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The A Lists: 1993 (90)

  • Elmore James: The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James (Rhino)
  • Tougher Than Tough: The Story of Jamaican Music (Mango)
  • John Prine: The John Prine Anthology: Great Days (Rhino)
  • Janis Joplin: Janis (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (Matador)
  • Liliput: LiLiPUT (Off Course import)
  • Etoile de Dakar: Volume 1--Absa Gueye (Stern's Africa)
  • Nirvana: In Utero (DGC)
  • Mighty Sparrow: Volume One (Ice)
  • Loudon Wainwright III: Career Moves (Charisma)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Very (EMI)
  • Wire: 1985-1990: The A List (Mute)
  • Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle (Alias)
  • PJ Harvey: Rid of Me (Island)
  • De La Soul: Buhloone Mindstate (Tommy Boy)
  • Mbuki Mvuki (Original Music)
  • Digable Planets: Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) (Pendulum)
  • Before Benga Vol. 2: The Nairobi Sound (Original Music)
  • P.M. Dawn: The Bliss Album . . . ? (Gee Street)
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Spinning Around the Sun (Elektra)
  • Yo Yo: You Better Ask Somebody (EastWest)
  • Dazed and Confused (Medicine)
  • Moby: Move (Elektra)
  • The Wild Magnolias: The Wild Magnolias (Polydor)
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits (MCA)
  • Dramarama: Hi-Fi Sci-Fi (Chameleon)
  • The Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen (Elektra)
  • Digital Underground: The Body-Hat Syndrome (Tommy Boy)
  • Guns N' Roses: "The Spaghetti Incident?" (Geffen)
  • MTV Party To Go Vol. 4 (Tommy Boy)
  • A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders (Jive)
  • Yo La Tengo: Painful (Matador)
  • Fellow Travellers: Things and Time (OKra import '93)
  • Heart of the Forest (Rykodisc)
  • Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (RCA/Loud)
  • The Auteurs: New Wave (Caroline)
  • The London Suede: Suede (Columbia)
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Flashback (Blackheart)
  • Bobbie Cryner: Bobbie Cryner (Epic)
  • The Shams: Sedusia (Matador)
  • Tina Turner: What's Love Got To Do With It (Virgin)
  • Pablo Lubadika: Okominiokolo (Stern's Africa)
  • Van Morrison: Too Long in Exile (Polydor)
  • Biz Markie: All Samples Cleared (Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros.)
  • Bikini Kill: Pussy Whipped (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Janet Jackson: janet. (Virgin)
  • Gavin Bryars: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Point Music)
  • The Cranberries: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (Island)
  • Zap Mama: Adventures in Afropea 1 (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  • KRS-One: Return of the Boom Bap (Jive)
  • Bob Dylan: World Gone Wrong (Columbia)
  • Technosonic Volume 3 (Sonic)
  • Huun-Huur-Tu: 60 Horses in My Herd--Old Songs and Tunes of the Tuva (Shanachie)
  • Jive Soweto: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 4 (Earthworks)
  • George Gershwin: Gershwin Plays Gershwin: The Piano Rolls (Elektra Nonesuch)
  • Saint Etienne: So Tough (Warner Bros.)
  • The Breeders: Last Splash (4AD/Elektra)
  • Texas Tornados: Best of Texas Tornados (Reprise)
  • Blake Babies: Innocence and Experience (Mammoth)
  • The Killer Shrews: The Killer Shrews (Enemy)
  • Orchestra Baobab: Bamba (Stern's Africa)
  • Living Colour: Stain (Epic)
  • Born to Choose (Rykodisc)
  • Big Star: Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93 (Zoo)
  • Judgment Night (Immortal/Epic Soundtrax)
  • Heavenly: P.U.N.K. Girl (K)
  • Rosanne Cash: The Wheel (Columbia)
  • Ghorwal: Majurugenta (RealWorld)
  • Mahlathini: King of the Groaners (Earthworks)
  • Garth Brooks: In Pieces (Liberty)
  • Mighty Sparrow: Volume Two (Ice)
  • Pavement: Westing (By Musket and Sextant) (Drag City)
  • Dancehall Stylee: The Best of Reggae Dancehall Music Vol. 4 (Profile)
  • Kanda Bongo Man: Soukous in Central Park (Hannibal)
  • MC Lyte: Ain't No Other (First Priority)
  • George Clinton: Hey Man . . . Smell My Finger (Paisley Park)
  • The Robert Cray Band: Shame and a Sin (Mercury)
  • Souls of Mischief: 93 'Til Infinity (Jive)
  • Neil Young: Lucky Thirteen (Geffen)
  • Butthole Surfers: Independent Worm Saloon (Capitol)
  • Sue Foley: Without a Warning (Antone's)
  • Violent Femmes: Add It Up (1981-1993) (Slash/Reprise)
  • En Vogue: Runaway Love (EastWest)
  • His Name Is Alive: Mouth by Mouth (4AD)
  • K.T. Oslin: Greatest Hits: Songs From an Aging Sex Bomb (RCA)
  • Journeys by DJ: Billy Nasty Mix (Moonshine Music)
  • The David Johansen Group: The David Johansen Group Live (Epic Associated/Legacy)
  • Thomas Anderson: Blues for the Flying Dutchman (LSR)
  • Aerosmith: Get a Grip (Geffen)
  • Luna: Slide (Elektra)

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


The A Lists: 1992 The A Lists: 1994