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  • 80

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    No. 1

    80

    by B.B. King

    Personnel: B.B. King (guitar); Glenn Frey, John Mayer , Billy Gibbons (vocals, guitar); Van Morrison (vocals, harmonica); Elton John (vocals, piano); Daryl Hall, Gloria Estefan, Roger Daltrey, Sheryl Crow, Bobby Bland (vocals); Davey Johnstone, Dean Parks, Eric Clapton, Larry Campbell, Mark Knopfler, Clem Clemson (guitar); Brandon Fields (saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (trumpet); William Frank Reichenbach (trombone); Luke Smith (Hammond b-3 organ); Chris Stainton, Guy Babylon, Robbie Buchanan, Brian Mitchell (keyboards); Leland Sklar, T Bone Wolk, Yolanda Charles, Bob Birch (bass guitar); Ian Thomas, Nigel Olsson, Russ Kunkel, Billy Ward (drums); John Mahon (percussion). Additional guest personnel: Roger Daltrey; Elton John. Recording information: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada (2005); Olympic Studios, London, England; Right Track Studios, New York, New York; O'Henry Studios, Burbank, California.

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  • Under One Sky

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  • Wilder Mind

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  • ABC Sing-Along

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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  • #1 to Infinity

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    No. 6

    #1 to Infinity

    by Mariah Carey

    Coordinated with her May and July 2015 residency at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace, #1 to Infinity features all 18 of Mariah Carey's number one pop hits, the basis of those celebratory performances. The anthology presents the songs in chronological form, from "Vision of Love" (1990) through "Touch My Body" (2008), and is therefore the first compilation to combine Carey's Columbia and Island material. Additionally, there's a new breakup song, the first three-and-a-half minutes of which are an elaborate and mystifying set-up for a display of Carey's whistle range. Given the timing, #1 to Infinity is undoubtedly opportunistic, but it updates and improves upon #1's, a 1998 anthology filled out with four previously unreleased songs that, obviously, were not number ones. Many of Carey's lower-performing but just as significant career highlights, such as "Make It Happen" and "I Still Believe," can be found on earlier anthologies like Greatest Hits and The Essential Mariah Carey. [#1 to Infinity was also released with a bonus track.] ~ Andy Kellman

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  • Live in Boston

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    No. 7

    Live in Boston

    by Chris Botti

    A sequel of sorts to Chris Botti's 2006 PBS special, LIVE WITH ORCHESTRA & SPECIAL GUESTS, the September 2008 event LIVE IN BOSTON found the sartorially splendid cool jazz trumpeter accompanied by the Boston Symphony and a collection of celebrity vocalists. Also available as a DVD, the concert delivers an overview of popular music, with jazz standards like "I've Got You Under My Skin" right alongside "Ave Maria" and Sting's "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You." Whether featuring rocker Steven Tyler, AMERICAN IDOL chanteuse Katharine McPhee, or pop-opera superstar Josh Groban, all the tunes are presented in Botti's inimitable, Chet Baker-influenced uber-smooth style.

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  • Beneath The Skin

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  • Frozen [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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  • My Head Is an Animal

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  • Best of Freddy Fender [MCA]

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    No. 11

    Best of Freddy Fender [MCA]

    by Freddy Fender

    The Best of Freddie Fender collects all of his biggest hits from the early '70s, making it an excellent introduction to the singer. ~ Thom Owens The Best of Freddy Fender contains the bulk of Fender's '70s hits, including the Top 10 hits "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and "Until the Next Teardrop Falls." Although it is missing a couple of key tracks, this single-disc collection remains a good introduction -- in fact, it's nearly a definitive retrospective. ~ Thom Owens

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  • Wilder Mind

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    No. 12

    Wilder Mind

    by Mumford & Sons

    Who could blame Mumford & Sons for running away from their signature banjo stomp? Come 2015, when Wilder Mind saw spring release, so many bands had copped their big-footed folk jamboree that Mumford & Sons could feel the straitjacket constricting, so it's not a surprise that the group decided to try on something new. A change in fashion isn't strange -- no band wants to be pigeonholed -- but the odd thing about Wilder Mind is now that everybody else sounds like Mumford & Sons, Mumford & Sons decide to sound like everybody else. Without their old-timey affectations, the band seems interchangeable with any number of blandly attractive AAA rockers, a group that favors sound over song -- a curious switch for a purportedly old-fashioned quartet. Sometimes, the band do swing for arena-filling hooks and connect -- the quietly escalating "Believe," the incessant surge of "The Wolf," "Ditmas," which is the only song here that would scale to bare-bones acoustic arrangements -- but usually they subsist on a simmer, letting their immaculate, tasteful rock bubble quietly without ever threatening to spill over the edge. Often, the persistent, moody murmur recalls a diluted Kings of Leon, a comparison that can't help but underscore how Mumford & Sons have made the journey from retro throwback to glistening modern construction. Where once they carved their music out of reclaimed wood, they're now all steel and glass -- a bit sleeker but also a bit chillier. Such a description suggests this is a big shift, but it's all surface: underneath that exterior, Wilder Mind is the same Mumford & Sons, peddling reasonably handsome reconstructions of times gone by. [A Deluxe version added four bonus tracks.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

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  • Rock Or Bust

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  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

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  • Red

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  • Empires

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  • Random Access Memories

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  • Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue

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  • Original Album Classics (Such Sweet Thunder/Duke Ellington's Far East Suite/And His Mother Called…

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    No. 20

    Original Album Classics (Such Sweet Thunder/Duke Ellington's Far East Suite/And His Mother Called…

    by Duke Ellington

    For the right price, this five-CD collection of Duke Ellington albums from the '50s is about as potent and diverse a product for this time period as you will find, given you don't already have them all on single discs. The less essential Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown, which was also reissued with the recording Blue Light, kicks off the set. The following three CDs -- Such Sweet Thunder, Black, Brown & Beige, and the heavy Otto Preminger movie soundtrack Anatomy of a Murder -- are among Ellington's finest of any time frame in his career. Some critics have dissed First Time!, which is a collaboration with the Count Basie Orchestra, but it remains unique and potent. Any Ellington lover would enjoy this as a present, and to have all of them in one package is simply magnificent. This comes highly recommended. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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  • Peace Is the Mission

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  • Vinyl Cafe Odd Jobs

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    No. 22

    Vinyl Cafe Odd Jobs

    by Stuart McLean

    Like other releases in Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe series, this presents some of his one-man storytelling performances of tales from his CBC Vinyl Cafe radio program, recorded at several Canadian concerts. You certainly can't argue with the value here: two CDs with four stories each, running for about two-and-a-half hours in all. Each monologue is of the consistent standard listeners have come to expect from McLean, mixing humor and insight in its documentation of the tribulations of a Toronto family, without falling into pathos. Some of these are indeed primarily funny pieces, like the attempt to install a new wall plug for the toaster that ends on the verge of a house wrecking party; the mutinous cunning of "Arthur the Dog"; and an embarrassed housewife hiding nude in the kitchen cupboard when unexpected visitors arrive. Others, however, venture into more serious territory, though they're not delivered in an overly somber manner: a letter from the widow of a childhood baseball coach, a son's music lessons setting off thoughts weighing respected academic study against the joy of doing art for the fun of it, and worries about whether elderly good neighbors are on the verge of deathly illness. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • Bridges of Madison County [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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  • Impressions

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album

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