In 2010 it’s all too easy to lament the state of the music industry, with its declining album sales, record store closures, etc.  I miss that stuff too, but also firmly believe that for non-complacent, hungry music lovers–for the heads with a sense of history–we are living in a very, very exciting time.

As I’ve stated multiple times in the past, the best compilations being released/traded these days are of the bootleg variety—read: the non-sanctioned ones. It seems in the last couple of years I am blown away, literally, every few weeks by another fan-curated collection ranging from obscure soul to regional post-punk. Often spanning multiple volumes, these, more often than not, are very high quality audio rips complete with artwork, detailed notes, photos and a sense of why the fan/curator loves the music in question so much.

I mention this, as a couple of weeks ago, I happened upon an nineteen volume (at time of posting) compilation over at the blog the Twilight Zone meticulously put together by a mysterious Johnny Q. The focus of the series is highlighting old r&b, soul, rock n roll, wavy gravy, blues, obscure garage and rockabilly that all shared a common love of the caliente beat. Eclectic and immeasurably cool, this series will no doubt soundtrack my summer. After the jump I’m linking to the original posts for each volume. Get on these before they disappear and a big High five to this Johnny Q.

In the comments: We’ve all have stumbled upon unofficial comps that have quickly become favorites. Please share your discoveries with the readers in the comments below.

A New Kind of Mambo: Volumes One Through Nineteen

+ “ROMPIN’ RHUMBAS” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 1
+ “HAVANA HOP” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 2
+ “JUNGLE DREAMS” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 3
+ “HEY SENORITA” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 4
+ “MAMBO DIABLO” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 5
+ “TEQUILA SLAMMERS” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 6
+ “LOUISIANA 3 AM” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 7
+ “LOOSE CABOOSE” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 8
+ “CRAZY BLUES” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 9
+ “NITTY GRITTY” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 10
+ “SHUFFLIN’ HUNGARIANS” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 11
+ “DYNAMITE AT MIDNIGHT” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 12
+ “GARAGE CHA-CHA-CHA PUNK UNKNOWNS” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 13
+ “TOO MUCH TEQUILA” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 14
+ “WHY WAIT” A New Kind Of Mambo – Vol. 15
+ “SHOWSTOPPIN’ BOOGALOO” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 16
+ “MEXICALI BABY” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 17
LOVE CHARMS” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 18
+ “CHA CHA LA NEGRA” A New Kind Of Mambo Vol. 19

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24 Responses to “A New Kind of Mambo :: Volumes One Through Nineteen”

  1. this is wonderful. thank you for having the best website on the internet.

  2. Which ones are the best? Anyone got a read on where to start with this? I’m still reeling from all of the Mississippi Records Tape Series that I was turned on to here. Thanks, as always, for pointing out all of this fantastic stuff.

  3. I know that Rounder is not what anyone would call unofficial, but I have several of their compilations (25 years of bluegrass, cajun and zydeco, etc), that are amazing. Furthermore, these comps have turned me on to music I may otherwise not have been exposed to. I know that some of these were never for sale, so maybe they are unofficial?

  4. Ed , all good, and many have a specialized “sound,” i.e. garage or soul, etc. I started w/ 16 and was hooked.

  5. SIR PSYCH PRESENTS http://psychedelia411.blogspot.com/

  6. All the Mininal Synth Flexipop compilations are pretty awesome. Does anyone know of some good soul comps?

  7. Oh man! Sir Psych looks great too.

    Uncle! Uncle!

  8. I like these:

    Bollywood:
    http://thirdfloormusic.blogspot.com/search/label/Compilations

    Funky 16 Corners Podcasts:
    http://funky16corners.lunarpages.net/?page_id=3

    St Julian Samba Showdown:
    http://jthymekind.blogspot.com/

  9. What a great time to be a music lover. Thanks!

    There’s some fun stuff here:

    Buddies Lounge
    http://buddieslounge.blogspot.com/

  10. [...] week, while discussing unofficial compilations, I suggested that readers share some if their favorites in the comments. In [...]

  11. musicophilia 1981 box set
    http://musicophilia.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/musicophilia-the-complete-1981-box-set/

  12. Great collection of Indie Pop

    http://thelastdancer.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/va-es-pop-volumenes-uno-dos-tres-cuatro-y-cinco-homemade-compilations-2010/

  13. Honored to see my ’1981′ set mentioned here–and happy, because it lead me to these other great series. These are surely the great days of obsession-derived fan compilations!

  14. Great looking blog, btw–I’ll be reading with interest (and linking at my own).

  15. Uh, how do you download or listen to these? I don’t see a lin that works? Thanks.

  16. there’s a rapidshare link in the comment below;)

  17. What is probably the most considerable creative massive variation amongst Bollywood and Hollywood? Within a incredibly word: “masala.” The idea of masala is crucial to comprehending Bollywood films. It can be a culinary phrase that signifies “spicy mixture.” Masala filmmaking combines larger than one certain genre contained in the identical motion picture, mixing parts of comedy, romance, motion, and drama. The objective is commonly to attraction to as numerous males and women as you can. That way there may be definitely a single thing for everybody in just about every and each film-the grandparents, the mother and father, the teenagers, the tiny kids-because Indians repeatedly go towards the videos as becoming a household. Hollywood filmmakers do the opposite-they do super-narrow niche marketing to target the demographic groups they assume are one of the most worthwhile (after which disregard everybody else)! A single exception to this may be the James Bond pictures, which can be previously enormously profitable for many years. There’s action, of study study course, romance, some campy comedy, and in numerous situations slightly melodrama when James feels detrimental about his ideal pal betraying him or his newest lover dying in his arms. That is to not say that all Bollywood videos are masala. Quite a few strictly fall into one fashion or yet another, but even then, we do have generally a sprint of masala thrown in.

  18. [...] Remember those homemade, New Kind of Mambo, compilations I raved about last summer? No? If not, dig in here. Their are now thirty more volumes [...]

  19. how the heck do you download these suckas?

  20. @Daniel – the download links are in the comment section of each post

  21. Thanks!

  22. so i have to sign up for something to dowmload them? maybe im dumb but i cant seem to get them to download

  23. [...] As I mentioned in 2010, some of the strongest / most interesting compilations, box sets, what-have-you that I’ve come across over the past few years have been of the fan-made, unofficial, bootleg variety. In that regard LA Gemstones is at the top of the heap. [...]

  24. also there is this : http://www.djbonour.blogspot.com

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