Various Artists – Almost Lost in the Shuffle

va2    va9   va5  Various Artists – some of my favorite albums are by these guys.  They are represented in every genre, dusty corner, and forgotten box of tapes in the recording universe.  Individual tracks might be by names you know or one’s you don’t know from Adam or no names at all, just some guys on the chain gang or African drums or Mr. Unidentified Fiddler.

bene  Groovin’   Ben E. King

These artists might be one hit wonders or someone whose story was so tragic or obscure or deranged that only one side survives.  These collections are usually overlooked or underplayed and end up in the cut-out bins, cheap and multi-faceted treasures waiting there for discovery.

tony  Cuarto O Cinco   Tony De La Rosa

They can be a prime source for DooWop or sounds from foreign lands, or bits from the prehistoric beginnings of Rock and Roll.  Primitive source documents from rural routes, soulful aspirations from tormented tunesters, or songs once familiar (maybe too familiar) then forgotten and now revived for our nostalgic pleasure.   

poles   Wsciekla Polka  Majkuta Orkiestra

I won’t say they’re all necessary or essential, but I’d rather err on the side of too many than too few.  There’s never enough music and it’s always a treat to hear something new.  These Various Artists may just be the most prolific performers of the whole bunch.

turbans When You Dance   The Turbans

hawaiimus  My Little Grass Shack

rockabilly21  Rakin’ and Scrapin’   Dean Beard

marimba-band  Danse   ?

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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