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Tatu - 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane

Pop trends moving too fast for you? Get ready for the latest: teenage lesbians—from Russia. It took a psychologist turned ad exec to come up with the idea of one-upping Britney Spears softcore pop. With Lena Katina and Julia Volkova performing in panties and tiny tank tops and professing sapphic love, svengali Ivan Shapovalov knows he’s on to a good thing. Tatu’s western debut—featuring electronica like “Not Gonna Get Us” and a cool cover of The Smith’s “How Soon is Now?”—is this winter’s biggest buzz.
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Elvis Presley - Today, Tomorrow & Forever

The Pelvis proved his staying power again this year, a quarter of a century after his death, when his 30 # 1 Hits kept The Rolling Stones’ greatest hits collection out of the top of the charts. In royalty terms, the Stones—and everyone else for that matter—are mere pretenders to Presley’s throne. Although there have been more definitive Elvis collections before, this four-CD package features 100 rare or previously unheard outtakes, private tapings and concert recordings made between 1954 and 1976. As such, it’s the most intimate glimpse yet of the man who Leonard Bernstein proclaimed “the greatest cultural force in the 20th century.” It’s all here: the raw passion, the sexy swagger, his tend...
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Charlie Parker - The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes

Miles Davis once said that the history of jazz could be summed up in four words: “Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker.” A less modest assessment would undoubtedly include Davis himself and a few others, but there’s no denying that Parker’s soaring sax improvisations are central to jazz. Like Armstrong’s The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings , this three-CD set is essential listening for any music lover, the cream of the saxophonist’s finest studio work—and more affordable than the eight-CD set issued two years ago. With liner notes and annotation by Stanley Crouch, the package features Davis and Dizzy Gillespie on such joyful Savoy tracks as “KoKo” and “Billie’s Bounce” and on brilliant...
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Dwight Yoakam - Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years

Yoakam burst onto the country scene in 1986, the same year as Steve Earle. And while Yoakam seemed initially like a stylized poser, he has long since proven himself the real McCoy: an inventive, crooning guitarist with a genuine love of honky-tonk tradition. Featuring 87 tracks from a dozen studio recordings, tribute albums, soundtracks and concerts as well as many previously unreleased songs, this four-CD set shows that while he may have been originally inspired by Buck Owens, Yoakam’s musical tastes are much broader. Along with hits like his “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “I Sang Dixie,” the collection includes tributes to Merle Haggard, Kinky Friedman and Bob Willis & the Texas Playboys as well...
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Stringband - The Indispensable 1972-2002

Like many fruitful partnerships, Bob Bossin and Marie-Lynn Hammond found beauty amid friction. Bossin was Stringband’s banjo player, political activist and all-round ham, while Hammond was its lead singer, resident eye candy and tasteful critic within the group who found Bossin’s penchant for corny jokes and mismatched socks intolerable. And yet, individually, each wrote inspired, folky slices of Canadiana and together made such classic albums as Canadian Sunset and National Melodies . This two-CD set collects Stringband’s best-known work, including Bossin’s "Newfoundlanders,” “The Maple Leaf Dog” and “Dief Will Be Chief Again” and Hammond’s “Vancouver,” “Country Music” and “I Don’t Sleep wi...
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Björk - Family Tree

How very Björk. This six-CD collection, packaged in a custom-made transparent pink plastic case designed by Parisian design team M/M with illustrations by Icelandic artist Gabriella Fridriksdottir, is easily this season’s most eccentric box set. Each of the CDs (five 3-inch discs and one 5-inch disc) has its own theme: roots and strings (two discs each), beats and greatest hits (as chosen by her and not to be confused with the also available Greatest Hits , which was selected by fans who voted for their favourite songs at Björk’s official website). Are you still with us? There’s also a 16-page lyric booklet and a “family tree map,” basically a credit list with the elfin artist’s own handwrit...
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Roxy Music - The Best of Roxy Music

What better time for a Roxy revival? Although England’s elegant art-rockers are getting rather long in the tooth, with dapper Bryan Ferry now 55 and looking it, their brand of lush romantic pop just seems so well suited to sultry summer nights. This 18-track compilation, featuring the sensuous hits “Avalon” and “Love is the Drug,” serves as a teaser to Roxy’s upcoming world tour—the band’s first since 1983.
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