I’m not talking about gospel music, but those free or low cost label and magazine promos which introduce you to music and musicians that lead you to investigate further. For example, Chicago, Santana, The Byrds, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Moondog and Taj Mahal were just some of the American artists which this double LP introduced to the UK in 1970, and whose albums I have subsequently bought.
One of my favourite, daily visited, music blogs is Willard’s Wormholes Readers’ Links and I’ve recently posted the following compilations there.
Songlines Guest’s Choices
Some 20 years ago I subscribed to the Songlines magazine which is devoted to ‘world music’ . Each issue, published 10 times a year, has a compilation CD, and I’ve got about 40 of them, and each includes 4 or 5 tracks selected by guests. I’ve converted the following selections @320 and squeezed 3 or 4 selections into each folder: the numbers refer to the issues.
60-62: David Buckland, Karl Hyde, Andy Kershaw
57-59: Alexei Sayle, Simon Reeve, David Buckland
54-56: Peter Gabriel, Nigel Kennedy, Wim Wenders
50-53: Mark Lamarr, Louis de Bernières, Romeo Stodart, Emily & Michael Eavis
Specific Songlines Guest Selections
Link: Kate Bush, Jamie Cullum, Alfie & Robert Wyatt, William Dalrymple
Link: Robert Plant, Brian Eno, Pelé, Benjamin Zephaniah
Ambiants and Abstracts (c.1996)
This is a Universal Classics label promo “to supply the demands of the Advertising, TV and Film world”. Music by the likes of Bowie, Eno, Led Zep, Simon Jeffes, Philip Glass, Larry Adler and a host of unknowns (to me) is given the symphonic treatment. “It’s for demonstration and promotional purposes only”, so help yourselves folks.
These last two are available on Amazon for $2 or less, but you can bet your bottom dollar that none of the artists receive royalties from the sale!
The Planet Sleeps (1997)
More ‘ambiant’ sounds as various artists from around the world sing lullabies. As my son is now 20, neither of us listen to the album any more. New babies probably won’t worry that the tracks are @128.
Ethno Punk – Around the World With Attitude (1991)
By way of contrast these tracks by various artists are @320.
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