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Album: Neil Young, Le Noise (Reprise)

Daniel Lanois is a producer who makes every record he works on sound like a Daniel Lanois album.

Album: Black Country Reunion, BCR, Mascot

A “supergroup” comprising the veteran rocker Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple), Bonzo’s boy Jason, guitarist Joe Bonamassa and a bloke from Dream Theater.

Album: Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures (RCA)

At a time when it's widely assumed that Jack White and a handful of unknown indie chums merits the accolade, Them Crooked Vultures is a supergroup worthy of the term, in the classic rock tradition of Blind Faith and ELP.

Mott The Hoople, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Eyebrows were raised when Mott The Hoople's initial reunion shows at the Hammersmith Apollo sold out so fast that further dates had to be added, then more. One expects the likes of Led Zeppelin to inspire such sizeable affection, but Mott? Who knew there was such a collective yearning for the glam boogie monsters?

First Night: Mott the Hoople, The Apollo, Hammersmith

Eyebrows were raised when Mott The Hoople's initial reunion shows at the Hammersmith Apollo sold out so fast that further dates had to be added, and then some more. One expects the likes of Led Zeppelin to inspire fond affection on a sizeable scale, but dear old Mott? Who knew there was such a collective yearning for the glam boogie monsters?

All the old dudes: the return of Mott the Hoople

Joe Elliott interviews Ian Hunter

Stephen Foley: Put Goldman on a diet of humble pie

Perhaps you have heard by now that Goldman Sachs is "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money".

Album: Steel Panther, Feel the Steel, (Island)

Steel Panther were – let's play along with the backstory – a legendary Poison-style hair-metal band from the heyday of the Sunset Strip, and Feel the Steel is their long- lost debut album.

Album: Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (Hear Music)

Elvis Costello albums seem to arrive with increasing frequency these days, their diversity appearing more like compensation for their patchiness.

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Album: Neil Young, Fork in the Road (Warner Bros)

Neil Young is in dog-like, grunge, anti-consumerist, apocalyptic, preach mode, with lardy backbeat and durrr-brain chord changes nurdled through amps cranked to 11.

Album: Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy, (Black Frog)

Flying pigs and angry old men: Axl is back, at last

Jim Rose Circus, Udderbelly's Pasture

Having taken a straw poll of a number of people who witnessed the Jim Rose Circus in its Nineties heyday, it seems that the ringmaster of the weird has lost the crack in his whip.

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