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Noteworthy CD releases

Reviews of five soundtrack collections, from the stellar 'WALL-E' to the haunting score of the legendary 'Gloomy Sunday.'

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WALL-E: Thomas Newman (Walt Disney Records/Pixar)

With its subtle and appropriate tributes to "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" marbled throughout, Pixar's best film to date displays the talents of eight-time Oscar bridesmaid Thomas Newman at their best. Two story-essential Michael Crawford tracks from "Hello, Dolly!" are included, as is Louis Armstrong's memorable "La Vie en Rose." The obligatory cut from the big music star (Peter Gabriel), "Down To Earth," is warm and calming, but would be disposable if it were not so critical to the end-credits afterstory. The 100 percent recycled brown-bag packaging makes for a release as nearly perfect as the film. Grade: A

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL: John Williams (Concord Records)

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