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Saturday, December 31 1994

    Various Artists: Heart of Metal 2

That heavy metal and its hair—in all seriousness—had such tremendous clout during the 1980s is one of the greatest, and most ironic, American


    Various Artists: David X. Young’s Jazz Loft

One of the very best moments on David X. Young’s Jazz Loft happens about two and a half minutes in to the opening track,


Various Artists: Nite Life 08 Mixed by Joey Negro

Dave Lee is a busy man. He also operates under more aliases than a master spy. However, it is as Joey Negro that most of


Various Artists: Klezmer Festival 1998: Live at the Knitting Factory

Broadly put, Klezmer, short for “kley-zemer” (musical instruments), refers to the conglomeration of German, Greek and Eastern European music traditionally played at Jewish celebrations. Klezmer


    Various Artists: Take a Bite Outta Rhyme: A Rock Tribute to Rap

My mother always told me that if I don’t have anything nice to say, then I shouldn’t say anything at all. If I


Various Artists: Like A Prayer: The Sound of New Gospel

Traditional gospel often is a big sound, carried by choirs of many voices. Envision singers assembled into mass choirs, making up temple choirs. At the


    Various Artists: Sell Out with the In Crowd

Sell Out with the In Crowd is a collection of tracks by up and coming San Francisco artists, as chosen by local musicians and journalists.


    Various Artists: Platinum Hits 2000

There is something deceptive about the title of Platinum Hits 2000, a 17-track hits package compiled by Columbia Records. First of all, Lauryn Hill’s “Doo


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


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