Treasures from the pop music vaults by Bob Stanley


The Beatles arrive home from Stockholm in 1964, where they shared a bill with Swedish group the Mascots. Photo: Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images
The Mascots, the Shanes, and the undiscovered gems of Swedish Sixties pop
By Bob Stanley - 09 December 15:17

Even for the most dedicated listeners, there is still fresh material out there to encounter.

Bob Dylan in London in 1966. Photo: Express Newspapers/Getty
The quest for completion: on Bob Dylan and the Basement Tapes
By Bob Stanley - 26 November 17:57

Bob Stanley explores two six-disc sets: Bob Dyland’s the Basement Tapes, released at long last, and a super-deluxe issue of The Velvet Underground’s eponymous third album.

Beat girls and beautiful basslines: Japanese pop of the 1960s
By Bob Stanley - 07 November 13:46

A new box set, Nippon Girls 2, brings us the best of a good decade for Japanese pop. From the artwork to the vocals to the super-sharp stereo productions, this is something quite special.

Stuart Murdoch performing with Belle & Sebastian in 2006. Photo: Getty
“It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career”: why Belle & Sebastian’s back catalogue is worth a revisit
By Bob Stanley - 22 October 17:14

With a new album coming out in January, the indie band have reissued their back catalogue on vinyl.

Elvis Presley c.1975. Photo: Getty
In 1970’s That’s The Way It Is, you get Elvis at his artistic peak
By Bob Stanley - 19 August 16:36

With this re-release of the 1970 documentary, the question is really how many different versions of “Suspicious Minds” you want in your life.

The artwork for Donnie and Joe Emerson's "Dreamin' Wild".
The best of happy endings: the rediscovery of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s Dreamin’ Wild
By Bob Stanley - 30 July 11:41

Two generations after their record sank without a trace, Donnie and Joe Emerson’s music has finally found the teenagers it was written for.

Crosby, Stills and Nash (minus Young) in 1983. Photo: Getty
The long shadow of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
By Bob Stanley - 15 July 15:51

Bob Stanley takes a look at long-overdue rereleases for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.