Andrea (Philips/Sugar, $18.98)
As he gears up for a world tour and an NBC special on December 18, the latest from this popular singer who resides under the Tuscan sun is full of more beautiful notes, operatic moments, and a little pop flair thrown in for perfect measure.
Can't You Hear Me Callin' -
Bluegrass: 80 Years of American Music
Featuring artists from Roy Acuff, Bill
Monroe, and the Carter Family to The Byrds and The Dixie Chicks, the mountain of
mountain music in this four-disc set covers every banjo pick and fiddle plunk that
made this sound all its own, including some early gems from the 1920s.
Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens:
Big Ol' Box of New Orleans
(Shout! Factory, $60)
If it looks like a cigar box, it must be a box of cigars - except when it's a unique case housing 4 CDs instead of Macanudos. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the Crescent City with 85 tasty tunes from a full blend of artists and sounds including Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Richard, Jellyroll Morton, Ellis Marsalis, and The Neville Brothers.
This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era, 1960-1975 (Sanctuary/Trojan, $55)
Ninety songs on 4 discs make up this prime collection of reggae. If early tracks by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots & The Maytals aren't enough to get your ska on, the book included with the set is a comprehensive 10,000-word homage tracing the history of Jamaican music.
100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong (Island Def Jam/UMe, $60)
As the title suggests, this 5-disc box set will please any one of the 100 million-plus Bon Jovi fans interested in laying their hands on a bunch (4 discs' worth to be exact) of previously unreleased tunes, and a DVD of behind-the-scenes footage with the New Jersey rockers.