January 25, 1988 12:00 PM

For better and worse, rock ‘n’ roll shows no signs of boogying off into the sunset, R&B remains an ongoing beat, and country fans are still standing by their music. There does, however, seem to be a fresh appreciation for those tunes loosely grouped under the term “standards.” The following albums, by performers both familiar and new, offer an implicit salute to that form of pop music:

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