Metacritic Aggregate: 2022 Old Music

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Son House: Forever on My Mind (1964, Easy Eye Sound) {8}: AM:*, DB:*, PO:*, RC:* -- A:(80/1), TH:A-
  2. Cecil Taylor: The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert: The Town Hall, NYC November 4, 1973 (Oblivion) {8}: AAJ:*, FJ:*, PO:*; sg_j:* -- TH:A-
  3. Peter Brotzmann/Milford Graves/William Parker: Historic Music Past Tense Future (2002, Black Editions) {6}: FJ:*; sg_j:*, ysp:* -- TH:***
  4. Ornette Coleman: New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited (1968, Ezz-Thetics -21) {6}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:A-
  5. The Lemonheads: It's a Shame About Ray [30th Anniversary Reissue] (Fire) {6}: AM:*, ClR:*, LW:*, Mj:*, PM:*, kU:* -- A:(90/6)
  6. Charles Mingus: The Lost Album: From Ronnie Scott's (1972, Resonance -3CD) {6}: AAJ:*, SC:*; sg_j:* -- A:(90/1), TH:***
  7. Pavement: Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal (Matador) {6}: AM:*, Mj:*, PM:*, RC:*, SC:*, U:* -- A:(79/9)
  8. The Rolling Stones: Live at the El Mocambo (Polydor) {6}: AS:*, AM:*, RS:* -- A:(78/4), TH:***
  9. Sonic Youth: In/Out/In (2000-10, Three Lobed) {6}: AM:*, Pf:*, PM:*, RS:*, SMH:*, U:* -- A:(70/13)
  10. Summer of Soul ( . . . Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): A Questlove Jam [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1969, Legacy) {6}: DB:*, PO:* -- TH:A-
  11. Afrika Negra: Antologia Volume 1 (1981-95, Bongo Joe) {5}: PO:* -- TH:A-
  12. Albert Ayler: La Cave Live Cleveland 1966 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics -2CD) {5}: PO:*, TN:* -- TH:***
  13. John Coltrane Quartet: Song of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {5}: AAJ:*, TN:* -- TH:***
  14. Miles Davis Quintets: Stockholm Live 1967 & 1969 Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {5}: TN:* -- TH:A-
  15. Anthony Williams: Life Time & Spring Revisited (1964-65, Ezz-Thetics) {5}: TN:* -- TH:A-
  16. Albert Ayler: Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental Music -4CD) {4}: AAJ:*, Pf:*, PO:*, TN:* -- A:(84/1)
  17. Franz Ferdinand: Hits to the Head (Domino) {4}: AM:*, Cl:*, Gw:*, Mj:* -- A:(74/8)
  18. Tubby Hayes Quartet: The Complete Hopbine '69 (Jazz in Britain -2CD -21) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  19. Sun Ra Arkestra: Nothing Is . . . Completed & Revisited (1966, Ezz-Thetics) {4}: AAJ:* -- TH:***
  20. Neil Young: Citizen Kane Jr Blues (Reprise) {4}: AM:*, Cl:*, Mj:*, U:* -- A:(80/5)
  21. Hal Galper Trio: Invitation to Openness: Live at Big Twio (2008, Origin) {3}: AAJ:* -- TH:**
  22. Rush: Moving Pictures [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (Mercury/Anthem/UMe) {3}: AM:*, ClR:*, Pf:* -- A:(97/3)
  23. Neil Young: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971 (Reprise) {3}: AS:*, Mj:*, U:* -- A:(76/5)
  24. Lespri Ka: New Directions in Gwoka Music From Guadeloupe 1981-2010 (Seance Centre) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  25. Ornette Coleman: Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums (1958-59, Craft) {2}: AAJ:*, TN:*
  26. Under the Bridge () {2}: AM:*, Mj:* -- A:(85/2)
  27. Pepper Adams With the Tommy Banks Trio: Live at Room at the Top (1972, Reel to Real) {1}: AAJ:* -- TH:U
  28. Geri Allen/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at the Village Vanguard (Unissued Tracks) December 21 & 22, 1990 (Somethin' Cool) {1}: FJ:*
  29. Jim Black: My Choice (Winter & Winter -21) {1}: sg_j:*
  30. Don Cherry: Where Is Brooklyn? & Eternal Rhythm Revisited (Ezz-Thetics) {1}: TN:*
  31. John Clark: I Will (1997, Postcards) {1}: bc_j:*
  32. Flock of Dimes: Head of Roses: Phantom Limb (Sub Pop) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1)
  33. PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project: Demos (Island) {1}: -- A:(80/1)
  34. Graham Parker: Another Grey Area [40th Anniversary Edition] (Iconoclassic) {1}: AAJ:*
  35. Hermeto Pascoal E Grupo: Planetario Da Gavea (Far Out) {1}: PO:*
  36. Poco: One Night in Nashville (2004, Cleopatra) {1}: AAJ:*
  37. Nina Simone: Feeling Good: Her Greatest Hits & Remixes (Verve -2CD) {1}: DB:*
  38. Sun Ra: Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt (1983, Strut) {1}: PO:* -- TH:[**]
  39. Richard Thompson: Grizzly Man () {1}: Mj:* -- A:(80/2)
  40. Lennie Tristano: Personal Recordings, 1946-1970 (Mosaic -6CD) {1}: AAJ:*
  41. The Welders: Our Own Oddities 1977-81 (Bachelor) {1}: ysp:*
  42. Neil Young: Royce Hall 1971 (Reprise) {1}: Cl:* -- A:(80/1)
  43. John Zorn: Perchance to Dream (Tzadik) {1}: TN:*