Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases Jerry Jeff Walker,"Mr.Bojangles : The Atco/Elektra Years" (Cherry Red)- The artist formerly known as Ronald Clyde Crosby is much better known in his later incarnation as Jerry Jeff Walker, highly regarded Texan practitioner of the genre which became known as "Outlaw Country" and creator of at least one bona-fide classic in the shape of the much recorded "Mr.Bojangles." This evocative gem is also one of the highlights of Cherry Red's new five CD retrospective of the great man's work, but in reality all fifty two tracks repay closer investigation drawing on Jerry Jeff's exemplary output for theAtco and Elektra labels between the years of 1968 and 1979.

"70s Rock Down" (Xploded)- The compilers of "70s Rock Down" have rounded up most of the usual suspects in order to populate this action packed three CD anthology, and a more comprehensive showcase for all that's most memorable in old- wave seventies rock would be difficult to imagine. The list of participants includes many of the leading lights of the contemporary music scene from those far off days such as The Moody Blues, Allman Brothers, Yes and Jethro Tull to name but a few, and if I come across a more impressive archive collection during the next year or so I for one will be pleasantly surprised.

Giulia Millanta,"Tomorrow Is A Bird" (Ugly Cat Music)-Prolific singer-songwriter Giulia Millanta was born and brought up in the beautiful Italian city of Florence but decamped to Austin,Texas in 2012 .Life in this legendary creative hotbed obviously agrees with her.and Giulia's seventh solo album,"Tomorrow Is A Bird" provides an eloquent vehicle for her emotive yet refreshingly uncluttered brand of music making. This multi lingual performer's work has prompted favourable comparisons with luminaries such as Tom Waits, Edith Piaf and Madeleine Peyroux in the past, and this stylish set must rank as her finest offering to date.