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A Collection of Curiosities

by Compilation

This compilation CD offers some of the best in 90s rock from a wide range of artists playing everything from Alternative to Progressive, Punk to Pop, Sky to Funk.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Taste of Ash by Cobweb Strange
2:44 album only
2. Say What You Want by Hooray For Buzzy
3:37 album only
3. The Sirens by Breath of God
4:46 album only
4. Love by Love Like Heaven
3:57 album only
5. Now More Than Ever by Brent Furlong
4:53 album only
6. Verboden Toegang by Ali Salaad
7:16 album only
7. I am I by Spyglass Guest
5:14 album only
8. Under Turnstiles by Natural Tension
3:55 album only
9. Oblivious by Last Ditch Effort
3:31 album only
10. Hour Of by His Majesty
4:07 album only
11. Foegetabowdit by B-Man & Super Phaze
4:16 album only
12. Amy (Mega Dance Remix) By William McCormick
3:18 album only
13. Invite Her In by Planet of Playthings
4:27 album only


Album Notes
"A Collection of Curiosities" is a compilation CD of 13 bands all falling under the general catagory of Rock. Below is a list of the bands, their songs, and a description of their style:

1. Cobweb Strange "Taste of Ash" (Rock / Progressive)
"Taste of Ash" is an aggressive, fast tempo song. At under three minutes, It is the shortest song on the compilation and shorter than any of the bands other songs. "Taste of Ash" is from the bands second CD, Sounds From the Gathering. It is also the first song and first single from that CD.

2. Hooray For Buzzy "Say What You Want" (Alternative / Ska / Surf / ? )
"Say What You Want" is a very up-beat sky/alternative/pop song. This is probably one of the most radio friendly songs on the CD. Hooray for Buzzy is a very high energy band that plays a variety of music from Ventures style surf to long space jams. Live, they have been known to cover songs by bands such as the Police and Devo.

3. Breath of God "The Sirens" (Theatrical / Progressive)
"The Sirens" is a very powerful and beautiful piece that places the amazing vocal abilities of the group in the forefront. It is difficult to describe just how this song sounds. John Collinge of Progression Magazine wrote: "Breath of God is one act that injects a sense of inventiveness." Maybe "inventive" is the best description. This track seems to be a favorite of listeners of all different stlyes of music. One of the great things about Breath of God is variety. They play music in a variety of styles that, like the compilation itself, can only loosely be grouped in the category of rock. (Breath of God has since changed their name to "Karma Lingo" and their albums can also be found on CDbaby.)

4. Love Like Heaven "Love" (Industrial / Gothic / Metal)
"Love" is one of the heavier, darker tracks on the album. Love Like Heaven is a Gothic/Industrial band who's music has been compared to Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, and a modern version of Black Sabbath. Brian Valley of C.O.N. Magazine says, "(Love Like Heaven's) music is like the soundtrack to a movie adaptation of your nightmares."

5. Brent Furlong "Now More Than Ever" (Pop)
"Now More Than Ever" is a romantic ballad that gets stuck in your head all day long after just one listen. Brent is one hell of a singer and it really shows on this track, but to get the full effect, you have to see him live. With his band, Groove-n-Plenty, Brent can really put on a show. He's more than just a singer, he's an entertainer! His songs range from soft to upbeat, but the theme is usually love and the message is always "I want you to have a good time!"

6. Ali Salaad "Verboden Toegang" (Instrumental / Progressive)
"Verboden Toegang" is a wonderful, complex instrumental piece that flows in and out of different time signatures and moods. At over seven minutes, it is the longest track on the CD. Ali Salaad is a difficult band to describe because they have drawn from so many different styles to create a sound that is very unique. They are not the kind of band you are likely to hear on the radio. In fact, they aren't any "kind" of band, they are simply Ali Salaad.

7. Spyglass Guest "I Am I" (Rock / Alternative)
"I Am I" is a mellow song with a good groove. It is only small sample of the music that Spyglass Guest created. The bands sound ranged from soft tunes reminescent of the Doors to heavy rockers more in the White Zombie style to complex Rush-like progressive songs. This particular track is unique for A Collection of Curiosities in that it was added to the compilation three years after the break up of the band. It was originally released on the "Invisible Hand" EP in 1993. Although the band never had an official full-length release, they did record the majority of what would have been their first album. There are also live recordings from several of the bands shows and a live radio broadcast circulating in the bootleg tape traders market. Plans to release a double CD of studio and live material are underway.

8. Natural Tension "Under Turnstiles" (Rock / Progressive)
"Under Turnstiles" is an upbeat rocker in similar to Faith No More.

9. Last Ditch Effort "Oblivious" (Rock / Alternative)
Just after the release of A Collection of Curiosities, Last Ditch Effort changed their name to Iomen. They play in a variety of styles, often sounding a bit like Pink Floyd.

10. His Majesty "Hour Of" (Christian / Progressive / Metal)
"Hour Of" is a heavy, progressive Christian metal song. The song was first available on the bands first CD, "In His Time".

11. B-Man & Super Phaze "Foegetabowdit" (Instrumental / Funk / 2 basses and drums, no guitar)
"Foegetabowdit" is a funky instrumental song that grooves hard. This track features two bass guitars and drums.

12. Willem McCormick "Amy (Mega Dance Remix)" (Pop)
As with the songs on his album "Ouch!", "Amy" is upbeat, alterna-pop. However, "Amy" has much more of a garage feel than the more polished tracks on his album giving this song a very different feel.

13. Planet of Playthings "Invite Her In" (Sounds Like Old Primus)
"Invite Her In" sounds a lot like old Primus. Although the song is not complicated, the instruments fit together in an unusual way in each of the different sections giving the song a very strange feel. The drum parts are inventive. The bass guitar parts have a lot of slapping and the guitar is very jagged. Add to this a very strange vocal line and you end up a Bizzar little up-beat ditty. Planet of Playthings plays music in several styles ranging from blues to punk, alternative pop to flat out odd.



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