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Grammy Awards: 50th Anniversary Collection

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A Hear Music release available through Starbucks stores, Grammy Awards: 50th Anniversary Collection is a double-disc collection containing 30 Grammy-winning tracks from throughout the award's history. The point of this set is broad range, so it runs the gamut from Bobby Darin to Gorillaz, which on page seems like it's not to the tastes of all listeners but in practice, this contains 30 songs that appeal to the broadest possible audience, the kind of tunes everybody knows. The only exceptions to this rule are the few recent songs, as John Mayer's "Gravity" simply isn't as widely played as Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" or Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night," but that hardly hurts this as the majority of this disc is devoted to the kinds of songs that are heard everywhere all the time: Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind," Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Getz & Gilberto's "The Girl from Ipanema," Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'," Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years," Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way," the Police's "Every Breath You Take," and Sade's "Smooth Operator," for example. For those who don't already have these songs somewhere in their collection, this is a good way to get them all at once.

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