[7 December 2006]
PopMatters Editor & Publisher
Various Artists: The Greatest Songs Ever [Petrol/EMI - $14.98-$18.98]
Travel ‘round the world via Petrol’s ambitious “Greatest Songs Ever” project. Traversing the globe from Europe to Asia, from South American to Africa, the project spearheaded by Chris Murphy, offers up a diverse range of pop sounds and songs rooted deep in indigenous musical traditions. New volumes this year include: Spain, Greece, Cuba, Middle East, Gypsyland, and 10 more. Also worth exploring is the related “Seriously Good Music” series with its volumes devoted to the perfect party music: salsa, Latin, bossa nova, cocktail, and lounge.