EW Staff
November 18, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

Michael Jackson, Immortal
The soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil’s touring MJ extravaganza isn’t as revelatory — or as appealingly trippy — as Cirque’s Beatles-themed LOVE. (And no ”Rock With You”? Bad!) Still, ”Immortal Megamix” kind of rules: a perfect pop primer in a nine-minute package. BMikael Wood

Chris Cornell, Songbook
The Soundgarden frontman’s Valhalla-I’m-coming bellow is downgraded to a whimper on these live solo acoustic tracks. The Audioslave songs take the biggest hit; without amp-busting bluster, they’re barely there. CKyle Anderson

John Fahey, Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You: The Fonotone Years (1958-1965)
A rich exploration of Appalachian roots, Delta blues, and country, this isn’t just a celebration of the grandfather of steel-string guitar fingerpicking, it’s a history of American music. AMelissa Maerz

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