California may be the largest state in the Union, but it's only one state nuzzling one ocean, with only so many people living near the coastline, and a small minority of them have attempted to navigate waves on a board, much less possess the fetching physique to do so in public. Obviously, then, surf music isn't for surfers. If it were, Rhino would put out a greatest-hits EP instead of a four-disc box set. Cowabunga! is all the permanent-wave stuff most people will ever need.
2016 four CD set. Cooking Vinyl 1986 - 2016 brings together 70 of the finest tunes so far released by the Cooking Vinyl label including tracks by Oysterband, Cowboy Junkies, Tom Robinson, Bhundu Boys, Jackie Leven, Billy Bragg, The Wedding Present, Ani Difranco, Bert Jansch, The Church, Hayseed Dixie, American Music Club, Frank Black, Madness, Gary Numan, Amanda Palmer, Suzanne Vega, The Orb, Alison Moyet and many others.
Next Generation of Swing assembles a dozen tracks from the retro-swing movement of the 1990s, tossing in a vintage ringer - Louis Prima's original "Jump, Jive an' Wail" - for good measure. The latter-day material doesn't quite capture the same excitement, although the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Route 66," Royal Crown Revue's "Datin' with No Dough" and the Mighty Blue Kings' "Jumpin' at the Green Mill" come close.
Here is a various artists compilation from the label Corazong Records titled 'From The Heart (A Taste Of Corazong Records)' issued in 2000. The selections include tracks from past releases on the label along with previously unavailable or rare tracks from some of the artists.
You can't argue with a great concept: Songs sung by Frank Sinatra are interpreted by a slew of indie rock and punk bands. A great concept, but one that makes for truly (and gloriously) unpredictable results. Chairman of the Board is, of course, not a perfect record, but it offers up some true gems.
This is a mish mash of songs done by stars and faded stars. Some of these artists and songs may have gone down in obscurity if not for the producers of these CDs. The uniqueness is in most of the arrangements of the familiar songs that for the most part have been done better by others. There are a few no names that will tweak your interest. Good enhanced remastering.