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Electronic Voyages: Early Moog Recordings 1964-1969

Waveshaper Media's Electronic Voyages: Early Moog Recordings 1964-1969 is designed to highlight the exploration and playfulness of the early Moog practitioners.

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Poppies: Assorted Finery from the First Psychedelic Age

Poppies is a journey through the outer reaches of obscure but brilliant psychedelic songs on this wonderfully crafted compilation from Craft Recordings.

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Strangers in the Room: A Journey Through the British Folk Rock Scene 1967-1973

The inversion of British folk and the invention of British folk-rock is catalogued here in all of its stormy and delicate variety.

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'Soul Explosion' Is the Sound of Memphis Soul Reinvented

Fifty years ago, Stax Records became an independent label and this new two-LP compilation details that daring, exhilarating period in soul music.

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'Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music' Is a Worthy Primer for Any Adventurous Listener

During the musical explosion of the 1950s, ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey traversed Sub-Saharan Africa to record a breadth of songs across many styles. This compilation contains some of the best he came up with.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues

Full of surprises, this lively anthology explores a sometimes under-appreciated genre of early-recorded blues, highlighting its creative diversity.

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Waylon Jennings: The Lost Nashville Sessions

Taking the vocal tracks from recording sessions done for the U.S. military’s recruitment program in 1970, this collection then wraps them in an anachronistically glossy sheen.

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µ-Ziq: RY30 Trax

British synth wunderkind Mike Paradinas takes a trip back to the '90s with another fascinating archival release.

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The Tapes: Selected Works 1982-1992

For a sampling of daring, unique underground industrial music from the Mediterranean, this is a document well worth studying and enjoying.

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Various Artists: globalFEST Selector

None of the megafamous names are on here, but nobody's going to miss them.

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The Beach Boys: Made in California

A wonderful tribute to the most influential and ambitious American pop group of all time.

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Various Artists: Strange Passion

You know that a rarities collection is digging deep when the most famous band featured is the Virgin Prunes.

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Elvis Presley: I Am an Elvis Fan

By voting on their dream mixtape, Elvis fans got a chance to tell the rest of us why Elvis is so great. They blew it.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Celtic Lullabies

A baby album done with adult thoroughness.

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Wan Fambul / One Family: Catalyst for Peace

The line-up for this low-profile charity album is formidable.

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Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection

Finally, a worthy compilation – and appreciation – of the greatest stand-up comedian of the '90s.

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Sam Phillips: Solid State - Songs from the Long Play

Phillips manages to create a conflicting compilation album admired for the beauty of the music -- but with a disappointing physical packaging.

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Sorry Bamba: Volume One 1970 - 1979

It's starting to feel -- heady delusion -- as if the rest of the globe is going to be able to relive 1970s West Africa completely just by bouncing from label to label.

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Various: Dirty Water 2 - More Birth of Punk Attitude

Just ignore that cover and you'll be treated to some of the finest punk music you've (n)ever heard.

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Various Artists: South Africa

Framed by Putumayo, the Rainbow Nation sounds unified. South Africa presents, not so much a country, as a massive group hug.

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Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control

Even though the title features Joan of Arc's trademark wordplay, this compilation of related projects is sorely lacking Tim Kinsella's off-key personality.

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Various Artists: The Matinée Grand Prix

This Californian label doesn't make a huge noise, but its ear for indie pop is sound, and its compilations are rewarding.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection

Classic songs, but do we really need another Creedence compilation?

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Various Artists: Womexizer 09

This is the collection you'd expect from a body whose aim is to put as many acts in one place as possible and present them as pleasingly as possible so that they will be written about.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Irish Folk

Geoff Willis, the compiler, must have been aiming to put together a concise round-up of living musicians who show their own fidelity to established styles. This comes off pretty well.

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Various: Merdeka

Merdeka is a superior example of a charity comp; it doesn't leave you thinking that the compilers have tossed it carelessly together just to raise money.

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