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Contemporary Christian

Some of these are quite dated. But they're as good now as they were when they were first played.

Going Public
Newsboys $16.98
The classic Newsboys album. Each is different and fun in its own way. My other favorites are Not Ashamed, Take Me to Your Leader, and Step Up to the Microphone.

Worship Again
Michael W. Smith $17.98
A wonderful worship album by a pillar of the CCM genre. My favorite song on this album is "You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)" - it's a great "parts" song, and I loved singing it in chapel at college. This is a follow-up on Worship.

Anybody Out There?
Burlap to Cashmire $13.98
Timeless ... Greek, I believe... style music, lots of fun. You heard the title track on the radio a lot a few years ago, as well as "Digge Dime" and "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth." Check out lead singer/guitarist Steven Delopoulos' solo album Me Died Blue.

Llegar a Ti
Jaci Velasquez $11.98
A rich album ranging from the impossible-to-sit-still-for "Con Tu Amor" to the translated version of "Un Lugar Celestial" to the lovely title track. A newer Spanish-language album is also available, Mi Corazon, as well as albums in English, such as Heavenly Place and Crystal Clear.

Live for You
Rachael Lampa $11.98
A fun album with a great variety. The fact that three of the songs have been overplayed on the radio only attests to the popularity of her music; my two favorite songs are "Shaken" and "Hide Me." Also by Rachel: Kaleidoscope.

Third Day $17.98
Third Day's live worship album. A must-own. Also available: Offerings II: All I Have to Give

Free at Last
DC Talk $13.98
An oldie but a goodie; the classic DC Talk album. This is the 10-year anniversary version, with a few remixes. There's also a version for a few dollars more that has video - interviews, music video, etc. I also recommend Jesus Freak and Supernatural - each has a different sound, and is good in its own way. --


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Howard Shore $19.98
The award-winning soundtrack to the powerful epic comes in three parts, as did the movie itself. Be sure to add The Two Towers and The Return of the King to your list.

Braveheart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
James Horner $18.98
This is the absolutely best soundtrack ever (though since "Lord of the Rings" came out, it's gotten a bit hazy). There is a second album, More Music from Braveheart, which contains some new and some reused songs along with important spoken lines from the movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Klaus Badelt $18.98
The Pirates soundtrack is an exciting adventure from beginning to end. I also enjoy the Gladiator soundtrack, on which Badelt collaborated with Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. (If you listen closely, a couple tracks sound similar... oddly enough, they're not the ones Badelt worked on....)

Jurassic Park
John Williams $18.98
Play a stanza or two and see how many of your friends can name the movie. I bet they all can! It's a lovely composition, and it sticks with you (like that ripple-in-the-glass-of-water thing, or the "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" gag).

coverStar Wars Trilogy
John Williams $16.98
It's not the whole trilogy, just select pieces. Perfect for fans on a budjet. My favorite is Princess Leia's Theme, with the volume cranked up.

Michael W. Smith $17.98
This is a CD of purely instrumental music; all but one are original compositions, and it has been called a soundtrack without a movie. Beautiful! --


1997 Original Broadway Cast: Henry Krieger, Bill Russell, Emily Skinner, Alice Ripley, Ken Jennings, Jeff McCarthy, Norm Lewis $17.98
A touching and powerful musical based on the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, siamese twins who went from the sideshow to vaudville to the movies (Freaks and Chained for Life). Though the soundtrack doesn't contain all the sung dialog, it has all the big numbers.

This One's From the Heart
James Darren $17.98
A CD inspired by Vic Fontane's songs on Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (Soundtrack)
Various Artists $13.98
This Grammy-winning soundtrack is one of the best. The idea of bluegrass and country would have turned me off if I hadn't gotten stuck watching the movie once; as soon as it ended, I put the soundtrack at the top of my birthday wish list. It never gets old. The soundtrack for Cold Mountain shares a producer and contains "The Scarlet Tide" and "My Ain True Love," both nominated for Academy Awards. The "Cold" CD isn't as good overall, though. Also available: Down from the Mountain: Live Concert Performances by the Artists & Musicians of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and O Sister! The Women's Bluegrass Collection.

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