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The A Lists: 1982 (78)

  • Ornette Coleman: Of Human Feelings (Antilles)
  • Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Bros.)
  • George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)
  • Flipper: The Generic Album (Subterranean)
  • Richard & Linda Thompson: Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Wise Guy (Sire/ZE)
  • Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (Warner Bros.)
  • Professor Longhair: The Last Mardi Gras (Atlantic/Deluxe)
  • Lou Reed: The Blue Mask (RCA Victor)
  • Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)
  • The Angry Samoans: Back from Samoa (Bad Trip)
  • Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.)
  • George Jones: Anniversary--Ten Years of Hits (Epic)
  • Stevie Wonder: The Original Musiquarium I (Tamla)
  • The Itals: Brutal Out Deh (Nighthawk)
  • ABC: The Lexicon of Love (Mercury)
  • Gilberto Gil: Um Banda Um (Warner Bros. import)
  • Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love (Columbia)
  • Shalamar: Greatest Hits (Solar)
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint: Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves)
  • Ray Parker Jr.: The Other Woman (Arista)
  • Chic: Tongue in Chic (Atlantic)
  • King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: Juju Music (Mango)
  • Warren Zevon: The Envoy (Asylum)
  • Sound d'Afrique II: Soukous (Mango)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society: Mandance (Antilles)
  • Ray Parker Jr.: Greatest Hits (Arista)
  • Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Columbia)
  • The Time: What Time is It? (Warner Bros.)
  • English Beat: Special Beat Service (I.R.S.)
  • Orchestra Makassy: Agwaya (Virgin import)
  • The B-52's: Mesopotamia (Warner Bros.)
  • The Roches: Keep on Doing (Warner Bros.)
  • Bonnie Raitt: Green Light (Warner Bros.)
  • Roxy Music: Avalon (Warner Bros.)
  • Van Morrison: Beautiful Vision (Warner Bros.)
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5: The Message (Sugarhill)
  • Ruby Braff: Very Sinatra (Finesse)
  • John Lennon: The John Lennon Collection (Geffen)
  • Madness: Complete Madness (Stiff import)
  • Gang of Four: Songs of the Free (Warner Bros.)
  • X: Under the Big Black Sun (Elektra)
  • Material: One Down (Elektra)
  • Neil Young: Trans (Geffen)
  • R.E.M.: Chronic Town (I.R.S.)
  • Ferron: Testimony (Philo)
  • Hüsker Dü: Everything Falls Apart (Reflex)
  • The Desendents: Milo Goes to College (New Alliance)
  • Minutemen: What Makes a Man Start Fires? (SST)
  • James Blood Ulmer: Black Rock (Columbia)
  • Bonnie Hayes With the Wild Combo: Good Clean Fun (Slash)
  • Trouble Funk: Drop the Bomb (Sugarhill)
  • Talking Heads: The Name of This Band is Talking Heads (Sire)
  • Squeeze: Singles--45's and Under (A&M)
  • Rank and File: Sundown (Slash)
  • Willie Nelson & Webb Pierce: In the Jailhouse Now (Columbia)
  • Sweet Pea Atkinson: Don't Walk Away (Island)
  • Richard Hell: Destiny Street (Red Star)
  • D.O.A.: War on 45 (Alternative Tentacles)
  • The Waitresses: I Could Rule the World if I Could Only Get the Parts (Polydor)
  • Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk)
  • A Flock of Seagulls: A Flock of Seagulls (Arista)
  • Ted Hawkins: Watch Your Step (Rounder)
  • UB40: The Singles Album (DEP International import)
  • Laurie Anderson: Big Science (Warner Bros.)
  • Everything New is Old . . . Everything Old is New (Ambient Sound)
  • Psychedelic Furs: Forever Now (Columbia)
  • David Johansen: Live It Up (Blue Sky)
  • The Replacements: Stink (Twin/Tone)
  • Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Ice Cream for Crow (Virgin/Epic)
  • Mighty Diamonds: Indestructible (Alligator)
  • The Jive Five featuring Eugene Pitt: Here We Are! (Ambient Sound)
  • T-Bone Burnett: Trap Door (Warner Bros.)
  • Bunny Wailer: Hook Line 'n Sinker (Solomonic import)
  • Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns: Synapse Gap (Mundo Total) (MCA)
  • Swamp Dogg: The Best of (War Bride)
  • Tom Robinson: North by Northwest (Geffen)
  • Alberta Hunter: The Glory of Alberta Hunter (Columbia)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990


The A Lists: 1981 The A Lists: 1983