Sometimes in today’s media hothouse it can be difficult to determine who’s a star and who’s a fad. But in the case of Frank Sinatra, there was never any confusion: He WAS the chairman of the board. Get further proof on this terrific new five-disc boxed set Sinatra: New York. This is no repackaging of hits: the four CDs contain 61 never-before-issued live performances in New York from the mid-’50s through to 1990. A DVD brings you to a Carnegie Hall show in 1980. In all, you get 77 tracks. Any questions? Didn’t think so. Get out there and buy it, capiche?
Country collection: a three-disc set featuring performances on the Mother’s Best Flour Company program on Nashville’s WSM radio station features Hank Williams in the early ’50s. It’s the second edition in a Time Life series.
On the modern front: Play On from Carrie Underwood continues the American Idol-created star’s transformation from country to pop; Julian Casablancas’ solo album Phrazes for the Young breaks away (a little) from the music he makes with his day job band, Strokes; Canadian folk-rocker Serena Ryder’s third album, Is It Ok, already has scored hits north of the border; Foo Fighters have released a Greatest Hits set.
Yule wonder: Holiday music meets heavy metal when Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford serves up Winter Songs. We’ll let you decide it that’s a good idea. Speaking of odd holiday CDs, the Adult Swim animation team at Comedy Central deliver Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Have Yourself A Meaty Little Christmas. This includes Twas the Night Before Jesus, in which Master Shake retells the nativity of Jesus, with the baby Jesus’ parents being killed by Voldemort.
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