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VA - (1987) The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 2: Thunder Before Dawn

Earthworks ‎– 001

VA - (1989) Mbube Roots: Zulu Choral Music From South Africa, 1930s-1960s

Rounder Records ‎– 5025

VA - (1990) The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 3: Freedom Fire

Earthworks ‎– 91409

VA - (1992) The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 4: Jive Soweto

Earthworks ‎– 026

VA - (1993) I've Found My Love: 1960's Guitar Band Highlife of Ghana

Original Music ‎– 019

VA - (1995) Forgotten Guitars From Mozambique: Portuguese East Africa, 1955, '56 '57: Feliciano Gomes, Aurelio Kowano & Others

Sharp Wood Productions ‎– 025

VA - (1995) The Sound of Kinshasa: Guitar Classics from Zaire

Original Music  ‎– 010

VA - (1996) Deep In The Heart Of Tuva (Cowboy Music From The Wild East)

Ellipsis Arts ‎– 4080

VA - (1996) The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 5: Jive Nation

 Earthworks ‎– 034

VA - (1997) The Secret Museum Of Mankind: Music Of North Africa

The Secret Museum Of Mankind – 7011

VA - (1999) African Lullaby

Ellipsis Arts ‎– 4240

VA - (1999) South African Rhythm Riot - The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto Volume 6

Stern's Music ‎– 038

VA - (2000) Bollywood Funk

Outcaste Records ‎– 008

VA - (2000) Rough Guide To Congolese Soukous

World Music Network ‎– 1050

VA - (2000) Turkish Delights: 26 Turkish Beat Psyche & Garage Delights

Grey Past Records ‎– 002

A European companion of sorts to the Hava Narghile collection that came out in the States the same year -- Gökhan Aya provides the liner notes and assembly here as he did with Jay Dobis on the other collection -- the rather windily titled 26 Turkish Beat, Psych and Garage Delights is packed with merry late-'60s madness from Anatolia. There's a bit of overlap with Hava Narghile in the track listing itself -- among the repeat numbers are "Agit" by Yabancilar and Haramiler's "Çamlica Yolunda" -- but for the most part these tracks are new to the digital realm, and those taken with the first compilation will definitely want this one. If the packaging of 26 Turkish Beats is not quite up to the levels of Hava Narghile -- somebody really needed to properly proofread Aya's essays and description -- what really matters is the music, and that sounds great. As with much such regional psych material recorded around the world during the genre's heyday, many of the surviving recordings here are only available through mastering off vinyl -- sometimes a frustration, but in many cases the results are remarkably crisp and clear (check out the excellent lead track by the legendary Mogollar, "Eastern Love," for a fine example). As always, covers of overseas items alternate with more homegrown songs or adaptations, thus the appearance of jaunts through the likes of Paul Revere & the Raiders and the Yardbirds. The find of the set has to be Bunalimlar, whose heavy-ass "Tas Var Köpek Yok," the band's 1969 debut single, kicks out some major acid/folk/psych jams; not far behind is the fried solo-crazy "Nenni" by Beybonlar, consisting of teenagers (not to mention an 11-year-old drummer!). Add it all up and it's a mix of inspired amateurism, occasional revelatory insanity, and the sheer buzz of performing and getting one's groove on -- universal qualities no matter what the language being used. 

VA - (2001) Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown 1973-1980

Blood & Fire ‎– 036

Arriving months before this Blood & Fire compilation was a similar release from Soul Jazz Records. Studio One Soul was just that, a collection of 18 covers of American soul tunes by the famous Jamaican label's finest '60s and '70s artists. Darker Than Blue however, has a distinct advantage over its predecessor. As it is not tied to the output of any one particular label, it manages to come up with a selection that's broader in scope and more diverse in sound. Bassist Boris Gardiner's band, with the help of organ maestro Leslie Butler, gets the proceedings off to a superb start with "Ghetto Funk," one of two originals that bookend the set. A series of gems follow. Carl Bradney turns out a suitably heavy version of War's "Slipping into Darkness," Al Brown adds a touching reading of Bobby Bland's "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City," and Freddie McGregor performs a wake-up call to the silent majority via George Jackson on "Get Involved." Though Sly Johnson's "Is It Because I'm Black?" can also be found on Studio One Soul, there's plenty of room for another version, particularly when the artist in question is Ken Boothe. Stripping away the horns that appeared on the original U.K. pressing, this mix reveals the rhythm in all its glory, letting it churn between Boothe's exceptional verses. Following a series of love songs, Darker Than Blue delivers another series of excellent reality themes. Among them are the Curtis Mayfield song that titles the set (performed by Lloyd Charmers) and Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together?," presented in discomix form by Tinga Stewart and the Revolutionaries. The finest in Jamaican reggae meets the finest in American soul -- the combination is superb. 

VA - (2002) Africa Nesque

React ‎– 221

VA - (2002) An Afro-Portugese Odyssey

Putumayo World Music ‎– 204

VA - (2002) East Africa: Witchcraft and Ritual Music

Nonesuch ‎– 79708

VA - (2002) Trojan Skinhead Reggae 3xCD Box Set

Trojan Records ‎– 06076

VA - (2003) Extreme Music From Africa

Susan Lawly ‎– 016

VA - (2003) Ghana Soundz: Afrobeat, Funk and Fusion in the 70's

Soundway ‎– 001

VA - (2003) Tulear Never Sleeps

Earthworks ‎– 049