I could listen to these old rockabilly comps all day long. Your current fave tape/CD/vinyl compilations to listen to.

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I would like to thank the country of europe for making such loving vinyl comps of old rockabilly in the 70s and 80s. i got a bunch of old sun and imperial and king/federal and capitol and mercury rockabilly singles comps. they sound fantastic. it's ALL kinda new to me so i don't get sick of them. i mean there is so much of it.

I like CD comps with like 30 doo wop songs on them that i have never heard. they are the best. and they are human-sized. i can digest them. i have a million time-life Your Hit Parade and Country U.S.A. CD sets at the store and i play them all the time. And they were taken from actual tapes so they also sound awesome. one of the few times in recent memory when this country got it right and gave the mass market something a cut above k-tel.

don't get me wrong, online playlists and mixes are great, but i kinda like listening to something that ends. it's like a good meal instead of the all you can eat buffet.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Rhino's New Wave Hits of the 80s is possibly the best compilation ever

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:47 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost A fine take, that conclusion.

Been enjoying the CD versions of the Pebbles comps lately.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:48 (two months ago) Permalink

My favorite era/style of music these days, and yeah there's an endless rabbit hole to tumble down.

I think I know just which rockabilly comps you're referring to, I've perused those. I picked this one up last year and it's fantastic.

http://www.bilborecords.be/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/V_a%20-%20Super%20Rare%20Rockabilly.jpg?itok=qoVIb_GG

smug dinner-jazz atrocity (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:54 (two months ago) Permalink

i burned out on the pebbles boxes SO bad. i just played them way too much when they came out. i put one on now and i get a hangover. but essential and awesome and all that, don't get me wrong.

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scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:56 (two months ago) Permalink

i got this bootleg with all the other stuff and it has no artists listed. had to look it up online. and i say to myself: oh yeah sure those guys. everyone knows these guys. ??????

and all of it is really really cool!

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Rockabilly-Bash/release/8158224

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

We're definitely here >—< Scott. Those rockabilly comps are all fairly awesome. And, like you alluded to, so obviously a labor of love for the people who put them together. It really shows when the end product is that rewarding.

When I first started working at Recycled Records back in Reno, there had recently been a huge acquisition from an unfortunately recently deceased guy who had been somewhat of a reggae DJ/aficionado. Employees at the store at that time were allowed to basically use the store's stock as a library, so in my first six or eight months working there, I got seriously lost in some classic reggae vinyl comps. Good times.

Also, I learned pretty much all my base knowledge of new wave from the classic "Living In Oblivion" comps. Those were such an odd and wonderful mixture of super glossy mainstream hits with random obscure singles.

Austin, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I do want to know about new/recent comps too. if anyone has heard good ones.

and what people are listening to now.

reggae comps are kinda key. even bad ones will teach you a lot/entertain. i was lucky enough to buy vast quantities of original reggae for years here at the store but i will always play cheapo 80s and dancehall comps when the mood hits. again, its not like any of it is stuff i've heard a million times.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:18 (two months ago) Permalink

reggae is def a genre ripe for compilation

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

so many versions, 45 only cuts etc

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

this, by the way, is a very cool way to make stuff that people would never ever buy in my store on vinyl hip again...

https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Britxotica-Box/release/9761791

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:21 (two months ago) Permalink

In terms of new comps in general, the Cherry Red empire has been kinda killing it on several fronts, though arguably we're talking more boxsets than individual series. But they've really gone in on several levels -- it can be psych, punk, indiepop, goth, shoegaze, etc., basically a huge range of predominantly UK-subcultural scenes. Though I'd especially credit them for last year's Close to the Noise Floor -- striking range, heavily detailed and informative liner notes and just a good presentation all around.

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/close-to-the-noise-floor-formative-uk-electronica-1975-1984/

Really detailed look at the combination of DIY and underground electronics. Wrote it up here:

http://thequietus.com/articles/20404-close-to-the-noise-floor-uk-electronica-compilation-review

And now there's a sequel coming out, Noise Reduction System, doing the same for Europe:

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/noise-reduction-system-formative-european-electronica-1974-1984/

Meantime on the single disc comp front the irregular series of releases that Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne have been doing for years is often a treat -- the latest was earlier this year, English Weather:

http://acerecords.co.uk/bob-stanley-and-pete-wiggs-present-english-weather

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I have like 40 of these box sets coming in the mail, that should keep me sorted for a while:

https://www.discogs.com/label/457027-The-Greatest-Country-Music-Recordings-Of-All-Time

sleeve, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

i will check that stuff out.

the mark of a great comp for me is when i am listening and think: OMG, why do i listen to anything else, i'm throwing out all the rest of my records and only listening to old soul/reggae/techno/etc forever!

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scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:28 (two months ago) Permalink

My walkman on shuffle tends to be my utmost favourite. Veers between psych, prog, jazz, rockabilly, country, blues post-punk etc etc.

but recently been enjoying that Nick Cave jukebox thing from Mojo last month

Stevolende, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:31 (two months ago) Permalink

i can't vouch for the franklin mint country comps. but the time-life ones are amazing and so addictive. i'll just play one over and over all day at the store. same with the hit parade ones. i just love how they are put together. and i truly do want to listen to nothing but sammy kaye and teresa brewer and tony martin when they are playing. best stuff in the world at that moment.

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scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:32 (two months ago) Permalink

i also had no idea that the time-life rock comp CDs could be $$. i made a small fortune selling a bunch on ebay. the ones with title like 1965: The Beat Goes On. i sold a roy orbison one for like 60 bucks or something.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:34 (two months ago) Permalink

but nobody cares about the country ones. or the 40s/50s pop ones.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:34 (two months ago) Permalink

gah, I need that one as well!

sleeve, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, i would buy that if i saw the CD. i should look when i'm in an appropriate store.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:45 (two months ago) Permalink

just a great overall listen.
related -- the guy who put that comp together started a podcast recently with a bunch of similar sounding material (and other deep cuts as well): http://dogpatch.libsyn.com/

tylerw, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Let's not of course forget the Musicophilia comps that Ian M. shares here via his thread. Everyone really should get those! They may not be physical releases but they are discrete units, not endless playlists.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink

There's lots of configurations of Chess Records' rockabilly output, but it always makes for a good one-volume listen: "Suzie Q", "Save It', "Love Me", etc.

My all-time favorite comp is "Stars of the Apollo Theatre", which seems to have stayed in print since 1973, speaking to how well it flows without sticking to any particular genre ("sepia music", I suppose), as it shifts from sentimental to hilarious to perverse.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Stars-Of-The-Apollo-Theatre/release/2831186

That it's all from the Columbia archives probably helped, too. It has that proto-mixtape personality of the Harry Smith anthology.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

that looks awesome, thanks for the tip

tylerw, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Just got a box set of the first four volumes of Profile Records' Best of House Music series in the mail today. I had the first one in high school, on cassette; unfortunately, two songs had to be shaved off to fit on a single CD, and one of them was one of my favorites from the tape. Oh, well.

Also, those Cherry Red sets Ned mentioned upthread are great - I'm going to be reviewing that European electronic one when it shows up here.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Punk 45 several volumes
Those Were Different times
Pebbles 1st 3 volumes, not sure what that translates to in cd terms cos I think they were reconfigured. i would avoid the Trash Box though since it whacked up the treble and whacked down the fidelity.

Loads of Souljazz compis.
Most of the Trojan ones when the label was through Sanctuary.

Mojo did a load of themed ones of quality notably the psych , garage, heavy mod ones and several others.

African Scream contest
Kenya Special
Ghana rock

I'm a freak baby
Let's Go down & Blow Our Minds
Love iS the Song We Sing.

Death To Trad rock

Stevolende, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

i remember when they came out thinking that volume 2 of best of house music was vastly inferior to volume 1 but we were all young once. maybe just because it started with that natalie cole track. it is the set that introduced me to "a day in the life" and "can you party" after all.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

stevolende, tell us what you hear now though. i want to stay current. there are probably lots of comp threads.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Was thinking about those Profile sets myself. Stellar stuf.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:20 (two months ago) Permalink

what does it say about me that i have probably bought 20+ numero comps over the years and i have sold all of them. that i'm a sucker for a pretty cover? that i probably should have bought them on cd and maybe i would have listened to them more? that i am a disgusting savage?

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I still have an iPod playlist of all the Kompakt Total compilations 1-15 (there's no #13) and a couple of other compilations they put out - Kompakt 100 and 20 Jahre Kompakt Vols. 1 and 2 - I put it on shuffle in the car sometimes.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:22 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't think i've ever heard the volume 4 of that house series. or even seen a copy? probably all tribal-brit-acid by then. the 3rd one i remember not buying because i had the 12-inches of the stuff i liked on it.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:24 (two months ago) Permalink

i have never stopped listening to my total comps. and i play the newer ones on spotify when i'm playing my PS4 video game. i would buy them for sure on CD if i ever went anywhere that had them.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:25 (two months ago) Permalink

every kompakt mix and cd i own has been played at least 50 times or more. still some sort of gold standard. definitely way up on a mountain as far as cd sound goes.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah the Kompakt runs are pretty incredible. My girlfriend is a Pop Ambient fiend in particular.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:43 (two months ago) Permalink

need to hear more of those

been playing that Soundworks 2CD "best of cumbia" set a lot, also some of the Mississippi Records mixtapes. and the Soul Jazz "Saturday Night Fish Fry" comp, I love that thing.

sleeve, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:58 (two months ago) Permalink

http://tristeshumanistes.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/va-this-wine-is-good-but-i-miss-my.html

not compilations per se, but the mixtapes hosted on this blog are very well curated and have been really doing it for me recently; found a ton of stuff through this guy

suicide commando, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Current favourite compilations are these:

Garage Trax - The Sound of New York Garage 1, 2, 3
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Garage-Trax-1-The-Sound-Of-New-York-Garage/release/349025
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Garage-Trax-2-The-Sound-Of-New-York-Garage/master/232402
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Garage-Trax-3-The-Garage-Sound-Of-Easy-Street-Records/master/97768

Not sure how authentic they are to club sounds in NY in the mid-late 80s but they contain some great tracks. The compilations have been put out on a UK label with no notes. many recognisable production names: Blaze, Paul Simpson, Marshall Jefferson, Timmy Regisford.

mmmm, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:44 (two months ago) Permalink

As for current comps, this is what I've listened to most in the last year. Starts off with the saddest song I have ever heard, "I Concealed Myself".

http://www.folkways.si.edu/uzbekistan-echoes-of-vanished-courts/world/music/album/smithsonian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA_n9MX5zCM

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:45 (two months ago) Permalink

"He Suffered", "Andiojoni Listening to God", "Uyghur Fantasy" the whole thing is pretty kvlt.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink

anything Bob Stanley touches turns to gold afaict, i've got most of the Saint Etienne comps and those UK folk comps from a few years back as well (Early Morning Hush and Gather In the Mushrooms.) plus Velvet Tinmine.

the Young Marco-curated comp Welcome to Paradise: Italian Dream House 1989-1993 is ridiculously good.

nomar, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:15 (two months ago) Permalink

THis was quite good, heard it for the first time today. Playlist of turn of the 790s heavy stuff by the Guerssen label
https://open.spotify.com/user/guerssen/playlist/0bILp8nIeIGr0pvgQiKiKl?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open&play=true

Stevolende, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:23 (two months ago) Permalink

my favorite right now is probably this 100% silk comp from 2015
https://100percentsilk.bandcamp.com/album/sunset-silk

brimstead, Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:53 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm not sure if it's out on disk/tape though

brimstead, Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:57 (two months ago) Permalink

a couple months ago i realized my grounding in pre-beatles rock was really weak and went looking for some chart rock that went beyond the standard time-life stuff. wound up listening to a series on ace records called "the golden age of american rock 'n roll". those germans know what the hell they're doing. bear family does good stuff too. the doo wop comps i have are from the "explosive doo-wops" series on buffalo bop - yes, yes, yes, germans.

Frank Ocean is the Ultimate Solution (rushomancy), Thursday, 15 June 2017 01:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Usually at least one Rough Guide among each year's constants---the ones to African Disco and Ethiopian Jazz, for inst. This year I'm getting schooled by Rough Guide To Jugband Blues, with much wider and deeper musical and emotional range than expected.

dow, Thursday, 15 June 2017 01:52 (two months ago) Permalink

The Golden Era of Doo-Wops series kills

I only have one of these but it's completely glorious in every way

off and on, compilation CDs are my favorite things in the world. I would say for about four months out of every year they are my favorite thing.

People like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 15 June 2017 02:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Rhino's Doo-Wop boxes (the "101" series) were my gateway drug for that stuff, I still listen to those

sleeve, Thursday, 15 June 2017 02:39 (two months ago) Permalink

this old harlem doo-wop comp is urgent and key and highly recommended if you ever see it while digging through the stacks. one of my favorite things that Collectables ever put out.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Doo-Wop-Era-Harlem-NY/release/10305925

scott seward, Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:08 (two months ago) Permalink

along with the rockabilly stuff i got this week i also got several doo wop and vocal best-ofs and comps and i will definitely be playing them this week. even vocal group bootlegs with generic 12-inch covers! hardcore stuff. i got great blues comps too. some nice yazoo stuff. a feast of records.

scott seward, Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I have had Rhino's Legends of Guitar Surf Vol. 1 and Rock Instrumental Classics Vol.5 Surf since they came out new and have listened to them boodles of times over the years. Don't think but there are a couple of songs overlap on them.

earlnash, Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I have The Very Best of Red Bird/Blue Cat Records - labels founded by Leiber & Stoller. 15 prime cuts from 1964-1966 that hit the spot when I get that girl group jones.

that's not my post, Thursday, 15 June 2017 04:32 (two months ago) Permalink

And there are lots of great trucking song comps. There was one from the mid-90s called Rig Rock Deluxe that had a mix of oldies and remakes. Great stuff.

that's not my post, Thursday, 15 June 2017 04:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Rhino's two rockabilly/'50s rock 'n' roll boxes, Loud, Fast & Out of Control and Rockin' Bones, are amazing. I wrote about Rockin' Bones for the Voice years ago.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I picked up a lot of those Charly single artist compilations when they were reissued or repackaged about 5 years ago and have several bits of that in the mix on my walkklman.
Trying to think what the full length various artists R'n'r/Rockabilly set I got back in 2010 was, not sure where it would be either. Some cool alternative r'n'r label anyway with a lot of great stuff on.
Also really liked the Proper HIllbilly Boogie box as well as Bebop Spoken Here, Farewell To Ireland both of which I have bits of on that walkman so get to hear frequently.

Stevolende, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:07 (two months ago) Permalink

That is there wasa series of rock'n'roll compilations taht I think were already out with different covers, included Sonny Burgess, Warren Smith, Billy Lee Riley Jack Scott,Johnny Burnette and most of the usual suspects. I think I got their Gene Vincent set as well.

Been meaning to pick up recent compilations of Charlie Feathers and Jody Reynolds but keep not doing so when i have money.

Stevolende, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:35 (two months ago) Permalink

That reminds me -- easily one of the best compilation series of the 21st century was the "Lux and Ivy's Favorites" compilations, created by Kogar the Swinging Ape over the years

https://www.reddit.com/r/vintageobscura/comments/2jzmf4/lux_and_ivys_favorites_17_volume_compilation_of/

Eschews genre focus for sheer appreciation and range.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:07 (two months ago) Permalink

oh yeah, those are so much fun

sleeve, Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:15 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^ yeah, I've listened to those a lot. Lux and Ivy had great taste.

Wanted to mention the two "Cosimo Matassa Story" collections on Proper. Essential New Orleans R&B.

smug dinner-jazz atrocity (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I agree that Cherry Red has taken over the mantle of chief compiler from Rhino in terms of broad box sets (the new "Action Time Vision" punk oddities box is great). Labels like Soul Jazz are fantastic for the more specialized comps.

I find I have two distinct uses for comps:
- Overviews of scenes, eras, styles or genres are extremely useful and those are the ones I keep.
- Overviews of labels, radio station comps, and give-aways are typically used for R&D and are disposed of after picking out the artists I want to investigate further.

Some of my favorites:

Swing Jazz:
Swing That Music (Smithsonian 4CD box): http://www.allmusic.com/album/swing-that-music-smithsonian-mw0000103793
The Swing Era (Charly Records 4CD box): https://www.musik-sammler.de/media/482625/
Very little overlap between these two, they capture the big names, the best tunes and a great overview of the era

Pre-rock:
The First Rock And Roll Record: a fascinating companion to the similarly titled book
The Roots of Rock'n'Roll: a much more linear overview of the jump blues and hillbilly songs that melted into the rock'n'roll pot

50's rock:
Loud, Fast & Out Of Control: includes rockabilly staples as well as r&b and ballads
Rockin' Bones: focuses on the wildest up-tempo rockabilly
Essential Rockabilly (10 volumes): 2CD sets each covering one label: Capitol, Columbia, Decca, Dot, Imperial, King, Mercury, MGM, RCA, Sun, a hell of a lot cheaper than the Bear Family "That'll Flat Git It" series which takes a similar approach

60's garage & psych:
Nuggets: the mother of all modern compilations, the box set expands the original LP very well
Nuggets II: I like this even more as it adds more psych and expands coverage to a global view (though really mostly UK)
Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: the best psych overview without getting too silly or jammy for my tastes
Insane Times: a nice companion to "Acid Drops"
Uptight Tonight: a nice companion to the "Nuggets" box, a little overlap but outstanding selections

70's pop fluff:
Have A Nice Day (25 volumes!): Brings back many childhood memories as my mother had the top 40 station on all day

Krautrock:
Deutsche Elektronische Musik
Deutsche Elektronische Musik Vol. 2: two 2CD sets from Soul Jazz covering most of the big names (but not Kraftwerk) with a handful of second tier artists
Kollektion 01 - Sky Records
Kollektion 04 - Bureau B: two different looks into the genre, the first from Tim Gane and the second from Richard Fearless. An excellent breadth and depth overview.

Punk - I've got a ton of these, the absolute best are:
1-2-3-4 - Punk & New Wave: A great overview of the UK scene and how things changed very quickly from 1976 to 1979
DIY: 9 volumes covering the US and UK punk and power pop scenes, these are what got me started digging deeper
No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion: a more focused set similar to the individual DIY volumes
Punk 45: 7 volumes and counting from Soul Jazz, leans towards the obscure but totally worthy

Power Pop:
Poptopia!: 3 volumes, one each for the 70s, 80s and 90s.
The Roots Of Power Pop: compiled by it's greatest advocate, Greg Shaw.
Yellow Pills - Prefill: my favorite Numero release, the nuggets of power pop.

New Wave:
Just Can't Get Enough: 17 volumes covering almost everything you'd want
New Wave Club Class-X: 8 volumes plus particularly cool sets dedicated to the Belgian and German scenes, plus some other reconfigurations of all of these
NDW (3CD set): covers the Neu Deutsche Welle scene about as well as I've found

Ska:
The 2 Tone Collection - A Checkered Past: stonkin' classic ska-punk

Indiepop:
NME C86 (3CD box): Cherry Red's expansion of the classic C86 a-la Rhino's expansion of Nuggets
Scared To Get Happy: another great box from Cherry Red full of twee goodness

Postpunk - this is my favorite period to pan for gold, way too many to list but there's everything from label comps to local scenes to country overviews. My favorites:
7" Up: a bakers dozen of wonderful obscurities, all killer no filler
Ambition - The History Of Cherry Red Records: two discs showing the labels' 80s best
Avon Calling: one of the best single city (Bristol) comps ever
From Brussels With Love
Fruit Of The Original Sin
Ghosts Of Christmas Past: 3 comps from the Les Disques Du Crépuscule label that showcase an incredible range of creativity - spoken word, solo piano, ambient, punk + whatever-strikes-yer-fancy style postpunk
In The Beginning There Was Rhythm: early Soul Jazz comp covering dub punk
Messthetics Greatest Hits: there are 10 volumes in this series but this is the most consistent
Movement - BBC 1 Radio Peel Sessions 77-79: what it says on the tin
Nao Wave
The Sexual Life Of The Savages: two comps covering the Brazilian scene
Perfect Unpop: a great dive into obscure Peel favorites
Seeds (5 volumes): classic vinyl-only sets covering Pop, Art, Rock, Punk & Electric
So Young But So Cold: the best French cold wave collection
Wanna Buy A Bridge: another classic postpunk primer

Australian rock:
Do The Pop!: wonderful overview of the Detroit-via-Melbourne sound of the late 70s
Tales From The Australian Underground (2 volumes): 2CD sets covering obscurities from the late 70s and 80s

New Zealand rock - my single favorite scene ever, there's also a ton of these with any Flying Nun comp being good. The best:
Flying Nun 25th Anniversary box set: 4 discs covering one-off singles, obscurities and the biggest names on the label
It's Bigger Than Both Of Us: covers the pre-Flying Nun underground years
Shrew'd: a unique set of new material by Flying Nun women
Xpressway Pile-Up: the noisy underbelly of the Flying Nun jangly scene

Alt-country - I'll rep for almost any comp on Bloodshot but these are my faves:
Down To The Promised Land
For A Decade Of Sin: 5th and 10th anniversary 2CD sets full of great covers, spectacular one-offs and sampling the best of the label
Pine Valley Cosmonauts - The Executioner's Last Songs (3 volumes): more fun covers and originals all about DEATH!

Single best tribute compilation:
Whore (Wire tribute): no duds, all interesting interpretations, some wildly different!

There's plenty more, of course. I quite like the two volumes of "Rogue's Gallery" where underground artists do sea shanties!

Many of these came to my attention via some excellent ILM threads. Hurrah for all y'all!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:26 (two months ago) Permalink

columbia country classics compilations are great
so is the smithsonian classic country set

marcos, Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks guys! Speaking of post-punk, this Razor & Tie collection was my intro to several bands:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Totally-Wired/release/925941

dow, Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:42 (two months ago) Permalink

The Best of Music and Rhythm: 80s pop world music + Afropop

https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Best-Of-Music-And-Rhythm/release/3258034

Eazy, Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:15 (two months ago) Permalink

keb darge/cut chemist vs jump blues

https://www.discogs.com/Keb-Darge-And-Cut-Chemist-Present-Lost-And-Found-Rockabilly-And-Jump-Blues/release/1614344

it is of course rather wonderful ...

mark e, Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Going to be searching for a few of these, especially those in music I'm unfamiliar with. I know next to nothing about Brazilian music but I picked up these four comps and they supply a soundtrack to hot weather:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Bossa-Nova-Brasil/release/5789146
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Samba-Brasil/release/8292034
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Afro-Brasil/release/5789124
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Nordeste-Brasil/release/5790854

mmmm, Sunday, 18 June 2017 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Several Sublime Frequencies of vintage Southeast Asian pop-rock-folk-countryoid, and Subliminal Sounds' Thai Beat A-Go-Go trilogy: Vols. 2 and 3 have more good tracks, but Vol. 1 has more great tracks. Def. rec. to those who think they know every possible permutation of mid-60s garage yadda-yadda.

dow, Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:42 (two months ago) Permalink

xp mmmm, also check out a bunch of comps on Luaka Bop.

dow, Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:44 (two months ago) Permalink

'nother xpost to mmmm - this thread is a goldmine: EXPRESSO 2222: the semi-official BRAZILIAN MUSIC LISTENING CLUB.

freedom is not having to measure life with a ruler (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 18 June 2017 22:29 (two months ago) Permalink

oh, i also like "wolf's at the door: lost recordings from the spirits of the south".

Frank Ocean is the Ultimate Solution (rushomancy), Monday, 19 June 2017 23:25 (two months ago) Permalink

digging the Franklin Mint country comps so far, lots of obvious stuff and light on the deep cuts, but that's what I needed!

sleeve, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:54 (two months ago) Permalink

current compilation listening: Ego Trip's The Big Playback, on a remarkably clear vinyl copy, lots of great Old Skool hip hop; Andy Smith's The Document, which is a mix but the vinyl copy (very battered but plays fine) I picked up for £1 in a charity shop is unmixed, more hip hop and funk; and Phil Mison's Out of the Blue, Balearica loveliness and a nice vinyl edition.

André Ryu (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 20:40 (two months ago) Permalink


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