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Pete Townshend: Scoop / Another Scoop / Scoop 3

Townshend provides inessential but insightful look into his recording history.

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Michael Jackson: Visionary: The Video Singles

It's impossible to think of anything Jackson could do to stop the bleeding at this point. This ain't it, though.

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Summer Hymns: Backward Masks

Zachary Gresham's fourth full-length wraps edgy lyrics and complex instrumentation in silky smooth country rock textures.

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Tangerine Dream: The Essential Tangerine Dream

Justly named, this compilation from the peak era of electronic space rock pioneers Tangerine Dream tops all others in capturing the band's expansive, propulsive sound.

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Mark Helias and Open Loose: Atomic Clock

Tenor-bass-drums play every which way jazz can go in a session to match the best of 2006.

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Andrea Bocelli: Andrea Bocelli: Under the Desert Sky

Holiday season cash-grab from the Italian tenor pairs a CD of live versions and one or two unreleased duets with a PBS-aired concert from Lake Las Vegas.

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40 Watt Hype: Strong Feet on the Concrete

Fresno, California's recipe for spicing up the usual hip-hop dish -- a fistful of funk, a splash of R&B, a couple of guest chefs to play the brass, and a whole lotta funk.

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10 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Comfies: Close to Me

The Comfies are comfortable, almost too comfortable on some of these songs.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Sprites: Modern Gameplay

Even if they write interesting lyrics, pop musicians will be destined for insignificance if their music is no good. Fortunately, Sprites demonstrate melodic gifts and

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:02 PM

Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Which “Co” do you like better: Coldplay or Copeland?  You’ll probably say the former, ‘cos you may not have heard of the latter,

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Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Jump blues-jazz, very accomplished, solidly bejewelled with Camille Howard's boogie piano, good jazz solos, and Milton sang well.

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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: So Divided

The band with the awkward name and the killer back-catalogue's looking towards stadiums -- bigger, grander, more melodic.

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Shane Bartell: Too Soon to Say

Bartell defies the singer-songwriter blueprint in many ways, but damned if this album doesn't hit the spot about 12 ways to Sunday nonetheless.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Klaxons: Xan Valleys EP

Let's all bow down to pay homage to NME's latest rave, Klaxons

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

2pac: Pacs Life

Life -- it ain't too funky, unless it's got more Pac.

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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings

The classic studio meetings between Monk (teacher) and Coltrane (student), still tantalizing and uneven.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cul De Sac: ECIM

The arresting 1991 debut from these experimental Boston iconoclasts gets resurrected from out-of-print obscurity, and not a moment too soon.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.

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Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Cant Ride Anything

Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up turn in one of the spikiest, most energised albums of the year.

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Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead

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