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The third story
A four-CD compilation documents the history of one of the jazz labels that dominated the '50s and early '60s,
Richard C. Walls


The soft and the loud
First it was the Story, then Jonatha Brooke and the Story. Now it's just plain Jonatha Brooke.
Brett Milano


So much to do . . .
Sixty-nine-year-old R&B dynamo Ruth Brown can warm up any audience.
Ted Drozdowski


Scary sounds
How to program the ultimate Halloween party tape.
Christopher Muther


HMS Watt
Mike Watt's new CD is filled with memories of the bassist's days discovering punk with the Minutemen.
Ted Drozdowski


Busy body
With three '97 albums already on the racks, jazz guitarist Joe Morris celebrates the release of two more.
Ed Hazell


X factor
Mouse on Mars's "Autoditacker" is a frightening piece of electronica.
Chris Tweney


Tilt!
Singer/songwriter Scott WalkerŐs "Tilt" has definite cult appeal.
Richard C. Walls


Quantum pop
At 55, BrazilŐs Gilberto Gil releases his 32nd album. Like Dylan, he remains a songwriting voice to be reckoned with.
Banning Eyre


Pop mart
Boston's Syrup USA, Catapult, and Letters to Cleo define a new genre.
Brett Milano


Door jam
Janet Jackson's "The Velvet Rope" is a powerfully convincing soul drama.
Michael Freedberg





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