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Smooth Swedish jazz from Koop; Novelist, poet, songwriter Charles Trenet; Self-taught guitar wonder Johnny Smith; Murdering music with Spike Jones; The digital rebirth of Enrico Caruso; A bit of paradise from Ennio Morricone; A sneak preview of all-new Peter Gabriel

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Enrico Caruso, Ennio Morricone, Peter Gabriel

Waltz for Koop

Waltz for Koop

  • Artist: Koop
  • Album: Waltz for Koop
  • Song: Waltz for Koop

Like smooth cocktail jazz, NPR music reviewer Michell Mercer calls Koop the "musical equivalent of anti-depressant light visors."

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  • Album: Waltz for Koop
  • Artist: Koop
 
La Mer

Hop Hop

  • Artist: Charles Trenet
  • Album: La Mer
  • Song: Hop Hop

When Charles Trenet died last year, he left behind several novels, poetry, and nearly a thousand original songs. Known as the "singing fool," Trenet's music was playful and always beautiful.

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  • "Hop Hop"
  • Album: La Mer
  • Artist: Charles Trenet
 
Moonlight in Vermont

Moonlight in Vermont

  • Artist: Johnny Smith
  • Album: Moonlight In Vermont
  • Song: Moonlight in Vermont

Entirely self-taught, Johnny Smith was one of the most sought-after session guitarists of the '40s and '50s. He's alive and well, living in Colorado. But, remarkably, Smith has quit playing the guitar all together.

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  • "Moonlight in Vermont"
  • Album: Moonlight in Vermont
  • Artist: Johnny Smith
  • Label: Blue Note
 
Greatest Hits

Holiday for Strings

  • Artist: Spike Jones
  • Album: Greatest Hits [RCA]
  • Song: Holiday for Strings

Known for his first-class musical mayhem, Spike Jones made melodies from an odd assortment of noise-makers, from car horns to washboards and handguns.

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  • Album: Greatest Hits
  • Artist: Spike Jones
  • Label: RCA
 
Italian Songs

O Sole Mio

  • Artist: Enrico Caruso
  • Album: Italian Songs
  • Song: O Sole Mio

Once considered the greatest tenor in the world, Enrico Caruso died more than 80 years ago. His voice returns now backed by an all-new orchestra on this digital miracle from RCA.

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  • "O Sole Mio"
  • Album: Italian Songs
  • Artist: Enrico Caruso
 
Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

  • Artist: Ennio Morricone
  • Album: Cinema Paradiso
  • Song: Cinema Paradiso

Ennio Morricone was first recognized nearly 40 years ago for the Spaghetti Western soundtracks he wrote for Sergio Leone. Today he's considered one of the most important and prolific composers of the 20th century. His soundtrack for the film Cinema Paradiso is one of his most popular.

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  • Album: Cinema Paradiso
  • Artist: Ennio Morricone
  • Label: DRG
 
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Signal to Noise

  • Artist: Peter Gabriel
  • Album: Up
  • Song: Signal to Noise

On his first collection of new songs in ten years, Peter Gabriel explores death, depression, loneliness, loss and, ultimately, hope.

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  • Album: Up
  • Artist: Peter Gabriel
  • Label: Geffen
 

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