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Billy Valentine - Brit Eyed Soul
Review by Gary Hill
I've always said that if you are going to do someone else's music that you shouldn't do it the same way they did it. I mean, why would you do that?

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Vampire Beach Babes - Beach Blanket Bedlam
Review by Gary Hill
Toronto has a new claim to musical fame. While Toronto's favorite musical sons, Rush, are probably in no real danger of losing their title, there is a new kid in town Vampire Beach Babes.
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Dave Vargo - Burning Through
Review by G. W. Hill
This is a very accessible release. It's music lands mostly in the range of singer/songwriter stuff.


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Various Artists - Drum Nation Vol. 2
Review by Gary Hill
The concept is simple but unique: put together a number of tracks from various artists showcasing influential and potent drummers. This was the concept for Magna Carta's first drum nation CD, and they continue it here - why mess up a good thing?
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Various Artists - The Coolest Christmas
Review by Gary Hill
This disc, as many various artists compilations, is a mixed bag. Some of the cuts here are very good, while others are forgettable, and many fall somewhere in between.
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Various Artists - The Craft Motion Picture Soundtrack
Review by Gary Hill
This album is really a very good work, even taken out of the context of the film. The music here is fresh, and sets an interesting tone.
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Various Artists - The Crow: Salvation - Original Film Score Composed by: Marco Beltrami (and Lauri Crook)
Review by Vivian Lee
Whenever a movie is released, much is made of the soundtrack. A soundtrack, considered a film's core, usually features rock, rap or soul done by either the latest supergroup or old faves.
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Various Artists - Inhale
Review by Gary Hill
Billed as a collection of “stoner rock”, this disc has a hard edged texture that is at once modern, while still having a classic rock feel to it. As with most various artists collections, it has its high points and its low points.
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Various Artists - Rock N Roll Christmas
Review by Gary Hill
f you are looking for a CD that combines solid rock with Christmas themes to augment your holiday festivities, this is a good choice.
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Various Artists - Stairways to Heaven
Review by Gary Hill
Stairways to Heaven is one of the wackiest albums ever released. Every song on here is Stairway to Heaven, but all performed in very different styles.
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Various Artists - Strange Aeons
Review by Gary Hill
According to the liner notes, Strange Aeons is "a musical tribute to H. P. Lovecraft and the ever expanding 'Cthulhu Mythos'". Steve Lines "directed and produced" the disc, but there are a number of artists who contributed to it.
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Various Artists - Dutch Woodstock
Review by Gary Hill
This is the album (and DVD) of a concert held in Holland in 1970.

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Various Artists - Will Sing For Food: A Charity Album to Benefit the Rock River Valley Food Pantry, Rockford, Illinois
Review by Greg Olma
Benefit albums can be difficult to review because you get a bunch of artists who are generous enough to submit their art for charity. 

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Various Artists - Rockin’ Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never been a huge fan of The White Stripes or Jack White in general.

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Various Artists - Love, Poetry and Revolution: A Journey through the British Psychedelic and Underground Scenes 1966-72
Review by Gary Hill
This is a massive set. It’s also quite an interesting one.

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Various Artists - A Psych Tribute to the Doors
Review by Gary Hill
Doing a psychedelic compilation of Doors songs seems an obvious choice.

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Various Artists - Deer Lodge: A Tribute to George Jones
Review by Gary Hill
This tribute album features George Jones (RIP) songs recorded by a number of Pacific Northwest artists.

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Various Artists - Reggae Kulcha Volume 1
Review by Gary Hill
One might think from the title of this compilation that you’d know everything there is to know about it.

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Various Artists - Spirit of Sireena Volume 8
Review by Gary Hill
The one thing binding all these songs together is the fact that they were released on Sireena Records.

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Various Artists - Legends: Get it On (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
This album was originally released as a Time Life Series disc.

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Various Artists - Legends: Crank It Up (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
Originally released as a Time Life Series installment, this album features a lot of songs most people will know.

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Various Artists - For the Love of Dog... And Cat: An Album to Benefit Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Charity albums, unfortunately, can often mean well, but lack any sort of lasting musical value.

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Various Artists - Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
Review by Gary Hill
Fifty Years ago Johnny Cash released an album titled, “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian.”

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Various Artists - A Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival
Review by Gary Hill
I think I might argue with calling this a “blues tribute.”

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Various Artists - Psych Out Christmas
Review by Gary Hill
This came out last year, but by the time I got my hands on a copy, our December issue was already published.

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Various Artists - Folk City: The Various Artists Compilation Album
Review by Gary Hill
The first instinct here is to think that this will be a folk music compilation.

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Various Artists - AG Drive Soundtrack
Review by Gary Hill
Dance music mixes with electronica to create something that’s part video game music, part pure entertainment.

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Various Artists - Stoned: A Psych Tribute to the Rolling Stones
Review by Gary Hill
Tribute albums like this are almost always a mixed bag.

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Various Artists - The Magical Mystery Psych Out: A Tribute to the Beatles
Review by Gary Hill
This is one of the better tribute albums I’ve heard.

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Various Artists - Spacewalk – A Salute to Ace Frehley
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always appreciated Ace Frehley’s work.

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Various Artists - Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles
Review by G. W. Hill

I would say that this set is pretty effective.


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Various Artists - Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1
Review by G. W. Hill

Compilations like this are almost always mixed bags. This is no exception. .


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Various Artists - A Double Dose of the Blues
Review by G. W. Hill

This new double disc set features two different compilation albums. The first is a tribute to John Lee Hooker and the second is a sampling of British blues guys.


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Various Artists - Dazed & Confused - A Stoned-Out Salute To Led Zeppelin
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve said for a very long time that unless you are doing a tribute band, when you cover something make it your own. Unless you can bring something new to the table, don’t even bother.


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Various Artists - The Perc Meets the Hidden Gentlemen – Chainsmoker’s Thrill / Rumble on the Beach – Purple Rain (live) - Vinyl Single
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a new split single release. It’s on white vinyl and limited to 500 copies.


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Various Artists - Joey Stuckey Presents: Ladies of the South
Review by G. W. Hill

The title pretty much describes this set. The mix of sounds here leans more often toward bluesy rock, but there really is quite a range. 


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Various Artists - Best of Rockpalast
Review by G. W. Hill
"Rockpalast" was a German television show that broadcast concerts from a wide range of musical artists.

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Various Artists - Easy Rider (soundtrack reissue LP)
Review by Gary Hill
It seems that all that's old is new again. That is really true of this album. .

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Various Artists - Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Disco Mix Style 1978-95
Review by Gary Hill
This is a collection of sounds with mixes done by Sly and Robbie. It's an intriguing set.

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Various Artists - Great Drums at Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This is an odd compilation in some ways. The focus here is on the session drummers from Sun Records.

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Various Artists - Kids Soundtrack (vinyl reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
I've never heard of the show for which the music here serves as a soundtrack. That doesn't prevent me from appreciating the music, and I really do.

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Various Artists - Great Guitars at Sun
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed another of these compilations in the last issue of Music Street Journal. Here we've got a collection of old school music that was released on Sun Records.

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Various Artists - Max's Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
This collection features a number of punk rock and other styled acts that were featured at Max's Kansas City in the mid 70s.

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Various Artists - Spaced Out: Story of Mushroom Records
Review by Gary Hill
Mushroom Records formed in 1970 and released a dazzling variety of music over the course of three years. This new compilation gathers a lot of music from that period onto the first CD here.

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Various Artists - Tonite Let's All Make Love in London
Review by Gary Hill
This soundtrack has been out of print since 1968. It's now been remastered and reissued on this CD release.

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Ray Vaughn - Wounded Bird
Review by G. W. Hill
This album has a punk, DIY kind of edge to it. That's mostly from the vocals.

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Veal - Hot Loser
Review by Gary Hill
Canadian band Veal (Luke Doucet, Howard Redekopp, and Chang) seem to have their hearts firmly rooted in alternative music, but they wander from one type to another quite a bit.
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Oscar Vega - Back (digital single)
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the new single from Oscar Vega.


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Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega-Retrospective : the best of Suzanne Vega UK 2 CD edition
Review by Bruce Stringer
Suzanne Vega is one of my all time favourite artists and has continued to compose compelling, thought-provoking material which has made her one of the music industry's most prolific songwriters of our time.

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Vein - I Feel It (Feat. Alejandro Brooks) (Digital Single)
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a lot of fun. It’s high energy. It’s electronic and modern pop oriented.


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The Ventures - Walk Don’t Run
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always been a big fan of The Ventures. By “always” I mean, since I was a little kid.

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The Ventures - Beach Party
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve been a fan of this band since I was a little kid. I can remember buying cassette tapes and vinyl of theirs whenever I’d find it at garage sales.


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Version 5 - Version 5 EP
Review by G. W. Hill

This EP features a heavy sound that often leans on industrial music.


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Verskotzi - Waving
Review by Gary Hill
This three track EP is classy. It’s modern, but also retro in sound.

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Vestibule - Requiem
Review by Scott Prinzing
Vestibule is a unique band with an unusual lineup that creates a distinct sound. 

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The Vibrators - On the Guest List
Review by Gary Hill
I had always thought of these guys as a punk band.

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The Vibrators - Greatest Punk Hits
Review by Gary Hill
This collection of songs from The Vibrators is pretty cool.

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Vile Display of Humanity - Vile Display of Humanity
Review by G. W. Hill

I really like this set quite a bit. It wanders in the shared ground between thrash and hardcore punk.


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Vinyl Floor - Vaudeville
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a wide range of sound here.

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Peter Vitalone - One of Us
Review by G. W. Hill

This album would feel very much at home in the 1970s. The blend of sounds here is quite retro in texture.


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Peter Vitalone - This Side of the Dirt
Review by G. W. Hill

This is one of two albums from Peter Vitalone that I’m reviewing this issue. Of the two, I like this one the best.


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Brett Vogel - Never Giving Up
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great pop set.

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The Voices of Terror - The Rock Rap Dynasty
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc is a pretty cool hip hop album.

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Alex Von Z - Implicate Order EP / Life’s Addiction EP
Review by Gary Hill
This set features two EPs from Alex Von Z released on one disc.

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V² - The Beginning
Review by G. W. Hill
I've put off reviewing this for a while. There are a couple reasons.

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