In light of the forthcoming Presidential Inauguration, we’re kicking off this month’s issue with a review of the official Barack Obama campaign CD, Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement. Following is our annual wrap-up called the “Best of the Rest,” where we take a brief look at items published in early to mid 2008 that were not previously covered in Black Grooves. Categories include CD Box Sets, DVDs, Books, Notable Reissues, Classical Music, Hip Hop, Gospel, Jazz and Blues, R&B/Soul/Funk/Rock, and World/Folk/Reggae Music. This is by no means an exhaustive list– we’ll still be picking up some 2008 releases in future issues. Feel free to contact us with your own “2008 Best of the Rest” nominees.