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The A Lists: 1984 (65)

  • Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia)
  • The Replacements: Let It Be (Twin/Tone)
  • Laurie Anderson: United States Live (Warner Bros.)
  • Parliament's Greatest Hits (Casablanca)
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers: Legend (Island)
  • John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Milk and Honey (Polydor)
  • Black Uhuru: Anthem (Island)
  • King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: Aura (Mango)
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson: Making History (Island)
  • Lou Reed: New Sensations (RCA Victor)
  • Thomas Mapfumo: Ndangariro (Carthage)
  • Wire: And Here It Is . . . Again . . . Wire (Sneaky Pete import)
  • John Anderson: Greatest Hits (Warner Bros.)
  • Los Lobos: How Will the Wolf Survive? (Slash)
  • Arto Lindsay/Ambitious Lovers: Envy (Editions EG)
  • Ramones: Too Tough to Die (Sire)
  • Persian Gulf: Changing the Weather (Raven)
  • The dB's: Like This (Bearsville)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Induku Zethu (Shanachie)
  • Ruben Blades y Seis del Solar: Buscando America (Elektra)
  • Les Ambassadeurs: Les Ambassadeurs (Rounder)
  • Rolling Stones: Rewind (1971-1984) (Rolling Stones)
  • Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (SST)
  • Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Greats: Toots and the Maytals (Mango)
  • Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (SST)
  • Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns: Bordertown (Big Beat import)
  • Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C. (Profile)
  • XTC: Waxworks: Some Singles 1977-1982 (Geffen)
  • Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (Paisley Park)
  • Laurie Anderson: Mister Heartbreak (Warner Bros.)
  • Gil Scott-Heron: The Best of Gil Scott-Heron (Arista)
  • David Johansen: Sweet Revenge (Passport)
  • Big Black: Racer-X (Homestead)
  • The Del-Lords: Frontier Days (EMI America)
  • Pretenders: Learning to Crawl (Sire)
  • Anna Domino: East and West (Les Disques du Crépuscle)
  • Sparrow: King of the World (B's)
  • Bangles: All Over the Place (Columbia)
  • Half Japanese: Sing No Evil (Iridescence)
  • Burning Spear: Reggae Greats: Burning Spear (Mango)
  • Tom Verlaine: Cover (Warner Bros.)
  • Ferron: Shadows on a Dime (Lucy import)
  • Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol)
  • Teddy Pendergrass: Greatest Hits (Philadelphia International)
  • Julie Brown: Goddess in Progress (Rhino)
  • That's the Way I Feel Now: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk (A&M)
  • Dumptruck: D is for Dumptruck (Incas)
  • Motorhead: No Remorse (Bronze)
  • The Embarrassment: Retrospective (Fresh Sounds)
  • Robert Wyatt: 1982-1984 (Rough Trade)
  • Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets II (SST)
  • Herbie Hancock: Sound System (Columbia)
  • The Reducers: Let's Go! (Rave On)
  • Conjure (American Clavé)
  • Rank and File: Long Gone Dead (Slash)
  • The Neville Brothers: Neville-ization (Black Top)
  • John Conlee: Greatest Hits (MCA)
  • Robert Quine/Fred Maher: Basic (Editions EG)
  • Blow-Up: Easy Knowledge (Polar)
  • Harold Budd/Brian Eno: The Pearl (Editions EG)
  • UB40: Geffery Morgan (A&M)
  • The Judds: Wynonna and Naomi (RCA Victor)
  • Iggy Pop: Choice Cuts (RCA Victor)
  • Fat Boys: Fat Boys (Sutra)
  • Go-Go's: Talk Show (I.R.S.)

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


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