Album: Various artists, Theme Time Radio Hour Season 2 (Ace)

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More great dancing around the kitchen music from DJ Bob Dylan's radio show, cannily compiled into a second double CD with scholarly annotations by a mystic-sounding Billy Bragg.

Now that the shine has worn off the show's big idea – the organisation of wildly disparate tunes into themes (weather, fools, trains. birds, etc), the tunes either cut it or they don't. And mostly they do, although almost any Ace compilation does a similar job. Sun Ra, Nilsson and Edith Piaf are added to the usual Americana, ska and odd bits and bobs.