Adam Sandler--Saturday Night Live MVP, movie star and all-around swell guy--follows the success of his debut album, They're All Gonna Laugh At You, with a collection of sketches and songs that's even more uproariously funny than the first one. Certified double platinum by the RIAA 2/99. If Sandler had shelved about half the material on this bloated 75-minute disc, he would have done the listener a big favor. At times, the relentless, one-note routines actually work. Sandler gets plenty of mileage out of fart after fart on "The Hypnotist." And every time the wise guys on "Respect" mumble that word, the funnier it gets. But too many skits go on forever. Lacking dramatic shape, they just hammer away at worn-out riffs. The five "Excited Southerner" tracks could certainly have been dumped. Sandler and his cowriters apparently think that the excited Southerner's stutter is enough to make these bits funny. Besides the dozen-plus comic routines, the disc contains seven songs, five of which feature full-blown musical productions and L.A. studio musicians. The standout number is "The Chanukah Song," one of two live recordings that feature a solo Sandler accompanying himself on guitar. --Fred Cisterna
Led Zeppelin Remasters - 3 Cd Set US 3-CD set One of the few truly bigger-than-life rock bands, Led Zeppelin continues to cast a giant shadow over contemporary rock two decades after the group's breakup. The slickly packaged set offers a solid introduction to the band's work, with two discs of remastered, sonically upgraded album tracks, plus a third disc of interviews with surviving bandmembers Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. Hearing all these Zep classics--"Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," "Dazed and Confused," "Rock and Roll," "Kashmir," "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," "Good Times Bad Times," "Heartbreaker," "Houses of the Holy," and "The Song Remains the Same"--assembled in one package is an impressive testament to the group's pervasive influence. --Scott Schinder
Weird Al Yankovic ~ Dare To Be Stupid A handful of contemporary movies have whimsically looked back at the '80s. Various bands have borrowed from the time period's musical trends with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. But Weird Al was busy sending up that decade while it was still happening. On Dare to Be Stupid, Yankovic parodies, among other things, smash hits by two reigning divas of yore. "Like A Surgeon" turns Madonna's song into an inexperienced doctor's first-person account of his, uh, practice. Weird Al's version of a certain Cyndi Lauper hit proclaims, "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch." In this loony world, the object of desire in "I Want a New Drug" is transformed into a duck. On "Yoda," Yankovic targets the Kinks' early '70s hit, "Lola." Who else but Weird Al would turn a song about sexual identity and confusion into a tune about George Lucas's "wrinkled and green" creature? --Fred Cisterna
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
1. Never Wanted Nothing More2. Don't Blink3. Shiftwork (Duet With George Strait)4. Just Not Today5. Wife And Kids6. Got A Little Crazy7. Better As A Memory8. Dancin' For The Groceries9. Wild Ride (Featuring Joe Walsh)10. Scare Me11. Demons For his huge, rabid, and largely female fan base, the country hunk can do no wrong, and this release will satisfy the faithful. Though the title makes no sense--Chesney wrote none of the material on Just Who I Am, and itâ€™s unlikely he thinks of himself as plural poets and pirates--the material, performances, and support rank from solid to state-of-the-art. He waxes philosophic on the hit "Donâ€™t Blink." He teams with George Strait for the Caribbean-flavored "Shiftwork," a song that will doubtlessly inspire double-entendre barroom sing-alongs. He channels of the soul of a stripper whoâ€™s just trying to support her family on "Dancinâ€™ for the Groceries." And he does a convincing Dwight Yoakam sound-alike on the honky-tonkerâ€™s "Wild Ride," with Eaglesâ€™ Joe Walsh riding shotgun on lead guitar (and "Rocky Mountain Way" voice box). When youâ€™re as hot as Chesney, you get your pick of material and musicians, including Vince Gill on guitar and Mickey Raphael on harmonica. Chesney may be more of a brand than an artist, but he remains a remarkably successful one. --Don McLeese Kenny Chesney Photos Â Â More from Kenny Chesney Kenny Chesney - Greatest Hits When the Sun Goes Down Live: Live Those Songs Again Everywhere We Go The Road and the Radio No Shoes No Shirt No Problems Be As You Are I Will Stand
Manufacturer: Shout Factory
Tom's first hits CD and first live DVD in one set! You'll hear his whimsically skewering songs ( Fight Fiercely, Harvard; When You Are Old and Grey; Smut; New Math; The Masochism Tango; I Got It from the Agnes; The Vatican Rag , and more) and see videos, animated clips from The Electric Company and a 1967 Oslo concert by the man Dr. Demento called "the best musical satirist of the 20th century"!