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Grab the Headphones

September 27, 1998

No matter what your tastes lean toward, this season's album releases will help you get in the groove.



Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy," Interscope. A re-release of the debut album by the "Swingers" house band.

Brand Nubian, "Foundation," Arista. The fourth album from the veteran East Coast rap group is only the second with the original lineup.

Bob Carlisle, "Stories From the Heart," Diadem/Jive. The Nashville-based singer's "Butterfly Kisses" was a pop phenomenon. Will his brand of sentimentality still play two years later?

Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach, "Painted From Memory," Mercury. The cross-generational collaboration began two years ago, following the pair's teaming on the Grammy-nominated "God Give Me Strength" from "Grace of My Heart."

Sheryl Crow, "The Globe Sessions," A&M. See Record Rack, Page 68

Kirk Franklin, "The Nu Nation Project," GospoCentric/Interscope. See Record Rack, Page 68

PJ Harvey, "Is This Desire?," Island. See Record Rack, Page 68

Chris Isaak, "Speak of the Devil," Reprise. The latest from the retro-tinged mood-rocker includes a song he co-wrote with Diane Warren.

Jay-Z, "Vol. II . . . The Hard Knock Life," Def Jam. The third solo album from one of the most popular and respected New York rappers.

Chaka Khan, "Come 2 My House," Earth Song/NPG. The influential soul stylist has gone indie after a long career with Warner Bros., hooking up with the former Prince, who wrote and produced this album with her.

Joni Mitchell, "Taming the Tiger," Reprise. On the third in her distinguished series of '90s albums, the singer-songwriter (who doubles as producer) reflects primarily on the theme of love.

Outkast, "Aquemini," LaFace/Arista. See Record Rack, Page 68

Soul Coughing, "El Oso," Slash/Warner Bros. The third album from the dance-minded New York art-pop band was co-produced by the group and Tchad Blake.

A Tribe Called Quest, "The Love Movement," Jive. This hip-hop look at matters of the heart will be the final album from the Queens-based group.

UNKLE, "Psyence Fiction," Mo'Wax/London. Master samplers DJ Shadow and James Lavelle have enlisted Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Metallica's Jason Newstead, Beastie Boys' Mike D. and the Verve's Richard Ashcroft, among others, for this project.



Bizzy Bone, "Heaven'z Movie," Relativity. The youngest member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony brings the group's blend of rapid rap and soulful melody to his solo debut.

Cake, "Prolonging the Magic," Capricorn. The Sacramento band with the guitar-trumpet blend and the rock-radio staple "The Distance" follows up its million-selling "Fashion Nugget."

Phil Collins, "Hits," Atlantic. The retrospective includes one new song, "TrueColors," produced by and with backing vocals from Babyface.

Cypress Hill, "IV," RuffHouse/Columbia. Sen Dog is back in the fold, rejoining teammates DJ Muggs and B-Real for the powerhouse L.A. rap group's return.

Depeche Mode, "The Singles 86-98," Mute/Reprise. The English synth-popsters toss a new track, "Only When I Lose Myself," into this collection of 20 oldies.

Julio Iglesias, "My Life: The Greatest Hits," Columbia. Four new tracks join the popular crooner's body of work in a two-CD set that will be issued in six languages internationally.

Kurupt, "Kuruption," Antra/A&M. Outta tha Dogg Pound, the rapper unleashes a double album, with one disc for the West Coast and one for the East.

Mack 10, "The Recipe," Priority. The third solo collection from the Inglewood rapper features guest spots from Ice Cube (his partner in Westside Connection), Big Punisher, Jermaine Dupri and others.

John Mellencamp, "John Mellencamp," Columbia. The veteran rocker has made a midlife shift to Columbia Records after a long tenure with Mercury.

Bret Michaels, "A Letter From Death Row," Poor Boy Records. The former Poison frontman's solo debut is a collection of songs from the upcoming film drama he produced, wrote, directed and stars in.

P.M. Dawn, "Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad," Gee Street/V2. The duo's Prince Be explores issues of a father's love in this concept album.

Duncan Sheik, "Humming," Atlantic. The singer-songwriter follows up his gold debut album with a collection spearheaded by the single "Bite Your Tongue," which he performed on the season premiere of "Beverly Hills, 90210."

Son Volt, "Wide Swing Tremolo," Warner Bros. The acclaimed Americana band led by former Uncle Tupelo partner Jay Farrar goes for a looser feel on its third album.

Various artists, "Divas Live," Epic. Mariah, Shania, Gloria, Aretha and Celine in an audio document of the recent VH1 concert that's being simultaneously released on video.

Various artists, "Red Hot + Rhapsody," Antilles/Verve. The Gershwins get the treatment from David Bowie (with Angelo Badalamenti), Sinead O'Connor and many more in the latest entry in the "Red Hot" AIDS prevention and relief benefit series.

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