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Holiday Recordings : POP : It's Ring-a-Ling Recordings Time : How Sinatra, GNR Stack Up to That Doggy in the Window

December 12, 1993

* * * Various artists, "The Beavis and Butt-head Experience," Geffen. The minimalist approach of the TV show, fleshed out with songs by such bands as Aerosmith, Run-DMC, Primus, et al. Uneven, but as Butt-head points out, you need stuff that sucks to have stuff that's cool. (R.C.)

* * 1/2 Various artists, "Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles," Giant. The idea was good--13 country stars interpreting Eagles tunes. But most of the arrangements remain in the shadow of the original versions instead of challenging them. (R.H.)

* * * Various artists, "Sleepless in Seattle" soundtrack, Epic. Quirky versions of standards (e.g. Jimmy Durante crooning "As Time Goes By") and some conventional romantic tunes add up to an enjoyable collection even if you haven't seen the movie, but at 37 minutes it's way too short. (D.H.)

* * Various artists, "Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix," Reprise. Many are called to honor the Hendrix sound, but few choose to emulate his spirit of experimentation. Among the exceptions: PM Dawn's Prince-ly "You Got Me Floatin' " and classical fiddler Nigel Kennedy's "Fire." (R.C.)

* * * Xscape, "Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha," Columbia. Looking for an experimental extension of En Vogue? Try this Atlanta quartet, whose debut album of vocal-group R&B with a hip-hop edge has a fair share of sassy, psychedelic charm. (R.C.)

* * 1/2 Trisha Yearwood, "The Song Remembers When," MCA. The ballad emphasis cuts her appeal in half, and while Yearwood's seamless vocals are fetching enough when the material is there, this third album doesn't make good on her considerable promise. (C.W.)

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