The alt-country pioneers' 1986 debut (which fans refer to as "The Bunkhouse Album") doesn't sound much like their classic Hollywood Town Hall. But the ancestors they quote — particularly the Flying Burrito Brothers — and the foundations they lay here became the cornerstones of their quarter-century career. It's finally on CD, so you can throw away your turntable.
(Twentieth Century Fox)
One of last year's best movies plays surprisingly well at home, even if the knockout 3-D is missed. For one thing, the focus now falls on the story rather than the technology. It sucks that there are zero extras on the stunning Blu-ray, but a deluxe edition won't be available for a while. So this is your only chance to drool over a blue, and still smokin', Zoe Saldana.
The Essential Carole King
This two-disc set divides King's legacy into two parts: the singer and the songwriter. The first CD is justifiably heavy on Tapestry tracks ("So Far Away," "It's Too Late," etc.). The second is more interesting, gathering hits by the Shirelles ("Will You Love Me Tomorrow"), the Drifters ("Up on the Roof"), and Aretha Franklin ("A Natural Woman") — all penned by King.
Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings
Frank Sinatra and Brazil's bossa nova king recorded a classic album in 1967, Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim. This deluxe reissue adds ten leftover songs from the sessions and a scrapped follow-up project. It's cool and sultry, with both masters at the top of their game. Call up your favorite dame, mix a couple of highballs, and you'll be swinging in no time, baby.
This 1984 movie — part of Roger Corman's Cult Classics series — follows two disillusioned friends who fall in with a group of runaway kids who spend most of their time listening to punk records. Old-schoolers will love the live performances by T.S.O.L. and the Vandals (director Penelope Spheeris made The Decline of Western Civilization doc). Look for Flea as a bratty punk.
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