Metacritic Aggregate: 2020 Old Music

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Tony Allen/Hugh Masekela: Rejoice (World Circuit) {12}: AM:*, DB:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, Pf:*, PM:*, U:*, W:* -- A:78/3, M:82/8, TH:A-
  2. Nina Simone: Fodder on My Wings (1982, Verve) {8}: AAJ:*, DB:*, Fld:*, Pf:*, PO:*, SC:* -- A:81/4, TH:**
  3. Cream: Goodbye Tour Live 1968 (Universal -4CD) {6}: AAJ:*, ClR:*, Mj:*, RC:*, TN:*, U:* -- M:87/5
  4. Bryan Ferry: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 (BMG) {6}: ClR:*, PO:*, Sp:*, U:* -- A:83/2, TH:**
  5. Ash: Teenage Wildfire: 25 Years of Ash (ECHO Music) {5}: Cl:*, GTV:*, Mj:*, Q:*, UR:* -- A:79/4, M:80/6
  6. The Go-Betweens: G Stands for Go-Betweens Vol 2 (Universal -19) {5}: Ex:*, Mj:*, Q:*, RC:*, U:* -- M:100/5
  7. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Limited Dance Edition (Analog Africa) {5}: Bc:* -- TH:A-
  8. The Staple Sisters: Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection (Craft) {5}: AM:*, Mj:*, RC:*, RS:*, U:* -- M:88/5
  9. Game Theory: Across the Barrier of Sound: PostScript (Omnivore) {4}: AM:*, AS:*, SC:*, Sl:* -- A:804
  10. Jon Hassell: Vernal Equinox (Ndeya) {4}: AAJ:*, Pf:*, PO:*, SC:* -- A:88/1, TH:[**]
  11. Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80: Perambulator (1983, Knitting Factory) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  12. The MacroQuarktet: The Complete Night: Live at the Stone NYC (2007, Out of Your Head -2CD) {4}: TN:* -- TH:***
  13. New Stories: Speakin' Out (Origin) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  14. Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection (1944-48, Craft) {4}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:**
  15. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Stay Safe and Sound Ranil Selection!! (Analog Africa) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  16. Pharoah Sanders: Live in Paris 1975 (Transversales Disque) {4}: PO:*, TN:* -- TH:**
  17. The Undertones: West Bank Songs 1978-1983: A Best Of (Salvo) {4}: ClR:*, Mj:*, Q:*, U:* -- M:92/4
  18. Waco Brothers: Resist! (Bloodshot) {4}: -- TH:A-
  19. Yabby You: King Tubby's Prophecies of Dub (1976, Pressure Sounds) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  20. Frank Zappa: The Hot Rats Sessions (UMe -19) {4}: AS:*, RS:*, Sp:*, U:* -- A:90/4
  21. Leve Leve: Sao Tome & Principe Sounds '70s-'80s (Bongo Joe) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  22. The Allman Brothers Band: Trouble No More [50th Anniversary Collection] (Mercury) {3}: AAJ:*, AM:*, AS:* -- A:95/2
  23. Sam Cooke: The Complete Keen Years (1957-1960) (ABKCO) {3}: Gl:*, Mj:*, U:* -- M:85/4
  24. Emperor X: Nineteen Live Recordings (2005-13, Dreams of Field) {3}: -- RC:**, TH:*
  25. Hank Jones Trio: Live at Jazzhus Slukefter Vol 2 (1983, Storyville) {3}: -- TH:***
  26. The Meters: Gettin' Funkier All the Time: The Complete Josie/Reprise & Warner Recordings 1968-1977 (Soul Music) {3}: RC:*, U:*, W:* -- M:82/4
  27. Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994-2008 (Echo) {3}: AM:*, PM:*, U:* -- A:90/3
  28. John Vanore: Primary Colors (1984-85, Acoustical Concepts) {3}: AAJ:* -- TH:**
  29. Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 (Light in the Attic) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  30. Albert Ayler Trio: 1964: Prophecy Revisited (Ezz-thetics) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:*
  31. Art Blakey: Just Coolin' (Blue Note) {2}: AAJ:*, DB:*
  32. David Bowie: ChangesNowBowie (Parlophone) {2}: MO:*, SC:* -- A:77/3
  33. Alan Braufman & Cooper-Moore: Live at WKCR May 22, 1972 (Valley of Search -EP -19) {2}: -- TH:**
  34. Duke Ellington: Uppsala 1971 (Storyville -19) {2}: -- TH:**
  35. His Name Is Alive: Return to Never (Home Recordings 1979-1986) Vol 2 (Disciples) {2}: AM:*, SC:* -- A:80/2
  36. Noah Howard: Live in Europe Vol 1 (1975, Sconsolato) {2}: -- TH:**
  37. Brent Jensen: The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond (2002, Origin) {2}: -- TH:**
  38. The John Tchicai Quartet: Live at the Stone (2007, Minus Zero) {2}: bc_j:* -- TH:*
  39. Stefan Keune/John Russell/Hans Schneider/Paul Lovens: Nothing Particularly Horrible: Live in Bochum '93 (FMR -19) {2}: AAJ:*, FJ:*
  40. Pale Saints: The Comforts of Madness [30th Anniversary Reissue] (4AD) {2}: Mj:*, UR:* -- A:83/2
  41. Lennie Tristano: The Duo Sessions (Dot Time) {2}: -- TH:**
  42. Jamaican All Stars [Studio One] (1972-74, Studio One) {2}: PO:* -- TH:*
  43. 16-17: Phantom Limb (1995-2018, Trost) {1}: TN:* -- TH:B
  44. John Abercrombie/Don Thompson: Yesterdays (1992, Cornerstone -19) {1}: AAJ:*
  45. Ahmed Ben Ali: Habibi Funk 012: Subhana (Habibi Funk) {1}: bc_r:*
  46. Rashied Ali/Frank Lowe: Duo Exchange: Complete Sessions (1972, Survival) {1}: Pf:* -- A:80/1
  47. Rashied Ali Quintet: First Time Out: Live at Slugs 1967 (Survival) {1}: -- TH:*
  48. Borah Bergman/Wilber Morris/Sunny Murray: Monks (1996, Somerealmusic) {1}: AAJ:*
  49. Tina Brooks: The Complete Recordings: Master Takes (Phono -2CD) {1}: AAJ:*
  50. Don Cherry: Cherry Jam (Gearbox) {1}: AAJ:*
  51. Tino Contreras: Musica Infinita (Arc) {1}: bc_r:*
  52. Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo: Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo (Mad About) {1}: bc_r:*
  53. Charles Curtis: Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  54. Dashboard Confidential: The Best Ones of the Best Ones (AWAL) {1}: AM:* -- A:90/1
  55. Def Leppard: The Early Years 1979-1981 (Mercury) {1}: AM:* -- A:90/1
  56. Ibrahim Ferrer: Buenos Hermanos (2003, World Circuit) {1}: DB:*
  57. Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete Piano Duets (Verve -2CD) {1}: DB:*
  58. Frank and His Sisters: Frank and His Sisters (Mississippi) {1}: Bc:*
  59. Rory Gallagher: Check Shirt Wizard: Live in '77 (Universal) {1}: AAJ:*
  60. Errol Garner: Campus Concert (Mack Avenue) {1}: AAJ:*
  61. Errol Garner: That's My Kick (Mack Avenue) {1}: AAJ:*
  62. Yuri Goloubev: Two Chevrons Apart (Basho) {1}: DB:*
  63. The Good Life: The Animals Took Over (2009, self-released) {1}: bc_j:*
  64. Grateful Dead: Ready or Not (1992-95, Rhino) {1}: AAJ:*
  65. David Gray: White Ladder (IHT) {1}: AM:* -- A:85/2
  66. Jon Hassell/Farafina: Flash of the Spirit (1988, Glitterbeat) {1}: AAJ:*
  67. Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (Blue Note) {1}: AAJ:*
  68. Andy Hull: Who Is Your Humble? (Demos: 2006-2007) (Favorite Gentlemen) {1}: Spk:* -- A:86/1
  69. Franz Koglmann Septet: Fruits of Solitude (Ezz-thetics) {1}: AAJ:*
  70. Antoinette Konan: Antoinette Konan (1986, Awesome Tapes From Africa -19) {1}: -- TH:*
  71. Loose Fit: Loose Fit (FatCat) {1}: GTV:* -- A:90/1
  72. Hank Mobley: Soul Station (Music Matters) {1}: AAJ:*
  73. Milton Nascimento: Maria Maria (Far Out -19) {1}: PO:*
  74. Carla Olson: Have Harmony, Will Travel 2 (Sunset Blvd) {1}: AS:* -- A:75/2
  75. Lee Scratch Perry With Seskain Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo: Roots From the Congo (Roots Vibration/Planet Ilunga) {1}: PO:*
  76. Sun Ra Arkestra: Heliocentric Worlds 1 & 2 Revisited (Ezz-thetics) {1}: TN:*
  77. Jeff Rupert/George Garzone: The Ripple (Rupe Media) {1}: DB:*
  78. Sonic Youth: Live in Moscow (April, 1989) (Squeaky Squawk) {1}: RS:*
  79. Sparkle: Sparkle (1979, Cultures of Soul) {1}: bc_r:*
  80. Horace Tapscott Quintet: The Giant Is Awakened (1969, Real Gone Music) {1}: DB:*
  81. These New Puritans: The Cut (2016-2019) (Infectious Music) {1}: LBF:* -- A:85/1
  82. Raphael Toine: Ce Ta Ou/Sud Africa Revolution (Glossy Mistakes) {1}: bc_r:*
  83. Dionne Warwick: Deja Vu: The Arista Recordings (1979-1994) (Soulmusic) {1}: AAJ:*
  84. Snowy White: Lucky Star: An Anthology 1983-1994 (Esoteric -6CD) {1}: ClR:* -- A:80/1
  85. Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70 (Soul Jazz) {1}: -- TH:*
  86. Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol 2 (Disques Debs/Strut) {1}: bc_r:*
  87. Danse Macabre 2020 Vol 1 (Objet-A) {1}: FJ:*
  88. Danse Macabre 2020 Vol 2 (Objet-A) {1}: FJ:*
  89. Disco Demands Part Six (BBE) {1}: bc_r:*
  90. Join the Future: UK Bleep & Bass 1988-91 (Cease & Desist) {1}: bc_e:*
  91. Miles Davis: Music From and Inspired by Birth of the Cool [A Film by Stanley Nelson] (Legacy) {1}: AAJ:*
  92. New Improvised Music From Buenos Aires [Compiled by Jason Weiss] (ESP-Disk -19) {1}: PO:* -- TH:[***]
  93. Rainer Trueby Presents Soulgliding (BBE) {1}: bc_r:*
  94. Soul Jazz Records Presents Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave, and Hardcore (Soul Jazz) {1}: PO:*
  95. The Turning [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (KRO) {1}: Gw:* -- A:80/2
  96. Unchained: The Year of the Rat (Unchained) {1}: bc_e:*