Did a big trawl of the downstairs racks in HMV Oxford Street today. This is where they have what they call their "specialist" categories: easy listening, musicals, classical, soundtracks, folk, world music and jazz. Picked up a few choice CDs:
1. Huw Warren & Lleuwen Steffan: Duw A Wyr (God Only Knows) - I'd been intrigued by this since I saw a review of it in "Time Out" a few months ago: Welsh hymns sung in Welsh by a solo woman singer to jazz piano accompaniments. Probably not going to take the charts by storm but I like it. (Warren was June Tabor's accompanist at the gig I went to a while ago.)
2. Vashti Bunyan: Just another diamond day - From the "folk" racks. Been on my shopping list for a while. This was the album she made in 1970, released on CD in 2000 and now even available as an MP3 download. Doesn't seem right...
3. Tony Allen: Lagos no shaking - Top class Afrobeat from Fela Kuti's ex-drummer and his band. Gets a good write up in OMM too.
4. Astrud Gilberto: The Genius of Astrud Gilberto - 51 tracks (count 'em) for £5.99, got to be done. I can throw my old Greatest Hits cassette away now.