Stateside/EMI - 2003 - 72 minutes

Yet another compilation that works as a treasure map and keeps your record budget on the right side of bankrupt by housing the must-haves on the one disc. Stateside's trip through the decade '68 -'78 brings together tracks, which the likes of Dr Dre, Eminem, DJ Shadow and other allstars were convinced the world just had to hear on theirs.

So you get what's behind Dre's 'Next Episode' (David McCallum's 'The Edge'), Em's 'My Name Is' (Labi Siffre's 'I Got The') and Shadow's 'Midnight in a Perfect World' (David Axelrod's 'The Human Abstract') plus 15 other moods - ranging from the happy to the horizontal - that got the comeback treatment years after the fact.

You can find out who's the daddy of Beck's 'Hotwax' (Monk Higgins' 'Up on the Hill') and Neneh Cherry's 'Buffalo Stance' (Miami's 'Chicken Yellow') with treats for fans of Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr in there too. And with the wealth of EMI-owned material yet to be harvested - and companion compilation series 'Sampled' now up to volume four - this is one history lesson you'll want to see run and run. Overdraft permitting.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: David McCallum: The Edge – Labi Siffre: I Got The – George McCrae: I Get Lifted – Three Degrees: You're the Fool – Cramp Your Style: All the People – Miami: Chicken Yellow – Monk Higgins: Up on the Hill – Nat Adderley: Make Your Own Temple – Spooky: Classics IV – David Axelrod: The Human Abstract – Latimore: Let's Do it in Slow Motion – Minnie Riperton: Baby, This Love I Have – Gwen McCrae: 90% of Me is You – KC & the Sunshine Band: What Makes You Happy – Jimmy Bo Horne: Dance Across the Floor – Kill That Roach: Miami – Latimore: Let Me Go – Cannonball Adderley: The Steam Drill