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Various Artists: More for Your Pleasure (Tribute to Roxy Music)

This 20-track tribute clocks in at a hefty 73 minutes plus, although a few of the selections are actually from Brian Ferry’s solo albums (and


Various Artists, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

Proving that the DIY aesthetic didn’t begin in the 1970s with punk, Nuggets convincing makes the case for 60s garage rock as the roots


    Various Artists: Rough Guide to Hawaii

Hawaiian music was first recorded in 1890, about the same time as record cylinders were invented by the Victrola company and during the same decade the


    Various Artists: Hot Rod: Power Ballads

Get ready for some sweet romance with your sweetheart for this collection of Power Ballads. The project is part of the Hot Rod Magazine series


Various Artists: Freight Train Blues: Classic Railroad Songs, Vol. 4

It is near impossible to imagine American history without railroads, as brute fact and enduring romance. So too is it hard to imagine American popular


Various Artists, International Pop Overthrow Vol.2

The greatest event of the year for pop fans is the annual International Pop Overthrow Festival in L.A. Each August bands of every pop


    Various Artists: Papa Nez:  A Loose Salute to the Work of Michael Nesmith

I admit it: I’m a Monkees fan. I have been ever since I was a little kid and first got to see the reruns


    Various Artists: Orphée

dana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif”>“Spirit changed the conversationStepping stones across the landI never wanted to be a heroI never wanted to be a man” —“


Various Artists, Morning Becomes Eclectic

Yes, please call it eclectic. The popular L.A. radio station’s compilation of acts that performed on KCRW’s morning show is far reaching,


Various Artists: Sombrero

This is pop classicism with a Cherry Red stain, you know, the kind that suggests pomade, crisp suits and sharp ties done up with delicate


Various Artists: The Best of Hard Rock Live

Currently the longest running concert show on television, Hard Rock Live features bands that are splattered across the musical landscape. So too, then, is this


Various Artists: Devotion: Spiritual Music of the Indian Subcontinent

The Indian subcontinent is big. It is sprawling. India alone has roughly 16 different languages spoken within its borders. The population includes Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians,


Various Artists: The Best of Bond…James Bond 007

The James Bond movie series has featured some of the most memorable and some of the most wretched songs in recent pop music history. Early


Various Artists: Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen Volume 1

Like Herb Alpert during the glory days of A&M (The Carpenters, Joan Armatrading, to name a few) and Lou Adler at Dunhill (Mamas


Various Artists: Nowcore!

Emo: perhaps the most disdained sub-strain of the punk rock empire to emerge in the last decade. Characterized by mostly-terrible “sensitive” lyrics and a penchant


    Various Artists: The Art of Traditional Fiddle

“When I pick up the fiddle I play it from the heart . . . If you study a fiddler up close you can almost read his life,


Various Artists, microscopic sound

Wow, it may take a few listens to get your head around this record, but it’s really worth the effort. Sounding like virtually nothing


Various Artists: Absolutely the Best of Blues, Vol. 2

Fourteen songs by blues greats like Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, and Lightnin’ Hopkins are enough to get my attention. Hearkening back to the earliest label


    Various Artists: Now 5

America’s biggest selling multi-artist album series, Now That’s What I Call Music! (NOW) is back with it’s latest collection, NOW 5. Since its’


Various Artists: Rock Hard: TVT Rock 2000

TVT’s 2000 collection of artists, Rock Hard, is a lot like Prince’s last 4 or 5 albums: you just know the guy’s got more talent


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