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Saturday, December 31 1994

Various Artists, Y2K Beat the Clock

Well it’s quite unavoidable really, given that compilation mania continues unabated, that techno collections are flooding the market almost as fast as dodgy soundtrack

Various Artists: Noise Kills Punks Dead

I’m gonna go ahead and say straight up that I’m giving this album a dead center 5.0 because it’s one of those discs

Various Artists: Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Here’s the Tribute

Seventeen (no pun) songs in 50 minutes—that’s about three minutes per and that’s just about perfect. Which is what this concept is, too;

Various Artists: Whistle Bait - 25 Rockabilly Rave-Ups / Ain’t I’m a Dog - 25 More Rockabilly Rave-

Fifty—count ‘em—50 snips of rockabilly, America’s original punk rock music, collected on two CDs to awaken your latent juvenile delinquent tendencies. Rockabilly was

Various Artists: After the Fair: 21st Century Women

Here we are, just eight months into Y2K, and already K-Tel has presented us with a collection of songs by “21st Century Women.” Not

Various Artists: Lookout! Freakout / Victory Style 4

The predominantly pop-punk labels Lookout Records and Panic Button Recording Artists and the hardcore label Victory Records have a lot more in common than they

Various Artists: Smooth Jazz Volumes 1-3

The group that Miles Davis convened for his landmark Kind of Blue sessions, was arguably his best, though the later formation with Wayne Shorter, Herbie

    Various Artists: This Is Samba! Volumes 1 and 2

What are the origins of samba? During the slavery era, African street pageants from Rio de Janeiro to Havana to New Orleans shared such features

Various Artists: Pedal to the Metal

Pedal to the Metal is brought to you in conjunction with Hot Rod magazine and, of course, the theme is music-to-drive-cars-to (big muscle cars, if

Various Artists: Celtic Ceili

Given the increasing popularity of all things Celtic in recent years, the commodification of the culture is perhaps inevitable, but no less frustrating for those

Various Artists: Zydeco / Louisiana Gumbo

Every year in December I go to an Internet conference in New Orleans. Of course, it’s always great to schmooze with the ‘Net community,

    Various Artists: Tribute to the Pixies

There is no doubt that the Pixies were a cool band. Possibly even a great band. If you were into “alternative” music in the late ‘8

Various Artists: A Tribute to the Left Banke

I’m giddy like a schoolgirl watching TRL, and it’s all because of a comp. A comp. Isn’t that sick? Compilations aren’t

Various Artists: The Takeover

The Queen reigns! Queen Latifah holds a formidable court on the first release from Ghettoworks Records. The Takeover royalty is corporate, featuring Queen Latifah as

Various Artists: Heroes and Villains: Music Inspired By The Powerpuff Girls

There’s something wonderfully appropriate about tribute albums for cartoons, warped musicians giving something back to one of the influences that warped them, and often

Various Artists: Blow’n the Blues

As the first track, “Help Me,” begins, we hear the recently departed Junior Wells speaking about the long departed Sonny Boy Williamson. Wells talks about

    Various Artists: Italian Musical Odyssey

Yes, it’s time once again to review a Putamayo production, the Italian Musical Odyssey. I guess some people must really enjoy these compilations, because

Various Artists: Twisted Forever

To my mind, comps like this (well, good comps like this, at any rate) serve one of two purposes: 1. They serve as a backwards-looking introduction

Various Artists, Everything Off Beat Volume 2

Everything Off Beat is a sampler of the ska bands recording on the Jump Up! label and, if this is an indication of the quality

Various Artists: Between Heaven & Earth: Traditional Gamelan Music of Bali

As Eastern instrumentation goes, the gamelan is an odd duck. Most people with some minimal exposure to world music will recognize the gamelan by name,

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