RECORDS / The IoS Playlist: The best sounds of the moment

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Brahms, Piano Concerto No 2. Kovacevich/LPO/Sawallisch (EMI, CD). A worthy follow-up to last year's award-winning No 1, with the conviction and strength of mature artists who know what they and this music are about.

Michael White Johnny Cash: American Recordings (BMG/American, CD/LP/tape). Sepulchral rumblings to lift the soul. BT Burning Spear: Social Living (Blood & Fire, CD). Another vital reggae reissue. Marcus Garvey will be delighted. BT Suede: Still Life (from Dog Man Star, Nude CD/double LP/tape). The record's tres grand finale. Get the double album, because the other formats just aren't big enough. Nicholas Barber Freak Power: Drive Thru Booty (Island, CD/LP/tape). All your favourite Sixties West Coast rock influences wrapped up in one funky package. NB