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What are the best rock and roll albums? VH1 will unveil its list of the "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll" in a five-hour, five-night special airing Jan. 15-19.

In the tradition of VH1's "100 Greatest" specials, "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll" features never-before-seen performance footage, rare photos, archival clips and new interviews with the artists, who talk about the effect and influence of rock's rich history of LP releases from the age of vinyl to the digital CD era.

The special, hosted by actor Jeff Bridges, covers the past 50 years.

VH1 sent ballots to more than 500 musicians and rock journalists. Among those artists casting their votes: Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Neil Finn (Crowded House), Roberta Flack, Art Garfunkel, Wyclef Jean, Carole King, Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider (the B-52s), the Mamas & the Papas' Michelle Phillips, Britney Spears, No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal, and Sly Stone.

Interviews include Mary J. Blige, Moby, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Chuck D (Public Enemy), Henry Rollins, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Robby Kreiger (the Doors), Hanson, Alice Cooper, James Taylor, Kid Rock, Sinead O'Connor, Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Slash (Guns N Roses), and Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads).

LOS ANGELES _ Jane Clayson, co-host of CBS' The Early Show with Bryant Gumble, will make her acting debut on the CBS series Welcome to New York.

Clayson will play herself on the show, which is about the reporters and producers of a New York-based news program.

The episode, titled The Cat and the Rat, is slated to air at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

_ Times wires