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**** THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE, "Emancipation," NRG/EMI. For those who have tolerated his antics, here's the payoff: a three-CD tribute to spiritual freedom and romantic commitment that features his best work since, well, since he was Prince.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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