Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

CDs: Music Makes the Perfect Stocking Stuffer No Matter Whom You're Buying for, So Check out These New Releases for All Tastes

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

CDs: Music Makes the Perfect Stocking Stuffer No Matter Whom You're Buying for, So Check out These New Releases for All Tastes

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Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge--Deluxe Edition (Island/UMe/Universal)

Fifteen years "later rids career-launching debut still holds up as one of the lesbian icon's best. Digital remastering makes it shine, but the real draw is the bonus disc containing two previously unreleased concert performances from 1988: a five-song acoustic show for the BBC and one at Los Angeles's famous Roxy.

David Bowie Sound + Vision boxed set reissue (Virgin)

Capitalizing on the success of his most recent album Reality (Columbia), Virgin rereleases the long-out-of-print 1989 retrospective with a new fourth disc, adding 23 more hits, B-sides, and rarities from the 1980s and '90s.

Cyndi Lauper At Last (Epic/Columbia)

Timeless standards from a timeless voice. Lauper tackles 13 classics with a little help from crooner Tony Bennett ("Makin' Whoopee") and Stevie Wonder on harmonica ("Until You Come Back to Me").

DJ Keoki, Kill The DJ: A Non-stop Mash-up Mix by Keoki (Hypnotic/Cleopatra)

The flamboyant superstar DJ now immortalized in the indie film hit Party Monster mixes the old with the new wave in an outstanding set, assembling 29 tracks from artists as diverse as Ladytron, the Ramones, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and Felix da Housecat.

"Who Are These Strangers?" CD single (on behalf of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; $3.99): This soaring anthem, performed by Michael Feinstein and produced by music veteran Billy Terrell, was written as a valentine to the gay community by legendary (heterosexual) songwriter Ervin Drake--he of "Good Morning Heartache," "It Was a Very Good Year," and "I Believe" fame, plus many more. In the lyrics, Drake--who at age 84 still gets riled about intolerance--drops a litany of famous gay names from Michelangelo to DeGeneres, arguing that each has made the world better.

Of course, Drake reminds us, not every gay name made his list. "At the recording session, Michael came out with a devilish glint in his eye and said, 'What about [a certain closeted movie star]?' I said, 'If he ain't out, he ain't in!'"

The single, which also includes Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor (performed by the Republic of Georgia's Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra), will be available by phone order through record label and distributor BCI Eclipse; a Web site as well as print and radio ads should surface by the time you read this. All proceeds--100% of the writer's, publisher's, and artists' royalties--will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Janis Ian, Live: Working Without a Net (Oh Boy) This double-disc compilation serves as a stellar career retrospective for the legendary lesbian singer-songwriter who's never been afraid to tell it like it is. …

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