This week on Global A Go-Go (Monday December 28, 3:00-5:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site), I'm wrapping up my 3-week-long look at my favorite recordings of 2020.
The focus this time will be on my favorite compilations and reissues of the year. These categories are important parts of my personal collection; I use them to backfill my musical knowledge.
I've been actively listening to non-American music since the early 80s and I've increased that focus since I started Global A Go-Go in 2004. However there are still vast holes in my musical experience. I rely on reissues to highlight music of the past that I should know more about, and on compilations to make the case for genres, countries, regions and time periods that I've overlooked.
Without further ado, here's a list of my ten favorite compilations and reissues of 2020, plus ten honorable mentions: