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Purcell: Masques from Dioclesian. Collegium Musicum/Hickox (Chandos, CD). Another early (in every sense) stab at Purcell before his big anniversary next year, with good period sound and some fine young British voices. If you want the whole of Dioclesian, wait until November when Chandos issue it complete. MW

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Sleeps with Angels (Warner, CD/LP/tape). Archetypal Young, but still full of surprises. NB

Dodgy: Staying out for the Summer (A&M, single). Instant sun, sand, sea and general jollity. NB

Bryan Ferry: Mamouna (Virgin, CD/LP/tape). Ten new songs, done with a croon, a swoon and an ear for a tune. Tim de Lisle

Keith Hudson: Pick a Dub (Blood & Fire, CD only). A practising dentist, Hudson made this in 1976, and had a big hand in the punk-reggae crossover which continues today. Ben Thompson

Nicholas Barber on REM: The Critics, main paper.

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