October brings a series of Icon greatest-hits compilations from Universal Music.
On sale this week are 11-song, single-disc releases for:
- Paula Abdul -- long before her days as Simon Cowell's reality show foil, she high-stepped up the charts with "Straight Up," "Opposites Attract" and "Rush Rush."
- The Commodores -- spanning their years with and without Lionel Richie. Among the tracks are "Brick House," "Easy," "Nightshift" and "Three Times a Lady."
- Crystal Gayle -- who comfortably straddled the border between pop and country with such crossover hits as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and "I'll Get Over You."
- Tom Jones -- who introduced himself to North Americans with "It's Not Unusual" and has been a staple of radio and live shows ever since. The set includes his movie themes "What's New Pussycat" and "Thunderball."
- Olivia Newton John -- whose country-pop roots with "Let Me Be There" and "Please Mister Please" evolved towards mainstream pop before the movie Grease elevated her to A-list status, followed by a rockier, more provocative stance in her sound. Her disc includes "Physical," "Xandau" and "Twist of Fate."
- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -- whose collection begins with "Mister Bojangles" and features several hits with guest stars -- "An American Dream" with Linda Ronstadt, "Make a Little Magic" with Nicolette Larson and "Fire in the Sky"with Kenny Loggins.