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R.E.M. have regained their footing with "Reveal." The band's grandest albums have a feel as much as they have a sound, and in spite of some shimmering synths and studio trickery, this album most definitely has that beautiful, yet intangible R.E.M. feel. Recorded in Canada, Georgia, and Ireland, it's their best album since "Automatic for the People." "Exciter" Depeche Mode Our price: $13.99 | You save: $4.98 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005BL2A/ncdn">...more here.
Depeche Mode's "Exciter" also marks the resurgence of a band that has put its weakest work behind it. David Gahan's baritone has returned to clear and booming form, and songwriter Martin Gore dutifully kept up his homework; the album's postmodern soundscapes are electrifying but entirely recognizable as the Depeche Mode that invented and continues to reinvent dance-pop. "Wingspan (Hits & History)" Paul McCartney Our price: $13.98 | You save: $5.99 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005BA03/ncdn">...more here.
This double-disc set spans all of Wings' hits ("Band on the Run," "Listen to What the Man Said," "Live and Let Die," "Maybe I'm Amazed") but also includes 17 songs McCartney recorded independent from the Wings lineup. The collection is also available in a limited edition. "Come Dream With Me" Jane Monheit Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005AWDF/ncdn">...more here.
Jane Monheit, at the tender age of 23, reemerges as the stunningly gifted retro mistress of jazz with "Come Dream with Me." It's a treasure of richly felt interpretations and torchy--but never tortured--sentiments. "Weezer (2001)" Weezer Our price: $13.28 | You save: $5.69 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005ICAW/ncdn">...more here.
The boys who wrote songs about unraveling sweaters and Buddy Holly and fancied themselves stand-ins for "Happy Days" characters disappeared from view with a sleeper sophomore record, but their third album has put them back on the map. Its iron-clad hooks and sizeable guitar muscle compensate for the band's clever but eventually tiresome lyrical bent. They were always musicians who desired to be taken seriously; now it's easily done. BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST ******************* "lemonjelly.ky" Lemon Jelly Our price: $12.99 | You save: $3.98 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004XN08/ncdn">...more here.
The London-based duo Lemon Jelly's tasty combination of psychedelic electronica and downtempo chill will find favor with fans of Air and the Orb. Their album "Lemonjelly.ky" is a compilation of three previously released EPs. Each track is to be enjoyed in a mellow state. PRE-ORDER TODAY! **************** "Amnesiac" Radiohead Our price: $12.58 | You save: $5.39 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005B4GU/ncdn">...more here.
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TOP-SELLING ROCK **************** For rock fans looking to re-Tool their collections or who are on the hunt for "somethin' to believe in," there are a lot of great titles to satisfy the need in our top sellers. "Lateralus" Tool Our price: $13.28 | You save: $5.69 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005B36H/ncdn">...more here.
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HOT TOP SELLERS, Posted 3 MAY 2001
"All for You"
Four years after the release of "The Velvet Rope," Janet Jackson doubles up on that album's sex appeal for "All for You." Produced by longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the disc offers pop-dance tracks that positively stomp--harkening back to the industrial intensity of "Rhythm Nation 1814"--as well as prurient ballads appropriate for adult ears only. Looks like Ms. Jackson's getting a little nasty herself.
"This Is Where I Came In"
With "This Is Where I Came In," the Bee Gees return to the '60s pop and tight harmonies that defined the band before disco fever permanently branded their image. After 30 years and counting, this album brings the Gibb brothers full circle, serving as a reminder that their contribution to pop music extends way beyond flares and polyester.
"The Producers [CAST RECORDING]"
Original Broadway Cast Recording
Just opening at the St. James Theatre in New York, "The Producers" has become one of the hottest tickets of the Broadway season. Be sure to check out the original cast recording of this musical version of Mel Brooks's classic directorial debut. Choreographed and directed by Susan Stroman, the Broadway cast features the incomparable chemistry of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
David Gray received the ultimate endorsement from Dave Matthews by being the first artist signed to his ATO label, and the success of Gray's album "White Ladder" was almost guaranteed by reputation alone. But before that, the folk singer didn't have it so easy, and he expressed his frustrations in the previously unreleased tracks found on "Lost Songs," recorded after the release of 1996's "Sell Sell Sell." This collection strips away the delicate electronica that made "White Ladder" distinctive, but the songs are just as engaging. Gray's Van Morrison-esque voice and plaintive lyrical approach make this album a must-have for any fan.
"Russell Watson--The Voice"
Russell Watson, the British rags-to-riches vocal sensation, has been captivating audiences with his endearing mix of tenor classics and popular favorites. He makes it clear he's got no use for the stuffy old boundaries between high and low.
"Trouble In Shangri-La"
"Moulin Rouge [SOUNDTRACK]"
"God Bless the Go-Go's"
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"All That You Can't Leave Behind"
If you were fortunate enough to see U2's amazingly artful tour recently, you might be inspired to fill some holes in your U2 collection. Or maybe you're gearing up for when the show comes to your town. Be sure you have the new album, and their greatest hits collection, "The Best of 1980-1990."
All U2 albums
"Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard
"For Once in My Life," the third soundtrack from the "Ally McBeal" series, again highlights Vonda Shepard's soulful, country-inflected take on a number of covers and introduces newcomer Anastacia, a fiery Chaka Khan sound-alike. Tina Turner, Al Green, and Barry White step up and contribute the album's best non-Vonda tracks, and the show's guest star, Robert Downey Jr., tries out his chops behind the mic on three songs, including a duet with Sting.
"Queer as Folk"
"Bridget Jones's Diary"
"O Brother, Where Art Thou"
"Josie and the Pussycats"
All top-selling soundtracks
"KCRW: Sounds Eclectic"
The Santa Monica-based radio station KCRW has some of the U.S.'s most daring and diverse programming. Its famous a.m. show Morning Becomes Eclectic features everything from acclaimed classical performances to cutting-edge electronica. "Sounds Eclectic" offers a collection of the station's hosted live performances from top-selling artists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Brit-pop favorites Travis, country music legend Willie Nelson, and alt-rock alchemist Beck.
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Billy Idol, the original Generation Xer, was the poster boy for sex, drugs, and rock & roll in the 1980s. His chiseled face, Elvis-like sneer and leather-laden wardrobe also made him the world's first punk pinup. Indeed, his marriage of punk attitude with new wave sonic indulgence created a sound that was pop-friendly with a punch. Idol soared to the top with a rebel yell but crashed and burned with the same velocity, leaving behind a barrel of hits that helped defined the decade. A bit (only a bit) more subdued these days, he's released a greatest-hits album that spans his career from "Mony, Mony" through "Don't Need a Gun" and includes his rendition of the Doors' perfectly suited "L.A. Woman" and the previously unreleased cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me."
"Live In New York City"
Documenting the breathlessly anticipated reunion tour of Springsteen and the E Street Band, "Live in New York City" serves up two brand-new songs, "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "American Skin." The remainder of the 19-song collection (culled from the two Madison Square Garden shows that closed their 1999-2000 road show) consists of Boss faves old and new.
"Reptile" has the feel of a career retrospective--except that it consists of 14 new recordings. Stylistically, it touches many of the bases Eric Clapton has covered as one of the most successful solo artists of the last three decades. You like EC as the bluesman? The AOR strongman? Like the man's voice every bit as much as his guitar? As much as any album in his celebrated career, "Reptile" represents a generous sampling of Clapton's styles from soup to nuts.
"Drops Of Jupiter"
Train's single, "Meet Virginia," from their self-titled release, combined the simplest of melodies with irresistible jangle rock, making it an instant hit and the band an overnight household name. Their follow-up, "Drops of Jupiter," confidently fleshes out Train's impressive musicianship with an expanse of orchestrated strings and understated synth effects, and the results are fantastic. Lead singer Patrick Monahan relies on creative vocal phrasing and his band members' bodacious backing harmonies to amplify the emotional impact of his songs. By doing so, he draws the listener to sing along on every track.
"Now That's What I Call Music! 6"
The CDs from the "Now That's What I Call Music!" series have always ridden the charts as high as the artists who contribute songs to the compilations, and with good reason; these albums collect a wide stylistic range of singles near the peak of their popularity. "Now 6," the latest installment, may prove to be the strongest yet. With tunes from all ends of the dial, including U2, Britney Spears, Fuel, and Everclear, this compilation is like scoring with every hit of your radio's "seek" button.
"Whole New You"
"Whole New You" is Colvin's first album of all-new material since 1996's Grammy-winning "A Few Small Repairs." Once again she's collaborating with John Leventhal, who produced the album and cowrote all 11 songs with Colvin. Edie Brickell also added her songwriting talents to "Roger Wilco." The result is an album that serves up more of the sweet pop-folk sounds her fans adore, but also confronts a number of deeper issues with Colvin's pointed, often bitter lyrics.
"All for You"
"The Sopranos 2: Music From The HBO Original Series [SOUNDTRACK]"
Various Artists - Soundtracks - Television
"Set This Circus Down"
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Limited-Edition Backstreet Boys CDs
Don't miss out on these collectible, limited-edition Backstreet Boys
releases, each containing live performances and other previously
"For the Fans CD 1 [Limited]"
"For the Fans CD 2 [Limited]"
"For the Fans CD 3 [Limited]"
Oscar Night Highlights
The Academy Awards were good to music this year. Whether you were enthralled with Bjork's performance (and that swan dress!) of the song from "Dancer in the Dark," charmed by CoCo Lee's ballad from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," or electrified by Bob Dylan's award-winning tune penned for the "Wonder Boys" soundtrack, the world's most famous awards show sent much of its celebrated music into our Top Sellers chart.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000 Film)"
Various Artists - Soundtracks
"Wonder Boys: Music from the Motion Picture (2000 Film) [SOUNDTRACK]"
Various Artists - Soundtrack
"Selmasongs: Dancer In The Dark (2000 Film) [SOUNDTRACK]"
Various Artists - Soundtracks
"Malena (2000 Film) [SOUNDTRACK]"
Eva Cassidy was a folk singer with a beautiful voice who died of
cancer at the untimely age of 33. Few new her, but those who did loved
her music. Now, due to some much-deserved attention from National
Public Radio and TV morning news show host Katie Couric, her albums
are being discovered for the first time by large audiences.
Dolly Parton expels a mighty breath of fresh air into "Little Sparrow," the follow-up to her first bluegrass album, 1999's "The Grass Is Blue." She interprets Collective Soul's "Shine" with an unfaltering grace and jump-starts the Cole Porter classic "I Get a Kick Out of You," though her brightest moments are found on the album's original tracks. Alison Krauss and other women folk and country singers pitch in.
by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
The delightful, eccentric, and unforgettably poetic world of Dr. Seuss has left its imprint on countless youngsters--and the parents who continue to use these stories as pieces of ideal bedtime performance art. Bringing these colorful ditties to the stage, Tony Award-winning collaborators Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics)--known for "Ragtime"--have again teamed up, providing a score full of breezy and necessarily wacky high spirits.
"All Things Must Pass"
On the 30th anniversary of the album's original release, George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" gets a new-millennium makeover. It's clear in the lavish liner notes that Harrison's harboring some sour feelings over the album's original production (despite the fact Phil Spector's production was grand), so he offers a stripped-down version of "My Sweet Lord," in addition to several previously unreleased bonus tracks and an alternate version of "What Is Life." Second-generation classic-rock fans discovering this album for the first time will find added treasures among the album's contributors, who include Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and the Beatles' ill-fated proteges [**in HTML: protégés **] Badfinger.
With the release of her second album, "J. Lo," Jennifer Lopez has grown into a media-magnet Renaissance woman. No longer just a respected Latina actress with a few Top 40 hits under her belt, she's out to dominate both screen and recording studio equally (check out the soundtrack to "The Wedding Planner" starring Lopez and Matthew McConaughey). With this collection of dance-floor-friendly R&B bombast, it looks like, if nothing else, she's going to have to get a bigger belt.
Coldplay are one of those great Brit-pop bands that paint beautiful soundscapes in many shades of gray. Chiming melody and dry, delicate, often falsetto vocals rule this disc, as quietly distorted guitar work adds a layer of understated but impenetrable strength to otherwise winsome songs. The first singles, "Shiver" and "Yellow," are already making an impact with alternative audiences, and the rest of the disc can easily live up to those standards.
"Who I Am"
"To Record Only Water for Ten Days"
This season provides a bounty of music for those with eclectic
tastes, from Cliff Martinez's electronica-heavy soundtrack for the
drug-war thriller "Traffic" to the "hipbilly" sounds of the latest
Coen brothers flick, "O Brother Where Art Thou?" Take a look at some
winter soundtracks of note.
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