Though I’m a prog man at heart, I like to think of myself as open to all forms of music. Granted, I have yet to hear a single country or rap song that I like, but I certainly love much of classical and symphonic, jazz, and various forms of rock. One thing I miss in the rock world are compilation albums. I definitely don’t mean “greatest hits” packages. I mean albums that contain songs by various artists coming together for a particular purpose. Usually, this purpose was for movie soundtracks, but not always.
Looking at my own collection–however limited–it looks to me that the best of these came out in the 1990s. I will admit, though, that my love of these specific compilation albums might have much to do with some happy nostalgia for a pre-9/11, far more innocent world.
Here are my favorite four from that time period.
4. “Until the End of the World”–a soundtrack for the Wim Wenders film of the same name. The album features songs–every one of them good–by a number of artists I would never listen to, otherwise, such as Depeche Mode, Lou Reed, and T-Bone Burnett. Even the major bands that appear–such as Talking Heads, Nick Cave, and U2 give it their best. My favorite song, by far, is “Calling All Angels,” performed by Jane Siberry and K.D. Lang.