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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Making a list? Checking it twice? Here are some guidelines to keep befuddled spouses, parents of teenagers and others on the right track.

Calendar's pop staff surveyed 40 of the nation's most popular or critically acclaimed albums.

December 08, 1996|Connie Johnson

**** MAXWELL, "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite," Columbia. This richly atmospheric, thematic collection recalls Marvin Gaye's classically old-school album "I Want You"--but with an extra fillip of '90s funk and eccentricity that makes it a true original.

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Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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