EOY List Aggregate: 2016 Old Music

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! (Analog Africa) {15}: Bc:26, Ph_c:8, Qt_r:40, RSc:41, VF_r:2, ; fr_r:3 -- V:678-10-1, TH:**
  2. Pat Thomas: Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981 (Strut -2CD) {13}: JG:+, Ph_r:28, Rx:45; fr_r:14, jy:71 -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  3. Music of Morocco: From the Library of Congress: Recorded by Paul Bowles 1959 (Dust to Digital) {13}: JG:+, PM_r:8, PO:+, Qt_r:65; aqd:+, blg:+, fl:+, fr_r:6, pm_w:+, sc_z:+ -- V:317-25-3
  4. Urgent Jumping: East African Classics (Sterns) {13}: JG:+; afp:+, fr_r:1 -- V:1389-5-1, RC:B+, TH:A-
  5. Vieux Kante: The Young Man's Harp (Sterns Africa) {12}: Rx:69; afp:+, fr_r:17, jy:77 -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  6. Fanfare Ciocarlia: 20 (Asphalt Tango) {11}: JC:+, Rx:81; fr_r:+ -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  7. Putumayo Presents: African Rumba (Putumayo World Music) {11}: Rx:12 -- RC:A, TH:A-
  8. Senegambia Rebel (Voodoo Rebel) {10}: Rx:65; jy:53 -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  9. The Rough Guide to South African Jazz [Second Edition] (World Music Network) {10}: Rx:79; jy:22 -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  10. Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band: Wede Harer Guzo (Awesome Tapes From Africa) {8}: FB:+; ab:+, jdt:+, jjb:+ -- TH:A-
  11. Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta (Numero Group -3CD) {8}: RSc:91; ab:+, afp:+, aqd:+, jdt:+ -- TH:***
  12. The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz (World Music Network) {8}: Rx:30; fr_r:19, jy:20 -- V:678-10-1, RC:A-
  13. Soul Sok Sega: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979 (1973-79, Strut) {7}: JG:+, PO:+, RSc:84; jdt:+ -- TH:***
  14. Bitori: Legend of Funana: The Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands (Analog Africa) {6}: afp:+, fr_r:4 -- TH:***
  15. Meridian Brothers V: El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer (Discrepant) {6}: FB:+, Wat:36 -- TH:A-
  16. Awalom Gebremariam: Desdes (Awesome Tapes From Africa) {5}: JG:+; d_jb:+ -- TH:***
  17. Can't You Hear Me? 70's African Nuggets & Garage Rock From Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (Now-Again) {5}: JG:+ -- TH:A-
  18. DJ Katapila: Trotro (2009, Awesome Tapes From Africa) {4}: JG:+ -- TH:***
  19. Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria (Soundway) {4}: JG:+, Ph_c:14; ab:+
  20. Kenya Special 2: Selected East African Recordings From the 1970s & '80s (Soundway) {4}: JG:+, Ph_c:37, Qt_r:11
  21. Mambos Levis D'Outro Mundo (Principe) {4}: C:45, RSc:9
  22. Nigeria Soul Fever (Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!) (Soul Jazz) {4}: Qt_r:5
  23. Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merenge Kompa Kreyou Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti (1960-1981) (Ostinato) {4}: JG:+ -- TH:***
  24. Ravi Shankar: In Hollywood 1971 (Northern Spy) {3}: blg:+, jms:+ -- V:370-22-2
  25. Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth-Disco 1980-1984 (Cultures of Soul) {3}: Ph_c:33, Qt_r:96; ab:+ -- TH:B-
  26. Why the Mountains Are Black: Primeval Greek Village Music 1907-1960 (Third Man) {3}: JG:+; aqd:+, fr_r:13
  27. Mestre Cupijo E Su Ritmo: Siria (Analog Africa -14) {2}: Rx:25; jy:40 -- [RC:A-, TH:A-]
  28. Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos: Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (Knitting Factory, 3CD) {2}: PM_r:13
  29. Sunburst: Ave Africa (Strut) {2}: fr_r:+ -- TH:*
  30. Arthur Verocai: Arthur Verocai (Mr Bongo) {2}: Qt_r:97; ab:+
  31. Khmer Rouge Survivors: They Will Kill You if You Cry (Glitterbeat) {2}: fr:r_5
  32. Lost in Mali: Off the Beaten Track From Bamako to Timbuktu (Riverboat -15) {2}: Rx:76; jy:45 -- [RC:A-, TH:A-]
  33. Senegal 70: Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From the 70s (Analog Africa -15) {2}: Ph_c:16 -- [TH:**]
  34. The Aggrovators: Dubbing at King Tubby's (VP) {1}: jdt:+
  35. Kirsehirli Cekic Ali: Kizilirmak (Kalan) {1}: jdt:+
  36. Bossacucanova: The Best of Bossacucanova (Six Degrees) {1}: afp:+
  37. Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus: Promised Land Sounds (Rockin' Live Ruff N Tuff) (Dug Out) {1}: Qt_r:89
  38. Africa Airways Three (The Afro-Psych Excursion 1972-1984) (African Seven) {1}: YW_r:24
  39. Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali (Glitterbeat) {1}: fr_r:10
  40. The Rough Guide to Brazilian Jazz (World Music Network) {1}: db:+

Notes

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