Rykodisc's family of labels, including the Hannibal and Gramavision imprints, has had much success featuring both established artists and newcomers. Having the high-profile of some of the majors and the hipster cachet of more renegade independent labels, Rykodisc has found a way to succeed somewhere in the middle with a wide array of artists to boot. That they made their mark during the late '80s and early '90s, as musical eclecticism blossomed, is no surprise. This 15th anniversary survey brings together the labels heady mix, which ranges from folk and punk to international and gospel. The sampler mostly features tracks cut during the '90s and includes fine sides by Kristin Hersh, Bob Mould, Frank Zappa, Morphine, Odetta, Richard Thompson, and Bruce Cockburn. There's also the seasoned folk duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle and alt-country all-stars Golden Smog, as well as world music figures like Ali Farka Toure (with Ry Cooder), Jesus Alemany, and Mickey Hart. A solid and eclectic collection.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook