TINA TURNER ``Tina Live in Europe'' (Capitol/EMI C1-90126) - Double-record set chronicles the queen of rock-and-roll's 1985 ``Private Dancer'' tour and her 1987-88 ``Break Every Rule'' tour. David Bowie joins her on ``Let's Dance'' and ``Tonight.'' Other guests are Bryan Adams, Robert Cray, and Eric Clapton. Great concert ambiance shows Turner at her grittiest. VARIOUS ARTISTS ``Live for Ireland'' (MCA 42113) - This anthology presents a cross section of Irish popular musical talent from traditional (The Chieftains) to contemporary (In Tua Nua). The album is a concert recorded in Dublin. Included are U2 on Bob Dylan's ``Maggie's Farm;'' the Pogues' ``Dirty Old Town'' - also Elvis Costello, Chris De Burgh, and Clannad, among others.
THE POINTER SISTERS ``Serious Slammin''' (RCA 6562-1-R-A) - The title ``Shut Up and Dance'' expresses the mood on the Pointers' 16th LP, which is a relentless disco groove throughout. The beat and the feel are great, but the distinct quality of the Pointers' voices gets swallowed up. Includes ``I'm in Love,'' by Jonathan Butler.
CAST ALBUM: STEPHEN SONDHEIM ``Into the Woods'' (RCA 6706-1-RC) - Brilliant music and lyrics by Sondheim from his current Broadway show - a clever, multilayered amalgam of classic fairy tales. Sondheim's melodies here aren't as distinctive as those of, say, ``Sweeney Todd'' or ``Pacific Overtures,'' but his marvelously frenetic recitatives and Jonathan Tunick's splendidly complex orchestrations are as satisfying as ever. Features Bernadette Peters as the Witch.
DAVID ARKENSTONE ``Valley in the Clouds'' (Narada Mystique CD-2001) - Arkenstone plays piano, guitar, flute, harp, bass, and synthesizers, and writes music that falls loosely into the New Age category - a mixture of acoustic and electronic, classical and rock. Arkenstone has the orchestrator's touch, and his majestic themes would make a great movie score.
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE ``Sincerely, Sister Rosetta Tharpe'' (Rosetta Records, RR1317, 115 W. 16th Street, New York, NY 10011) - Rosetta Tharpe brought gospel music to the secular stage in 1938. Here she's heard in a variety of settings that complement her gutsy voice and distinctive guitar. The selections, both sacred and secular, span her career from 1941 to 1969. The album is attractively packaged, with extensive historical liner notes.
JAMES MOODY ``Moving Forward'' (RCA Novus 3026-1-N) - Saxophonist/flutist Moody is one of those veterans of jazz who's always moving forward. Here he takes familiar jazz tunes and adds new harmonic and stylistic twists. Note especially the soft rock intro, eerie synthesizer chords, and tempo changes on John Coltrane's ``Giant Steps,'' not to mention Moody's ever-fresh improvisations throughout.