Sounds Of The Season

PERFORMERS: RECORDING STARS OF EVERY STRIPE

ALBUMS: CHRISTMAS MUSIC

THE BOTTOM LINE: The best of this year's holiday releases offer the chance to have yourself a multicultural Christmas.

With the cheerful cockiness that comes from being America's top recording star, Garth Brooks released his Christmas album, Beyond the Season, back in August. Brooks' homey compilation of such classics as Silent Night and What Child Is This quickly climbed the pop charts, remains in the Top 12 and promises to become one of those seasonal evergreens like Bing Crosby's Merry Christmas, first released in 1955 and still an annual best seller.

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