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Pazz & Jop 1990: Dean's List


  1. L.L. Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam) 22
  2. Heavy on the Highlife! (Original Music) 19
  3. Red Hot and Blue (Chrysalis) 12
  4. Bob Dylan: Under the Red Sky (Columbia) 9
  5. Madonna: I'm Breathless (Sire/Warner Bros.) 8
  6. Sonic Youth: Goo (DGC) 7
  7. Pixies: Bossanova (4AD/Elektra) 6
  8. Rosane Cash: Interiors (Columbia) 6
  9. Beats International: Let Them Eat Bingo (Elektra) 6
  10. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam) 5

  11. Nick Lowe: Party of One (Warner Bros.)
  12. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Classic Tracks (Shanachie)
  13. The Chills: Submarine Bells (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  14. Macka-B: Natural Suntan (Ariwa)
  15. Ministry: In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  16. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Two Worlds One Heart (Warner Bros.)
  17. The Beautiful South: Welcome to the Beautiful South (Elektra)
  18. The Deighton Family: Mama Was Right (Philo)
  19. The Civil War (Elektra Nonesuch)
  20. Living Colour: Time's Up (Epic)
  21. Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga: Virunga Volcano (Virgin)
  22. Evan Lurie: Selling Water by the Side of the River (Island)
  23. Cumbia Cumbia (World Circuit import)
  24. Jewel Ackah: Me Dear (Highlife World import)
  25. Snap: World Power (Arista)
  26. The Ousmane Kouyate Band: Domba (Mango)
  27. Ska Beats 2 (ROIR cassette)
  28. Pretenders: Packed! (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  29. Gregory Isaacs: My Number One (Heartbeat)
  30. Pépé Kallé: Pépé Kallé (Gefraco)
  31. Monie Love: Down to Earth (Warner Bros.)
  32. Brand Nubian: One for All (Elektra) ?
  33. Carlos Paredes: Guitarra Portugesa (Elektra/Nonesuch '89)
  34. The Go-Betweens: 1978-1990 (Capitol)
  35. Cuban Dance Party: Routes of Rhythm Volume 2 (Rounder)
  36. The Pooh Sticks: Formula One Generation (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  37. Jali Musa Jawara: Yasimika (Hannibal)
  38. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Ragged Glory (Reprise)
  39. Pylon: Chain (Sky)
  40. The Perfect Disaster: Up (Fire '89)
  41. Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Rhythm People (The Resurrection of Creative Black Civilization) (Novus)
  42. Fugazi: Repeater (Dischord)
  43. Lou Reed/John Cale: Songs for Drella (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  44. Sonny Boy Williamson: Keep It to Ourselves (Alligator)
  45. Loketo: Soukous Trouble (Shanachie)
  46. The Clean: Vehicle (Rough Trade)
  47. Tom Zé: Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Zé (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  48. Was (Not Was): Are You Okay? (Chrysalis)
  49. The Flatlanders: More a Legend Than a Band (Rounder)
  50. Yalla: Hitlist Egypt (Mango)
  51. Guy: The Future (MCA)
  52. Eyuphuro: Mama Mosambiki (Real World)
  53. Ali Farka Toure: The River (World Circuit import)
  54. Soul II Soul: Vol II--1990: A New Decade (Virgin)
  55. Macka-B: Looks Are Deceiving (Ariwa)
  56. Lisa Stansfield: Affection (Arista)
  57. Spirit of the Eagle: Zimbabwe Frontline (Vol. 2) (Virgin)
  58. Abed Azrié: Aromates (Elektra Nonesuch)
  59. Shazzy: Attitude: A Hip-Hop Rapsody (Elektra)
  60. Blake Babies: Sunburn (Mammoth)
  61. The Guo Brothers & Shung Tian: Yuan (Real World)
  62. Salt-n-Pepa: Blacks' Magic (Next Plateau)
  63. Jerry Lee Lewis: Rockin' My Life Away (Tomato '89)
  64. Fela: Black Man's Cry (Eurobond import)
  65. K T. Oslin: Love in a Small Town (RCA Victor)
  66. Thomas Anderson: "Alright It Was Frank . . . And He's Risen from the Dead and Gone Off with His Truck" (Out There '88)
  67. Youssou N'Dour: Set (Virgin)


  1. Boogie Down Productions: "Love's Gonna Getcha (Material Love)" (Jive)
  2. Quincy Jones: "Back on the Block" (Qwest)
  3. MC Hammer: "U Can't Touch This" (Capitol)
  4. The B-52's: "Roam" (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  5. Shazzy: "Giggahoe" (Elektra)
  6. Poor Righteous Teachers: "Can I Start This" (Profile)
  7. Power Jam Featuring Chill Rob G: "The Power" (Wild Pitch)
  8. Snap: "The Power" (Arista)
  9. Rebel MC: "Music Is the Key" (Desire import)
  10. Black Box: "Everybody Everybody" (Deconstruction)
  11. Digital Underground: "The Humpty Dance" (Tommy Boy)
  12. Kaoma: "Lambada" (Epic)
  13. 2 Black 2 Strong: "Burn Baby Burn" (Clappers/In-Effect)
  14. Madonna: "Justify My Love" (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  15. DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega: "Tom's Diner" (A&M)
  16. Snap: "Ooops Up" (Arista)
  17. A Tribe Called Quest: "Bonita Applebum" (Jive)
  18. Tony! Toni! Toné!: "Feels Good" (Wing)
  19. BWP: "Two Minute Brother" (No Face/Columbia)
  20. Bette Midler: "From a Distance" (Atlantic)


  1. Ice Cube: Kill at Will (Priority)
  2. Mekons: F.U.N. 90 (A&M)
  3. My Bloody Valentine: Glider (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  4. Pavement: (Slay Tracks: 1933-1969) (Treble Kicker)
  5. Dramarama: Live at the China Club (Chameleon)
  6. Two Nice Girls: Like a Version (Rough Trade)
  7. Pavement: Demolition Plot J-7 (Drag City)
  8. Mimi Schneider: The Extended Outlook (Indelible cassette)


  1. Bo Diddley: The Chess Box (Chess)
  2. The Beach Boys: Wild Honey/Smiley Smile (Capitol)
  3. Merle Travis: The Best of Merle Travis (Rhino)
  4. Fats Domino: My Blue Heaven--The Best of Fats Domino (EMI)
  5. Groove 'n Grind: '50s and '60s Dance Hits (Rhino)
  6. Jerry Lee Lewis: Rare Tracks (Rhino)
  7. Delaney & Bonnie: The Best of Delaney & Bonnie (Rhino)
  8. The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around (1974-1978) (Rhino)
  9. Flamin Groovies: Supersnazz (CBS Special Products)
  10. Guitar Player Presents Legends of Guitar--Electric Blues, Vol. 1 (Rhino)


  1. Boogie Down Productions: "Love's Gonna Getcha (Material Love)" (Peter McCarthy)
  2. The B'52's: "Roam" (Adam Bernstein)

Village Voice, Mar. 5, 1991

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