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November 26, 2010

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Regina Spektor, “Live in London’’ Anyone who has seen her live knows this quirky singer-songwriter is best experienced in the flesh. That’s when you get the stories behind the songs and Spektor’s irresistible stage banter. Recorded mostly at London’s Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, this CD/DVD combo features more than 20 songs spanning her career, from her 2004 debut to last year’s “Far.’’

Alison Brown Quartet, “Live at Blair’’ Filmed at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, this intimate concert captures banjo virtuoso Brown and her fine band pickin’ and grinnin’ through 11 of the quartet’s original compositions that blur the line between bluegrass and jazz. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven is a special guest.

Michael Jackson, “Michael Jackson’s Vision’’ Behold the mother lode of the Gloved One’s most iconic moments on celluloid. Through 4 1/2 hours on three discs, this deluxe box set compiles all of the videos Jackson produced as a solo artist, from cinematic masterpieces (“Thriller,’’ “Billie Jean’’), to collaborations with fabled directors (Martin Scorsese, John Landis). A bonus disc includes performances with the Jacksons and Paul McCartney and the previously unreleased “One More Chance.’’

Eric Clapton, “Crossroads’’ Recorded in June at Chicago’s Toyota Park, this edition of the fest — Clapton’s third — corrals over two dozen of the best six-string slayers in the land to benefit Clapton’s substance abuse treatment center in Antigua. The lollapalooza of ax ecstasy with slingers both classic (B.B. King, Jeff Beck) and contemporary (John Mayer, Robert Randolph) is a cross-genre feast of folk, jazz, blues, country, and rock.

Bizet, “Carmen’’ The Met’s new production of “Carmen,’’ directed by Richard Eyre, was the company’s runaway hit last year, loved by connoisseurs and the hoi polloi. Watch the smoldering Elina Garanca in the title role and the passionately eloquent Roberto Alagna as Don José, and it will be perfectly obvious why.

Paul McCartney & Wings, “Band on the Run’’ Fans can choose from three versions of this reissue. There is the single, pristinely remastered disc of the album that included “Jet’’ and the title track among its hits. The special edition three-disc set includes a bonus disc of nine tracks and a DVD with a groovy 1974 TV special, promotional clips, and home video from the period. The deluxe set for big spenders throws in a 120-page book with previously unpublished Linda McCartney photos.

Beyoncé, “I Am . . . World Tour’’ Beyoncé worked hard on her last world tour — hitting six continents for 108 shows — in support of the naughty-and-nice extremes of 2009’s “I Am . . . Sasha Fierce.’’ For everyone who got shut out of the sold-out shows, this DVD keepsake proves “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’’ translated in any country. The film should especially appeal to Boston fans who missed out on the tour when Beyoncé’s only local stop, at the TD Garden, was canceled for logistical problems.