News File: Glass capsules containing ketamine found in Bang Pa In on 26 June, 2008

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Album: The Beatles, Stereo Vinyl Box (Apple)

The Holy Grail of audiophile pop: The Beatles' entire output re-pressed on 180g vinyl, 16 records accompanied by a lavishly bound hardback book, all packaged in the sturdiest of boxes.

Album: Various Artists, Nuggets (Rhino)

When Elektra's Jac Holzman first commissioned future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye to compile Nuggets, back at the start of the Seventies, the intention was simply to collect overlooked Sixties gems worthy of rescue from oblivion.

Album: Various artists, Diablos del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985 (Analog Africa)

This is another one of those indispensable compilations where you can only marvel at the heroic dedication of the man who put it together.

Album: Lucas Santtana, The God Who Devastates Also Cures (Mais um Discos)

Maybe it's no coincidence that the cover of this Brazilian modernist's latest shows a world dissolved by a rain-washed car windscreen.

The drugs are sold under such brand names as Annihilation (pictured), Black Mamba, Soulman, XoXo and Love

Club drug 'Mexxy' and other legal highs to be made illegal

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Album: Various artists, Vanguard Records in the Sixties (Vanguard)

Not usually considered one of the world's top labels, Vanguard – set up in New York in 1950 by the blacklist-busting Solomon brothers – struck gold with the folk, blues and old-timey revivals of the 1960s, celebrated in this terrific four-CD collection.

Album: Sam Sparro, Return to Paradise (Virgin/Positiva

Sooner than you could say "one-hit wonder", Sam Sparro sank from the public eye.

Album: Richard Hawley, Standing At the Sky's Edge (Parlophone)

Psychedelia and sunshine fuel a classy reinvention

Album: Darker My Love, Alive As You Are (Dangerbird)

You'd never guess from Alive As You Are that Darker My Love's Tim Presley and Rob Barbato were once part of The Fall: this third album from their Los Angeles quintet shows that the kind of psychedelia they're interested in is not the garage psych-rock beloved of Mark E. Smith, but a more refined strain rooted in the sylvan harmonies and cosmic sentiments of West Coast alumni such as The Byrds and Grateful Dead.

The Word On Pop... Dan Black, Un

"Black has yet to score a chart hit, which is a shame given the flashes of genuine talent on show. It's these flashes, however, that highlight the shortcomings of some of the other tracks, leaving plenty of room for improvement for that difficult second album." - musicomh.com

Moon Dust, By Andrew Smith

Smith's notion of finding the men who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972 is brilliant, necessary (only nine of the 12 are still alive) and wonderfully realised. The ironic thing about this brief adventure is that it was only the straightest of individuals who made the biggest trip of the psychedelic era.

Album: Radar Bros, Auditorium (Chemikal Underground)

Unfashionable, unloved and barely even functioning as a group, LA's Radar Bros might wish to consider changing their name to Under the Radar Bros. Big shame. Because 12 years and five albums in, 'Auditorium' is head brother Jim Putnam's finest hour, the point at which his love of 1960s psychedelia and country music merges effortlessly into one harmonious, happy/sad celebration – think early Floyd, Midlake and 'Friends'-era Beach Boys. Wikipedia-sourced aside: Putnam's father, Bill, is widely credited as being the "father of modern recording", pioneering the use of echo chambers. Daddy would be proud.

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