Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The List of Lists 2018

Archival lists: This is last year in which I'll be working with the master lists I put together in '09, so to empty out the archive and all its attendant data I'm making this an extra long post, containing everything I haven't already posted from that batch of stuff in the previous ten years at this blog. Needless to say, I already find a number of elements of these lists wrong and inadequate, but broadly -- they're basically me, what can I say? No further comments at this time. I'm well into sweeping revisions of all of this stuff, which you'll start to see on the next cycle through them all soon enough.

New lists: the bootleg list, explained further under the header; and favorite 1958 songs and 1968 songs, the results of much plundering and scrounging and remembering. I had a blast as always. Happy new year, everybody.

MY FAVORITE BOOTLEGS
Because of the next-to-nonsensical way in which boots are put out in the world, especially in the internet-age, this list doesn't necessarily correspond to my ratings per se; for example, until this year the list would have included the Beatles' Esher demos near the top, but I don't have any disc in my collection (and thus rated) that strictly consists of those recordings. As a result, this is a bit of a grab bag but hopefully coherent. As you know, I only go as far as bootlegs for a very small number of bands and artists; and in many cases, like the Beatles and Beach Boys, I'm an avid collector and completist but I can't really hold any particular full discs up as particularly great for casual listening. That said, if you let me put together a compilation of my favorite unreleased tracks by either, they'd surely both score top five spots on this. That's probably true of studio outtakes in general -- there are bits and pieces I treasure all over the place, including from some of these same artists, but larger collections tend inevitably to be hit-and-miss. Also, I'm sure there's some Dylan stuff that belongs here, but I've seen fit to just wait for Columbia to release everything themselves, and so far I've gotten plenty to work with! I've also chosen a representative YLT show but there are so many that I love, especially Freewheelin' shows whose dates I don't have time to look up at the moment -- I'll more carefully rate those in the future and probably tell you more than you ever wanted to know about them. (This also goes for Neutral Milk Hotel; almost all of the shows that circulate from the late '90s are remarkable in one way or another.)

With my favorite R.E.M. shows I run into the same trouble I have with the Beatles' live material that I appreciate: I think they're fun for me because I love the band; without that existing relationship I don't know how much value the recordings would have. That isn't true at all for the Prince and Television shows listed here.

1. Prince: Small Club [live 1988-08-19 Paard Van Troje, The Netherlands]
2. Talking Heads: Stardust Room, Las Vegas [live 1979-09-26]
3. The Clash: Going to the Disco [live 1976-09-05, The Roundhouse, London]
4. Television: Live @ the Whisky A Go Go [live 1977-04-05/14, Los Angeles]
5. Stevie Wonder: Live in NYC 1975 [live 1974-12-06 Madison Square Garden, NYC]
6. Prince: City Lights [live 1985-01-04 The Omni, Atlanta]
7. The Velvet Underground: Live at End Cole Ave. [live Oct. 1969, Dallas]
8. Television: Piccadilly Inn [live 1975-07-25, Cleveland]
9. Prince: The Work, Vol. 1 [boxed set of studio outtakes]
10. The Beatles: Get Back [Glyn Johns' third assembly] / The Beatles: The Complete Rooftop Concert [live 1969-01-30 Apple Studios, London]
11. The Clash: Agora 1979 [live 1979-02-13, Cleveland]
11. Talking Heads: Sharp Objects [live 1977-12-03, Old Waldorf, San Francisco]
12. Yo La Tengo: Hanukkah with Andrew Bird [live 2012-12-14, Maxwell's, Hoboken]

1958 SONGS
A new list, heaps of good times; probably 40 A+ tunes here. In addition to what I already knew and loved, I queued up hundreds of songs I couldn't recall or didn't know on Youtube, found several that really stood out and tried to rank them as best as I could; though the standard caveat applies with material that's new to me, meaning that this list will probably look very different in another year or two. Rockabilly got sexy in '58. Anyway, as with 1956 and '57, one of the best years ever for American singles; the Everlys' masterpiece "Problems" being as low as #12 says a great deal, I think. Favorite new discoveries this round: "Jennie Lee" by the Dominoes, and the Musical Linn Twins' "Rockin' Out the Blues," one of the most rapturously primitive records I've ever heard. The vocals sound like fucking Alan Vega! (Special note also to "Lover Boy" by the Cleftones for taking up what may be permanent residence in my head.)

1. Chuck Berry "Sweet Little Sixteen" (Chess)
2. Little Richard "Good Golly Miss Molly" (Specialty)
3. Johnny Cash "I Still Miss Someone" (Columbia)
4. The '5' Royales "Don't Let It Be in Vain" (King)
5. Screamin' Jay Hawkins "Alligator Wine" (OKeh)
6. Chuck Berry "Johnny B. Goode" (Chess)
7. Chuck Berry "Reelin' and Rockin'" (Chess)
8. The '5' Royales "The Slummer the Slum" (King)
9. The Staple Singers "I Had a Dream" (Vee Jay)
10. Little Richard "Ooh! My Soul" (Specialty)
11. Jerry Lee Lewis "High School Confidential" (Sun)
12. The Everly Brothers "Problems" (Cadence)
13. Link Wray "Rumble" (Cadence)
14. Screamin' Jay Hawkins "There's Something Wrong with You" (OKeh)
15. Eddie Cochran "Summertime Blues" (Liberty)
16. Buddy Holly "It's So Easy" (Brunswick)
17. Jackie Wilson "Lonely Teardrops" (Brunswick)
18. Chuck Berry "Around and Around" (Chess)
19. The Everly Brothers "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (Cadence)
20. Buddy Holly "Think It Over" (Brunswick)
21. The Teddy Bears "To Know Him Is to Love Him" (Dore)
22. Buddy Holly "Early in the Morning" (Coral)
23. Elizabeth Cotten "Freight Train" (Folkways)
24. The Everly Brothers "Devoted to You" (Cadence)
25. Peggy Lee "Fever" (Capitol)
26. Buddy Holly "Rave On" (Coral)
27. Lloyd Price "Stagger Lee" (ABC-Paramount)
28. Johnny Cash "Guess Things Happen That Way" (Sun)
29. The Coasters "Yakety Yak" (Atco)
30. Connie Francis "Stupid Cupid" (MGM)
31. Carl Perkins "Lend Me Your Comb" (Sun)
32. Cannonball Adderley "Dancing in the Dark" (Blue Note LP: Somethin' Else)
33. Duane Eddy "Rebel Rouser" (Jamie)
34. Chuck Berry "It Don't Take But a Few Minutes" (Chess LP: One Dozen Berrys)
35. Howlin' Wolf "Poor Boy" (Chess)
36. The Everly Brothers "Down in the Willow Garden" (Cadence LP: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us)
37. Carl Perkins "Glad All Over" (Sun)
38. Buddy Holly "Look at Me" (Coral LP: Buddy Holly)
39. Brenda Lee "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Decca)
40. Chuck Berry "Carol" (Chess)
41. Dion & the Belmonts "I Wonder Why" (Laurie)
42. James Brown "Try Me" (Federal)
43. Hank Mizell "Jungle Rock" (Eko)
44. The Everly Brothers "Claudette" (Cadence)
45. Kip Tyler & the Flips "She's My Witch" (Ebb)
46. The Big Bopper "Little Red Riding Hood" (Mercury)
47. Huey 'Piano' Smith & the Clowns "Don't You Just Know It" (Ace)
48. Billy Ward & the Dominoes "Jennie Lee" (Liberty)
49. Buddy Holly "Maybe Baby" (Brunswick)
50. Chuck Berry "Beautiful Delilah" (Chess)
51. Duane Eddy "Ramrod" (Jamie)
52. The Silhouettes "Get a Job" (Junior)
53. The Musical Linn Twins "Rockin' Out the Blues" (Blue Feather)
54. Bobby Day "Rock-in' Robin" (Class)
55. Tarheel Slim "Number 9 Train" (Fury)
56. Clyde McPhatter "A Lover's Question" (Atlantic)
57. The Champs "Tequila" (Challenge)
58. Curley Jim & the Billey Rocks "Rock & Roll Itch" (Metro)
59. The Collins Kids "Whistle Bait" (Columbia)
60. Esquerita "Rockin' the Joint" (Capitol)
61. Muddy Waters "Close to You" (Chess)
62. Howlin' Wolf "Moanin' for My Baby" (Chess)
63. Jerry Butler & the Impressions "For Your Precious Love" (Falcon)
64. The Staple Singers "Low Is the Way" (Vee Jay)
65. Big Danny Oliver "Sapphire" (Trend)
66. Ritchie Valens "Come On, Let's Go" (Del-Fi)
67. Little Willie John "Talk to Me, Talk to Me" (King)
68. The Platters "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Mercury)
69. Jerry Lee Lewis "Down the Line" (Sun)
70. Little Richard "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!" (Specialty)
71. Buddy Holly "I'm Gonna Love You Too" (Coral)
72. Dale Hawkins "Tornado" (Checker)
73. Cadillacs "Oh Oh Lolita" (Josie)
74. Al Casey "I Got the Teen-Age Blues" (Highland)
75. Johnny Otis "Willie and the Hand Jive" (Capitol)
76. Dee Clark "Nobody But You" (Abner)
77. Sam Cooke "Win Your Love for Me" (Keen)
78. Buddy Holly "Well... All Right" (Coral)
79. Howlin' Wolf "Change My Way" (Chess)
80. Ray Charles "Talkin' 'Bout You" (Atlantic)
81. Jody Reynolds "Endless Sleep" (Demon)
82. Magic Sam "Easy Baby" (Cobra)
83. Larry Williams "Slow Down" (Specialty)
84. John Lee Hooker "I Love You Honey" (Vee Jay)
85. The Big Bopper "Chantilly Lace" (Mercury)
86. Huey 'Piano' Smith & the Clowns "Don't You Know Yockomo" (Ace)
87. Jimmy Lloyd "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket" (Roulette)
88. Ritchie Valens "La Bamba" (Del-Fi)
89. The Bobbettes "Zoomy" (Atlantic)
90. The Olympics "Western Movies" (Demon)
91. Duane Eddy "Cannonball" (Jamie)
92. Bo Diddley "Dearest Darling" (Checker)
93. Howlin' Wolf "Sitting on Top of the World" (Chess)
94. The Monotones "Zombi" (Argo)
95. Jerry Lee Lewis "Breathless" (Sun)
96. Ray Charles "Rockhouse" (Atlantic)
97. Jimmy McCracklin "The Walk" (Checker)
98. The Coasters "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have to Pass" (Atco)
99. Duane Eddy "Movin' N Groovin'" (Jamie)
100. Kip Tyler & the Flips "Jungle Hop" (Challenge)
101. The Diamonds "The Stroll" (Mercury)
102. The Cleftones "Lover Boy" (Gee)
103. Jerry Byrne "Lights Out" (Specialty)
104. The Cadillacs "Peek-a-Boo" (Josie)
105. Cliff Richard "Move It" (Columbia)
106. Chanters "My, My Darling" (DeLuxe)
107. Ronnie Self "Bop-a-Lena" (Columbia)
108. The Chordettes "Lollipop" (Cadence)
109. The Fiestas "So Fine" (Old Town)
110. Bobby Hendricks "Itchy Twitchy Feeling" (Sue)
111. The Magnificents "Don't Leave Me" (Vee Jay)
112. The Big Bopper "Old Maid" (Mercury)
113. Sam Cooke "Lonely Island" (Keen)
114. Buddy Holly "Heartbeat" (Coral)
115. Bill Allen & the Back Beats "Please Give Me Something" (Imperial)
116. The Everly Brothers "Bird Dog" (Cadence)
117. Roy Hamilton "Don't Let Go" (Epic)
118. Noble 'Thin Man' Watts & His Rhythm Sparks "Hard Times (The Slop)" (Baton)
119. Fats Domino "Coquette" (Imperial)
120. Eddie Fontaine "Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)" (Sunbeam)
121. The Silhouettes "Headin' for the Poorhouse" (Ember)
122. Ruth Brown "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'" (Atlantic)
123. Sonny Boy Williamson "Your Funeral & My Trial" (Checker)
124. Ritchie Valens "Framed" (Del-Fi)
125. Mamie Bradley "I Feel Like a Million" (Chess)
126. Wanda Jackson "Mean Mean Man" (Capitol)
127. The Quin-Tones "Down the Aisle of Love" (Red Top)
128. The Monotones "Tom Foolery" (Argo)
129. Billy Smith "Tell Me Baby" (Red Hed)
130. Chuck Willis "What Am I Living For" (Atlantic)
131. Lattie Moore "Why Did You Lie to Me" (Starday)
132. Jackie Wilson "To Be Loved" (Brunswick)
133. Allen Page "She's the One That's Got It" (Moon)
134. Lazy Lester "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" (Excello)
135. Dion & the Belmonts "Teen Angel" (Laurie)
136. Ruth Brown "Why Me" (Atlantic)
137. Sonny Boy Williamson "Born Blind" (Checker)
138. Johnny Cash "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" (Sun)
139. Tarheel Slim "Wildcat Tamer" (Fury)
140. Kip Tyler & the Flips "Rumble Rock" (Ebb)
141. B.B. King "That Ain't the Way to Do It" (Crown)
142. Rosco Gordon "Sally Jo" (Sun)
143. Larry Williams "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" (Specialty)
144. The Cleftones "My Angel Lover" (Classic)
145. Conway Twitty "It's Only Make Believe" (MGM)
146. Jody Reynolds "Fire of Love" (Demon)
147. Chuck Berry "Run Rudolph Run" (Chess)
148. The Deltones "Early Morning Rock" (Vee Jay)
149. Steve Carl "Curfew" (Meteor)
150. The Edsels "Rama Lama Ding Dong" (Dub)
151. Bobby Freeman "Do You Want to Dance" (Josie)
152. Elvis Presley "I Got Stung" (RCA)
153. Buddy Holly "Fool's Paradise" (Brunswick)
154. The Olympics "(I Wanna) Dance with the Teacher" (Demon)
155. Ricky Nelson "Believe What You Say" (Imperial)
156. Sam Cooke "You Were Made for Me" (Keen)
157. Janis & Her Boyfriends "Bang Bang" (RCA)
158. The Students "I'm So Young" (Note/Checker)
159. Jack Scott "Goodbye Baby" (Carlton)
160. Duane Eddy "Stalkin'" (Jamie)
161. Lucille Star & Bob Regan "Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Moe" (Ditto)
162. The Solitaires "Embraceable You" (Old Town)
163. Wanda Jackson "Honey Bop" (Capitol)
164. Chuck Berry "Sweet Little Rock and Roller" (Chess)
165. The Shirelles "I Met Him on a Sunday" (Decca)
166. Gene Vincent "Baby Blue" (Capitol)
167. The Spotlighters "Please Be My Girl Friend" (Aladdin)
168. Patsy Cline "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)" (Decca)
169. The Musical Linn Twins "Indian Rock" (Blue Feather)
170. Priscilla Bowman "A Rockin' Good Way" (Abner)
171. The Videos "Trickle, Trickle" (Casino)
172. Ray Smith "So Young" (Sun)
173. Elvis Presley "Don't" (RCA)
174. Luther Dixon "Feeling of Love" (Chess)
175. Don Gibson "Oh Lonesome Me" (RCA)
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Kip Tyler & the Flips "Ooh Yeah Baby" (Challenge)
Otis Rush "Double Trouble" (Cobra)
Scotty Moore "Have Guitar, Will Travel" (Fernwood)
LaVern Baker "I Cried a Tear" (Atlantic)
The Danleers "One Summer Night" (Mercury)
Tyrone Schmidling "Honey Don't" (Andex)
Ersel Hickey "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" (Epic)
The Kodaks "Oh Gee, Oh Gosh" (Fury)
Danny & the Juniors "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" (ABC)
Cozy Cole "Topsy" (Love)
Bobby Darin "Splish Splash" (Atco)
The Turbans "I Promise You Love" (Red Top)
The Champs "El Rancho Rock" (Challenge)
Hank Locklin "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On" (RCA)
The Platters "Twilight Time" (Mercury)
Chick Floyd & His Orchestra "Hana Maui" (Liberty)
Chanters "Angel Darling" (DeLuxe)
Dion & the Belmonts "No One Knows" (Laurie)
Chuck Berry "Merry Christmas Baby" (Chess)
The Five Blobs "The Blob" (Columbia)
Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker "Hey Girl - Hey Boy" (Class)

1968 ALBUMS
1. The Beatles (Apple) A+
2. The Kinks: The Village Green Preservation Society (Reprise) A+
3. The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia) A+
4. The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat (Verve) A+
5. The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle (Date) A+
6. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (Warner Bros.) A+
7. The Beach Boys: Friends (Capitol) A+
8. The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia) A+
9. The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (London) A
10. Sly & the Family Stone: Life (Epic) A
11. The Immortal Otis Redding (Atco) A-
12. The Everly Brothers: Roots (Warner Bros.) A-
13. The Guess Who: Wheatfield Soul (RCA) A-
14. Sly & the Family Stone: Dance to the Music (Epic) A-
15. Simon & Garfunkel: Bookends (Columbia) A-
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Tammy Wynette: D-I-V-O-R-C-E (Epic) A-
George Harrison: Wonderwall Music (Apple) A-

1968 SONGS
Another new list, and I'm blown away by a lot of the psychedelia and soul I listened to in order to make it; I also revisited a lot of "classics" that remain a total drag, but where has the Shocking Blue's "Send Me a Postcard" been all my life? Also, the incredibly risky and fragmented "Whirlybird" by Silver Apples is just as weird and wild as the Musical Linn Twins song noted above. Also, quick reiteration of the rules for these past-year lists: only one song per album but with a loophole whereby any song that was released as a single is eligible. That's why only one White Album cut but nearly every track from White Light/White Heat is here.

1. Marvin Gaye "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Tamla)
2. The Beatles "Dear Prudence" (Apple LP: The Beatles)
3. Archie Bell & the Drells "Tighten Up" (Atlantic)
4. James Brown "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" (King)
5. Aretha Franklin "The House That Jack Built" (Atlantic)
6. The Beatles "Hey Jude" (Apple)
7. Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man" (Atlantic)
8. The Byrds "Hickory Wind" (Columbia LP: Sweetheart of the Rodeo)
9. The Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" (London LP: Beggars Banquet)
10. Otis Redding "Hard to Handle" (Atco)
11. Desmond Dekker & the Aces "Israelites" (Uni)
12. The Kinks "Days" (Reprise)
13. The Band "The Weight" (Capitol)
14. Tommy James & the Shondells "Crimson and Clover" (Roulette)
15. The Zombies "A Rose for Emily" (Date LP: Odessey and Oracle)
16. Van Morrison "Sweet Thing" (Warner Bros. LP)
17. Dusty Springfield "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart" (Philips LP: Dusty... Definitely)
18. Aretha Franklin "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (Atlantic)
19. James Brown "Give It Up or Turnit A Loose" (King)
20. The Zombies "Care of Cell 44" (Date)
21. The Byrds "Wasn't Born to Follow" (Columbia)
22. The Box Tops "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Mala LP: Cry Like a Baby)
23. Archie Bell & the Drells "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown" (Atlantic)
24. The Velvet Underground "Sister Ray" (Verve LP: White Light/White Heat)
25. The Kinks "Village Green" (Reprise LP: The Village Green Preservation Society)
26. Big Mama Thornton "Ball and Chain" (Arhoolie)
27. The Rolling Stones "No Expectations" (London)
28. Simon & Garfunkel "April, Come She Will" (Columbia)
29. Otis Redding "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (Volt)
30. Stevie Wonder "For Once in My Life" (Tamla)
31. The Zombies "Time of the Season" (Date)
32. Gram Parsons/the Byrds "You Don't Miss Your Water" (Columbia, unreleased until 1990)
33. Aretha Franklin "See Saw" (Atlantic)
34. Sly & the Family Stone "Sing a Simple Song" (Epic)
35. Simon & Garfunkel "Mrs. Robinson" (Columbia)
36. The Beach Boys "Busy Doin' Nothin'" (Capitol LP)
37. The Temptations "Cloud Nine" (Gordy)
38. Gram Parsons/the Byrds "The Christian Life" (Columbia, unreleased until 1990)
39. The Velvet Underground "I Heard Her Call My Name" (Verve)
40. Shocking Blue "Send Me a Postcard" (Olga)
41. James Brown "Licking Stick-Licking Stick" (King)
42. The Byrds "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Columbia)
43. Tammy Wynette "Stand by Your Man" (Epic)
44. The Kinks "Starstruck" (Reprise)
45. Love "Your Mind and We Belong Together" (Elektra)
46. Simon & Garfunkel "America" (Columbia LP: Bookends)
47. The International Submarine Band "Blue Eyes" (LHI)
48. The Turtles "Elenore" (White Whale)
49. The Supremes & the Temptations "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (Motown)
50. The Byrds "Dolphin's Smile" (Columbia LP: The Notorious Byrd Brothers)
51. Dave Davies & the Kinks "There Is No Life Without Love" (Pye)
52. The Byrds "I Am a Pilgrim" (Columbia)
53. Brenda Lee "Kansas City" (Decca)
54. Aretha Franklin "Think" (Atlantic)
55. Sam & Dave "I Thank You" (Stax)
56. The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (London)
57. The Impressions "Fool for You" (Curtom)
58. Donovan "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (Epic)
59. Tommy James & the Shondells "Mony Mony" (Roulette)
60. Barbara Acklin "Love Makes a Woman" (Brunswick)
61. The Box Tops "Cry Like a Baby" (Mala)
62. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell "You're All I Need to Get By" (Tamla)
63. The Kinks "Wonderboy" (Reprise)
64. Aretha Franklin "Ain't No Way" (Atlantic)
65. The Love Affair "Everlasting Love" (CBS)
66. The Foundations "Build Me Up Buttercup" (Uni)
67. The Delfonics "La-La Means I Love You" (Philly Groove)
68. Dionne Warwick "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" (Scepter)
69. Toots and the Maytals "Do the Reggay" (Pyramid)
70. Wilson Pickett "Hey Jude" (Atlantic)
71. The Beatles "Lady Madonna" (Parlophone/Capitol)
72. The Supremes "Love Child" (Motown)
73. Sly & the Family Stone "Everyday People" (Epic)
74. Silver Apples "Whirlybird" (Kapp)
75. The Beatles "Revolution" (Apple)
76. The Staple Singers "Long Walk to D.C." (Stax)
77. The Temptations "I Wish It Would Rain" (Gordy)
78. Gladys Knight & the Pips "I Wish It Would Rain" (Soul)
79. Glen Campbell "Wichita Lineman" (Capitol)
80. Clarence Carter "Slip Away" (Atlantic)
81. The Ventures "Hawaii Five-O" (Liberty)
82. The Impressions "We're Rolling On" (ABC)
83. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (Tamla)
84. Sly & the Family Stone "Into My Own Thing" (Epic LP: Life)
85. The Box Tops "I Met Her in Church" (Mala)
86. Eddie Floyd "Big Bird" (Stax)
87. The Rascals "A Beautiful Morning" (Atlantic)
88. Loretta Lynn "Fist City" (Decca)
89. The Meters "Sophisticated Cissy" (Josie)
90. MC5 "Looking at You" (Atlantic)
91. Johnnie Taylor "Who's Making Love" (Stax)
92. Jackie Lomax "Sour Milk Sea" (Apple)
93. The Turtles "You Showed Me" (White Whale)
94. Dusty Springfield "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" (Atlantic)
95. The Byrds "It Happens Each Day" (Columbia, unreleased until 1990)
96. The Beach Boys "Wake the World" (Capitol)
97. Etta James "Security" (Cadet)
98. Martha & the Vandellas "I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playing" (Gordy)
99. Sly & the Family Stone "Higher" (Epic LP: Dance to the Music)
100. The Beach Boys "Little Bird" (Capitol)
101. Percy Sledge "Take Time to Know Her" (Atlantic)
102. The Byrds "Pretty Boy Floyd" (Columbia)
103. The Zombies "Maybe After He's Gone" (Date)
104. The Velvet Underground "White Light/White Heat" (Verve)
105. The Sweet Inspirations "Sweet Inspiration" (Atlantic)
106. Bobby 'Blue' Bland "Driftin' Blues" (Duke)
107. The Kinks "Picture Book" (Reprise)
108. Otis Redding "Amen" (Atco)
109. Archie Bell & the Drells "Love Will Rain on You" (Atlantic)
110. James Brown "I Got the Feelin'" (King)
111. The Monkees "Porpoise Song" (Colgems)
112. The Beach Boys "Friends" (Capitol)
113. Nazz "Open My Eyes" (SGC)
114. Booker T. & the MG's "Soul Limbo" (Stax)
115. The Isley Brothers "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" (Tamla)
116. 1910 Fruitgum Co. "1-2-3, Red Light" (Buddah)
117. The Velvet Underground "Here She Comes Now" (Verve)
118. The Pretty Things "Talkin' About the Good Times" (Columbia)
119. Ray Charles "Eleanor Rigby" (ABC)
120. The Staple Singers "The Ghetto" (Stax)
121. Elvis Presley "A Little Less Conversation" (RCA)
122. Tammy Wynette "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" (Epic)
123. Archie Bell & the Drells "I Can't Stop Dancing" (Atlantic)
124. Tim Buckley "Once I Was" (Elektra)
125. Love "Laughing Stock" (Elektra)
126. Jeanne C. Riley "Harper Valley PTA" (Plantation)
127. The Creation "Bony Moronie" (Hit-ton)
128. The Rolling Stones "Street Fighting Man" (London)
129. Clarence Carter "Too Weak to Fight" (Atlantic)
130. Johnny Cash "Daddy Sang Bass" (Columbia)
131. Nina Simone "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" (RCA)
132. Dusty Springfield "The Windmills of Your Mind" (Atlantic)
133. The Monkees "Valleri" (Colgems)
134. The Flirtations "Nothing But a Heartache" (Deram)
135. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles "Yester Love" (Tamla)
136. Otis Redding "The Happy Song (Dum-Dum-De-De-De-Dum-Dum)" (Atco)
137. The Temptations "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" (Gordy)
138. Jackie Wilson "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" (Brunswick)
139. The Turtles "Surfer Dan" (White Whale)
140. The Beach Boys "Do It Again" (Capitol)
141. The Creation "How Does It Feel to Feel" (Planet)
142. Jerry Butler "Never Give You Up" (Mercury)
143. The Classics IV "Stormy" (Imperial)
144. The Everly Brothers "Empty Boxes" (Warner Bros.)
145. The Byrds "Lazy Days" (Columbia, unreleased until 1990)
146. Aretha Franklin "Groovin'" (Atlantic LP: Lady Soul)
147. Herb Alpert "This Guy's in Love with You" (A&M)
148. Arthur Conley "Funky Street" (Atco)
149. The International Submarine Band "Luxury Liner" (LHI)
150. Stevie Wonder "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" (Tamla)
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Simon & Garfunkel "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (Columbia)
Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" [live] (Columbia)
The Kinks "Polly" (Reprise)
Aretha Franklin "My Song" (Atlantic)
Booker T. & the MG's "Hang 'Em High" (Stax)
1910 Fruitgum Co. "Sticky Sticky" (Buddah)
The Creation "The Girls Are Naked" (Polydor)
The Byrds "Reputation" (Columbia)
The Beatles "Child of Nature" (Apple, unreleased until 2018)
Gram Parsons/the Byrds "One Hundred Years from Now" (Columbia, unreleased until 1990)
The Doors "Touch Me" (Elektra)
The Byrds "Pretty Polly" (Columbia, unreleased until 1990)
The Seeds "900 Million People Daily All Making Love" (GNP)

1969 ALBUMS
1. The Velvet Underground (MGM) A+
2. Sly & the Family Stone: Stand! (Epic) A+
3. The Kinks: Arthur (Reprise) A+
4. The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple) A+
5. The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M) A+
6. Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (Columbia) A+
7. Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis (Atlantic) A+
8. Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (Columbia) A+
9. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (London) A
10. The Beach Boys: 20/20 (Capitol) A
11. Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Reprise) A
12. Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (Island) A
13. The Guess Who: Canned Wheat (RCA) A-
14. The Meters (Josie) A-
15. Leonard Cohen: Songs from a Room (Columbia) A-
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Alexander 'Skip' Spence: Oar (Columbia) A-
George Harrison: Electronic Sound (Zapple) A-
Elvis Presley: From Elvis in Memphis (RCA) A-
David Bowie: Space Oddity (Mercury) A-

1978 ALBUMS
1. Big Star: Third/Sister Lovers (PVC) A+
2. Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire) A+
3. Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear (Tamla) A+
4. Wire: Chairs Missing (Harvest) A+
5. The Jam: All Mod Cons (Polydor) A+
6. Blondie: Parallel Lines (Chrysalis) A+
7. Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance (Blank) A
8. Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove (Warner Bros.) A
9. Brian Eno: Music for Airports (PVC) A
10. Television: Adventure (Elektra) A
11. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (Warner Bros.) A
12. The Only Ones (Epic) A
13. Brian Eno: Music for Films (Antilles) A
14. X-Ray Spex: Germ-Free Adolescents (EMI) A
15. Blondie: Plastic Letters (Chrysalis) A
16. The Cars (Elektra) A
17. Flamin' Groovies Now! (Sire) A
18. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls (Atlantic) A-
19. The Stranglers: Black and White (United Artists) A-
20. The Ramones: Road to Ruin (Sire) A-
21. Lou Reed: Street Hassle (Arista) A-
22. Patti Smith: Wave (Arista) A-
23. Neil Young: Comes a Time (Reprise) A-
24. Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (Chrysalis) A-
25. The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope (Epic) A-
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Tubeway Army (Beggars Banquet)

1979 ALBUMS
1. The Clash: London Calling (Epic) A+
2. Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (Epic) A+
3. David Bowie: Lodger (RCA) A+
4. Gang of Four: Entertainment! (Warner Bros.) A+
5. Talking Heads: Fear of Music (Sire) A+
6. Fleetwood Mac: Tusk (Warner Bros.) A+
7. Wire: 154 (Warner Bros.) A
8. The B-52's (Warner Bros.) A
9. Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (Reprise) A
10. The Jam: Setting Sons (Polydor) A
11. Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time (Chrysalis) A-
12. The Records: Shades in Bed (Virgin) A-
13. The Only Ones: Special View (Epic) A-
14. Blondie: Eat to the Beat (Chrysalis) A-
15. The Searchers (Sire) A-
16. Gary Numan: The Pleasure Principle (Atco) A-
17. XTC: Drums and Wires (Virgin) A-
18. Leonard Cohen: Recent Songs (Columbia) A-
19. The Only Ones: Even Serpents Shine (Epic) A-
20. The Stranglers: The Raven (A&M) A-
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Lou Reed: The Bells (Arista) A-
The Police: Reggatta de Blanc (A&M) A-
Van Morrison: Into the Music (Warner Bros.) A-
Tubeway Army: Replicas (Atco) A-

1988 ALBUMS
1. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Columbia) A+
2. The Go-Betweens: 16 Lovers Lane (Capitol) A+
3. Pixies: Surfer Rosa (4AD) A
4. Pet Shop Boys: Introspective (EMI Manhattan) A
5. Galaxie 500: Today (Rough Trade) A
6. Ultramagnetic MCs: Critical Beatdown (Next Plateau) A-
7. The Smithereens: Green Thoughts (Capitol) A-
8. Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year (Enigma) A-
9. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Def Jam) A-
10. My Bloody Valentine: Isn't Anything (Sire) A-
11. Prince: Lovesexy (Warner Bros.) A-
12. R.E.M.: Green (Warner Bros.) A-
13. Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary (Jive) A-
14. Erasure: The Innocents (Sire) A-
15. Living Colour: Vivid (Epic) A-
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Information Society (Tommy Boy) A-
Run-DMC: Tougher Than Leather (Profile) A-

1989 ALBUMS
1. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy) A+
2. Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Capitol) A
3. Galaxie 500: On Fire (Rough Trade) A
4. Pixies: Doolittle (4AD) A-
5. Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw and the Cooked (I.R.S.) A-
6. President Yo La Tengo (Coyote) A-
7. Lou Reed: New York (Sire) A-
8. XTC: Oranges & Lemons (Virgin) A-
9. Pere Ubu: Cloudland (Fontana) A-
10. Tears for Fears: The Seeds of Love (Fontana) A-
11. Madonna: Like a Prayer (Sire) A-
12. Boogie Down Productions: Ghetto Music (Jive) A-
13. Lou Reed & John Cale: Songs for Drella (Sire) A-
14. Erasure: Wild! (Sire) A-
15. John Cale: Words for the Dying (Warner Bros.) A-
16. New Order: Technique (Qwest) A-
17. The Smithereens: 11 (Capitol) A-
18. Paul McCartney: Flowers in the Dirt (Capitol) A-
19. The Jesus & Mary Chain: Automatic (Warner Bros.) A-
20. Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 (A&M) A-

1998 ALBUMS
1. Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge) A+
2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Columbia) A
3. Outkast: Aquemini (Arista) A
4. Elliott Smith: XO (DreamWorks) A
5. The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore (Virgin) A
6. Air: Moon Safari (Caroline) A-
7. eels: Electro-Shock Blues (DreamWorks) A-
8. Jay-Z: Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (Def Jam) A-
9. The Cardigans: Gran Turismo (Mercury) A-
10. Mono: Formica Blues (Mercury) A-
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Madonna: Ray of Light (Maverick) A-
Cat Power: Moon Pix (Matador) A-

1999 ALBUMS
1. The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (Merge) A+
2. Ben Folds Five: The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (550 Music) A+
3. The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (Warner Bros.) A
4. Moby: Play (V2) A
5. The Roots: Things Fall Apart (MCA) A
6. Old 97's: Fight Songs (Elektra) A
7. Built to Spill: Keep It Like a Secret (Warner Bros.) A
8. Blur: 13 (Virgin) A-
9. Wilco: Summerteeth (Reprise) A-
10. Pavement: Terror Twilight (Matador) A-
11. Jay-Z: Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter (Def Jam) A-
12. Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage (Flydaddy) A-
13. The Chemical Brothers: Surrender (astralwerks) A-
14. Beulah: When Your Heartstrings Break (Sugar Free) A-
15. Everything But the Girl: Temperamental (Atlantic) A-
16. XTC: Apple Venus Vol. 1 (Cooking Vinyl) A-
17. Asylum Street Spankers: Hot Lunch (Spanks-A-Lot) A-
18. Luna: The Days of Our Nights (Jericho) A-
19. Missy Elliott: Da Real World (Elektra) A-
20. Loudon Wainwright III: Social Studies (Hannibal) A-
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Gus Gus: This Is Normal (4AD) A-
Matthew Sweet: In Reverse (Volcano) A-
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication (Warner Bros.) A-
Muse: Showbiz (Maverick) A-

2008 ALBUMS
1. The Tallest Man on Earth: Shallow Grave (Mexican Summer) A
2. The Walkmen: You & Me (Gigantic) A
3. Hot Chip: Made in the Dark (astralwerks) A
4. TV on the Radio: Dear Science (Interscope) A
5. The Magnetic Fields: Distortion (Nonesuch) A
6. Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak (Def Jam) A
7. Love Is All: A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night (What's Your Rupture?) A
8. Kaki King: Dreaming of Revenge (Velour) A-
9. Crystal Castles (Last Gang) A-
10. Chatham County Line: IV (Yep Roc) A-
11. Mates of State: Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk) A-
12. The Bird and the Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (Blue Note) A-
13. Teddy Thompson: A Piece of What You Need (Verve) A-
14. The Mountain Goats: Heretic Pride (4AD) A-
15. Old Crow Medicine Show: Tennessee Pusher (Nettwerk) A-

2009 ALBUMS
1. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It's Blitz (Interscope) A
2. The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You (Columbia) A
3. Gossip: Music for Men (Columbia) A
4. Condo Fucks: Fuckbook (Matador) A
5. The Flaming Lips: Embryonic (Warner Bros.) A-
6. tUnE-yArDs: BiRd-BrAiNs (Marriage/4AD) A-
7. The Good Feeling Music of Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele (Paw Tracks) A-
8. Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs (Matador) A-
9. The Mountain Goats: The Life of the World to Come (4AD) A-
10. Pet Shop Boys: Yes (astralwerks) A-
11. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: Vs. Children (Tomlab) A-
12. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast (Fat Possum) A-
13. Yoko Ono: Between My Head and the Sky (Chimera) A-
14. Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch) A-
15. M. Ward: Hold Time (Merge) A-
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Pink Martini: Splendor in the Grass (Heinz) A-

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Back this weekend with more Beatles nonsense. Regular reviews of new records resume at the beginning of March!

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