The AllMusic editors are recapping the year in recordings with well over a dozen posts in which they present their favorites within specific genres and styles. Right now, on the AllMusic Blog, they provide a list of their favorite compilations of international music. Thanks to labels who spared no effort or expense digging up the amazing music that was circling the globe years ago, it was a really exciting year for people who wanted to check out stuff outside the pop/rock mainstream.

Dara Puspita - Dara Puspita 1966-1968
Koes Bersaudara - Koes Bersaudara 1967: To the So Called "the Guilties"
Koes Plus - Dheng Dheng Plas/Koes Plus, Vol. 2
Anibal Velasquez y Su Conjunto - Mambo Loco
MST - Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1968-1976
VA - Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves (Ghana & Togo 1972-1978)
VA - Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas: Tropicalia Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967-1976
VA - Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia
VA - Lagos Disco Inferno
VA - Next Stop... Soweto, Vols. 1-3
VA - Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria
VA - Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91
VA - Pomegranates – Persian Pop, Funk, Folk, and Psych Of The 60s & 70s
VA - Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand 1964-1975
VA - The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria