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Two-disc legends packages with a DVD thrown in

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The idea is simple enough-you take an iconic artist and package two CDs of their best and/or most collectable work together with a DVD. BB KING ANTHOLOGY 1962-1998 establishes the template-34 audio tracks ranging from “The Thrill Is Gone” to “When Love Comes To Town”, with a film of King performing at the Blues Summit concert with Buddy Guy and Albert Collins. JAMES BROWN 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIONRating Star is even more of a feast, with 50 audio tracks including all the hits, plus a DVD of Channel 4’s excellent recent documentary The James Brown Story.

Anyone who was a teenager during the punk/new age explosion of the late ’70s will now be in their 40s-hence THE SOUND OF THE JAMRating Star , with 49 CD tracks and 11 videos on DVD, and THE BEST OF SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEESRating Star , comprising a best-of CD, a second remix CD and 14 videos appearing on DVD for the first time. Of similar vintage is THE POLICE: EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE with a greatest hits disc, a live CD and a DVD miscellany, including an Old Grey Whistle Test appearance.

ROBERT PALMER AT HIS VERY BESTRating Star features 33 CD tracks, including material from his early, Little Feat-assisted albums plus a DVD of those videos.ROGER WATERS: THE WALL LIVE IN BERLIN teams the 1990 double CD recording, featuring the likes of Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, with a DVD of the event, which, despite the imbecility of the work itself, is dramatically rendered. Finally, the most contemporary release in the series is THE VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROWRating Star , which includes a greatest hits collection, an in-concert CD and 14 fluffy videos.


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