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50 Albums

(I’ve written pretty much nothing here this year. I am going to be redesigning this whole freakin’ site sometime soon. I’m thinking this winter. For now, I figured I’d post some stuff I’ve put up on Facebook.)

The standard old “if I had to limit myself to 50 albums for the rest of my life…” type list. Rule: no “best ofs” or compilations I’ve made myself (exceptions: live recordings and compilations of old blues artists limited to a specific time period). Trying to stick to one per artist.

And, yes, albums do still matter in the age of digital music.

Ordered chronologically, subject to my whims, and based not necessarily on artistic merit alone (or at all).

(This list took me months to finish putting together.)

[Year / Genre] Artist: “Album”

  • [1959 / Jazz]
    Miles Davis: “Kind of Blue”
  • [1961 / Exotica]
    Bernie Green & His Orchestra – “Futura”
  • [1964 / Ye-Ye]
    Chantal Goya: “Dans les 6 chansons du film de Jean-Luc Godard ‘Masculin-Féminin’”
  • [1965 / Blues]
    Son House: “Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions”
  • [1966 / Free jazz]
    Archie Shepp: “Live in San Francisco”
  • [1965 / Jazz]
    Patty Waters: “Sings”
  • [1967 / Chicago Blues]
    Magic Sam: “West Side Soul”
  • [1969 / Jazz]
    Milt Jackson Quintet: “That’s the Way It Is”
  • [1971 / Soul]
    Bill Withers: “Just As I Am”
  • [1975 / Pop rock]
    Elton John: “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”
  • [1977 / Reggae/Dub]
    Horace Andy: “In the Light”
  • [1978 / Horror soundtrack, Italian progressive rock]
    Goblin: “Zombi”
  • [1978 / Reggae]
    Dennis Brown: “Westbound Train”
  • [1979 / Italian horror soundtrack]
    Fabio Frizzi – “Zombi 2″
  • [1979 / Reggae]
    Winston McAnuff: “What the Man a Deal Wid”
  • [1980 / Christian Pop]
    Thomas Steven Smith: “Fresh Start”
  • [1981 / Rock]
    Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: “Bad Reputation”
  • [1983 / Reggae]
    Yabby You: “One Love, One Heart”
  • [1984 / Reggae]
    Half Pint: “One in a Million”
  • [1988 / Hip-Hop]
    Ultramagnetic MC’s: “Critical Beatdown” (ultimate edition)
  • [1988 / Hip-Hop]
    Public Enemy: “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”
  • [1989 / Vocal jazz]
    Ranee Lee: “Deep Song”
  • [1990 / Hip-Hop]
    Paris: “The Devil Made Me Do It”
  • [1990 / Hip-Hop]
    Poor Righteous Teachers: “Holy Intellect”
  • [1992 / Hip-Hop]
    Raheem: “The Invincible”
  • [1993 / Hip-Hop]
    Del tha Funky Homosapien: “No Need for Alarm”
  • [1993 / Death Metal]
    Cannibal Corpse: “The Bleeding”
  • [1994 / Turntablism/Breaks]
    DJ Q-Bert: “Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik (A Preskool Breakmix)”
  • [1995 / Tuvan throat-singing (kanzat kargyraa)]
    Yat-Kha: “Yenisei-Punk”
  • [1996 / Reggae]
    Anthony B: “So Many Things…”
  • [1997 / Classical]
    Chen Yi – The Women’s Philharmonic: The Music Of Chen Yi
  • [1999 / Noise]
    Alva: “Slattery for Ungdom”
  • [1999 / Hip-Hop]
    Divine Styler: “Wordpower:2:Directix”
  • [1999 / Grindcore]
    Regurgitate: “Effortless Regurgitation”
  • [2000 / Polish post-contemporary jazz]
    Robotobibok: “Jogging”
  • [2002 / Funk rock]
    Yohimbe Brothers: “Front End Lifter”
  • [2003 / Hip-Hop]
    Non-Prophets: “Hope”
  • [2003? / Hip-Hop/Soul]
    Michael Franti and Spearhead: “Live in Sydney” (the original source for their live DVD)
  • [2003 / Jazz]
    Dragons 1976: “On Cortez”
  • [2005 / Punk]
    Made Out of Babies: “Trophy”
  • [2007 / Indie jazz-folk]
    Erin McKeown: “Sing You Sinners”
  • [2007 / Blues]
    Brownbird Rudy Relic: “Anti-Stereo Acoustic Holler Blues”
  • [2007 / Instrumental hip-hop]
    Thes One: “Lifestyle Marketing”
  • [2007 / Indie rock]
    Built By Snow: “Noise”
  • [2007 / Dub]
    Ticklah: “Ticklah Vs. Axelrod”
  • [2007 / Hip-Hop]
    Chris Read: “The Diary (World’s Greatest Rap Megamix)”
  • [2008 / Hip-Hop]
    Invincible: “Shapeshifters”
  • [2008 / Polish hip-hop]
    O.S.T.R.: “Ja tu tylko sprz¹tam”
  • [2010 / Soul]
    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: “I Learned the Hard Way”
  • [2010 / Hip-Hop]
    Rakaa: “Crown of Thorns”

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