Metacritic Aggregate: 2022 Old Music

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Summer of Soul ( . . . Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): A Questlove Jam [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1969, Legacy) {13}: AM:*, DB:*, Mj:*, Pf:*, PO:*, RC:*, RS:+*, SC:* -- A:(91/6), TH:A-
  2. Son House: Forever on My Mind (1964, Easy Eye Sound) {11}: AM:*, DB:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, PO:*, RC:*, U:* -- A:(80/1), TH:A-
  3. The Rolling Stones: Live at the El Mocambo (Polydor) {11}: AAJ:*, AS:*, AM:*, Gl:*, PO:*, RS:*, V:*; xhs:+ -- A:(78/4), TH:***
  4. Blondie: Against the Odds 1974-1982 (EMI -8CD) {10}: AM:*, AS:*, ClR:*, Mj:*, P:*, Pf:*, PM:*, PO:*, RC:*, U:* -- A:(87/10)
  5. Cecil Taylor: The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert: The Town Hall, NYC November 4, 1973 (Oblivion) {10}: AAJ:*, BA:+, CM:+, FJ:*, PO:*; sg_j:* -- TH:A-
  6. Peter Brotzmann/Milford Graves/William Parker: Historic Music Past Tense Future (2002, Black Editions) {9}: CM:+, FJ:*; sg_j:*, vce:*+, ysp:* -- TH:***
  7. Sonic Youth: In/Out/In (2000-10, Three Lobed) {9}: AM:*, Du:*, Pf:*, PM:*, RS:*, SMH:*, U:* -- A:(70/13), TH:**
  8. Kabaka International Guitar Band: Kabaka International Guitar Band (1977, Palenque) {8}: PO:* -- RC:A-, TH:***
  9. Prince and the Revolution: Live (1985, NPG/Legacy -2CD) {8}: AM:*, AS:*, ClR:*, Mj:*, Pf:*, U:* -- A:(87/1), TH:**
  10. Albert Ayler: Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental Music -4CD) {7}: AAJ:*, BA:+, DB:*, CM:+, Pf:*, PO:*, TN:* -- A:(84/1)
  11. Charles Mingus: The Lost Album: From Ronnie Scott's (1972, Resonance -3CD) {7}: AAJ:*, TN:*, SC:*; sg_j:* -- A:(90/1), TH:***
  12. Pavement: Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal (Matador) {7}: AM:*, Du:*, Mj:*, PM:*, RC:*, SC:*, U:* -- A:(79/9)
  13. Stereolab: Pulse of the Early Brain [Switched On Volume 5] (1992-2008, Duophonic/Warp -2CD) {7}: AM:*, AV:*, Cl:*, Mj:*, U:* -- A:(77/7), TH:**
  14. Neil Young: Citizen Kane Jr Blues (Reprise) {7}: AM:*, Cl:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, U:* -- A:(80/5), TH:**
  15. Neil Young: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971 (Reprise) {7}: AS:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, U:* -- A:(76/5), TH:***
  16. Africa Negra: Antologia Vol 1 (1981-95, Bongo Joe) {6}: PO:*; xcw:* -- TH:A-
  17. Ornette Coleman: New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited (1968, Ezz-Thetics -21) {6}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:A-
  18. John Coltrane: Favorites [Naima/My Favorite Things/A Love Supreme] Revisited (1963-65, Ezz-Thetics) {6}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:A-
  19. Miles Davis Quintet: Live Europe 1960 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {6}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:A-
  20. The Lemonheads: It's a Shame About Ray [30th Anniversary Reissue] (Fire) {6}: AM:*, ClR:*, LW:*, Mj:*, PM:*, kU:* -- A:(90/6)
  21. Sam Rivers: Caldera [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 6] (2002, NoBusiness) {6}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:A-
  22. Horace Silver Quintet: Live New York Revisited (1964-66, Ezz-Thetics) {6}: AAJ:* -- TH:A
  23. Horace Tapscott Quintet: Legacies for Our Grandchildren (1995, Dark Tree) {6}: AAJ:*, PO:* -- TH:A-
  24. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Toast (2001, Reprise) {6}: AD:*, T:*, U:*; ysp:* -- A:(76/7), TH:**
  25. Albert Ayler: La Cave Live Cleveland 1966 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics -2CD) {5}: PO:*, TN:* -- TH:***
  26. Dave Brubeck Trio: Live From Vienna 1967 (Brubeck Editions) {5}: AAJ:* -- TH:A-
  27. BTS: Proof (Big Hit) {5}: AM:*, CS:*, Qt:*, RS:+* -- A:(80/3)
  28. John Coltrane Quartet: Song of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {5}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:***
  29. Miles Davis: That's What Happened [The Bootleg Series, Vol 7: 1982-1985 (Columbia/Legacy -3CD) {5}: DB:*, TN:* -- TH:**
  30. Miles Davis Quintets: Stockholm Live 1967 & 1969 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {5}: TN:* -- TH:A-
  31. Koichi Matsukaze Trio Featuring Ryojiro Furusawa: At the Room 427 (1975, BBE) {5}: DB:* -- TH:A-
  32. John Ondolo: Hypnotic Guitar of John Ondolo (1961-68, Mississippi) {5}: PO:* -- TH:A-
  33. Ann Peebles & the Hi Rhythm Section: Live in Memphis (1982, Memphis International) {5}: PO:* -- RC:**, TH:**
  34. Pere Ubu: The Lost Band: Live at Metro Cabaret, Chicago (1993, Ubu Projex) {5}: CM:+ -- TH:A-
  35. George Russell: Ezz-thetics & The Stratus Seekers Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {5}: TN:* -- TH:A-
  36. Cecil Taylor: With (Exit) to Student Studies Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {5}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:***
  37. The Trypes: Music for Neighbors (1984, Pravda) {5}: -- RC:B+, TH:**
  38. Anthony Williams: Life Time & Spring Revisited (1964-65, Ezz-Thetics) {5}: TN:* -- TH:A-
  39. Tommy Womack: 30 Years Shot to Hell: An Anthology (Schoolkids -2CD) {5}: PO:* -- TH:A-
  40. Pepper Adams With the Tommy Banks Trio: Live at Room at the Top (1972, Reel to Real) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  41. Franz Ferdinand: Hits to the Head (Domino) {4}: AM:*, Cl:*, Gw:*, Mj:* -- A:(74/8)
  42. Lionel Hampton Orchestra: 1958: The Mess Is Here Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {4}: TN:* -- TH:***
  43. Tubby Hayes Quartet: The Complete Hopbine '69 (Jazz in Britain -2CD -21) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  44. Andrew Hill: Point of Departure to Compulsion!!!!! Revisited (1964-65, Ezz-Thetics) {4}: -- TH:A-
  45. Frank Kimbrough: 2003-2006: Lullabluebye/Play (Palmetto -2CD) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  46. Los Golden Boys: Cumbia De Juventud (Mississippi) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  47. Luciano Luciani Y Sus Mulatos: Mulata, Vamos A La Salsa (1970, Vampisoul) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  48. Malik's Emerging Force Art Trio: Time and Condition (Moved-by-Sound) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  49. Asha Puthli: The Essential Asha Puthli (Mr Bongo) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  50. Lou Reed: Words & Music, May 1965 (Light in the Attic) {4}: Mj:*, RC:*, T:*, U:* -- A:(86/5), TH:B
  51. Charles Stepney: Step on Step (International Anthem) {4}: Al:*, AM:*, Pf:*, PO:* -- A:(83/3)
  52. Sun Ra Arkestra: Nothing Is . . . Completed & Revisited (1966, Ezz-Thetics) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  53. Horace Tapscott Quintet: The Quintet (1969, Mr Bongo) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  54. Irma Thomas: Live! New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1976 (Good Time) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  55. Neil Young: Royce Hall 1971 (Reprise) {4}: Cl:*, Gl:* -- A:(80/1), TH:**
  56. Yusuf [Cat Stevens]: Harold and Maude [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Island) {4}: AS:*, ClR:*, Pf:*, SC:* -- A:(76/6)
  57. Folk and Great Tunes From Siberia and Far East (CPI Music) {4}: -- RC:A-
  58. Under the Bridge () {4}: AM:*, Mj:*, Qt:*, U:* -- A:(85/2)
  59. Albert Ayler Quartet With Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {3}: -- TH:***
  60. Biluka Y Los Canibales: Leaf-Playing in Quito (1960-1965) (Honest Jon's) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  61. Jim Black: My Choice (Winter & Winter -21) {3}: sg_j:* -- TH:**
  62. John Clark: I Will (1997, Postcards) {3}: bc_j:* -- TH:**
  63. Miles Davis: Live: What It Is: Montreal 7/7/83 (Columbia/Legacy) {3}: -- TH:***
  64. Hal Galper Trio: Invitation to Openness: Live at Big Twio (2008, Origin) {3}: AAJ:* -- TH:**
  65. Jens Lekman: The Cherry Trees Are Still in Blossom (Secretly Canadian) {3}: scw:* -- TH:**
  66. John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years (1978-2016, BMG) {3}: DB:* -- TH:**
  67. Pape Nziengui: Kadi Yombo (1989, Awesome Tapes From Africa) {3}: -- TH:***
  68. Orchestre Volta-Jazz: Air Volta (1974-77, Numero Group) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  69. Rush: Moving Pictures [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (Mercury/Anthem/UMe) {3}: AM:*, ClR:*, Pf:* -- A:(97/3)
  70. Archie Shepp: Fire Music to Mama Too Tight Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {3}: AAJ:* -- TH:**
  71. Celestine Ukwu and His Philosophers National: No Condition Is Permanent (1971-74, Mississippi) {3}: -- TH:***
  72. Iannis Xenakis: Electroacoustic Works (Karlrecords -21) {3}: BA:+, Pf:*, U:* -- A:(84/3)
  73. Brasil Novo (Musica Macondo) {3}: xci:* -- TH:**
  74. Cumbia Sabrosa: Tropical Sound System Bangers From the Discos Fuentes Vaults 1961-1981 (Rocafort) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  75. Lespri Ka: New Directions in Gwoka Music From Guadeloupe 1981-2010 (Seance Centre) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  76. Suzi Analogue: Infinite Zonez (2016-19, Disciples) {2}: vce:+ -- TH:*
  77. Chet Baker: Tune Up: Live in Paris (1980, Circle) {2}: xhs:+ -- TH:*
  78. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: With Thelonious Monk [Deluxe Edition] (1958, Rhino -2CD) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:*
  79. Candlemass: Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (Peaceville) {2}: ClR:*, Pf:* -- A:(87/2)
  80. Ornette Coleman: Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums (1958-59, Craft) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:*
  81. Elton John: Madman Across the Water [Deluxe Edition] (UMe) {2}: AM:*, AS:* -- A:(95/2)
  82. Daunik Lazro/Jouk Minor/Thierry Madiot/David Chiesa/Louis-Michel Marion: Sonoris Causa (2003, NoBusiness) {2}: -- TH:**
  83. Madonna: Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones (Warner -2CD) {2}: AM:*, RC:* -- A:(85/2)
  84. Orchestre Massako: Orchestre Massako (1979-86, Analog Africa -EP) {2}: scw:* -- TH:*
  85. Hermeto Pascoal E Grupo: Planetario Da Gavea (1981, Far Out) {2}: AAJ:*, PO:*
  86. Lou Reed: I'm So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos (RCA -21) {2}: -- TH:**
  87. Dusty Springfield: Dusty Sings Soul (Ace) {2}: -- RC:**
  88. Norma Tanega: I'm the Sky: Studio and Demo Recordings 1964-1971 (Anthology) {2}: HV:+, PO:* -- TH:B-
  89. Richard Thompson: Grizzly Man () {2}: Mj:*, Pf:* -- A:(80/3)
  90. ZZ Top: Raw: That Little Ol' Band From Texas [Original Soundtrack] (BMG) {2}: ClR:*, U:*
  91. A Chant About the Beauty of the Moon at Night: Hawaiian Steel Guitar Masters: Lost + Rare Performances 1913-1921 (Magnificent Sounds) {2}: BA:+, PO:* -- TH:B
  92. Geri Allen/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at the Village Vanguard (Unissued Tracks) December 21 & 22, 1990 (Somethin' Cool) {1}: FJ:*
  93. Don Ayler: In Florence 1981 (Railroad Town Music) {1}: TN:*
  94. Albert Ayler Quintet: At Slugs' Saloon 1966 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {1}: AAJ:*
  95. Derek Bailey: Domestic Jungle () {1}: Qt:+
  96. Ronnie Boykins: The Will Come Is Now (ESP-Disk -20) {1}: PO:* -- TH:[**]
  97. Peter Brotzmann/Keiji Haino: The Intellect Given Birth to Here (Eternity) Is Too Young (Black Editions) {1}: AAJ:*
  98. Don Cherry: Where Is Brooklyn? & Eternal Rhythm Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {1}: TN:*
  99. John Coltrane: My Favorite Things [60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (1962, Rhino -2CD) {1}: AAJ:*
  100. Chick Corea: The Montreux Years (BMG) {1}: AAJ:*
  101. Creedence Clearwater Revival: At the Royal Albert Hall (Craft) {1}: AAJ:*
  102. Lajos Dudas: Radio Days Vol 2 (Ra) {1}: AAJ:*
  103. Bill Evans: You Must Believe in Spring (1977, Craft) {1}: AAJ:*
  104. Faust: The Faust Tapes (Bureau B) {1}: ClR:* -- A:(80/1)
  105. Flock of Dimes: Head of Roses: Phantom Limb (Sub Pop) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1)
  106. Robert Fripp: Exposures (Panegyric -32CD) {1}: AAJ:*
  107. Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Volume 38: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 9/8/73 (Rhino -3CD) {1}:
  108. Grateful Dead: Lyceum Theatre, London, England - 5/26/72 (Rhino) {1}: AAJ:*
  109. PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project: Demos (Island) {1}: -- A:(80/1)
  110. The Heartbreakers: LAMF: The '77 Found Mixes (Jungle) {1}: PO:*
  111. Karate: The Bed Is in the Ocean (1998, Numero Group) {1}: -- A:(86/1)
  112. Laddio Bolocko: '97-'99 () {1}: Qt:+
  113. Jens Lekman: The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom (Secretly Canadian) {1}: scw:*
  114. Lloyd Miller: Orientations () {1}: AM:* -- A:(90/1)
  115. Moebius: Solo Works: Kollektion 7 (Bureau B) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1)
  116. Neu!: 50! (Gronland) {1}: AM:* -- A:(90/1)
  117. Graham Parker: Another Grey Area [40th Anniversary Edition] (Iconoclassic) {1}: AAJ:*
  118. Hermeto Pascoal: Hermeto (Far Out) {1}: PO:*
  119. Pink Floyd: Animals [2018 Remix] (Pink Floyd) {1}: ClR:* -- A:(80/1)
  120. Poco: One Night in Nashville (2004, Cleopatra) {1}: AAJ:*
  121. The Pyramids: AOMAWA: The 1970s Recordings (1973-76, Strut -4CD) {1}: PO:*
  122. Terry Riley: Keyboard Studies (Another Timbre) {1}: AAJ:*
  123. The Rolling Stones: Licked Live in NYC (Mercury Studios) {1}: AS:* -- A:(80/1)
  124. Nina Simone: Feeling Good: Her Greatest Hits & Remixes (Verve -2CD) {1}: DB:*
  125. Sirone: Artistry (1978, Moved-by-Sound) {1}: CM:+
  126. Staples Jr Singers: When Do We Get Paid (Luaka Bop) {1}: PM:* -- A:(80/2)
  127. Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe (RCA) {1}: Pf:* -- A:(84/1)
  128. Sun Ra: Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt (1983, Strut) {1}: PO:* -- TH:[**]
  129. Cecil Taylor: Respiration: Live in Warsaw '68 (Fundacja Sluchaj) {1}: PO:*
  130. Clark Terry Big Bad Band: Live in Holland 1979 (Storyville) {1}: -- TH:*
  131. Steve Tibbetts: Hellbound Train: An Anthology (ECM -2CD) {1}: AAJ:*
  132. Lennie Tristano: Personal Recordings, 1946-1970 (Mosaic -6CD) {1}: AAJ:*
  133. Morgan Wade: Reckless [Deluxe Edition] (Arista Nashville) {1}: PO:*
  134. Mal Waldron: Searching in Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (Tompkins Square) {1}: PO:*
  135. The Welders: Our Own Oddities 1977-81 (Bachelor) {1}: ysp:*
  136. Neil Young: Carnegie Hall 1970 (Reprise -21) {1}: PO:* -- TH:[**]
  137. John Zorn: Perchance to Dream (Tzadik) {1}: TN:*
  138. From Lion Mountain: Traditional Music of Yeha, Ethiopia (Dust-to-Digital) {1}: PO:*
  139. Hidden Waters: Strange and Sublime Sounds From Rio de Janiero (Sounds and Colours) {1}: PO:*
  140. Lovers Rock: The Soulful Sound of Romantic Reggae (Trojan) {1}: PO:*
  141. The D-Vine Spirituals: Sacred Soul (Bible & Tire) {1}: PO:*