RECORDS / The IOS Playlist: The five best records of the moment

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Schubert: Lieder. Brigitte Fassbaender (Sony, CD only). An extraordinary mezzo sings some of the best-known Goethe settings, including traditionally male ones. Michael White

Purcell: Complete Anthems & Services Vol 4. New College Choir / Kings Consort / Robert King (Hyperion, CD only). Fresh, invigorating new instalment in a major series. MW

LL Cool J: Crossroads (track on 14 Shots to the Dome, Columbia LP/tape/CD). More Robert Johnson than Meg Mortimer, an apocalyptic vision from rap's most affable ambassador. BT

Robert Plant: 29 Palms (Fontana, single). Freeway rock at its breeziest. Who needs Led Zeppelin? Tim de Lisle

David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise (Arista, LP/tape/CD). Dark thoughts light rhythms: his best in 10 years. TdeL

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