Press Reviews


‘Topic’s independence has always been total, both in organisation and spirit, with a maverick disregard for commercialism. This attitude manifests itself thorougherly in the magnificent book/box set that marks the 70th anniversary’ – The Telegraph (*****)

‘Quite simply, fabulous work all round. Well done Topic’ – The Morning Star

‘Topic has given us some extraordinary instrumentalists and magnificent singers…life affirming and uplifting’ – The Wire

***** – Observer Music Monthly
***** – Financial Times
***** – Songlines

‘This is far more than just a finely packaged retrospective cd set. It’s an important slice of British & Irish musical history, with US and European songs added’ – The Guardian (*****)

‘Topic’s survival is a staggering, inspirational tale’ – The Guardian (G2 feature, Alexis Petrides)

‘…lovingly preserved..passionately protected…each 144 tracks offers a compelling story in its own right…a package of real beauty that leaves you in no doubt of its artistic importance’ – Mojo (*****)

‘The complete package is as important a cd set as any ever issued’ – Shindig Magazine (Star Buy)

Topic Records, the oldest independent record label, is 70. These seven CDs, plus a lavishly illustrated book, are a magnificent reminder of its achievement – London Evening Standard (****)

‘Every home should have one…Three Score & Ten is a powerful charm that will change the way you hear music and maybe even the way you see the world’ – The Sunday Times, Culture (Stewart Lee – ****)

‘…the mother of all labour of loves…thoroughly entertaining…beautifully balanced’ – fRoots

‘As the subtitle of this compilation suggests, folk music has been, and always will be, the voice to (and of) the people.  Topic, more than most, nade sure that voice was heard.’ – Record Collector (*****)

‘Anyone who appreciates great folk music should check this out’ – BBC Online

‘A lavish, loving tribute’ – The Mirror (****)

‘….a collector’s item and an engrossing one at that’ – The Scotsman

‘The perfect present’ – NHS Magazine (****)


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