (Deutsche Grammophon) Magnificent playing, splendid recording.

4. BBC Proms Centenary (IMP Masters) Terrific live performances of Boult's Elgar 1, Barbirolli's Rosenkavalier suite and more.

5. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 (Philips) Mercurial playing from Martha Argerich in electrifying form.

6. Don Giovanni (Archiv) Another John Eliot Gardiner winner. Live and sizzling - a vintage performance.