Best of 1991

POPULAR

1 THE COMPLETE CAPITOL RECORDINGS OF THE NAT KING COLE TRIO (Mosaic).

Enough music (18 CDs, 349 tunes) to carry you through until the Fourth of July. Enough jazz artistry and pop dexterity to confirm Cole (if reminders are still needed) as one of the seminal talents of American music. And so much joyous musicmaking that it's virtually Unforgettable.

2. VAN MORRISON: HYMNS TO THE SILENCE (Polydor).

This wild Irish heart has been making great rock 'n' roll for (can it be!) more than 25 years now, and this two-CD set is another great chapter in a musical autobiography that...