From Seattle, that hotbed of hot bands, comes a galvanizing major-label debut by three young scruffs mixing metal, punk and pop in a psychedelic cauldron. (DGC)

Bazerk Bazerk Bazerk
Remember the blazing, fall-down intensity of James Brown at his funky best? That exquisite sweat is what S.O.B.'s four guys and a gal bring to the nasty of rap. (Soul/MCA)

The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3
The rarities make it a collector's must. The ardent, articulate songs make it a testament to Dylan the searing visionary. (Columbia)

Dream Keeper
Haden and arranger-composer Carla Bley transform Latin folk melodies into a stirring jazz suite and an embracing song of freedom. (Blue Note)

Cole ranges far from R & B pop in these 22 songs associated with her celebrated father. But she sings them, as Nat did, with unrelenting sensitivity, grace and gentle swing. (Elektra)

My Father's Son
Having neither to defend a place among country's old guard nor joust with young pretenders, Skaggs just keeps making thoughtful, vigorous, entertaining music. (Epic)

Brenda Lee
She brings striking verve and lyrical understanding to a superb set of songs. Just let one of those Rebacome-latelies try singing "Some of These Days." (Warner Bros.)

Up from the underground, these five young Brits have smarts and a slashing urgency that bring to mind early U2. (SBK)

Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
Not only can they rap, they can make music. A ravishing breakthrough. (Gee St.)

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
At last on CD, his famed 1932—35 cycle is even more transcendent. Still the one to beat, flubbed notes or no. (EMI)

>•CHARLES BROWN All My Life [Rounder] •DAVIS DANIEL Fighting Fire with Fire [PolyGram] •KIRSTY MACCOLL Electric landlady [Charisma] •MARCUS ROBERTS Alone with Three Giants [RCA/Novus] •SOUNDGARDEN Badmotorfinger [A&M]