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Early Takes Volume 1 / George Harrison

George Harrison’s ability to balance lofty spiritual concerns within the framework of a pop song was one of his greatest strengths, and it is well documented on this collection of previously unreleased recordings.

Metallica

One of the biggest-selling albums of all time, Metallica’s self-titled disc (a.k.a. “The Black Album”) marked a major turning point for the band even before it was released in 1991. It was the first solid indication Metallica were no longer interested in writing pure thrash metal and wanted to reach a wider and more mainstream audience.

Mark Spitz: The Extraordinary Life of an Olympic Champion

Swimmer extraordinaire Mark Spitz is arguably the most famous and successful Olympic athlete of all time. This book dives into Spitz’s career, behind-the-scenes anecdotes about him and his competitors, and untold stories that shed light on his complicated personality. Old and new fans alike will appreciate the depth and details of this swimming icon’s story.

Diana: Her True Story — In Her Own Words

The sensational biography of Princess Diana, written with her cooperation and now featuring exclusive new material to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death.

The Essential Van Morrison

This comprehensive anthology of one of the Emerald Isle’s most soulful singers hits the high points of Van Morrison’s five-decade-long artistic evolution.

Pretty Woman

Vivian (Julia Roberts) is a spirited, streetwise diamond in the rough when she meets shrewd, no-nonsense billionaire Edward Lewis (Richard Gere). It’s a chance encounter that turns a week-long “business arrangement” into a timeless rags-to-riches romance. Directed by Garry Marshall.

Celebrity Birthdays

1898 – Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Shirley Booth (“Come Back, Little Sheba,” “Hazel,” “The Glass Menagerie”) (d. 1992)

1908 – Actor Fred MacMurray (“Double Indemnity,” “My Three Sons”) (d. 1991)

1918 – Baseball legend Ted Williams (d. 2002)

1924 – Fashion designer Geoffrey Beene (d. 2004)

1927 – Actor Bill Daily (“I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Bob Newhart Show”) 

1930 – Investment guru and philanthropist Warren Buffett, a.k.a. “The Oracle of Omaha”

1939 – Tony-winning actress Elizabeth Ashley (“Take Her, She’s Mine,” “The Carpetbaggers,” “Evening Shade”)

1946 – Actress Peggy Lipton (“The Mod Squad,” “Twin Peaks,” “The Postman”)

1948 – Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black (“The Daily Show,” “Black on Broadway,” “Red, White, and Screwed,” “The Carnegie Hall Performance”)

1954 – Actor David Paymer (“Mr. Saturday Night,” “Quiz Show,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “City Slickers,” “Crazy People,” “Get Shorty,” “The American President,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Drag Me to Hell”)

1963 – Actor Michael Chiklis (“The Commish,” “The Shield,” “Fantastic Four,” “Vegas,” “American Horror Story”)

1966 – Actress Michael Michele (“ER,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Ali,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”)

1972 – Actress Cameron Diaz (“The Mask,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich,” the “Charlie’s Angels” movies, the animated “Shrek” movies,” “Vanilla Sky,” “The Other Woman,” “Sex Tape,” “Annie”)

1982 – Tennis great Andy Roddick

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Best Of KC & The Sunshine Band

Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band gets up to No. 1 on the pop chart.

Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross was far and away the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the chart-topping “Sailing.”

Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice

Thurgood Marshall was the most important American lawyer of the 20th century. He transformed the nation’s legal landscape by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship.

A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

A powerful memoir of a dramatic year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy and lucky life — from the bestselling author of “The Greatest Generation,” former NBC anchor/reporter Tom Brokaw, whose iconic career in journalism has spanned more than 50 years.

Quiz Show

Beyond the high-stakes competition of TV’s hottest big-money game show, fame and fortune lead to scandal when a Washington investigator (Rob Morrow) uncovers corruption. The scandal implicates both the wildly popular champion (Ralph Fiennes) and the disgruntled ex-champ (John Turturro). Co-starring David Paymer.

Charlie's Angels

Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu star as the captivating crime-fighting trio who are masters of disguise, espionage and martial arts. Based on the 1970s “Charlie’s Angels” TV series.

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The Ultimate Collection / Roy Orbison

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock ‘n’ roll in the early 1960s. This 26-track gem contains Orbison’s earliest works through his 1980s collaboration with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne in the Traveling Wilburys.

#1s / Diana Ross & The Supremes

Diana Ross & The Supremes were among Motown’s most adored acts, blazing new musical trails during turbulent times. Their distinctive sound and style assures them a pedestal in the halls and history of American culture. This incredible collection features 24 hits by the group and a solo Ms. Ross.

Drowned City

Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history — Hurricane Katrina’s devastating blow to New Orleans in 2005.

Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History

Tracing the history of two-wheeled grit and glory, from the first prototypes to the superbikes of today, “Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History” covers more than a thousand of the world’s greatest machines, from the earliest prototypes from the mid-nineteenth century, to the dynamic speedsters of today.

Off The Wall / Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson had produced solo recordings before the 1979 release of “Off the Wall,” but this was his breakthrough — the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right. This visionary piece of work moved from disco into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus — part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock and alluring funk.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

A young live-in housekeeper finds the perfect family to work for. But when she becomes envious of her boss’s idyllic lifestyle, things take a chilling turn. Starring Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay.

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Best Of The Marvelettes

Born into the girl-group era of the early 1960s, the Marvelettes are famous for delivering Motown’s first No. 1 record on the pop charts, “Please Mr. Postman.” Smokey Robinson wrote and  produced additional hits for band, including “As Long As I Know He’s Mine,” “He’s A Good Guy (Yes He Is)” and “Don’t Mess With Bill.”

Number Ones / Bee Gees

Relying on exceptional songwriting and impeccable vocals, the Bee Gees crafted a long-running career that began in the late 1950s in Australia. Along the way, they became a hit-producing psychedelic pop group in England during the 1960s, the biggest disco band in the world in the 1970s, and enoyed a late comeback as adult contemporary crooners in the 1990s.

This Is The Day: The March on Washington

A stirring photo-essay by photographer Leonard Freed documenting the March on Washington of August 28, 1963 — the historic day on which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. This book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the march that ultimately led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

An Open Book

In An Open Book, Oscar-winning director John Huston — a veteran of five marriages, innumerable friendships, practical jokes, horses, love affairs, and intellectual obsessions — tells his own story in his own way. It is direct, unadorned, complete and wonderful reading.

Greatest Hits / Shania Twain

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shania Twain rose from humble beginnings to become one of the best-selling female artists in the history of country music. She has delivered some of the most recognizable songs in the country genre, and this collection brings together her finest work.

School of Rock

Jack Black stars as a wanna-be rock star. Kicked out of his band and desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher at a prep school and turns a class of studious fifth graders into a high-energy rock band. Co-starring Joan Cusack and Miranda Cosgrove.

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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

“The Fifth Beatle” is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles, from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom.

Synchronicity / The Police

This Grammy-winning final album by The Police was one of the most talked about musical achievements of the 80s, delivering such classic hits as “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” “King of Pain” and “Every Breath You Take.”

Roman Holiday

“Roman Holiday” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, and Audrey Hepburn captured one of them for her portrayal of a bored and sheltered princess that escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Co-starring Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert.

The Lonely Sea and the Sky

In 1967, Sir Francis Chichester became the first person to sail around the world solo from west to east via the great capes. Here, his entire life — including his greatest failures and successes — are told by the man who experienced it all firsthand.

The Best of Captain & Tennille

The perfect collection of the Captain & Tennille’s signature hits, including “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Musrat Love,” “The Way I Want to Touch You,” and “Shop Around.”

Once Upon a Time in America

Robert De Niro and James Woods play lifelong Lower East Side pals whose wary partnership unravels in death and mystery. Co-starring Joe Pesci, Elizabeth Mc Govern, Danny Aiello and Tuesday Weld.

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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) / Looking Glass

One-hit wonder Looking Glass enjoyed a week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1972 with “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” — a song that, all these decades later, remains a staple of oldies and soft rock radio station formats.

Batman Forever: Music From The Motion Picture

Sweeping irresistibly forward like some dream hybrid of Ziggy Stardust, Kashmir-era Zeppelin and German techno, U2’s massive “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” launches the “Batman Forever” soundtrack, followed by tracks by Brandy (the Lenny Kravitz-produced “Where Are You Now?”), Seal (the Grammy-winning “Kiss from a Rose”), Eddi Reader (“Nobody Lives Without Love”), The Devlins (“Crossing the River”) and many more.

Lindbergh

Few American icons provoke more enduring fascination than Charles Lindbergh — renowned for his solo 1927 transatlantic flight, remembered for the sorrow surrounding the kidnapping and death of his firstborn son in 1932, and reviled by many for opposing America’s entry into World War II.

The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

Brilliantly re-creating the amazing confluence of events that produced the Yugo, Yugoslav expert Jason Vuic uproariously tells the story of the car that became an international joke: the Yugo.

Mother Teresa

Many have called her a saint. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian honor, the Jewel of India, in 1980. Pope John Paul II declared her “Blessed,” beatifying her in 2003. For nearly 50 years as the head of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa advocated for the poor and homeless, ministered to the sick, provided hospice for the afflicted and embodied the very essence of humanitarianism.

A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures

The editor-in-chief of The Washington Post recounts his life and career in journalism, from his early friendship with Senator John F. Kennedy to his famous role in the Watergate investigation.

Celebrity Birthdays

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Brother Louie / Stories

Though originally helmed by onetime Left Banke mastermind Michael Brown, Stories ironically scored their lone hit, the 1973 chart-topper “Brother Louie,” following Brown’s exit from the lineup.

Born To Run / Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen’s third album was the one that broke it all open for him, planting his tales of Jersey girls, cars and nights spent sleeping on the beach firmly in the Top Five.

The Wizard of Oz

MGM Studios’ classic “The Wizard of Oz,” follows Dorothy and her dog Toto when they are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz.

Journey to the Soviet Union

Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old from Maine, describes her trip to Russia at the invitation of Yuri Andropov after writing him a letter expressing her fears about a nuclear war.

The Joy of Music / Leonard Bernstein

This classic work is perhaps Leonard Bernstein’s finest collection of conversations on the meaning and wonder of music. It is a must for music fans who wish to experience music more fully and deeply through one of the most inspired, and inspiring, music intellects of our time.

Beetlejuice

A couple of nice homebody ghosts, trying to rid their house of afamily of trendsetting human beings, is hell-bent on making their home unlivable — even for the dead. Starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Tim Burton.

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The Definitive Collection / Stevie Wonder

This collection features a carefully chosen chronological list of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits. Classics from his teen years like “Fingertips Part 2,” the driving and glorious “Uptight (Everything Is Alright),” and the soul-rich classic “My Cherie Amour,” along with selections from his trailblazing years in the ’70s and beyond.


Back To The Future (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“The Power of Love” and “Back in Time,” by Huey Lewis and the News, are but two of 10 memorable songs on this soundtrack from the classic motion picture “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

Let Me Take You Down

Author Jack Jones penetrates the borderline world of dangerous fantasy in which Mark David Chapman stalked and killed beloved musician John Lennon.

Pompeii

The 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius was one of the worst disasters in all of European history. In a near instant, thousands of people were killed and one of most advanced cities of its time — with a complex water system, gymnasium and an amphitheater — lay in ruin.

Patriot Games

Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan in this explosive thriller based on Tom Clancy’s international best-seller. Co-starring Anne Archer and James Earl Jones.

Diner

The film that launched successful careers for Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Steve Guttenberg and Daniel Stern. It’s a lively, poignant tale of friends trying to recapture their lost innocence in 1959 Baltimore. Directed by Barry Levinson.

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The Very Best of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971

This incredible 16-track compilation features some of The Rolling Stones’ most memorable hits spanning the years 1964-1971, including “(I Can t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Under My Thumb,” “Jumpin Jack Flash,” “Paint It, Black,” “Honky Tonk Women” and more

True Blue / Madonna

Madonna’s “True Blue” was internationally acclaimed following its release in 1986. The set reached No. 1 in the U.S. and 27 other countries (unprecedented for a female artist at that time) and spawned five smash singles. The lead-off track, “Live To Tell,” reached No. 1 in the U.S. and was followed by four more Top 5 tracks: “Papa Don’t Preach” (No. 1), “True Blue” (No. 3), “Open Your Heart” (No. 1) and “La Isla Bonita” (No. 4).

Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino was the silver-screen legend who for ever changed America’s idea of the leading man: a frightened young fellow who became the cinematic idol of his day.

I Dream Of Jeannie

When astronaut Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman) is forced to crash-land on a remote Pacific island, he finds a strange bottle that has washed ashore. When he opens it, out pops a genie named Jeannie (Barbara Eden), in this classic ’60s sitcom.

Stand By Me

In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends — sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O’Connell) — search for a missing teenager’s body. Based on the novella ‘The Body’ by Stephen King.

Jerry Maguire

Tom Cruise plays sports agent Jerry Maguire, who suddenly discovers his scruples and promptly loses his job. But with the help of one loyal colleague and one outrageous client, Maguire learns that loving well is the best revenge. This romantic comedy co-stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renee Zellweger and Jay Mohr.

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Where Did Our Love Go / The Supremes

The Supremes’ second album captures the trio in sparkling hit-making form. Opening with the foot-tapping soul of “Where Did Our Love Go,” the collection is a sing-along blast of pop-friendly ’60s R&B, with the yearning “Baby Love” quickly followed by the exuberant “When the Love Light Starts Shining Through His Eyes.”

The Best of Bread

These are the finest slices of Bread, the L.A. folk-pop band that skillfully set romantic yearning to soft rock. Singer/songwriter David Gates distills the essence of hopeful romanticism in “Make It with You” and “Everything I Own,” his sweetly keening vocals nestled in shimmering ’70s ballads.

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, “The River of Doubt” is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The Story of The America's Cup 1851- 2013

Awe-inspiring and breathtaking, this volume takes sailing beyond its competitive limits. Throwing caution to the wind, it is exciting and terrifying at turns, as it highlights some of the world’s most technical yachts and the skills of those who sailed them.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel “Fahrenheit 451” is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Bridesmaids

From the producer of “Knocked Up,” “Bridesmaids” takes Maid of Honor, Annie (Kristen Wiig), and four wild bridesmaids on a hilarious ride to their friend’s wedding.

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