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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Compact Reviews of This Week's Compact Discs, for Those Who Still Care #7

BOB DYLAN- CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART

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Not sure if it's me, Sony, or Bob Dylan, but someone is out of their mind. It's hard to listen Dylan squawking "Adeste Fideles" with the finesse of Lyle Alzado and not laugh just a little.

"Uh-dest-AY, fee' DELL- uss/Lay-DEE, try UMPH-fence." Still, I loved every second of this quite traditional and good-hearted surprise.

FLAMING LIPS- EMBRYONIC

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One of the most unnecessarily popular bands of this century, The Flaming Lips are back with a new record that is sure to have way too much going on, quirky production, annoying vocals, and one or two genuinely amazing songs ruined by all the stuff I just mentioned.

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES- DO WHAT YOU WANT, BE WHAT YOU ARE (4CD BOXED SET)

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Very nice career retrospective from the biggest selling duo of all time. My interview with H&O can be found at ALTERCATION.

FULL TRACK LIST

Disc One
1. Girl I Love You - The Temptones
2. I Need Your Love - The Masters
3. Say These Words Of Love - The Temptones
4. Perkiomen
5. I'm Sorry
6. Fall In Philadelphia
7. Waterwheel
8. Lilly (Are You Happy)
9. Had I Known You Better Then
10. Las Vegas Turnaround
11. She's Gone
12. You're Much Too Soon
13. Is It A Star
14. It's Uncanny
15. Love You Like A Brother
16. Lady Rain - Live
17. Bennie G. And The Rose Tattoo - Live
18. Better Watch Your Back - Live
19. Abandoned Luncheonette - Live
20. When The Morning Comes - Live

Disc Two
1. Camelia
2. Sara Smile
3. Alone Too Long
4. Gino (The Manager) - 2009 remix
5. Ennui On The Mountain
6. Out Of Me, Out Of You
7. Back Together Again
8. Rich Girl
9. Crazy Eyes
10. Have I Been Away Too Long
11. August Day
12. It's A Laugh
13. I Don't Wanna Lose You - 7" remix
14. Wait For Me
15. Time's Up (Alone Tonight)
16. The Woman Comes And Goes
17. How Does It Feel To Be Back
18. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
19. Kiss On My List
20. Everytime You Go Away - Live

Disc Three
1. You Make My Dreams
2. Private Eyes
3. Head Above Water
4. Did It In A Minute
5. Your Imagination
6. I Can't Go For that (No Can Do)
7. Don't Go Out - previously unreleased
8. Maneater
9. Family Man
10. One On One
11. Go Solo
12. Say It Isn't So
13. Adult Education
14. Out Of Touch
15. Method Of Modern Love
16. Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
17. Possession Obsession - Live
18. A Nite At The Apollo Live! The Way You Do The Things You Do/My Girl - Live

Disc Four
1. Everything Your Heart Desires - video mix
2. Missed Opportunity
3. Keep On Pushin' Love
4. Storm Warning - previously unreleased
5. Change Of Season
6. Starting All Over Again - Live
7. So Close - Live
8. Do It For Love
9. Forever For You
10. Heartbreak Time
11. All The Way From Philadelphia - previously unreleased
12. Have You Ever Been In Love - previously unreleased demo
13. Me & Mrs. Jones - Live
14. I Want Someone - Live from Daryl's House/previously unreleased
15. Do What you Want, Be What You Are - Live/previously unreleased
16. Dreamer - redux

LOS LONELY BOYS- 1969

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Los Lonely Boys, or who I like to called Los Ersatz Lobos, revisit one of the most hallowed years in rock music, with a 5 track collection of covers featuring takes on Santana, The Beatles, The Doors, Blind Faith, and of course, Tony Joe White. WTF?

NELLIE MCKAY- NORMAL AS BLUEBERRY PIE: A TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY

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The always quirky and occasionally off-putting Miss McKay pays tribute to Hollywood legend, Doris Day. This is actually a very sweet collection of tunes, handled with love, respect, and bounce by the talented McKay.


JAMES MCMURTY- LIVE IN EUROPE

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Singer/songwriter/storyteller McMurtry's live document of his first ever European tour.

Read more reviews, my interview with Hall & Oates, and get to hear some great live music over at my blog, BURNING WOOD.