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My 'The Best of Bond' CD died for Queen and country. Sung along to with abandon, played to destruction, it died nobly. But few recent Bond songs have come close to the high points (and notes) of Shirley Bassey's bests ("Diamonds are Forever"! "Moonraker"!) or Lulu's subtle way with a lyric ("He has a powerful WEAPON, he charges a million a SHOT").

Glastonbury round-up Part II

At first sight, people struggling out of their mud-drenched tents had little to excite their imagination beyond The Prodigy and Radiohead; however, there were gems to be found in among the dirt at Glastonbury.

THE EYE: POP & JAZZ

Simon Warner plays Clwb Ifor Beach, Cardiff (01222 232199) 12 May; Pump Club, Bridgend (01656 772449) 16 May; The Cavern, Exeter (01392 495370) 17 May; London Player's Theatre (0181-692 4077) 19 May

Pop: Loud and Luscious

Luscious Jackson are a hip-looking all-women group who sing about shagging and put the Spice Girls to shame. Emma Forrest discovers the true meaning of Girl Power

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Pop: Eating Crow

It's tough getting to the top, even tougher once you're up there. Just ask Sheryl Crow, whose career blossoms while her relationships sour. Charlotte O'Sullivan is concerned

Axeman, your time is now

After years of lurking in dub, rap and hip hop, Skip McDonald is back where he started - playing the blues. By Ben Thompson

ARTS : POP : Liza: a legend with an L

'Other people have been icons. I just get up there and sing and dance.' And she does - 125 times a year. As she releases a new album, Dylan Jones meets Liza Minnelli, actress, singer and (even if she denies it) icon

Tina Turner Wildest Dreams Parlophone CDEST 2279

I suppose this, Tina Turner's first new album release since her big biopic blitz in 1993 - and her first album of all-new material since 1989's Foreign Affair - could be a mite more predictable, but only just. Helmed by Trevor Horn, it offers mostly neat and tidy renditions of songs tailored to fit her needs so tightly there's little room left to breathe, let alone do her strange funky-chicken dance.

ROCK; This one is born to run, and run

BEFORE a backdrop of sagging drapes, like incompetently assembled tents, is a drummer with a vest stretched over his muscular torso. The lead guitarist on the left has a goatee beard and a glitter-patterned guitar; the bassist on the right is as anonymous as bassists tend to be. And in the middle is the raw-voiced, long-haired lead singer, wearing a denim shirt with "USA" stitched in big letters on the back. The band play skilful, anthemic rock, guaranteed to grab a Grammy. They could be a lustier, gutsier Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams. But the singer is not a good ole boy from Kansas, she's a good ole girl. What's more, she's a good ole girl who likes other good ole girls. Melissa Etheridge's 1993 album is called Yes I Am, which is a cheeky way of coming out of the closet; last year's follow-up had an equally eyebrow-raising title, Your Little Secret (Island).

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ROCK: A turn up for the books

At 4,991 pages, it's the biggest pop book ever. But Tim de Lisle still finds holes in Guinness's record-breaking book of records

Pop / Sheryl Crow, Hammersmith Apollo, London

For a boho bird singing songs of freedom and rebellion, Sheryl Crow has driven herself hard of late. Not weird, like, say, Tori Amos, and not too glam, like, say, Aimee Mann, this literate Missouri troubadour delivers Carveresque tales of blue-collar anguish, disappointment and hope - a kind of distaff Springsteen or Mellencamp, sheathing the sad stuff in a velvet of funky, country-tinged R&B with an edge.

POP MUSIC / Angela Lewis on pop

Country music is super cool. Orange-haired counter-culture punks whooped to ol' leather chops, Johnny Cash, at Glastonbury, the white blues warbles of Iris DeMent and Sheryl Crow at recent packed gigs drew block vote support from GLR listening, late-20s/early-30s types. . .great stuff. If only someone could tell Country 1035am. Never has Mr and Miss Serious Rock Music Lover been more willing to listen to country, now ultra-positive that the genre isn't all squelchy Jim Reeves hummings, twanging yeehah cliches and weepalong female mewings. During an afternoon listen to Country 1035 however, it was like the Nineties had never happened. Except of course, they played ruddy Garth Brooks. The presenter was a saddled-up, slick tricker, revelling in Nashville-speak naffness and Smashie and Nicey smarminess. Plus being on fuzzy medium wave, it reeked of 'Gold' station moriboundity. GLR programmers will not be losing any sleep.
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