Six of the best buys this weekend

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1. Louise Bourgeois by Marie-Laure Bernadac (Flammarion paperback, pounds 30.50) An illustrated biography.

2. The Etchings of Lucien Freud 1946-1995 (above) by Craig Hartley (Marlborough Ceribelli hardback, pounds 25) A complete, illustrated catalogue raisonee.

3. Small World: Photographs by Martin Parr (Dewi Lewis, pounds 25) A companion volume to the artist's current London show.

4. Sean Scully, Twenty Years 1976-1995 by Ned Rifkin (Thames & Hudson hardback, pounds 24.95) Illustrated survey of the artist's career to date.

5. David Hockney by Peter Clothier (Abbeville, pounds 22.50) Well-illustrated look at complete oeuvre.

6. Mona Hatoum by Christine van Assche (Centre Georges Pompidou paperback, pounds 17.25) Text (in French), plus list of works to date, photographs and biography.


1. Fear Eats the Soul (Connoisseur; 15; pounds l5.99) This inter-racial love story introduced Fassbinder to Britain (above).

2. REM: Parallel (Warner; pounds 10.99) Twelve hypnotic promo films from America's best grown-up rock band.

3. Sirens (Touchstone; 15; Rental) Hugh Grant's escapades have given this tale of temptation added resonance.

4. Dangerous Game (PolyGram; 18; pounds 10.99) Abel Ferrara's movie-within- a-movie is self-indulgent but worth catching for a fiery Madonna.

5. Needful Things (PolyGram; 15; pounds 10.99) Sly Stephen King adaptation about a town consumed by greed.

6. I Like It Like That (20/20; 15; Rental). South Bronx girlfriends get tough in an unusual comedy-drama that finds some new characters in the old 'hood.


1. Rainer: Nocturnes (Glitterhouse GRCD 363) (above) Atmospheric National steel guitar grooves, including The Grid's culty remix of "Nod to N2O". Ry Cooder for now people.

2. Natacha Atlas: Diaspora (Nation NATCD 47) Egyptian love songs in Transglobal hip hop dub-fest. Sensationally beautiful in parts.

3. Parliament, Funkadelic & P-Funk All-Stars: Dope Dogs (Hot Hands 80TH CD1) Farmer Funkenstein back on The One. Ruff ruff.

4. Keb' Mo': Keb' Mo' (Okeh/Epic 478143) Grainy-style pre-war blues with a Nineties gloss. Much better than you'd think.

5. Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (Roswell CDEST 2266) Unexpectedly perky and tuneful post-grunge from the fists of Nirvana's drummer.

6. Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones CDV 2731) The greatest rock 'n' roll album ever made, properly remastered at last.


1. L'Enfant et les sortileges (Decca) (above) Ravel's magical fable of childish spite and bestial forgiveness superbly realised by Charles Dutoit and his Montreal Orchestra.

2. Rachmaninov Songs (Chandos) Glum but superbly sung, by ex-Kirov baritone Sergei Leiferkus with pianist Howard Shelley.

3. Brahms: Symphonies (EMI) Elementally inspired readings, despite the dreadful Fifties sound, from the mighty Wilhelm Furtwangler.

4. Weber: Symphonies and Konzertstuck (EMI) Roger Norrington resurrects the early Romantic elan of early Weber.

5. Bruckner: Symphony No 6 (Teldec) Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Phil catch the outdoor mood of the master's most underrated work.

6. Goldberg Variations (Elektra Nonesuch) Inspired by Glenn Gould, arranged by Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Bach takes wing.