Cherry Red issues a gargantuan collection of anti-establishment music associated with the 1960s London counterculture, a movement which challenged the norms and conventions of mainstream society by drinking from the well of psychedelia, free jazz, Beat poetry, musique concrete, electronics, and minimalism.
Smithsonian Folkways chronicles 50 years of folk recordings on Sound Portraits from Bulgaria. It is a truly essential addition to any global folk collection.
The obscure soul of Charm City: a new four-volume retrospective of Baltimore's Ru-Jac Records provides a goldmine of long-forgotten R&B recordings previously unknown to anyone but the most hardcore of soul aficionados.
Vintage music from the Peruvian Andes makes for a lively compilation, although it loses something in the translation from past to present.
This definitive, five-CD anthology is a challenging and enlightening listen, a triumph of curatorship that provides near-encyclopedic insight into this important chapter of UK popular music history.