Metacritic Aggregate: 2020 Old Music: Blues/Gospel/R&B

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 (Light in the Attic) {8}: AM:*, Mj:*, PO:*, RC:*, SC:*, SE:+ -- A:80/4, TH:**
  2. The Staple Singers: Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection (Craft) {7}: AM:*, Fld:*, Mj:*, RC:*, RS:*, SE:+, U:* -- M:88/5
  3. Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers: Get in Union (Field Recordings) {6}: Pf:*, PO:*, SC:*; bc_r:* -- A:89/2, TH:**
  4. Sam Cooke: The Complete Keen Years (1957-1960) (ABKCO -5CD) {4}: Gl:*, Mj:*, SE:+, U:* -- M:85/4
  5. The Meters: Gettin' Funkier All the Time: The Complete Josie/Reprise & Warner Recordings 1968-1977 (Soul Music) {3}: RC:*, U:*, W:* -- M:82/4
  6. Steve Arrington: Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions (Stones Throw) {2}: Ex:*, U:* -- A:78/3
  7. John Lee Hooker: Documenting the Sensation Recordings 1949-1952 (Ace) {2}: AAJ:*, SE:+
  8. Eugene McDaniels: Outlaw (Real Gone Music) {2}: AM:*, U:*
  9. Prince: Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Collection (SMG -5CD) {2}: Pf:*, SE:+ -- A:67/2
  10. James Booker: Classified (1983, Craft) {1}: U:*
  11. Manfredo Fest: Brazilian Dorian Dream (1976, Far Out) {1}: AM:*
  12. Roberta Flack: First Take [50th Anniversary Deluxe Addition] (SoulMusic.com) {1}: AS:* -- A:100/1
  13. New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers: Vol 1 (2007, Stony Plain) {1}: AM:* -- A:75/2
  14. Sparkle: Sparkle (1979, Cultures of Soul) {1}: bc_r:*
  15. Brother Theotis Taylor: Brother Theotis Taylor (Mississippi) {1}: PO:*
  16. Big Joe Turner: The Complete Boss of the Blues (Bear Family -2CD) {1}: SE:+
  17. The Viscaynes: The Viscaynes & Friends (Org Music -19) {1}: PO:*
  18. Dionne Warwick: Deja Vu: The Arista Recordings (1979-1994) (Soulmusic) {1}: AAJ:*
  19. Disco Demands Part Six (BBE) {1}: bc_r:*
  20. Ready or Not: Thom Bell's Philly Soul Arrangements & Productions 1965-1978 (Ace) {1}: U:*