Review: This particular Record Store Day special heralds the 30th anniversary of one of the most symbolic concerts of all time. It saw Roger Waters perform his iconic concept album in full in Berlin and now gets pressed to transparent, limited edition vinyl. The gig was performed in the no-man's land between Brandenberg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, only eight months after the wall was pulled down. Crowd noises and the atmosphere of the occasion make the recording that bit more special and spine tingling, and a hot selection of special guests such as Jerry Hall, Van Morrison and Cyndi Lauper make it even more of a magical moment in time.
Review: Robert Wyatt is one of those artists you can't help but find fascinating, having overseen some seismic shifts in the UK music scene since emerging in the mid-1960s as a kit drummer for Soft Machine and member of fellow Canterbury prog rockers Matching Mole. Over the years he has given us some incredible art-pop jazz stuff, helping lay at least some of the necessary groundwork for lo-fi soul and electronica, slowly becoming something of a mythical legend in his own right.
His Greatest Misses is a great way to familiarise yourself with the musical story, if all that was news to you. Contrary to the title's suggestion, not everything here flew under the radar when it was first released. His incredible, hypnotic interpretation of 'I'm A Believer' by The Monkees is one, the other is 'Shipbuilding', written for Wyatt by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer. Details aside, this is more than an anthology - it's a presentation on why the artist demands such respect among peers and public alike.