Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pazz & Jop 1974: Dean's List


  1. Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic (ABC) 21
  2. Bob Dylan/the Band: Before the Flood (Asylum) 19
  3. New York Dolls: In Too Much Too Soon (Mercury) 16
  4. Raspberries: Starting Over (Capitol) 10
  5. Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard (RSO) 8
  6. Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Asylum) 6
  7. Bob Dylan: Planet Waves (Asylum) 5
  8. Labelle: Nightbirds (Epic) 5
  9. Randy Newman: Good Old Boys (Reprise) 5
  10. Thomas Jefferson Kaye: First Grade (ABC/Dunhill) 5
  11. Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (Reprise)
  12. Nilsson: Pussy Cats (RCA Victor)
  13. Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale (Tamla)
  14. Gladys Knight & the Pips, Claudine (Buddah)
  15. Big Star: Radio City (Ardent)
  16. Rolling Stones: It's Only Rock 'n Roll (Rolling Stones)
  17. Esther Phillips: Performance (Kudu)
  18. Van Morrison: It's Too Late to Stop Now (Warner Bros.)
  19. Average White Band (Atlantic)
  20. Mighty Clouds of Joy: It's Time (Dunhill)
  21. Roxy Music: Stranded (Atco)
  22. Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel (Capitol)
  23. Aretha Franklin: Let Me in Your Life (Atlantic)
  24. Bryan Ferry: These Foolish Things (Atlantic)
  25. Millie Jackson: Caught Up (Spring)
  26. The Wild Magnolias (Polydor)
  27. Bobby Bland: Dreamer (ABC/Dunhill)
  28. Neil Young: On the Beach (Reprise)
  29. B.B. King and Bobby Bland: Live Together . . . for the First Time (ABC/Dunhill)
  30. Leonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony (Columbia)

Village Voice, Jan. 20, 1975

1971 Essay | Critics Poll 1975