What trial-size shampoo bottles are to the weary business traveler, compilation albums are to the music fan -- efficient samplers, used on the fly and practically disposable. At least, that's how they're treated. Classic compilation albums rarely get their due in the established record guides and often aren't mentioned when people talk about their favorite albums. Part of the reason is that they've been cheapened by major-label movie soundtracks, built to inflict new signings on the public with a few big-name acts' throwaways included as bait. But that runs contrary to their importance for independent musicians -- if somebody is getting around to writing a thoroughgoing history of American punk rock, he'd be remiss to... More >>>