Music: Roundup at the Rock Corral

From lush Linda to contrary Kinks, a list of holiday pleasures

Bruce Springsteen: Shut Out the Light (Columbia). This single song is under four minutes long but packs a punch stronger than most albums. His Born in the U.S.A., released in May, not only has no serious competition for album of the year (except maybe Prince's Purple Rain), it marked Springsteen's breakthrough to a wider audience. Newcomers should be tipped off to some information well known to fans of long standing: it pays to buy the single versions of the album's hits because stashed...

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