Music: Pick of the Pops

Neil Sedaka: Sedaka's Back (Rocket). As an early '60s teen-age idol of prom crowds in strapless formals and ducktail haircuts, Sedaka wrote more than 75 top ten hits. Then the Beatles squeezed out shooby-dooby, and Sedaka slipped into obscurity. In his first U.S. album in twelve years, he retains his cozy, cheerful style; yet his songs dig deeper. Laughter in the Rain is already a hit, and Solitaire and Standing on the Inside have high musical polish.

Arthur, Hurley & Gottlieb: Sun light Shinin' (A&M). This is the second album of a trio whose...

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