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Various Artists: Postcards From The Edge 4

Each June a group of roots music enthusiasts from around the country, musicians, journalists, bizzers, fans, and many of them all of the above, gathers


    Various Artists: Music from the Tea Lands

A recent poll of Western music listeners showed that 85% of people interviewed said they listened to music to “relax”. I’ve no way of knowing


Various Artists: Music From the Zydeco Kingdom

Yeah, it’s a party. Music From the Zydeco Kingdom is a free for all. It jumps you out of your seat repeatedly, and rocks


Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Ultimate Divas

Yes, these are the original divas, not of the recent Mariah Carey/Celine Dion variety. Ultimate Divas collects three 1997 releases of each artist. For each


Various Artists: Big Brazos: Texas Prison Recordings, 1933 and 1934

A.B. Spellman, in his essay on Cecil Taylor in the essential Black Music: Four Lives, quotes a keen follower of jazz as saying, ” ...the


Various Artists: The Story of Cuba

Hop on board the Cuban bandwagon. Forget that despelote workshop in Havana, this record is better yet. The 15 tracks do their job showing off the


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


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