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The A Lists: 1990 (88)

  • Tom Zé: Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Zé (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  • The Go-Betweens: 1978-1990 (Capitol)
  • The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around (1974-1978) (Rhino)
  • Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (Sire)
  • Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)
  • The Chills: Submarine Bells (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  • L.L. Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam)
  • Heavy on the Highlife! (Original Music)
  • Red Hot + Blue (Chrysalis)
  • Go-Go's: Greatest (I.R.S.)
  • Hip Hop Greats: Classic Raps (Rhino)
  • Pixies: Bossanova (4AD/Elektra)
  • L7: Smell the Magic (Sub Pop)
  • Meat Puppets: No Strings Attached (SST)
  • Madonna: I'm Breathless (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Alpha Blondy: The Best of Alpha Blondy (Shanachie)
  • Gang of Four: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century (Warner Bros.)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Classic Tracks (Shanachie)
  • Beats International: Let Them Eat Bingo (Elektra)
  • Ice Cube: Kill at Will (Priority)
  • Macka-B: Natural Suntan (Ariwa)
  • The Beautiful South: Welcome to the Beautiful South (Elektra)
  • Bob Dylan: Under the Red Sky (Columbia)
  • Rosanne Cash: Interiors (Columbia)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Two Worlds One Heart (Warner Bros.)
  • The Civil War (Elektra Nonesuch)
  • Sonic Youth: Goo (DGC)
  • The Deighton Family: Mama Was Right (Philo)
  • Nick Lowe: Party of One (Warner Bros.)
  • Living Colour: Time's Up (Epic)
  • Ministry: In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga: Virunga Volcano (Virgin)
  • Jewel Ackah: Me Dear (Highlife World import)
  • Eno/Cale: Wrong Way Up (Opal/Warner Bros.)
  • Bangles: Greatest Hits (Columbia)
  • Eric B. & Rakim: Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (MCA)
  • Snap: World Power (Arista)
  • The Ousmane Kouyate Band: Domba (Mango)
  • Pretenders: Packed! (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Yalla: Hitlist Egypt (Mango)
  • Pépé Kallé: Pépé Kallé (Gefraco)
  • Ska Beats 1 (ROIR)
  • Brand Nubian: One for All (Elektra)
  • The Fall: 458489 A Sides (Beggars Banquet)
  • Cuban Dance Party: Routes of Rhythm Volume 2 (Rounder)
  • Pylon: Chain (Sky)
  • The Pooh Sticks: Formula One Generation (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  • Freedom Fire--The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Vol. 3) (Virgin)
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Ragged Glory (Reprise)
  • Evan Lurie: Selling Water by the Side of the River (Island)
  • Lou Reed/John Cale: Songs for Drella (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Rhythm People (The Resurrection of Creative Black Civilization) (Novus)
  • Fugazi: Repeater (Dischord)
  • Spirit of the Eagle: Zimbabwe Frontline (Vol. 2) (Virgin)
  • Loketo: Soukous Trouble (Shanachie)
  • The Flatlanders: More a Legend Than a Band (Rounder)
  • Boubacar Traoré: Mariama (Stern's Africa)
  • Was (Not Was): Are You Okay? (Chrysalis)
  • Sonny Boy Williamson: Keep It to Ourselves (Alligator)
  • Blake Babies: Sunburn (Mammoth)
  • Ali Farka Toure: The River (World Circuit import)
  • Devo: Greatest Hits (Warner Bros.)
  • The Perfect Disaster: Up (Fire)
  • Mekons: F.U.N. '90 (A&M)
  • Hi-Jivin' (Kijima)
  • Guy: The Future (MCA)
  • Salt-n-Pepa: Blacks' Magic (Next Plateau)
  • Macka-B: Looks Are Deceiving (Ariwa)
  • Lisa Stansfield: Affection (Arista)
  • Abed Azrié: Aromates (Elektra Nonesuch)
  • The Clean: Vehicle (Rough Trade)
  • The Disco Years, Vol. 2: On the Beat (1978-1982) (Rhino)
  • Jali Musa Jawara: Yasimika (Hannibal)
  • Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab (Axiom)
  • The Fugs: Songs From a Portable Forest (Gazell)
  • Monie Love: Down to Earth (Warner Bros.)
  • Dreams Come True: Dreams Come True (Antone's)
  • Shazzy: Attitude: A Hip-Hop Rapsody (Elektra)
  • The Best of Reggae Dancehall Vol. 1 (Profile)
  • Soul II Soul: Vol II--1990: A New Decade (Virgin)
  • Fela: Black Man's Cry (Eurobond import)
  • K T. Oslin: Love in a Small Town (RCA Victor)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Rockin' My Life Away (Tomato)
  • Thomas Anderson: "Alright It Was Frank . . . And He's Risen from the Dead and Gone Off with His Truck" (Out There)
  • Meat Beat Manifesto: 99% (Mute)
  • My Bloody Valentine: Glider (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Youssou N'Dour: Set (Virgin)

Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s, 2000


Compilations The A Lists: 1991