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Saturday, December 31 1994

    Various Artists: Caroline Now! The Music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys

The Brian Wilson extravaganza continues to gain new attractions and shows no sign of abating. The nineties have indeed been kind to Brian after decades

Various Artists: Breakscape

A collection of breakbeats UK-style often means simply a collection of updated big beat tracks. You remember big beat, don’t you? Dance music for

Various Artists: Reggae Floorfillers

Even though I’m hardly a reggae expert, I know full well that it’s fun to dance to. The compilers of this album seem

Various Artists: Shine! Issue No. 1

You know how you hear a new song on the radio, and you just love it cuz it’s fresh and new and catchy and

Various Artists: French Sessions 6

There are still branches of House that have not forgotten the genre’s roots in Disco. There is also House that remembers the days of

    Various Artists: Race Riot

The erstwhile Long Island-based rockarola label, Spitfire Records has collaborated with Jump Shot Records to bring the world a slam-bang compilation of all your favorite

    Various Artists: Many Miles Away

No, this collection of Police covers does not contain “Roxanne” or “Every Breath You Take”. Nor does Many Miles Away boast any big name acts,

    Various Artists: Listen Picks: Hip-Hop

Man, does this disc cover a lot of ground… Not real surprising, I guess, considering it’s a comp of artists from the

Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo

Because age has taken its toll on his voice, Luciano Pavarotti has reconfigured his career to obviate having to expose its limitations to more discriminating

    Various Artists: Gospel in the Groove

I’ve heard that gospel can be traced to appearing in the 1930s. The music steadily rose in popularity throughout the next two decades, thanks

    Various Artists: Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska

Recorded at his New Jersey home on a four-track machine, Bruce Springsteen didn’t set out to make Nebraska. Instead, he was creating demos for

    Various Artists: Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom 1950-1970

Imagine all the earnest types with acoustic guitars that you have ever heard strumming away in the background at a party or keening incomprehensibly through

Various Artists: Americana Motel

The motel remains one of the great American gathering places. As you drive through the parking lot, consider the diversity. There is a variety of

    Various Artists: Shanti Project Collection 2

Looking back upon all of the mix tapes I’ve received over the years from friends, lovers or faceless record labels, I’ve come to

Various Artists: Immediate Action

The swirl of echoey guitar and electronica capsulate you. A loop of remixed voices sneaks in and out of your listening bubble. It is 2028 and

    Various Artists: Psycho Beach Party

It’s 96 degrees in the shade today in Boston, which is the perfect temperature to groove to the soundtrack of Psycho Beach Party (Unforscene Music).

Various Artists, Revolutionary Sounds: The Essential Collection of Classic Roots Reggae 1973-1981

Showcasing the diversity of Jamaican music, Revolutionary Sounds gathers four previously released titles that range from group harmony singing to experimental dub. Power Of The

Various Artists: Electronic Tribute: the Electronic Tribute to Pink Floyd

The idea of an electronic tribute to Pink Floyd seems perfect. At least on the surface. I’ve often thought that electronic mix-masters could mine

Various Artists: Gardens of Eden

Allow yourself to be whisked away to some of the most beautiful places ever imagined by the music from Gardens of Eden . Surely all who

Various Artists: Listen Picks - Volume 1: The Best of the Music Download Directory

Compilations are a dirty, dirty breed: sometimes off-kilter and rambling, illogical and forced, sometimes, on a whim, a winner. For the most part, Listen Picks

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