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Tom Moon

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  • The Gorge

    The Dave Matthews Band has been documenting its shows long enough to know what translates to the screen, and this disc, culled from 2002 tour stops at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington state, is a shining example of how live-concert DVDs should be shot: Viewers get not simply the house video-screen feed or endless close-ups […]

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  • Ornette Coleman: 5 Essential Albums

    Saxophonist defined the shape of jazz to come with the album of that name, as well as many other groundbreaking recordings

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  • The Cellar Door Sessions 1970

    A mother lode of mind-expanding live music from 1970, the six-disc Cellar Door Sessions marks the moment just before jazz-rock fusion perverted itself into a marketing ploy. Here is Miles Davis, sonic seeker, sending desolate streaks of wah-wah trumpet into the unmapped ethos. His bursts of not-jazz galvanize a rhythm team that respects the backbeat […]

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  • 29

    Even loyal completists may hesitate before committing to this, the third collection human jukebox Ryan Adams has brought to market since last May. Recorded before his outings with the Cardinals (the double-disc Cold Roses and Jacksonville City Nights), this Ethan Johns-produced solo set offers nine competent songs that contribute little new to what is known, […]

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  • All That I Am

    Santana's revolving door keeps on turning, and with every star who passes through to sing lead on a track off their latest album, what was once a great American band steps closer to becoming a permanent gimmick. It was cool the first time, back in 1999, when Rob Thomas sang "Smooth" and the corresponding duets […]

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  • A Time To Love

    Complain all you want about Stevie Wonder taking his sweet time — ten years of it in this case — to deliver a new record. On A Time to Love, the soul giant (and notoriously fussy producer) used that go-slow approach where it really counts: in the grooves. The best tracks on this much-superior follow-up […]

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  • Catch A Fire: Deluxe Edition

    The deluxe edition of Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1973 breakthrough, Catch a Fire, is like one of those before-and-after photos of dieters: Disc One offers the unretouched — and little-heard — original Jamaican mix, Disc Two the familiar international version produced several months later by Marley and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. This is […]

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  • Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection

    The Ultimate Collection is at least the fourth way to repurchase songs from Michael Jackson's Thriller: If you didn't fall for the 1995 greatest-hits/new-material mishmash HIStory, the 2001 Thriller special edition or last year's Number Ones anthology, here's another, even more expensive choice. Collection offers a four-disc career overview plus a DVD of a Bucharest, […]

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  • Seven Steps to Heaven

    After the galvanic success of 1959's Kind of Blue, Miles Davis Toured less rigorously, and by early 1963 the lean work led several of his longtime sidemen, including pianist Wynton Kelly, to quit. Davis scrambled to build a new band, anchored by seventeen-year-old firebrand drummer Tony Williams and pianist Herbie Hancock. The seven discs of […]

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  • King Of The Delta Blues Singers (Volume 2)

    It's packages like this that turn ordinary music lovers into cynics: First, Legacy bundled mythic bluesman Robert Johnson's entire recorded output into the 1990 two-disc collection The Complete Recordings, and since then the label has unbundled the limited trove for different single volumes — one for the Martin Scorsese Blues project, now two patterned after […]

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