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    'We out here' is a great compilation from the modern London Jazz scene.

    http://weouthere.bandcamp.com/album/we-out-here


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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphy65 View Post
    Coincidentally, I have recently bought 4 early 70s samplers on vinyl (I don't know if any of them are available on CD) as I quite like the sometimes eclectic selection of artists they used to put on them:
    El Pea and Bumpers (both Island Records)
    Picnic (Harvest)
    Charisma Disturbance
    Few of these samplers have ever been re-released on CD. The handful which have usually lack tracks because of licensing restrictions (in other words, artists either moved labels or now own the rights to their own catalogues!).

    Picnic was the only place 'Embryo' was available until that oddball Capitol collection, Works. They weren't happy about it coming out at all, viewing it as a demo.

    ISTR Bumpers has various unspecified alternate takes. I remember reading an article about it once. Mott The Hoople's 'Thunderbuck Ram' is one of them.

    Polydor had this, not sure anything on it is that 'rare' now. But at the time, these had only been non-album singles, and often early on in these artists' careers.

    https://www.discogs.com/Various-Rare.../master/456421
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    After The Storm (NEARfest Records)
    Lots op previously unreleased version

    Disc One:
    15 Days (5:10)
    (Echolyn)
    Ibby It Is (Live) (8:17)
    (Happy The Man)
    Random Harvest (4:38)
    (FM)
    After All These Years (5:53)
    (Camel)
    Time Table (6:16)
    (Mike Keneally)
    Shining Star (Live) (5:53)
    (Spock's Beard)
    Chemical Rain (5:26)
    (IQ)
    Silver Buildings (4:41)
    (Kraan)
    Ghost In Dreamland (3:12)
    (Mostly Autumn)
    My River Flows (5:28)
    (Izz)
    Phazed By The Storm (9:23)
    (Nektar)
    Grace (Live) (7:10)
    (Sean Malone)
    Disc Two:
    Song For America (9:13)
    (Kansas)
    Buzz Beat (Live) (6:45)
    (The Flower Kings)
    A King's Prayer (Alternative Mix) (6:03)
    (Woodenhead)
    The Shattering Sky (6:02)
    (Djam Karet)
    Sleeping Jesus (Live) (5:18)
    (Neal Morse)
    Essay R (Alternative Mix) (5:53)
    (The Muffins)
    Love Song With Flute (Live) (4:06)
    (Caravan)
    Gänglat Fran Knapptibble (7:18)
    (Änglagärd)
    On And On (5:34)
    (Little Atlas)
    Pools Of Sorrow/Not Over You (Alternate Mix) (5:25)
    (Arjen Anthony Lucassen)
    Zukoko Bushi (Live) (3:47)
    (California Guitar Trio)
    Sou' By Sou'West (6:50)
    (Pendragon)

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    I dunno about "essential", but I thought the soundtracks to the movies American Graffiti, FM, Heavy Metal, Repo Man, and Times Square were all pretty bad ass. Or as the young people say today, they're jammin'!

    There was also a Ryko disc best of that I had as a teenager, I believe I got it "for free" in a package with the Hendrix Live At Winterland CD (and a CD holder that held something like 15 CD's). It was called Steal This Disc. I thought that was a pretty collection of music.

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    A couple already mentioned:
    Nuggets
    Woodstock
    ReR Quaterly
    Miniatures (kind of V/A)
    Westcoast (Rhino? ) 4 CDs and a nice book with great photos
    Grapefuit Records has some nice UK Psy compilations
    Cherry Red Records , Italian prog and soundtracks

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    These Spiritual Jazz compilations are great!

    https://spiritualjazz.bandcamp.com/album/spiritual-jazz
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    There was this UK Atlantic sampler, which had then-exclusive tracks by Led Zeppelin ('Hey Hey What Can I Do', a single B-side in the US) and Yes (the full-length 'America').

    https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-...c/master/66035

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    Unsettled Scores on Cuneiform

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe F. View Post
    Unsettled Scores on Cuneiform
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    Windham Hill used to put of yearly samplers that were really nice.
    I have Windham Hill Christmas album, which I like.

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    Moonjune records has 2 free samplers on Bandcamp. Good stuff there.

    https://moonjunerecords.bandcamp.com...1-free-sampler

    https://moonjunerecords.bandcamp.com...2-free-sampler
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ88 View Post
    There was this UK Atlantic sampler, which had then-exclusive tracks by Led Zeppelin ('Hey Hey What Can I Do', a single B-side in the US) and Yes (the full-length 'America').

    https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-...c/master/66035
    Indeed. This is a favorite of mine. I believe I paid a buck for it.

    Another for which I paid a buck directly from the label was the A&M sampler Friends.
    A1 –Fairport Convention Walk Awhile
    A2 –Cat Stevens Trouble
    A3 –Ron Davies It Ain't Easy
    A4 –Lambert & Nuttycombe Mr. Bojangles
    A5 –Quincy Jones Bridge Over Troubled Water
    A6 –Fotheringay Peace In The End
    B1 –Free I'll Be Creepin'
    B2 –Spooky Tooth Son Of Your Father
    B3 –Lee Michaels Games
    B4 –Humble Pie Trouser Snake Rhumba
    B5 –Blodwyn Pig Drive Me
    B6 –The Move Hello Susie (Abridged)

    I liked all that I heard except for the Move's "Hello Susie" from Shazam. It was too abrasive. But now I love that song and the Move is one of my favorite bands.
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    Absolutely essential 3 CD box of an under-documented movement in New York jazz.
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    1-1 –Kalaparusha, Chris White (3), Jumma Santos Jays
    Bass – Chris White (3)
    Drums – Jumma Santos
    Tenor Saxophone, Written-By – Kalaparusha
    6:17
    1-2 –Ken McIntyre, Richard Harper, Andrei Strobert, Andy Vega New Times
    Alto Saxophone, Written-By – Ken McIntyre
    Congas – Andy Vega
    Percussion – Andrei Strobert
    Piano – Richard Harper
    7:45
    1-3 –Sunny Murray + The Untouchable Factor* Featuring Byard Lancaster Over The Rainbow
    Alto Saxophone – Byard Lancaster
    Bass – Fred Hopkins
    Drums – Sunny Murray
    Tenor Saxophone – David Murray
    Vibraphone – Khan Jamal
    Written-By – Harold Arlen
    5:48
    1-4 –Sam Rivers, Jerome Hunter, Jerry Griffin Rainbows
    Bass – Jerome Hunter
    Drums – Jerry Griffin
    Soprano Saxophone, Written-By – Sam Rivers
    10:24
    1-5 –Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall Uso Dance
    Alto Saxophone, Written-By – Henry Threadgill
    Bass – Fred Hopkins
    Drums, Percussion – Steve McCall
    8:26
    1-6 –Flight To Sanity The Need To Smile
    Bass – Benny Wilson
    Congas – Don Moye*
    Drums – Harold Smith*
    Piano, Written-By – Sonelius Smith
    Soprano Saxophone – Art Bennett
    Tenor Saxophone – Byard Lancaster
    Trumpet – Olu Dara
    10:45
    1-7 –Ken McIntyre, Richard Harper, Andrei Strobert, Andy Vega Naomi
    Flute, Written-By – Ken McIntyre
    Percussion – Andrei Strobert
    Percussion, Congas – Andy Vega
    Piano – Richard Harper
    6:31
    1-8 –Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Michael Jackson*, Fred Hopkins, Barry Altschul 73° -S Kelvin
    Bass – Fred Hopkins
    Contrabass Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Written-By – Anthony Braxton
    Drums – Barry Altschul
    Guitar – Michael Jackson*
    Percussion – Phillip Wilson
    Trombone – George Lewis
    6:41
    1-9 –Marion Brown, Jack Gregg, Jumma Santos And Then They Danced
    Alto Saxophone, Written-By – Marion Brown
    Bass – Jack Gregg
    Congas – Jumma Santos
    7:14
    2-1 –Leo Smith* + The New Dalta Ahkri* Locomotif N°6
    Alto Saxophone – Oliver Lake
    Bass – Wes Brown
    Drums – Paul Maddox (2), Stanley Crouch
    Piano, Written-By – Anthony Davis (2)
    Trumpet – Leo Smith*
    6:24
    2-2 –Randy Weston, Alex Blake (2), Azzedin Weston Portrait Of Frank Edward Burton
    Bass – Alex Blake (2)
    Congas – Azzedin Weston
    Piano, Written-By – Randy Weston
    9:17
    2-3 –Michael Jackson*, Oliver Lake, Fred Hopkins Clarity Two
    Alto Saxophone, Flute – Oliver Lake
    Bass – Fred Hopkins
    Guitar, Written-By – Michael Jackson*
    6:09
    2-4 –Dave Burrell, Stafford James, Harold Smith* Black Robert
    Bass – Stafford James
    Drums – Harold Smith*
    Piano, Written-By – Dave Burrell
    5:43
    2-5 –Ahmed Abdullah, Charles Brackeen, Mashujaa*, Leroy Seals, Rickie Evans, Rashied Sinan* Blue Phase
    Bass – Leroy Seals, Rickie Evans
    Drums – Rashied Sinan*
    Guitar – Mashujaa*
    Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Charles Brackeen
    Trumpet, Written-By – Ahmed Abdullah
    12:35
    2-6 –Andrew Cyrille + Maono* Short Short
    Bass – Lyle Atkinson*
    Drums, Written-By – Andrew Cyrille
    Tenor Saxophone – David Ware*
    Trumpet – Ted Daniel
    7:00
    2-7 –Hamiet Bluiett, Olu Dara, Butch Campbell, Billy Patterson*, Don Moye*, Charles Bobo Shaw, Juney Booth* Tranquil Beauty
    Bass – Juney Booth*
    Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Written-By – Hamiet Bluiett
    Drums – Charles Bobo Shaw, Don Moye*
    Guitar – Billy Patterson*, Butch Campbell
    Trumpet – Olu Dara
    5:45
    2-8 –Julius Hemphill*, Abdul Wadud, Bern Nix, Don Moye*, Phillip Wilson Pensive
    Alto Saxophone, Written-By – Julius Hemphill*
    Cello – Abdul Wadud
    Drums – Phillip Wilson
    Guitar – Bern Nix
    Percussion – Don Moye*
    9:54
    3-1 –Jimmy Lyons (2), Karen Borca, Hayes Burnett, Henry Maxwell Letcher* Push Pull
    Alto Saxophone, Written-By – Jimmy Lyons (2)
    Bass – Hayes Burnett
    Bassoon – Karen Borca
    Drums – Henry Maxwell Letcher*
    5:32
    3-2 –Oliver Lake, Michael Jackson*, Fred Hopkins, Phillip Wilson Zaki
    Alto Saxophone, Written-By – Oliver Lake
    Bass – Fred Hopkins
    Drums – Phillip Wilson
    Guitar – Michael Jackson*
    9:53
    3-3 –David Murray, Olu Dara, Fred Hopkins, Stanley Crouch Shout Song
    Bass – Fred Hopkins
    Drums – Stanley Crouch
    Tenor Saxophone, Written-By – David Murray
    Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Olu Dara
    2:45
    3-4 –Sunny Murray + The Untouchable Factor* Something's Cookin'
    Alto Saxophone, Flute – Byard Lancaster
    Bass – Fred Hopkins
    Drums, Written-By – Sunny Murray
    Tenor Saxophone – David Murray
    Vibraphone – Khan Jamal
    17:02
    3-5 –Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye*, Jerome Cooper Chant
    Alto Saxophone, Written-By – Roscoe Mitchell
    Drums – Don Moye*
    Percussion, Saw, Drums – Jerome Cooper
    25:22
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    The two Brain Festival albums. There were actually three Brain Festivals, but recordings of the third (1979) has never surfaced. A pity, as Anyone’s Daughter (an old favorite of mine) appeared at that one. There’s also Accept, for those whose tastes run in the metal direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    The two Brain Festival albums. There were actually three Brain Festivals, but recordings of the third (1979) has never surfaced. A pity, as Anyone’s Daughter (an old favorite of mine) appeared at that one. There’s also Accept, for those whose tastes run in the metal direction.
    I had found last year a cheap 2 LP German Rock sampler on the Intercord Label " Super Rock Festival" with tracks from Kraan, Omega, Can, Hoelderlin , Birth Control , Jane , Nektar and quite interesting a Kraftwerk track from their second Philips record, which is nowadays expensive.
    There is also a couple of 6 CD boxsets called Krautrock ( Music for your brain ) with nice artwork from Alfons Mucha that covers most German Prog
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    Never kept those Classy Crock, Prog Mag, Endangered Species, Prog-Resiste, Musea samplers, tbh.
    So if I lent out one of them, and it didn't come back, I didn't make an issue out of it (often I forgot to whom I lent it)


    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    I am a big fan of V/A compilations if someone has put serious thought into the sequencing. Compilations can be far superior to the sum of their parts if done properly.

    One example is Wayside Sampler #6.
    had no idea there were so many Cuneiform (if that's what you mean) , but yeah, agood running orderis imůportant

    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    'We out here' is a great compilation from the modern London Jazz scene.

    http://weouthere.bandcamp.com/album/we-out-here
    yup, that's a pretty cool one

    I made a CDr compilation of Nuggets I and 2... too many stuff I found uninterteresting. I also heard Nuggets 3 but saved nothing from it.


    the ones I own (I liked these small boxsets,and was quite disappointed they did a fatboy double jewel case for Harvest):
    http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=19567
    http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=7970
    http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=8006
    http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=9532
    http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=15449
    http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=18432

    Belgian Funky Chicken
    Belgian Funky Chimes

    Still also kept a couple Cunei and the rare MIO sampler.

    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    These Spiritual Jazz compilations are great!

    https://spiritualjazz.bandcamp.com/album/spiritual-jazz
    I should reallu order some of those,...
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