By EW Staff
Updated December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST



SWIZZ BEATZ Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories Features jams with LL Cool J, Bounty Killer, Ron Isley, and Metallica.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Catch Me if You Can Soundtrack John Williams’ 1960s-inspired jazz score, with cuts by Dusty Springfield and Sinatra.

AALIYAH I Care 4 U Career-spanning collection of the late singer’s greatest hits, plus the unreleased track ”Miss You.”

PHISH Round Room Their latest, the product of a four-day jam session, is sure to sound nothing like their 29 other albums.

ALANIS MORISSETTE Feast on Scraps: Inside Under Rug Swept An honest title for this CD/DVD set of live and leftover material.

THE GZA/GENIUS The Legend of the Liquid Sword The Wu-Tang Clan’s elder statesman releases his fourth solo LP.

VARIOUS ARTISTS La Boheme Broadway cast recording of Puccini’s classic 1896 opera done Baz Luhrmann-style.

COMMON Electric Circus Conceived in and named after Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio, Circus features Mary J., Prince, and Erykah Badu.

B2K pandemonium! With BSB and ‘N Sync on hiatus, expect this boy band’s sophomore effort to reign on Radio Disney.

ROXY MUSIC The Thrill of It All Good luck finding more than this has to offer — four discs of hits, rarities, and live tracks.


BLU CANTRELL Bittersweet Her career flagged when a skin mag ran oh-so-blue photos of her in ’01. Can she recover?

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL MTV Unplugged 2.0 You can almost hear the sound of the emo kids’ hearts breaking in the audience.

LIL’ ROMEO Game Time With his second LP, Master P’s prodigy inches closer to tween-hood — but he’s keeping the ”Lil’.”

NAS God’s Son Nas calls his new, stripped-down, anti-bling approach ”street-hop.” We call it a welcome relief.

NEW ORDER Retro Four CDs of hits, remixes, and live tracks from the Hacienda-spawned hitmakers’ 21-year career.

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST Rarities & Remixes In its heyday, the quirky New York rap trio was far too prolific for this set not to be a prize.