Sumptuously packaged with gorgeous artwork and a mammoth booklet featuring photos from the band’s 17-year history, Pink Martini’s first best-of collection will provide a welcome distraction for fans while frontwoman China Forbes takes an enforced year off to rest her tired vocal cords (she’s due to hit the stage again by the middle of next year, touch wood). The 21-track collection features a wealth of previously unreleased material alongside the signature songs that’ve made this 13-piece Oregon ‘Little Orchestra’ such a cult hit since releasing their debut album in 1997. They cross styles, genres and even languages effortlessly — now’s the perfect time to catch up on what they’ve been up to.

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