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Various Artists, ‘Eastbound & Down Soundtrack’ (Fat Possum)

Nice deep cuts from the Slits and MC5 scattered among stripper-pole jams and Kenny Powers dialogue.
David Marchese / April 11, 2012

Various Artists, ‘Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM’ (Dust-To-Digital)

One continent, 100 songs, all transferred from old 78s that probably would've never made it to CD otherwise. The project is archival at heart --…
Mike Powell / October 25, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Fac. Dance: 12″ Mixes and Rarities 1980-1987′ (Strut)

Joy Division, New Order, and Happy Mondays: Manchester-based, Factory Records bands who built careers by asserting that post-punk's rigor and austerity was not altogether different…
Mike Powell / October 24, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Phil Spector Presents the 
Philles Album Collection’ (Phil Spector Records/Legacy)

Legendary Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector only recorded one good full-length: A Christmas Gift for You. His other albums are collected here on seven…
Mike Powell / October 18, 2011

Various Artists, ‘La Habana Era Una Fiesta’ (Vampisoul)

This 36-track exploration spans 20 years, and feels like it -- exuberant and celebratory, full of flute toodles, razzy horns, percussive cha-cha-cha, and hysterically romantic…
Mike Powell / July 5, 2011

Various Artists, ‘True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax Vols. I & II’ (Now-Again)

3 Sharecropper's son, art ?teacher, record store/label owner, Lee Anthony nurtured a Little Rock, Arkansas soul and funk scene that produced the Gap Band, among…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 21, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Music From Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’

No stuntmen were harmed in the recording of this, the cast soundtrack to beleaguered megamusical and late-night talk-show punching bag Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,…
Rob Harvilla / June 14, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973′ (Light In The Attic)

5 Flush with Motown success, Berry Gordy opened an L.A. branch of his Detroit institution to supposedly sign West Coast acts and, in industry parlance,…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 14, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York’s Musical Melting Pot Vol. 1 (1945-59)’ (Year Zero)

On the heels of canon-smashing comp Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude, U.K. journalist Kris Needs returns with a six-volume history of popular music…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 24, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York’ (Strut)

Founded by Dominican bandleader Johnny Pacheco and Italian-American lawyer Jerry Masucci, Fania brought together various strains of Afro-Caribbean music in 1960s-'70s New York (championing greats…
Andrew Hultkrans / March 30, 2011