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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 Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the “Nazi Olympics.”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 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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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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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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Abbey Road / The Beatles

The last album recorded by The Beatles but released before the temporarily shelved “Let It Be,” “Abbey Road” captures a briefly reinvigorated group trying one last time to pull it all together.

Super Hits: The Emotions

A trio of sisters with a strong gospel base, the Emotions were one of the leading female R&B acts of the ’70s. This compilation features their Grammy-winning pop/R&B smash, “Best of My Love.”

A History of Communications

“A History of Communications” advances a new theory of media that explains the origins and impact of different forms of communication — speech, writing, print, electronic devices and the Internet — on human history in the long term.

Reinhold Messner: My Life At The Limit

One of history’s greatest mountaineers, a man who pushed back the frontiers of the possible for a whole generation of climbers, shares details about his Himalayan conquests as well as his treks across Tibet, the Gobi, and Antarctica — and even discusses his five-year-stint as a member of the European Parliament and more.

Pleasantville

Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon star in this modern-day fairy tale in which an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies and dangers of real life when two late 20th Century teenagers accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white ’50s utopia, and set off a revolution.

The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg stars in this inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born lightweight title winner “Irish” Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale), a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime.

Celebrity Birthdays

1927 – Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

1933 – Director Roman Polanski, born Raimund Polanski, whose first American movie was 1968’s “Rosemary’s Baby”

1936 – Oscar-winning actor, director, producer and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford (“Barefoot in the Park,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Candidate,” “The Way We Were,” “The Sting,” “All the President’s Men,” “Ordinary People,” “Out of Africa,” “Legal Eagles,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)

1943 – Actor-comedian Martin Mull (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Fernwood 2 Night,” ” Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Two and a Half Men”)

1952 – Actor Patrick Swayze (“Red Dawn,” “Uncommon Valor,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost,” “Donnie Darko”) (d. 2009)

1957 – Actor-comedian Denis Leary (“True Crime,” the “Ice Age” movie series, “Rescue Me,” “Recount,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Draft Day,” “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”)

1969 – Golden Globe-winning actor Christian Slater (“The Legend of Billie Jean,” “Heathers,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “True Romance,” “Murder in the First,” “Mr. Robot”)

1969 – Oscar-winning actor-director Edward Norton (“Primal Fear,” “American History X,” “Fight Club,” “The Italian Job,” “The Illusionist,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)

1970 – Actor-director Malcolm-Jamal Warner, best known for his role as Theo Huxtable on the NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show”

1978 – Golden Globe-winning comedian, actor, musician and “SNL” alum Andy Samberg (“Hot Rod,” “I Love You, Man,” “That’s My Boy,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” the “Hotel Transylvania” movies, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)

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Neil Sedaka: The Definitive Collection

Singer-songwriter and pianist Neil Sedaka enjoyed two distinct periods of commercial success in two slightly different styles of pop music: first, as a teen pop star in the late ’50s and early ’60s, then as a singer of more mature pop/rock in the ’70s. This collection spans all three decades in packaging his most beloved work.

All The Great Hits / Diana Ross

This collection of Diana Ross’ best-known and adored hits is the perfect testament to her massive gift. Working closely with both singer/songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, as well as producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (both of Chic), Ross brought six songs to the top of the pop charts over a decade, and all are included here along with many others.

The Woman's Hour

This is the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Lolita

Awe and exhilaration — along with heartbreak and mordant wit — abound in “Lolita,” Vladimir Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.

Barefoot in the Park

Neil Simon adapted his hit play about a conservative young lawyer and his off-the-wall bride for this warm film classic. Robert Redford is Mr, Straight and Jane Fonda is his new wife, who dedicates her life to the pursuit of fun. As the ecstasy of the honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up housekeeping in a five-flight walk-up, the harmony of marriage turns to comical discord.

Fight Club

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac (Edward Norton) and a slippery soap salesman (Brad Pitt) channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Together they create a new “fight club” where young men come to relieve their frustrations by beating each other to a pulp. Directed by David Fincher.

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