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Various artists - Maybe This Christmas

Yuletide pop compilations are a dime a dozen, but occasionally one delivers something as fresh as virgin snow. Besides fine offerings from Loreena McKennitt, Ben Folds and Neil Finn, this collection boasts Ron Sexsmith’s tender title track. Even better is Barenaked Ladies’ and Sarah McLachlan’s swinging “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and Coldplay’s stunning “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” featuring the mellifluous vocals of Chris Martin, who may possess the sweetest male voice in the world today.
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Steve Tyrell - This Time of the Year

Although mostly a behind-the-scenes guy, producing hits for singer B.J. Thomas and Linda Ronstadt, Tyrell actually started out singing r&b in Houston. When he returned to performing, his 1999 debut album, A New Standard , became a surprise top five jazz hit. Tyrell followed it with Standard Time and has taken the same, laid-back jazzy approach with this Christmas collection. Some of it’s too cozy by half, but Tyrell puts a fresh spin on "Merry Christmas Baby" and "The Christmas Blues" with a convincing blues sound.
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K-Ci & JoJo - Emotional

Since breaking away from swingbeat outfit Jodeci, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Joel “JoJo” Hailey have topped the charts with their mix of romantic r&b ballads and slow funk jams. Although the Hailey brothers are talented singers, too much of their fourth album suffers from overwrought emotions and vocal techniques on songs like the sexually provocative “Say Yes,” with its sultry whispers and soaring glissandos. Clearly, K-Ci and JoJo should practice restraint—especially in the wake of K-Ci’s recent lewd conduct conviction.
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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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