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Pazz & Jop 1997: Dean's List


  1. Arto Lindsay: Mundo Civilizado (Bar/None) 15
  2. Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars) 15
  3. Pavement: Brighten the Corners (Matador) 13
  4. Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador) 13
  5. Township Jazz 'n' Jive (Music Club) 12
  6. Spring Heel Jack: Busy Curious Thirsty (Island) 8
  7. The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Bad Boy) 7
  8. Tiger: Shining in the Wood (Bar/None) 6
  9. Cornershop: When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.) 6
  10. Miles Davis: Dark Magus (Columbia/Legacy) 5

  11. The Klezmatics: Possessed (Xenophile)
  12. Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton (Verve)
  13. The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers--A Tribute Album (Columbia/Egyptian)
  14. Jazz Passengers Featuring Deborah Harry: Individually Twisted (32)
  15. Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind (Columbia)
  16. Los Guanches: The Corpse Went Dancing Rumba (Corason '96)
  17. Sublime (Gasoline/MCA '96)
  18. Belle and Sebastian: If You're Feeling Sinister (The Enclave)
  19. Oumou Sangare: Worotan (World Circuit)
  20. Wyclef Jean: Presents the Carnival Featuring Refugees Allstars (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  21. Luna: Pup Tent (Elektra)
  22. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly (The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest)
  23. Amp (Astralwerks)
  24. The Beautiful South: Blue Is the Colour (Ark 21)
  25. The Waco Brothers: Cowboy in Flames (Bloodshot)
  26. Pop Fiction (Quango '96)
  27. Timbaland and Magoo: Welcome to Our World (Blackground/Atlantic)
  28. Mary J. Blige: Share My World (MCA)
  29. That Dog: Retreat From the Sun (DGC)
  30. Babyface: The Day (Epic '96)
  31. Freedy Johnston: Never Home (Elektra)
  32. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Shanachie)
  33. Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West (Up)
  34. Ruben Gonzalez: Introducing . . . Ruben Gonzalez (World Circuit)
  35. Shania Twain: Come On Over (Mercury)
  36. Mase: Harlem World (Bad Boy)
  37. John Anderson: Takin' the Country Back (Mercury)
  38. Corey Harris: Fish Ain't Bitin' (Alligator)
  39. Jazz Satellites--Volume 1: Electrification (Virgin import)
  40. Richard Thompson + Danny Thompson: Industry (Rykodisc)
  41. David Murray: Fo Deuk Revue (Justin Time import)
  42. Bergville Stories (Columbia import)
  43. Arcana: Arc of the Testimony (Axiom/Island)
  44. Bis: The New Transistor Heroes (Grand Royal)
  45. The Bottle Rockets: 24 Hours a Day (Atlantic)
  46. Lateef & Lyrics Born: Latyrx (SoleSides '96)
  47. Ray Condo and His Ricochets: Swing Brother Swing! (Joaquin '96)
  48. Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope (Virgin)
  49. Muggs Presents . . . The Soul Assassins Chapter 1 (Columbia)
  50. Wayne Kramer: Citizen Wayne (Epitaph)
  51. Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole (Astralwerks)
  52. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Rapture (Music Club)
  53. Make 'Em Mokum Crazy (Mokum '96)
  54. Dan Bern: Dan Bern (Work)
  55. The Murmurs: Pristine Smut (MCA)
  56. Big Rock'n Beats (Wax Trax!/TVT)
  57. Leon Parker: Belief (Columbia '96)
  58. Mandela (Mango)
  59. Frank Sinatra and the Red Norvo Quintet: Live in Australia, 1959 (Blue Note)
  60. Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust? (Discovery '96)
  61. Ani DiFranco: Living in Clip (Righteous Babe)
  62. Patsy Cline: Live at the Cimarron Ballroom (MCA)
  63. Blondie: Essential Blondie: Picture This Live (EMI/Capitol)
  64. Sally Timms: Cowboy Sally (Bloodshot '96)
  65. Ornette + Joachim Kuhn: Colors (Harmolodic/Verve)
  66. L7: The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum (Slash/Reprise)
  67. Steve Earle: El Corazon (Warner Bros.)
  68. Spearhead: Chocolate Supa Highway (Capitol)
  69. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments: Straight to Video (Anyway)
  70. Replacements: All for Nothing/Nothing for All (Reprise)
  71. Miles Davis: Black Beauty (Columbia/Legacy)
  72. All the King's Men (Sweetfish)
  73. The Neckbones: Souls on Fire (Fat Possum/Epitaph)
  74. Forest for the Trees: Forest for the Trees (DreamWorks)
  75. Pavement: Shady Lane (Matador)
  76. Foo Fighters: The Colour and the Shape (Roswell)
  77. We: As Is (Asphodel)
  78. Moby: Animal Rights (Elektra)


  1. Puff Daddy & the Family: "I'll Be Missing You" (Bad Boy)
  2. B-Rock & the Bizz: "MyBabyDaddy" (LaFace)
  3. The Notorious B.I.G.: "Mo Money Mo Problems" (Bad Boy)
  4. Cornershop: "Brimful of Asha" (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  5. Mase: "Feel So Good" (Bad Boy)
  6. Spice Girls: "Wannabe" (Virgin)
  7. Fluke: "Atom Bomb" (Astralwerks)
  8. Next: "Butta Love" (Arista)
  9. OMC: "How Bizarre" (Mercury)
  10. Lil' Kim: "Ladies Night" (Undeas/Big Beat)
  11. Chumbawamba: "Tubthumping" (Republic/Universal)
  12. Usher: "You Make Me Wanna . . . " (LaFace)
  13. Smash Mouth: "Walking on the Sun" (Interscope)
  14. Erykah Badu: "Tyrone" (Universal)
  15. The Verve: "The Drugs Don't Work" (Virgin)
  16. Coolio: "C U When U Get There" (Tommy Boy)
  17. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: "Sock It 2 Me" (The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest)
  18. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest)
  19. Blur: "Song 2" (Virgin)
  20. Brian McKnight: "You Should Be Mine" (Mercury)
  21. The Chemical Brothers: "Block Rockin' Beats" (Astralwerks)


  1. Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
  2. Roots of Jazz Funk Volume 1 (MVP)
  3. Lee Dorsey: Wheelin' and Dealin': The Definitive Collection (Arista)
  4. Closer Than a Kiss: Crooner Classics (Rhino)
  5. Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Vol. 1 (Smithsonian Folkways)
  6. Al Jolson: Let Me Sing and I'm Happy: Al Jolson at Warner Bros. 1926-1936 (Turner Classic Movies/Rhino)
  7. Roots of Jazz Funk Volume 2 (MVP)
  8. Gene Vincent: The Screaming End: The Best of Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (Razor & Tie)
  9. Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power (Columbia/Legacy)
  10. Etta James: Her Best (MCA)

Village Voice, Feb. 24, 1998

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