Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Listen

UPDATED 08/28/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/28/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

>THE DOO WOP BOX III Various Artists (Rhino)

Once there was harmony on earth—and it rocked. Here are 101 tracks of joyful street-corner sound, including 26 faves picked by doo-wop fans like comic George Carlin, Keith Richards, Robert Plant and Paul Simon.

FORTRESS Sister Hazel (Universal) With a bluesy, folk-rock beat, this Gainesville, Fla., quintet is led by singer-lyricist Ken Block, who sounds like a cross between the Counting Crows' Adam Duritz and power pop rocker Matthew Sweet.

DONNIE McCLURKIN: LIVE IN LONDON AND MORE... Donnie McClurkin (Verity)

Resisting pop's rich temptations, Detroit soul stirrer McClurkin—whose "I Am" is featured on one of the Prince of Egypt soundtracks—sings truly inspired gospel.

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