Various Artists

2008 is the 10th anniversary of the extremely excellent 'jazz and beyond' label Cryptogramophone. To celebrate they've thrown themselves (and all of us too!) a great party with this release. For an amazing price - the same price or less than a typical...

"This third volume in a series compiled by Laurent Jeanneau from his continual journeys into the more remote tribal areas of Southeast Asia features field recordings of the Giay, Lu, Red Zao, and Black Hmong peoples from North Vietnam. The five...

A compilation of 29 one minute tracks by a number of very well known 'unknown' artists (including: Haco, Pierre Bastien, Bratko Bibic, Fred Frith, Tatsuya Yoshida, Iva Bittova, Frank Pahl, Lars Hollmer, Tom Cora, and many others, presented in both...

There are a lot of Miles Davis tribute albums and ensembles out there and, perhaps surprisingly, a lot of them are very good. As is this one, which additionally gives the music a surprising and an unusual sort of a 'Shakti slant'!...

"Nigeria Rock Special shines a light on the flipside of the well-documented sounds of highlife and Afrobeat coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s -- young bands caught up in the wave of psychedelic and progressive rock that was sweeping Europe and the....

"The second volume of Wooden Hill's ongoing series of lost nuggets from the soft white underbelly of the late '60s British psychedelic scene, Psychedelic Schlemiels 2 assembles no less than 20 previously-unheard acetate and private tape recordings from...

Duck and Cover (featuring Tom Cora, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Heiner Goebbels, Alfred Harth, Dagmar Krause, George Lewis) - the only recordings ever released by this group (almost 30 minutes), Cassix (Cassiber + Stormy Six, which features Chris Cutler...

" ...White Lace & Strange Vol. 2. The Psychic Circle label presents a follow-up to the White Lace & Strange: Heavy Psych and Power Fuzz from the U.S.A. 68-72 compilation, further delving into the less-frequented areas of late '60s and early '70s heavy...


"Soul Jazz Records are releasing separately on CD the soundtrack to this film (with bonus tracks). Featured groups include Theoretical Girls, UT, A Band, Rhys Chatham, Chinese Puzzle, The Static, Morales, Youth in Asia, Steven Piccolo and Jill Kroesen."

Curated by guitarist Henry Kaiser, 156 Strings is his personal selection of acoustic guitarists "who sound like themselves and have something special to say." The 19 guitarists here are both well known & unknown: Duck Baker, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Rao...


The German label No Man's Land has always made it its prerogative to release music that fits in no known category including avant-garde. Each album offers a very personal sound universe that often allies experimentation with potentially crowd-pleasing...

"For some reason these great GotTs psych comps are not well known or reviewed. they may be the best ever in the realm of Pebbles, Boulders, Rubble etc., as these focus on the harder and more tripped out edge of the realm. The music on here is well...

[Of course, no one called this stuff 'prog' in the 60s and early 70s. The term was progressive or progressive rock.-grumpy editor] "A Visit to the Spaceship Factory presents 20 ear-watering morsels that will thrill and entertain in equal measure...

A reprint of an early lp dedicated to the electronic and electro-acoustic modern composers of TODAY! An early classic of the genre and still excellent listening TODAY!...

"Here is the fifth release in Syllart Productions' African Pearls series of compilations, this time coming from Côte d'Ivoire. A natural West African crossroads, the Ivory Coast has always been at the forefront of musical trends, be it black American...

"A 2CD collection of music from '70s Senegal. More than any other country in West Africa, Senegal has been strongly influenced by Cuban music coming to Dakar through Cuban sailors. Widely broadcast, the Afro-Cuban repertoire stands at the bottom of...

One of the most significant musical events in my life was when C.W. Vrtacek played me a Fela Kuti album in 1981 or 1982. I had never heard anything like it and I really liked it, thereby opening a big door in my tastes to African pop of the 1970s, an...

Do you look at the listings of African pop compilations and albums that I am always saying nice things about and wondering what it's all about? Well, have we got a nice, budget priced sampler for you!

"A retrospective "discovery price" sampler...

"Organ-driven Afro-beat, cosmic Afro-funk and raw, psychedelic boogie -- just some of the flavors to be found on this highly danceable compilation by Samy Ben Redjeb, founder of Analog Africa. No effort has been spared! To document these irresistible...

The A.M. gang recorded live at a showcase concert. With Justine, A. Duchesne/Locomotive, Les Granules, Bruire, La Flore Laurentienne, & 2 pieces for the entire assemblage of musicians.

A lower-priced sampler which includes tracks from many different Ambiances Magnetiques releases. A good way to sample what A.M. do.

This mid-priced sampler has tracks from CDs released between1985-2000.

"American Clave has been a label at the forefront of the explosion previously known as worldbeat and currently as world music. They issued progressive salsa from Kip Hanrahan, ambitious free music by Don Pullen, the lush, sensual tango of Astor...

"Amplified: New Music Meets Rock, 1981–1986 is the third release in a series of CDs compiled from The Kitchen’s archive that documents historic concert recordings at The Kitchen from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. While the first two releases, New M...

"The nascent Angolan music scene was set on fire by a small group of intrepid singers, backed by an array of super-tight bands and led by extraordinary guitarists who revolutionized the musical and the political panorama of the '60s and '70s...

Early 90's PROMO ONLY Knitting Factory tour sampler featuring Amy Denio, Negativland, Roy Nathanson and Anthony Coleman. Cover is has a tear on the front and promo stamps and writing on it, disc is fine.


"Underground Welcome to Volume 2 of Astral Daze where we once again dip into the vaults of classic South African rock and pop , seeking out long lost psychedelic gems for your edification and earthly delight . Volume 2 finds the listener tripping the...

''A journey to discover the musical geography of Italy, where live side by side - from the deep North to the deep South - very different cultural areas, each one expressing a musical style and a secular tradition on its own, each one showing peculiar ...

These compilations of African rock/funk/Afro-hypnotic keep being released and they generally keep being great. This one, made up of releases from Burkina Faso, circa 1974-1979 is no exception. Conditionally highly recommended...

"Robbie Basho's guitar playing was first brought to light in 1965, when John Fahey released Basho's debut The Seal of the Blue Lotus (1965) on his own Takoma Records. Basho was armed with a unique and powerful singing voice, his 6 & 12 string guitar and a collection of special guitar tunings that he created (even originating the "Esoteric Doctrine of Color and Mood'' - a chart denoting a color and mood for each of his special tunings).
After three decades of recordings and touring and a prodigious....

A unique & truly fabulous disc of world music featuring various Indonesian artists & composers from the Batak area in North Sumatra. Performed on rebabs, flutes, oboes, shawms, gongs, & many drums. [New Albion]

Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs, Guapo, Knifeworld and the man behind the Believers Roast label) put on a one day festival featuring many of the best of London's modern progressive/unusual rock bands. All tracks here are not available elsewhere and this is a...

This is a fabulous compilation of swing jazz and big and small band blues & boogie, from 1936-1945, presented to highlight how this music blended with other American music and influenced and partially led to rock 'n' roll.
If you dig this sort of thing, this is nearly 80' of historic and fabulous sounds!

"Nearly 80 minutes of vintage music recorded between 1935 and 1945 and featuring some of the great names of jazz, blues and boogie woogie. The quality of the sound is generally good, given...

"Blow Your Cool presents 20 previously uncomped prog/psych assaults from the UK & Europe, 1969-1974. So here we are again one and all; scoop neck Mr. Freedom T's freshly laundered, split-knee loons fashionably fading, with another 20 swift excursions...

"This first volume of rare and previously unissued live recordings features Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Precious little live material from these artists has survived into the 21st century and these recently unearthed...

Previously unreleased R&B from Muddy Waters (1958) Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (1958), Louis Jordan (1962) and more recorded live at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in England.

"This second volume of rare and previously unissued live...

Previously unreleased R&B from Sonny Boy Williamson (1964), Jimmy Witherspoon(1964), Howlin’ Wolf & Hubert Sumlin (1964) and more recorded live at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in England.

"This third volume of rare and previously unissued liv

Fantastic heaping helping of Texas blues and R'n'B from 1947-1954. This is over four hours of music and 103 tracks! Great vocals, guitar and horn-section work over the boogie beat!

"9 CDs featuring the best of the European Jazz scene in 1970; 10 hours with the complete music from all three festival concerts; 32-page booklet with brilliant concert pictures - previously unseen!"
Disc 1:
German Jazz Festival Big Band - Introduction
German Jazz Festival Big Band - Intoxication
German Jazz Festival Big Band - Jazzminers Dance In Frankfurt
German Jazz Festival Big Band - Palazzo Blue
Dave Pike Set - Attack Of The Green Misers
Dave Pike Set - Turn Around, M

"This compilation drawn from both field work and recordings on the then Yugoton label gives a sense of the richness of Bosnian Muslim culture before the catastrophe. The music is admirably varied, ranging from mid-'80s local pop to shepherds' songs and...

"New Jazz recorded live at the Altena New Jazz Meetings from 1972 and 1973. 8-CD Box (27 x 27 cm) with two 28-page booklets. More than 8 hours of exciting and adventurous New Jazz recorded live at the Altena New Jazz Meetings from 1972 and 1973. Featuring TWO books with concert pictures and newspaper clippings (in German and English)!"
Disc 1:
Dobrowolski & Bednarek - Performance Part 1
Dobrowolski & Bednarek - Fara / Allegretto / Exodus
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath - Call....

One of my very favorite compilations these days is this circa 1946-1951 collection of be-boppers, proto r'n'b rave-ups, big hornmen and jump swing. This is a fine, fine collection that highlights the great music that Central Avenue in Los Angeles...

Historically and sociologically fascinating and the large book tells the whole story, as best it can be reconstructed. Conditionally recommended...

Historically and sociologically fascinating and the large book tells the whole story, as best it can be reconstructed. Conditionally recommended...


A fine document from of various goings-on in the UK. This features Orlando Gough (Lost Jockey), Michael Nyman, David Cunningham, Steve Martland. All pieces are either extremely rare or unavailable elsewhere. [Felmay/New Tone]

A collection of some new music composers from franceLimborg, caligulaBruno Letort, suite pour quatuor cordes (et machineries diverses)Gilbert Artman, perchman aux oreilles mouvantesFrdric Lagnau, a va son direPhilippe Laurent, scessionDominique Grimal...