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Best Of Both Worlds, The (2CD, Digipak)

Best Of Both Worlds, The (2CD, Digipak) Lowest new price: $11.87
Lowest used price: $4.34
Brand: Music CD
Model: 2021767

Van Halen rocketed to stardom with their raucous, 10X-platinum-plus 1978 self-titled album, one of the greatest debuts ever. Anchored by Eddie Van Halen's guitar wizardry and David Lee Roth's vocal showmanship, the band's dynamic sound reinvented hard rock. A run of multiplatinum Top 10 discs followed, peaking with 1984, another 10X-platinum blockbuster and Roth's swan song. Sammy Hagar replaced the vocalist, a transition that cost the band no momentum. The Red Rocker's VH debut, 1986's 5150 , hit #1 on The Billboard 200, as did 1988's OU812. The Grammy-winning 1991 release, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, reached #5. This new compilation spotlights Van Halen's always-stellar musicianship over the course of 25 years and two world-class frontmen, and continues the story with three brand new Hagar-fronted tracks!

One shouldn't have too much difficulty imagining a two-disc Van Halen compilation entitled The Best of Both Worlds. The first disc will showcase the David Lee Roth-fronted version of the band that reenergized hard rock with its titanic 1978 debut and peaked commercially with 1984's, uh, 1984. Disc two will take up where David Lee was left off--from 1986 on, when Sammy Hagar (and, briefly, Hagar-sound-alike Gary Cherone) took over the mike. Well, unfortunately, that's not the anthology assembled this time out. Rather than sequence the selections chronologically and, in the process, display the band's evolution (or devolution, depending on where one stands in the great Roth/Hagar debate), the band has opted for a more eccentric sequencing strategy. After the opener "Eruption" confirms the sass and chops of the young VH, three fairly uninspired new tracks featuring a back-in-the-fold (for now?) Hagar interrupt the flow. Unfortunately, the flow never really recovers, as Roth and Hagar tracks leapfrog one another through the next 29 selections. Three live Hagar takes on songs from the Roth era finish things off in confusing fashion. Obviously, there's plenty of powerful music here, but do fans really need a lesson in what happens when worlds collide? And didn't David Lee earn at least one photo in the package? --Steven Stolder

Features:

  • Disc One
  • 1.Eruption - 1:43
  • 2.It's About Time [#] - 4:15
  • 3.Up for Breakfast [#] - 4:57
  • 4.Learning to See [#] - 5:15

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1999

1999 Lowest new price: $4.67
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Brand: PRINCE
Model: B2_0578150

Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (3/99)

Prince's fifth album came right before the lascivious multi-instrumentalist became a huge star with his 1984 film and soundtrack, Purple Rain. But Prince had already proved himself to be the most audacious talent to emerge in the 1980s, and 1999, the bulk of which features Prince on all the instruments, reflects the dance-rock styles that he also brought to the acts he produced, particularly the Time. Prince knows how to run a one-man-band individual instruments don't blend together as much as they compete in a funky showdown which allows tracks like "Automatic," "D.M.S.R.," and "Delirious" to sustain their long playing times. But the album's two enduring hits, "1999" and "Little Red Corvette," outshine the rest, and define the essential roles that rock and funk play in Prince's music. "Little Red Corvette" is a sexy song about a car, which would have been enough to make it a terrific rock song even if it didn't also boast an infectious chorus and a great guitar part. As for "1999," count on it being the dance song of the millennial year. --John Milward

Features:

  • Prince - 1999 Brazil Import

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Stone Temple Pilots (2018)

Stone Temple Pilots (2018) Lowest new price: $8.96
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Brand: Rhino

Stone Temple Pilots have announced a March 16 release date for its highly anticipated, new self-titled album, Stone Temple Pilots. This marks the band's first album with the new lead singer, Jeff Gutt. Despite being one of the best-selling bands of the 1990s with platinum records and a Grammy to its credit, guitarist Dean DeLeo says, " This new incarnation of STP is focused on what lies ahead. The best way for us to honor our past is to build on it and keep making new music." The band does just that on Stone Temple Pilots. Straight-ahead rockers like the first single "Meadow" and "Never Enough" channels the gritty guitars and swaggering rhythms that STP perfected on Core (1992), Purple (1994), and No. 4 (1999). "Roll Me Under" glides along a nimble bass line before slamming hard into gear during the chorus, where Gutt's muscular baritone roars against a rage of power chords.

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Complete Greatest Hits

Complete Greatest Hits Lowest new price: $11.43
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Brand: WARNER

Two CD set, 33 tracks. With a career spanning over four decades The Eagles are among the most successful Rock 'N' Roll acts of all time. The original Eagles compilation, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, remains one of the best-selling records of all time and this updated two CD collection contains all the same hallmarks that made it so successful, with some welcome surprises. The staple recordings remain, with 'Hotel California' the most immediately recognizable, as well as hits like 'Lyin' Eyes' and 'New Kid in Town'. Also included is their single 'Hole in the World', written as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Like many of The Eagles' songs, the difficult and confrontational subject matter is softened by their trademark vocal harmonies.

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  • EAGLES
  • R&P INTERNACIONAL
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • MUSIC

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Immaculate Collection, The

Immaculate Collection, The Lowest new price: $3.12
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Brand: Sire
Model: 2016165

Certified Multi-platinum (10 times) by the RIAA. (10/01) greg

The naughtily titled Immaculate Collection culls 15 of Madonna's Top 10 singles from 1984 to mid-'90, plus 2 new ones that continued the run (the dirty, trunk-bumping funk of "Justify My Love"--a Lenny Kravitz production that justifies his entire career--and the danceable desperation of "Rescue Me"). Rooted in disco and classic AM pop from girl groups and ABBA to Strawberry Alarm Clock, Madonna made savvy, touching music throughout her first golden era. These tracks retain their sonic and historical significance while, like "She Loves You" or "Rocket Man," still brightening any space they're being played in. Far more than just a wise, irreverent image-maker--like the Beatles or Elton, come to think of it--Madonna during these years was the gift that kept on giving, forever fresh, sexy, hooky, and joyously sharp. --Rickey Wright

Features:

  • Madonna - Imaculate Collection Brazil Import

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Greatest Hits (GH)

Greatest Hits (GH) Lowest new price: $7.68
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Brand: ASSOCIATION
Model: 2021309

Includes Windy; Cherish; Along Comes Mary; Never My Love; Everything that Touches You; No Fair at All; Six Man Band all their biggest, soft-rockin' hits!

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The Very Best of Deep Purple

The Very Best of Deep Purple Lowest new price: $6.97
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Brand: DEEP PURPLE
Model: 2021833

15 hits, crushing live cuts and album classics for under 12 bucks! Includes Hush; Smoke on the Water; Kentucky Woman (single version); Woman from Tokyo; Speed King (U.S. album version); Child in Time; Space Truckin'; Black Night; Knocking at Your Back Door; Highway Star , and more.

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The Very Best of Rod Stewart

The Very Best of Rod Stewart Lowest new price: $10.82
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Brand: Rhino
Model: 2021652

Rod Stewart wrote the book on lead singers as rock stars go in the late '60s and early '70s fronting The Jeff Beck Group, Faces, and currently as a solo artist. His rooster-shag hairdo, sandpaper vocals, mike-stand-twirling onstage swagger, and offstage ribaldry - not to mention his gift for songwriting from ballsy rockers to hilarious story-songs to sensitive-guy ballads - are the stuff that this rock legend is made of. Rod's string of hit singles and multi-platinum albums remains unbroken to this day.

The Voice: The Very Best Of Rod Stewart spins 16 Rod the Mod classics from his Warner Bros. albums and cross-licensed to include "Maggie May" and "You Wear It Well" from his Mercury releases. This exclusive rare package includes material from 13 albums spanning from the early 1970's to the late 1990's.

Certified Gold by the RIAA. (3/02)

Rod Stewart's career has been subject to so many twists that a single-disc overview is somehow both appealingly broad and inadequate to the task of tracing all those zigzags. From beloved rocker of the first order to disco dilettante to pop crooner, Stewart's career has presented challenges to fans who may have been charmed by the rollickingly randy "Maggie May" and bemused by the alarmingly narcissistic "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" This 16-song retrospective touches all the bases without delving deeply into any era. The selections aren't arranged sequentially and the booklet is much more generous with vintage photos than album credits. This best-of collection is clearly aimed at the casual fan, but no album that presents Rod the Mod gems "Downtown Train," "You Wear It Well," and "Reason to Believe" one after another is a throwaway. --Steven Stolder

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The Best Of Hootie & The Blowfish (1993-2003) (GH)

The Best Of Hootie & The Blowfish (1993-2003) (GH) Lowest new price: $7.95
Lowest used price: $5.97
Brand: Rhino
Model: 3997939

Fronted by Darius Rucker, these rootsy, blues-flavored modern
rockers shot to fame 1995 with the chart-topping debut album
Cracked Rear View. One of the disc's smash singles, Let Her Cry
among the 17 hits and favorites featured
here won that year s GRAMMY® in the
Best Pop Duo/Group category, and the
band also won for Best New Artist. Still
recording and touring, they have since
sold over 25 million records, and
delivered hits including Hold My Hand,
Time, Only Wanna Be With You, also
featured on in the set list on this essential
collection, which spans 1994-2003

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Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign

Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign Lowest new price: $13.02
Brand: Franklin, Aretha

Full title: Rare And Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul. 2007 two CD compilation spanning the years 1966-73 and featuring a treasure trove of vintage and previously unreleased demos, outtakes and B-sides from Aretha's Atlantic years. This collection was produced by legendary record producer Jerry Wexler, who also provided extensive liner notes. 35 tracks total. Atlantic.

Nearly every music legend leaves behind a slew of unreleased songs, alternate takes of released tunes, and live and demo material. To collectors, such detritus from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and others is manna from heaven. Aretha Franklin's first six years with Atlantic Records generated its own sheaf of unreleased songs and rarities, lovingly compiled into a chronological two-CD collection. Raw 1966 demos of her first Atlantic hit "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Dr. Feelgood" from her debut album open the gates to an embarrassment of riches from 1967 to 1973, most eventually recorded for other albums. The explosive, gospel-flavored "The Letter" and "It Was You," recorded during the Aretha Arrives sessions, are masterpieces, as is her extraordinary spin on the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill," given to Franklin by Paul McCartney and released on Magical Mystery Tour only after her version never appeared. Her soulful take on "My Cup Runneth Over" renders Ed Ames's syrupy '60s-pop version irrelevant and it's difficult to see why the down-and-dirty blues "Do You Know" from her Other Side of the Sky sessions never appeared. A live duet with Ray Charles on Duke Ellington's "Ain't But the One" from a 1973 Ellington salute on CBS is followed by an eloquent takes on Etta James's hit "At Last" and Nat King Cole's "Love Letters." With knowing, poignant reminiscences from Atlantic's legendary Jerry Wexler, Franklin's producer during these years, it's an overdue, eminently fulfilling journey beyond her classics. --Rich Kienzle

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