August 30, 1999 12:00 PM

>ARTIST OF THE CENTURY Elvis Presley (RCA) “Hearing him for the first time,” Bob Dylan says of His Rock Highness in liner notes to this unarguably titled 3-CD, 75-track collection, “was like busting out of jail.”

IT’S YOUR THING: THE STORY OF THE ISLEY BROTHERS The Isley Brothers (Epic/Legacy) From their 1950s rock classic “Shout (Parts 1&2)” to their polished R&B hits of the ’90s, the Isleys have been shakin’ it up, baby, for more than 40 years.

GAGA FOR YA-YA: ZYDECO MADNESS Various Artists (Allegro) The bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood inspired this collection of leap-froggin’ Louisiana Zydeco by many of its top practitioners.

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