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Saturday, December 31 1994

Various Artists: The Unaccompanied Voice: An A Capella Compilation

Everybody does it. In the shower, in the car, around the campfire. At one time or another you, me and everyone’s cousin have sung


    Various Artists: Bombay 2: Electric Vindaloo

In 1998, the compilation Bombay the Hard Way brought together soundtrack pieces from the ‘70s heyday of India’s “Bollywood” film industry. Bollywood produces many times


Various Artists: Get the Blues: Alligator Records & Black Top Records Blues Sampler

You might never find this tremendous blues anthology. Get the Blues was a special promotional deal with Tower Records. But if you want to get


Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Cajun

Putumayo Presents Cajun can be a fine starting point for the new listener. Rather than an historic survey, the compilation is dedicated to contemporary Cajun


Various Artists: Abstraktions Volume 1

This is a very cerebral album. Abstrakt Reality Records is a fairly new company consisting of several underground artists trying to make a name for


Various Artists: Camelspotting

When I first picked up this album, I wasn’t sure what to think. I knew the title was a spoof of Trainspotting, and the


Various Artists, Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances Vol. 1 & 2

Throughout its 25-year history, Saturday Night Live has consistently showcased an eclectic mix of rock’s most engaging performers. The show has played an important


    Various Artists: New Prohibition: A Musical History of Hemp

Once upon a time stoners watched TV, munched on Doritos and played video games. The only effort they expended was the occasional trip to a


Various Artists: Greatest Sports Rock and Jams, Volume 4

A touchdown is scored. Or a home run. A dramatic, fade-away three pointer. The crowd erupts, a simultaneous, mass, orgasmic euphoria. Then, just like in


    Various Artists: Music from Malcolm in the Middle

Great TV produces great themes, no? Why not? After all, creative teams that are able to produce quality shows surely have the acumen to select


Various Artists: The Rough Guide Music Sampler

I have to admit to being naturally suspicious of anything that goes under The Rough Guide banner. Like its evil-twin in the travel world, The


Various Artists: NOW 4

The Now That’s What I Call Music (NOW) collection has become America’s biggest-selling multi-artist album series. The series debuted in the United States


Various Artists: Boycott Radical Records

Punk compilations must be some of the most dangerous compilations to invest money in based on what you hope to get out of them. Pretty


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Samba

With roots deep in the Bahia of Brazil, for the past 500 years samba has absorbed the music of numerous cultures to create samba. At the


Various Artists: Breakdance! - Return of the B-Boy

It’s a sad night in Brooklyn when I go to a party and no one’s bustin’ a move on the dance floor. Blame


Various Artists: This Is Next Year: A Brooklyn-Based Compilation

Sometimes all it takes for a scene to gain the recognition it deserves is some sort of focal point—what Sub Pop 200 did for early ‘9


Various Artists: Radiant Decay: A Tribute to Nine Inch Nails

This is yet another CD of remixes, but this time everyone seemed to know what they were doing. This isn’t just some dude who


Various Artists: ¡Mo’ Vida!

This delightful collection of Latin-flavored music is a celebration of new days coming. “Movida” is Cuban street slang for a party. In that sense, this


    Various Artists: Deep Concentration 3

While the MC still gets the lion’s share of the attention in hip-hop, and, despite the presence of Fatboy Slim songs in nearly every


    Various Artists: Ambient Soho Volume II

While it remains true that atmospheric electronica is usually associated with the dilated pupils of youthful punters in search of a comforting conclusion to a


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