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JOOLS HOLLAND & RUBY TURNER Jools & Ruby

Ruby’s gems collected.

As a regular in Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for the past decade, Ruby Turner has built up a sizeable catalogue of songs, but many of them are scattered amid the list of all-star singers that the gregarious Holland can, and does, summon up at will for his albums.

Pulling them all into one collection makes sense, then, particularly when the pair have three new songs and a re-recorded version of Peace In The Valley as a rollicking starter. However, if you have the Informer and Rockinghorse albums then you already own nearly half of this album – and more to the point, you have most of the standout tracks. There’s nothing wrong with the pair’s own songs, but the best moments arrive when they rip into Honey Hush or Jumpin’ In The Morning, or deliver a special spin on You Are So Beautiful.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.