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Pazz & Jop 1995: Dean's List


  1. Tricky: Maxinquaye (Island) 17
  2. Archers of Loaf: Vee Vee (Alias) 16
  3. Orüj Güvenç & Tümata: Ocean of Remembrance (Interworld) 12
  4. Peter Stampfel: You Must Remember This . . . (Gert Town) 10
  5. Randy Newman's Faust (Reprise) 9
  6. Pavement: Wowee Zowee (Matador) 9
  7. PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island) 9
  8. Luna: Penthouse (Elektra) 7
  9. James Carter: The Real Quietstorm (Atlantic) 6
  10. [File Under Prince]: The Gold Experience (Warner Bros.) 5

  11. John Prine: Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings (Oh Boy)
  12. Yo La Tengo: Eletr-O-Pura (Matador)
  13. Ornette Coleman: Tone Dialing (Verve)
  14. The Bottle Rockets: The Brooklyn Side (ESD '94)
  15. Handraizer (Moonshine Music '94)
  16. Coolio: Gangsta's Paradise (Tommy Boy)
  17. Yoko Ono/IMA: Rising (Capitol)
  18. Sonic Youth: Washing Machine (DGC)
  19. Heavens to Betsy: Calculated (Kill Rock Stars '94)
  20. Godwin Kabaka Opara's Oriental Brothers International: Do Better If You Can/Onye Ikekwere Mekeya (Original Music)
  21. Whale: We Care (Virgin)
  22. Jive Nation: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 5 (Stern's/Earthworks)
  23. Barry Black (Alias)
  24. Jo Carol Pierce: Bad Girls Upset by the Truth (Monkey Hill)
  25. Everclear: Sparkle and Fade (Capitol)
  26. Elastica (DGC)
  27. Alison Krauss: Now That I've Found You: A Collection (Rounder)
  28. Shane MacGowan and the Popes: The Snake (Warner Bros.)
  29. Buju Banton: 'Til Shiloh (Loose Cannon)
  30. The Highwaymen: The Road Goes On Forever (Liberty)
  31. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments: Bait and Switch (Onion/American)
  32. The Klezmatics: Jews With Horns (Xenophile)
  33. Stevie Wonder: Conversation Peace (Motown)
  34. Super Sweet Talks International: The Lord's Prayer (Stern's Africa)
  35. Heart of the Forest (Hannibal '93)
  36. Ramones: It's Alive (Sire/Warner Archives)
  37. Rancid: . . . And Out Come the Wolves (Epitaph)
  38. The Chemical Brothers: Exit Planet Dust (Astralwerks)
  39. Naughty by Nature: Poverty's Paradise (Tommy Boy)
  40. Little Charlie and the Nightcats: Straight Up! (Alligator)
  41. NOFX: Punk in Drublic (Epitaph '94)
  42. Grant McLennan: Horsebreaker Star (Atlantic)
  43. Rolling Stones: Stripped (Virgin)
  44. Moby: Everything Is Wrong (Elektra)
  45. brute.: Nine High With a Bullet (Capricorn)
  46. Roaring Lion: Sacred 78's (Ice '94)
  47. R. Kelly (Jive)
  48. Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine (Columbia)
  49. Lord Melody: Precious Melodies (Ice)
  50. Al Green: Don't Look Back (BMG import)
  51. M People: Forbidden Fruit (Epic)
  52. Cornershop: Woman's Gotta Have It (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  53. Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins: Calling Berlin, Vol. 1 (Arbors)
  54. Technotronic: Recall (SBK '94)
  55. Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested (Capitol)
  56. Mighty Sparrow: Volume Four (Ice)
  57. Turntable Tastemakers Vol. 1: The Sound of Cleveland City Recordings (Moonshine Music '94)
  58. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Liph' Iquinso (Shanachie '94)
  59. Marshall Chapman: It's About Time . . . Recorded Live at the Tennessee State Prison for Women (Margaritaville)
  60. Waiting To Exhale (Arista)
  61. Ani DiFranco: Not a Pretty Girl (Righteous Babe)
  62. Steve Earle: Train a Comin' (Winter Harvest)
  63. Belly: King (Sire/Reprise)
  64. Green Day: Insomniac (Reprise)
  65. New York's Ensemble for Early Music: Istanpitta Vol. 1 (Lyrichord)
  66. Real McCoy: Another Night (Arista)
  67. Only the Poorman Feel It: South Africa (Hemisphere)
  68. Don White: Live at the Somerville Theatre (Lyric Moon)
  69. Liz Phair: Juvenilia (Matador)
  70. Papa Wemba: Emotion (RealWorld)
  71. David Murray: Jug-a-Lug (DIW import)


  1. Coolio: "Gangsta's Paradise" (Tommy Boy)
  2. Archers of Loaf: "What Did You Expect?"/"Ethel Merman" (Merge)
  3. Whitney Houston: "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" (Arista)
  4. Michael Hall: "Frank Slade's 29th Dream" (DejaDisc)
  5. Mary J. Blige: "I'm Going Down" (Uptown/MCA)
  6. Jill Sobule: "I Kissed a Girl" (Lava)
  7. Alanis Morissette: "You Oughta Know" (Maverick/Reprise)
  8. 2Pac "Dear Mama" (Interscope)
  9. PJ Harvey: "Down by the Water" (Island)
  10. Amazon Two: "Big Booyaa" (Aphrodite import)


  1. The Who: The Who Sell Out (MCA)
  2. Al Green: Al Green's Greatest Hits (Hi/The Right Stuff)
  3. Harry Nilsson: Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology (RCA)
  4. Joe Franklin Presents . . . The Roaring '20 Roar Again (Legacy)
  5. Paul Revere & the Raiders: The Essential Ride '63-'67 (Columbia/Legacy)
  6. Betty Hutton: Spotlight on . . . Betty Hutton (Capitol)
  7. The Temptations: Anthology (Motown)
  8. Hillbilly Fever!: Vol. I: Legends of Western Swing (Rhino)
  9. The O'Jays: Love Train: The Best of the O'Jays (Epic Associated/Legacy)
  10. Spike Jones: Musical Depreciation Revue: The Spike Jones Anthology (Rhino)


  1. Handraizer (Moonshine Music '94)
  2. Heart of the Forest (Rykodisc '93)
  3. Turntable Tastemakers Vol. 1: The Sound of Cleveland City Recordings (Moonshine Music '94)
  4. Get Shorty (Antilles)
  5. Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  6. Telephone Love/Telephone Lobi (Original Music)
  7. Phat Rap Flava '95 (Cold Front)
  8. Street Jams: Hip Hop From the Top--Part 4 (Rhino '94)
  9. URBMix Vol. 1: Flammable Liquid (Planet Earth '94)

Village Voice, Feb. 25, 1996

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