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The Millennium Collection: Best of Edwin Starr

Revered for the storming protest classic “War,” Edwin Starr didn’t need another hit to achieve legendary status in soul circles, so electrifying was that single performance. Nevertheless, he had several Top 10 hits on the R&B charts during the late ’60s and early ’70s, and enjoyed a brief renaissance in the disco era.

Johnny Cash The Greatest: The Number Ones

With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, Johnny Cash didn’t sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock ‘n roll. He created his own sub-genre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock ‘n roll, and the world-weariness of country.

Common Ground

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the American Book Award, the bestselling “Common Ground” is much more than the story of the busing crisis in Boston as shared through the experiences of three families. As Studs Terkel remarked, it’s “gripping, indelible…a truth about all large American cities.”

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious “shower scene.”

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man’s courage. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the “Nazi Olympics.”

The Sopranos

For six seasons, fans devotedly watched Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) struggle to balance his home life with the criminal organization he leads. Audiences tuned in to see the mob, the food, the family and who was next to be whacked. Now you can own what Vanity Fair called, “the greatest show in TV history”, in the ultimate “Sopranos” keepsake. Co-starring Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt and Joe Pantoliano.

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The Best of The Monkees

A treasure trove for all Monkees fans, this collection packages the jangly guitars and mop-topped harmonies of “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” the plaintive piano and Davy Jones’ wistful vocals on lovelorn ballad “Daydream Believer,” the woozy psychedelia of “Porpoise Song,” from the band’s trippy 1968 movie, “Head,” and much more.

Nevermind / Nirvana

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are,” “In Bloom,” “Lithium,” and “Breed” are corrosive anthems that ignited a movement, slammed shut a decade of excess, and catapulted the underground into the mainstream.

Warner Bros. Animation Art

Warner Bros made its archives available to researchers to trace the history of its most famous characters. This book traces the history of those characters and the artists that created them, telling the story of Warner Brothers, how the animation unit was established and how it grew.

King of the World

In charting Ali’s rise from the gyms of Louisville to his epochal fights against Liston and Floyd Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick creates a canvas of unparalleled richness. “King of the World” does justice to the speed, grace, courage, humor and ebullience of one of the greatest athletes and irresistibly dynamic personalities of our time.

Mrs. Doubtfire

The eccentric father (Robin Williams) of three children dresses as a British nanny so he can care for his children at the home of their unsuspecting mother (Sally Field) in this bright, heartwarming comedy directed by Chris Columbus.

The King's Speech

Winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor, “The King’s Speech” is based on the true story of King George VI’s quest to find his voice. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

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The Very Best of Paul Anka

One of the biggest teen idols of the late 1950s, Paul Anka moved to the adult sphere several years later and became a successful performer, songwriter, music businessman and recording artist, remaining so well into the new millennium.

Classic Masters / A Taste of Honey

Known for two huge and very dissimilar pop hits — “Boogie Oogie Oogie” and “Do It Good, and later, “Sukiyaki” — disco-soul group A Taste of Honey began in 1971, after Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, bass, guitar) and Perry Kibble (keyboards) met at an audition for vacation cruise gigs.

Blood in the Water

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History, this is an essential read for those who wish to understand the history of the U.S. prison system and mass incarceration. Author Heather Ann Thompson spent a decade fighting for access to the long hidden records, and painstakingly reviewing the evidence to find out what really happened. Her investment in time, blood, sweat and tears pays off for the reader!

Welcome Back, Kotter

It’s the sitcom that launched John Travolta’s acting career. When teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) returns to his former high school to head up a remedial class, the lovable losers and delinquents of Buchanan High known as “Sweathogs” accept their new mentor as they all laugh and learn together.

The Very Best of Otis Redding

One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern “deep soul” — hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads.

Reign Over Me

Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liv Tyler star in this heart-rending story about Charlie Fineman (Sandler), who has slipped away from reality after the sudden loss of his wife and children.

History Highlights

1900 – A hurricane packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour and a 15-foot storm surge slams into Galveston, Texas, devastating the island. About 8,000 people are killed, making the hurricane the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history up to that time.

1921 – Sixteen-year-old Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., is crowned the first Miss America at the end of a two-day pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

1966 – A television sci-fi phenom is born with the premiere of “Star Trek” on NBC. The first episode is called “The Man Trap.” The series, consisting of 79 episodes over three seasons, stars William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, first officer and science officer aboard the starship USS Enterprise. In the decades since the original series ended, “Star Trek” has lived on through spin-offs, movies and conventions.

1974 – President Gerald Ford attempts to give closure to the Watergate scandal by granting his predecessor, Richard Nixon, a pardon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. 

1974 – Daredevil Evel Knievel survives a failed bid to leap the mile-wide chasm of the Snake River Canyon (Idaho) on his rocket-powered motorcycle.

1986 – “The Oprah Winfrey Show” debuts as the first talk show hosted by a black woman. 

1994 – US Air Flight 427 crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport. All 132 people on board the Boeing 737 are killed. Investigators conclude the cause was a faulty rudder.

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Let's Get It On / Marvin Gaye

Serving as Marvin Gaye’s first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, “Let’s Get It On” incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop and quiet storm. This remastered edition contains single versions of “Let’s Get It On” and “You Sure Love to Ball.”

Get The Knack / The Knack

The Knack emerged from a late ’70s musical landscape that was morphing from rock and disco to rock, punk and new wave. Here is the digitally re-mastered edition of the LA rock quartet’s 1979 debut album, featuring their smash “My Sharona.”

Isaac's Storm

Torqued by drama and taut with suspense, this absorbing narrative of the 1900 hurricane that inundated Galveston, Texas, conveys the sudden, cruel power of the deadliest natural disaster in American history. Told largely from the perspective of Isaac Cline, the senior U.S. Weather Bureau official in Galveston at the time, the story considers an era when “the hubris of men led them to believe they could disregard even nature itself.”

Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel

New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville (“The Big Bam”) takes on controversial daredevil Evel Knievel, revealing an intimate, often alarming, and ultimately sad portrait of a man who lived precariously, both on and off his motorcycle.

The Pink Panther

Meet Inspector Clouseau, the bumbling French detective whose career is one misstep after another. Showcasing the comedic genius of Peter Sellers, “The Pink Panther” is the sidesplitting film that launched one of the greatest comedy series of all time.

Sentimentally Yours / Patsy Cline

One of the greatest singers in the history of country music, Patsy Cline also helped blaze a trail for female singers to assert themselves as an integral part of the Nashville-dominated country music industry. This is one of the finest compilations of Cline’s work ever recorded, capturing her unique renditions of music representing a variety of genres.

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The Real Buddy Holly Story

This is the definitive video biography of rock ‘n roll legend Buddy Holly. Produced and hosted by former Beatle, Paul McCartney.

Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend

This is the brilliant and heralded biography of one of rock & roll’s most notorious and beloved figures: The Who’s legendary drummer Keith Moon.

Hurricanes! History's Most Destructive Storms

Hurricane Betsy churns across extreme southern Florida en route to Louisiana where it kills 76 people and triggers widespread flooding. She’s the first hurricane to cause more than a billion dollars in damage, earning the nickname “Billion-Dollar Betsy.”

ESPN: The Uncensored History

The sports network ESPN debuts on cable TV.

The Simpsons: Season 1

All 13 episodes of the first season (1989-90) of the “The Simpsons” TV series on 3 discs. Set also includes a host of bonus materials including Matt Groening commentary and the “Some Enchanted Evening” episode that was never aired.

Across the Universe

“Across the Universe,” from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad.

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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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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.

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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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