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JEWELS OF THE ISLAND
with Tammy Fassaert

SEALED
17-song Vancouver Island compilation features Susie McGregor, Genevieve, Birgit, Pameila Keld, Tammy Fassaert, Cathy Kalyniuk, Jennifer Durrant, Kerry Joy Moilliet, Norbury & Finch

Johnny Hanson Presents... Puck Rock Vol. 1

Very Rare and Out of Print Cassette (SEALED)

PUCK ROCK Cassette Johnny Hanson Presents Puck Rock Volume 1
Starts kicking ass with the Hanson Brothers''Hockey Night Tonight' - a compilation that's entirely dedicated to hockey, Puck Rock Vol. 1 pays tribute to the only sport that makes no front teeth look fashionable. Bands like SNFU, Joey Sh*thead and Cub, Huevo Rancheros, D.O.A. and the Smugglers, Jughead, and of course NoMeansNo's alter ego The Hanson Brothers. Out of Print on CD. much more. Fun fun fun.

Lilith Fair A Celebration Of Women In Music

Label: Arista Records
Released: Apr 28, 1998

2 CD in like NEW Condition

Includes liner notes by Sarah McLachlan.1997 was the year femme-rock broke, and this is the official souvenir. When the year began, Sarah McLachlan was a mildly popular Canadian singer-songwriter who was roundly laughed at when she suggested she tour with a couple of other women; so instead she toured with dozens of women and ended up changing the very face (and body) of the rock-concert industry. The 25 tracks on this two-disc set, recorded live at various stops on McLachlan's inaugural Lilith Fair tour, make it clear why. This is great singer-songwriter rock, performed with verve and passion by a circle of folk, pop and rock acts who seem to know they're on the eve of discovery.Most of the players are singer-songwriters like McLachlan, but there are wild cards thrown in--lounge-rockers the Cardigans, alterna-rocker Meredith Brooks, new-wave vet Susanna Hoffs (who does her Bangles hit "Eternal Flame" ). Quite a few of these artists had career breakthroughs while the tour was in progress; to hear McLachlan and Jewel joining femme pioneers the Indigo Girls on "The Water Is Wide" is to hear a torch being happily passed on.

Artists: Abra Moore, Autour De Lucie, Dar Williams, Dayna Manning, Indigo Girls, Jewel (Pop), Joan Osborne, Lhasa, Lisa Loeb, Meredith Brooks, Patty Griffin, Paula Cole, Sarah McLachlan, September 67, Shawn Colvin, Susanna Hoffs, Suzanne Vega, Tara MacLean, The Cardigans, Tracy Bonham, Various Artists, Victoria Williams, Wild Colonials, Wild Strawberries, Yungchen Lhamo

Nomad
Bears

Released: 1997
Producer: Paul Brosseau
Recorded: Nomad Music, Salt Spring Island
Label: Nomad Music

This compilation CD was published by Nomad Music of Salt Spring in support of Bear Watch, an organization dedicated to the protection of bears in British Columbia.

The CD features Tara MacLean (Clayoquot Song), The Wingnuts (Dream i), Jacques Lussier (Gran' Mere), Wyckham Porteous (Open Fields), Ngoma (Need), Bernie Radelfinger and Diana Alexis (Word), Peter Prince (Sweet Surrender), Susan Cogan (Want), Brosseau Fusion Ensemble (Frenetica), Richard Cross (True), Martin Richmond (Hazel), Auntie Kate (I Can't Help Sing the Blues), and The Barley Brothers (Sailing Home).

Ode To Benson
A Gathering Of Song

SEALED

Pluto's The Open Stage
Volume One

hard to find CD

Protection Island Collection Volume 1

SEALED CD

Talisman Various Artists

Interchill Records
Official release information:
Review by Lloyd Barde, Backroads Music, home of the Heartbeats catalog Dub reggae has always been a strong musical influence for Canada's Interchill label. It permeates even their most floaty, space tracks, and serves as the undercurrent for the more upbeat cruisers. This sound has been part of most of their excellent compilations, from "Earth Octave Lounge" to "Infinessence" and "Magnetic Blue". If you used to like roots Reggae; if you like killer backbeats; if you think Jah Live and Jah Rule... this is the CD for you. It is All Killer, No Filler. These down and dirty positive vibrations are courtesy of Interchill acts like Neil Sparkes & the Last Tribe, and Dubsoniq (w/Adham Shaikh), as well as Suns of Arqa, Stress Assassin, Eat Static, Manasseh, Ott, Kumba Mela Experiment, and Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell, among others. Here is your Interchill dub album, likely the very best of its kind so far, tracing the modern dub-olution from psy-dub to roots
reggae -- may it encourage positive vibes & good times for all that hear it. In stock
now; order & soon come.

Interchill releases are always worth checking out. This Canadian chill out label has gotten pretty good reputation by the years. They usually have a theme in their compilations. We have for example been through floating ambient in Floatation (Interchill 2001) and more earthy lounge chill in their last compilation called Earth Octave Lounge (Interchill 2002). Now they are out with their fifteenth release called Talisman. In the cover art you can read about what a Talisman is, and the musical theme this time is dub. Andrew Ross Collins has compiled it. I think this compilation was supposed to be released at the end of 2002, but it is finally out now.

First out is a group from UK I haven`t heard about. They give us a very reggae influenced track. Slow dubby reggae rhythms and reggae vocals with a lot of echo effects. Relaxing and not too much annoying vocals. Track 2 sounds a bit like Ott, with a bit of mouth organ alike melodies. A very happy summer chilled dub track. A lot of you have probably heard about Neil Sparkes already. He has made the track together with a guy called Rick Mulhall. Track 3 is my favourite track on this compilation. It is actually made by Merv Pepler (Eat Static). Again he proves that he can handle a ton of different music styles. After many, many years of releasing electronic music, he is this year releasing psytrance on major trance labels as TIP.World and Solstice Music, and now he suddenly gives us a beautiful dub track on this compilation. I find this track sort of trippy, with a psychedelic vibe. It reminds me a bit of the beautiful Hallucinogen In Dub album because of the melodies etc. Way to go Merv!

After some trippy dub from Eat Static, we get a slower more instrumental track from a group from France called Jumbo Layer. Relaxing lounge dub with some female vocals, flute and guitar. Jah Wobble is producing a lot of oriental dub these days. Here we get a track he has made with a singer. Very ethnic chill with a lot of vocals. I have lost count of how many albums Suns Of Arqa have released, but I think they are up around twenty albums soon!! Here we get a new track from them. Easy listening dub with beautiful flute and sitar. Ethnic as always from these people. They have also added some weird sounds. Gargoyles is sort of the new super group on the chill out market these days. A very interesting collaboration between mainly Ott and Simon Posford, but they have also been working with Andrew (Interchill). They also released a track on the Backroom Beats 2 compilation earlier this year. This track sounds mostly like an Ott track, with very reggae dub style without the vocals, but you can here Mr Posford has added his beautiful weird sounds etc. I have actually heard Posford play this track in his dj set at the chill out stage at Samothraki Dance Festival last year!

Ott released his debut solo album on Twisted Records this spring. A talented mystical man releasing mostly very dub oriented chill. The track we get here is not on the album. A beautiful track, with some trippy melodies and the usual reggae influenced dubby Ott style. Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble make a lot of music together. They have also released music on Dragonflys side label Liquid Sound Design (LSD). Here we get a deep jazzy dub track, with trumpet, a lot of bass and organic instruments. Then we get a track from Henrik Jonsson from Sweden. This track was first released on his album Within The Office Of Eye And Ear (Spiral Trax Records spring 2002). I have to admit that I`m not a fan of his music. Very slow, sort of minimal dub. Track 11 is in my opinion one of the best tracks on this album. A track from the latest album of Adham Shaikh, Essence, released on his own label Sonicturtle Music at the end of 2002. A great album that was released as a limited edition release. Beautiful organic chill with relaxing flute. The last track on this compilation is a taste of the beautiful album East Of the River Ganges made by Youth and friends (The Kumba Mela Experiment). A nice happy finish for a high quality dub compilation.

Dubby chill out music is for sure getting a good reputation these days. If you like artists like Ott, releases on Liquid Sound Design and Backroom Beats, be sure to check this out!

Review by PK

Vancouver Island Original Music Competition Vol.2

Various Artists the Valley Christmas Album

A fantastic collection of Christmas songs performed by some of the Comox Valley's favorite recording artists.