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Pazz & Jop 1998: Dean's List


  1. Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Mercury) 23
  2. The Music in My Head (Stern's Africa) 17
  3. Sonic Youth: A Thousand Leaves (DGC) 16
  4. Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue (Elektra) 12
  5. Liz Phair: Whitechocolatespaceegg (Matador/Capitol) 7
  6. Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (Columbia) 5
  7. The Plastic People of the Universe: 1997 (Globus International import) 5
  8. Public Enemy: He Got Game (Def Jam) 5
  9. Aretha Franklin: A Rose Is Still a Rose (Arista) 5
  10. George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars: Dope Dogs (Dogone) 5

  11. Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (Grand Royal)
  12. Cadallaca: Introducing Cadallaca (K)
  13. Canibus: Can-I-Bus (Universal)
  14. Badar Ali Khan: Lost in Qawwali (Worldly/Triloka '97)
  15. Bonnie Raitt: Fundamental (Capitol)
  16. James Carter: In Carterian Fashion (Atlantic)
  17. Local H: Pack Up the Cats (Island)
  18. Mary J. Blige: The Tour (MCA)
  19. P.M. Dawn: Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad (Gee Street/V2)
  20. Pulnoc: Live in New York (Globus International import)
  21. Grandaddy: Under the Western Freeway (V2)
  22. Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos (The Prosthetic Cubans) (Atlantic)
  23. PJ Harvey: Is This Desire? (Island)
  24. John Lennon: Wonsaponatime (Capitol)
  25. Bang on a Can: Music for Airports: Brian Eno (Point Music)
  26. Alanis Morissette: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Maverick/Reprise)
  27. Butch Thompson: Thompson Plays Joplin (Daring)
  28. Lobi Traoré: Ségou (Cobalt import '96)
  29. Jeb Loy Nichols: Lovers Knot (Capitol '97)
  30. Rancid: Life Won't Wait (Epitaph)
  31. OutKast: Aquemini (LaFace)
  32. Air: Moon Safari (Source/Caroline)
  33. Archers of Loaf: White Trash Heroes (Alias)
  34. Amy Rigby: Middlescence (Koch)
  35. Soul Coughing: El Oso (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  36. Smash Mouth: Fush Yu Mang (Interscope '97)
  37. Beck: Mutations (DGC)
  38. Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces (Island)
  39. Kinleys: Just Between You and Me (Epic '97)
  40. James Brown: Say It Live and Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68 (Polydor)
  41. Sunz of Man: (The Last Shall Be First) (Red Ant)
  42. New Radicals: Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too (MCA)
  43. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal)
  44. Black Star: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Rawkus)
  45. Jon Langford: Skull Orchard (Sugar Free)
  46. Belle and Sebastian: The Boy With the Arab Strap (Matador)
  47. Bran Van 3000: Glee (Capitol)
  48. Mystikal: Unpredictable (Jive/No Limit '97)
  49. Killah Priest: Heavy Mental (Geffen)
  50. Cesaria Evora: Cabo Verde (Nonesuch '97)
  51. Chris Knight (Decca)
  52. Bikini Kill: The Singles (Kill Rock Stars)
  53. Apples in Stereo: Tone Soul Evolution (SpinArt/Sire '97)
  54. Badar Ali Khan: Lost in Qawwali II (Worldly/Triloka)
  55. Oruç Guvenc and Tumata: Rivers of One (Interworld '97)
  56. King Sunny Ade: Odù (Atlantic/Mesa)
  57. John Lee Hooker: The Best of Friends (Pointblank)
  58. Ani DiFranco: Little Plastic Castle (Righteous Babe)
  59. Kings of African Music (Music Club '97)
  60. Los Van Van: Best of Los Van Van (Milan Latino '97)
  61. Youssou N'Dour: Best of 80's (Celluloid import)
  62. Afro-Latino (Putumayo World Music)
  63. MTV's Amp 2 (MTV/Astralwerks)
  64. Buddy Guy and Junior Wells: Last Time Around (Silvertone)
  65. Odyssey the Band: Reunion (Knitting Factory Works)
  66. Red Hot + Rhapsody (Antilles)
  67. Paolo Conte: The Best of Paolo Conte (Nonesuch)
  68. The Offspring: Americana (Columbia)
  69. Henri Dikongue: C'Est la Vie (Tinder)
  70. Rachid Taha: Diwan (Island)
  71. Redman: Doc's Da Name 2000 (Def Jam)
  72. Pearl Jam: Yield (Epic)
  73. Mary Lou Lord: Got No Shadow (Work)
  74. Yuri Yunakov Ensemble: New Colors in Bulgarian Wedding Music (Traditional Crossroads '97)
  75. Grateful Dead: Dozin' at the Knick (Grateful Dead '96)
  76. Quasi: Featuring "Birds" (Up)
  77. Garbage: Version 2.0 (Almo Sounds)
  78. Scrawl: Nature Film (Elektra)
  79. Cuba Now (Metro Blue)
  80. Ali: Crucial (Island Black Music)
  81. Victoria Williams: Musings of a Creekdipper (Atlantic)
  82. Warda: Lebanon/Algeria (Metro Blue '97)


  1. Backstreet Boys: "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Jive)
  2. Fatboy Slim: "The Rockafeller Skank" (Astralwerks)
  3. Local H: "All the Kids Are Right" (Island)
  4. Next: "Too Close" (Arista)
  5. Jay-Z: "Hard Knock Life" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
  6. The Lox: "Money, Power and Respect" (Bad Boy)
  7. Brandy and Monica: "The Boy Is Mine" (Atlantic)
  8. Will Smith: "Just the Two of Us" (Columbia)
  9. Alanis Morissette: "Thank U" (Maverick/Warner Bros.)
  10. Will Smith: "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" (Columbia)
  11. Aaliyah: "Are You That Somebody?" (Atlantic)
  12. New Radicals: "You Get What You Give" (MCA)
  13. Aretha Franklin: "A Rose Is Still a Rose" (Arista)
  14. Big Punisher Featuring Joe: "Still Not a Player" (Loud/RCA)
  15. Spice Girls: "Stop" (Virgin)
  16. Brandy: "Almost Doesn't Count" (Atlantic)
  17. Monifah: "Touch It" (Universal)
  18. Lauryn Hill: "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  19. Snoop Dogg: "Snoop World" (No Limit)
  20. Puff Daddy Featuring Jimmy Page: "Come With Me" (Sony Music)


  1. Mississippi John Hurt: Rediscovered (Vanguard)
  2. American Pop: An Audio History (West Hill Audio Archives)
  3. Frank Sinatra: Everything Happens to Me (Reprise)
  4. Huey "Piano" Smith: This Is . . . Huey "Piano" Smith (Music Club)
  5. The Mamas and the Papas: Greatest Hits (MCA)
  6. Over in Glory: Favorites From Classic Gospel Groups (MCA)
  7. Bobby Bland: Greatest Hits Volume One--The Duke Recordings (MCA)
  8. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era (Rhino)
  9. Millennium Funk Party (Rhino)
  10. Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band: Acoustic Swing & Jug (Vanguard)

Village Voice, Mar. 2, 1999

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