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Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album


Ken Caillat – “Bubbly” singer Colbie's dad and the guy who co-produced one of the biggest albums of all time – talks about working with Fleetwood Mac in this new book. The stories about the band's 1977 album are legendary: Everyone was knee deep in booze, coke, and relationship troubles. It all made for a great album. Caillat shares his recollections, bringing a technical eye to the history.




It's not the 1960s TV show or the 2005 big-screen bomb starring Will Ferrell. Instead, this tawdry 1945 melodramatic thriller (available as a manufactured-on-demand title) is about a woman with split personalities. For the record: We prefer the crazy, jealous dame to the sweet girl we're supposed to be rooting for. It's definitely a noir cheapie from its era, but it's a whole lotta fun to watch.


Of Monsters and Men: My Head Is an Animal

(Universal Republic)

This six-piece band comes from Iceland, the country that brought us both Björk and Sigur Rós. But Of Monsters and Men's music is a little more levelheaded, rarely drifting off into fairyland or inventing its own language (though there is a song about talking trees). Their debut album runs the line between folk-rock and chamber-pop, settling into lyrical and musical grooves that are as chilly as they are inviting.


Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game


After 2010's downer All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu -- a tribute to his late mother, folksinger Kate McGarrigle -- Wainwright gets back on track for his seventh album. And he sounds like he's making up for lost time, rolling through a condensed history of pop music of the past 40 years with orchestral showpieces, soft-rock ballads, and bouncy piano tunes. Welcome back.


Timeless Family Classics

(Mill Creek)

The 50 movies, mostly from the '30s and '40s, gathered on these 12 discs are all over the place – from Shirley Temple fluff to Laurel & Hardy laughs to John Wayne adventures. We're not really sure if the boozy and depressing A Star Is Born is really a family film, but it's hard to argue with the best movies here, like Buster Keaton's Civil War classic The General and Charlie Chaplin's weepy The Kid.

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