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Richard Murdoch | 14:46 UK time, Friday, 26 November 2010

Could it be the most expensive album in the world? For over half a million pounds you could be the owner of the copy of Double Fantasy that John Lennon signed for his murderer Mark Chapman five hours before he was shot. This piece of music history from 1980 is going up for auction. We'll be playing a track from the recently released, and a lot cheaper, stripped back version tonight on Edith Bowman's Album Show from 8pm. Strangely John never thought much of his singing voice, lowered it in the mix and surrounded it with extra production. Yoko Ono has gone back into the studio and stripped back Double Fantasy to reveal a different side to the album which has changed the style and meaning of some of his last recordings. We think you'll enjoy it.

Edith is back with a new six week series making recommendations for your music collection whether it's new releases, reissues or classic albums. Tonight you'll hear tracks by Orange Juice, Take That, Kings Of Leon, Jimi Hendrix plus another solo Beatle who's just been remastered. We guarantee you'll love the voice of Rumer - a young British Karen Carpenter soundalike who's been discovered by Burt Bacharach. We also have American soul singer John Legend reveal his favourite albums and talk about his new release Wake Up which is a strong set of 60s & 70s soul & funk message songs. Again, another album that's worthy of a place on your shelf.

Hopefully over the next six weeks we'll encourage you to try new things, revisit old favourites and listen to albums as a whole body of work. All of the titles we feature are available to buy now and are great Christmas present suggestions for yourself or someone close to you. We promise that none of them will cost you a six figure sum like the one up for auction here.

Edith Bowman's Album Show starts Friday 26 November at 2005

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