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What Kevin Heard: Loretta Lynn "may be well into her eighties now, but her passion for music making remains undimmed"

Music reviewer Kevin Bryan looks at records from time gone by, including Loretta Lynn's Full Circle, The Wayfaring Stranger by Burl Ives, and Honey For The Biscuit by Tasha Taylor

Loretta Lynn "may be well into her eighties now, but her passion for music making remains undimmed"

Fancy picking up a new album to enjoy this week, but not sure what to go for?

Here's music reviewer Kevin Bryan's low-down on another selection of albums from years gone by:

Loretta Lynn, Full Circle (Legacy Recordings)

This legendary country performer may be well into her eighties now but her passion for music­ making remains undimmed on the evidence presented by "Full Circle," her first album of new recordings since 2004's acclaimed "Van Lear Rose."

The contents serve up traditional Appalachian songs from Loretta's childhood such as "Black Jack David" and "I Will Never Marry" alongside some rousingly re­vamped gems from her illustrious back catalogue and vocal collaborations with Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello on "Lay Me Down" and "Everything It Takes" respectively. Splendid stuff.

Pink Floyd, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic (Decca Classics)

Pink Floyd's unique prog rock sound hasn't inspired too many cover versions over the years, but this skilfully conceived re-imagining of one of ther finest creations from the London Orion Orchestra adds a new symphonic dimension to the band's classic 1975 offering.

Arranger Peter Scholes also enlisted the services of guitarists Dave Fowler and Stephen McElroy from tribute band the Australian Pink Floyd Show alongside keyboardist Rick Wakeman and rock icon Alice Cooper to lend a little added credibility to the proceedings, with the latter supplying vocals on "Welcome To The Machine" and an unadorned "Wish You Were Here" itself.

Burl Ives, The Wayfaring Stranger (Retrospective)

This amiable anthology focuses attention on the cream of Burl Ives' musical output, drawing on recordings from the late forties and early fifties with the notable exception of the closing track, Ives' 1961 hit, "A Little Bitty Tear."

The singer and actor's genteel brand of easy on the ear folk was apparently all the rage in those far-off days, and newcomers to his oddly affecting brand of acoustic balladry would be well advised to lend an ear to choice ditties such as "The Riddle Song," "Darlin' Cory" or the atmospheric "Ghost Riders In The Sky."

Tasha Taylor, Honey For The Biscuit (Ruf Records)

Tasha is the daughter of Stax soul legend Johnnie Taylor of "Who's Makin' Love " fame, and her third solo album serves up a veritable feast of slinkily seductive rhythm, blues and soul for your listening pleasure.

The singer, songwriter and musician goes about her business with style, grace and genuine passion as the gifted Texan and her commendably tight backing band deliver prime cuts such as "Wedding Bells" and "Family Tree" before joining forces with Ruf Records stablemate Samantha Fish for "Leave That Dog Alone."

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