Music Year 1990

Here's a 1990 year-end music list.

New Records:

The sample here is 227 titles.

  1. The Beautiful South: Welcome to the Beautiful South (Go! Discs).
  2. Pet Shop Boys: Behavior (EMI America).
  3. Pharoah Sanders: Welcome to Love (Timeless).
  4. Carlene Carter: I Fell in Love (Reprise).
  5. The Chills: Submarine Bells (Slash).
  6. L.L. Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam).
  7. Eyuphuro: Mama Mosambiki (Real World).
  8. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam).
  9. David Murray / George Arvanitas: Tea for Two (Fresh Sound).
  10. Madonna: I'm Breathless (Sire).
  11. Salt-N-Pepa: Black's Magic (London).
  12. Was (Not Was): Are You Okay? (Chrysalis).
  13. David Murray: Ballads (DIW).
  14. K.T. Oslin: Love in a Small Town (RCA).
  15. Beats International: Let Them Eat Bingo (Elektra).
  16. Eddie Harris: There Was a Time (Echo of Harlem) (Enja).
  17. Marian McPartland: Plays the Benny Carter Songbook (Concord).
  18. Sonny Sharrock: Highlife (Enemy).
  19. Art Blakey / Dr. John / David "Fathead" Newman: Bluesiana Triangle (Windham Hill).
  20. Brian Eno / John Cale: Wrong Way Up (Opal).
  21. Macka-B: Natural Suntan (RAS).
  22. Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter (Chrysalis).
  23. Don Pullen: Random Thoughts (Blue Note).
  24. Betty Boo: Boomania (Warner Brothers).
  25. Bud Shank: Lost in the Stars (Fresh Sound).
  26. Rosanne Cash: Interiors (Columbia).
  27. Loketo: Soukous Trouble (Shanachie).
  28. The Deighton Family: Mama Was Right (Philo).
  29. Michael Hashim: Lotus Blossom (Stash).
  30. Sheila Jordan: Lost and Found (Muse).
  31. Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Virunga: Virunga Volcano (Earthworks).
  32. Digital Underground: Sex Packets (Tommy Boy).
  33. Nick Lowe: Party of One (Reprise).
  34. Michael Formanek: Wide Open Space (Enja).
  35. Macka-B: Looks Are Deceiving (RAS).
  36. Joe Lovano: Landmarks (Blue Note).
  37. Brand Nubian: One for All (Elektra).
  38. Soul II Soul: Vol. II A New Decade (Virgin).
  39. Either / Orchestra: The Calculus of Pleasure (Accurate).
  40. Wynton Marsalis: Tune In Tomorrow (Columbia).
  41. David Murray: Spirituals (DIW).
  42. Neil Young: Ragged Glory (Reprise).
  43. Daniel Owino Misiani: Benga Blast! (Earthworks).
  44. Blake Babies: Sunburn (Mammoth).
  45. Herb Geller: Birdland Stomp (Fresh Sound).
  46. Lisa Stansfield: Affection (Arista).
  47. Digital Underground: This Is an E.P. Release (Tommy Boy).
  48. David Murray: Special Quartet (DIW).
  49. Sonic Youth: Goo (DGC).
  50. The La's: The La's (London).
  51. Robert Ashley: Private Parts (The Record) ().
  52. C+C Music Factory: Gonna Make You Sweat (Columbia).
  53. Archie Shepp: I Didn't Know About You (Timeless).
  54. Victoria Williams: Swing the Statue! (Rough Trade).

Notable Misses:


The sample here is 121 titles.

  1. Hank Williams: The Original Singles Collection (1947-53, Polydor, 3CD).
  2. Madonna: The Imaculate Collection (1983-90, Sire).
  3. Fats Domino: My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino. (EMI).
  4. Bo Diddley: The Chess Box (1955-74, Chess, 2CD).
  5. Johnny Cash: The Sun Years (1955-58, Rhino).
  6. Art Tatum / Ben Webster / Red Callender / Bill Douglas: The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 8 (1956, Pablo).
  7. Willie Nelson: Nite Life: Greatest Hits and Rare Tracks (1959-71, Rhino).
  8. Dr. Sir Warrior and the Oriental Brothers International: Heavy on the Highlife! (Original Music).
  9. The Animals: The Complete Animals (1964-65, EMI).
  10. Don Gibson: All-Time Greatest Hits (RCA).
  11. Merle Travis: The Best of Merle Travis (Rhino).
  12. The Go-Betweens: 1978-1990 (Beggars Banquet).
  13. Duke Ellington: Fargo, North Dakota, November 7, 1940 (Vintage Jazz Classics, 2CD).
  14. David Bowie: Changesbowie (1969-90, Rykodisc).
  15. Louis Armstrong / Duke Ellington: The Complete Sessions (1961, Roulette).
  16. Guitar Player Presents Legends of Guitar: Electric Blues, Vol. 1 (Rhino).
  17. Gang of Four: A Brief History of the 20th Century (1979-83, Warner Brothers).
  18. Van Morrison: The Best of Van Morrison (Polydor).
  19. Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian, 4CD).
  20. The Fall: 458489 A-Sides (1984-89, Beggars Banquet).
  21. Merle Haggard: More of the Best (Rhino).
  22. Merle Haggard: The Capitol Collector's Series (Capitol).
  23. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Classic Tracks (Shanachie).
  24. Hank Snow: I'm Movin' On and Other Great Country Hits (RCA).
  25. Lionel Hampton: Flying Home (1942-45, Decca).
  26. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: Too Much Fun: The Best of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (MCA).
  27. Sidney Bechet: The Victor Sessions: Master Takes (1932-43, RCA, 3CD).
  28. Alpha Blondy: The Best of Alpha Blondy (Shanachie).
  29. The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around (1974-78, Rhino).
  30. Delaney and Bonnie: The Best of Delaney and Bonnie (1969-72, Rhino).
  31. The Best of the Girl Groups, Volume 1 (Rhino).
  32. Nat "King" Cole: Jumpin' at Capitol: The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio (1939-51, Rhino).
  33. Something Got a Hold of Me: A Treasury of Sacred Music (RCA).
  34. Henry "Red" Allen / Coleman Hawkins: 1933 (Hep).
  35. The Flatlanders: More a Legend than a Band (Rounder).
  36. The Chairmen of the Board: Greatest Hits (HDH).
  37. The Best of Excello Records, Vol. 2: Southern Rhythm 'n' Rock (Rhino).
  38. Johnny Dodds: Blue Clarinet Stomp (1926-29, RCA).
  39. Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings (1937, Columbia, 2CD).
  40. Joe Henderson: The Blue Note Years (1963-90, Blue Note, 4CD).
  41. Jimmy Liggins: Jimmy Liggins and His Drops of Joy (1947-53, Specialty).
  42. The Beach Boys: Today / Summer Days and Summer Nights (1965, Capitol).
  43. The Chantels: The Best of the Chantels (Rhino).
  44. Kevin Ayers: The Kevin Ayers Collection (See For Miles).
  45. Gregory Isaacs: My Number One (Heartbeat).
  46. Franco: Originalité (1956-59, RetroAfric).
  47. Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker Jam Session (1952, Verve).
  48. Bix Beiderbecke: Volume 1: Singin' the Blues (1927, Columbia).
  49. The Bangles: Greatest Hits (Columbia).
  50. Wanda Jackson: Rockin' in the Country: Best of Wanda Jackson (Rhino).
  51. Roy Milton: Roy Milton and His Solid Senders (Specialty).
  52. Jean Ritchie / Doc Watson: Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City (1963, Smithsonian/Folkways).
  53. Gene Vincent: The Capitol Collector's Series (1956-63, Capitol).
  54. Groove 'n' Grind: '50s and '60s Dance Hits (Rhino).
  55. The Waitresses: The Best of the Waitresses (1982-83, Polydor).
  56. Wire: Wire 1985-1990: The A List (1985-90, Elektra).
  57. Ernie K-Doe: Burn, K-Doe, Burn! (1959-63, Charly).
  58. Brazil Classics 3: Forró, Etc. (Luaka Bop).
  59. Zimbabwe Frontline Vol. 2: Spirit of the Eagle (Earthworks).
  60. Art Tatum / Roy Eldridge / Larry Simmons / Alvin Stoller: The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 2 (1955, Pablo).
  61. Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson: The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 1 (1955, Pablo).
  62. Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 2: Honky Tonk Heroes (Columbia).
  63. Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 1: The Golden Age (Columbia).
  64. The Best of the Girl Groups, Volume 2 (Rhino).

Album Reissues:

  1. Art Pepper: Straight Life (1979, Galaxy OJC).
  2. Duke Ellington: Latin American Suite (1967-70, Fantasy OJC).
  3. Stan Getz: At Storyville, Vol 1 and 2 (1951-53, Roulette).
  4. Lucinda Williams: Happy Woman Blues (1980, Folkways).
  5. Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Black Man's Cry (1973-75, Eurobond).
  6. Sonny Boy Williamson: Keep It to Ourselves (1963, Alligator).
  7. Sonny Rollins: Newk's Time (1957, Blue Note).
  8. Rahsaan Roland Kirk / Jack McDuff: Kirk's Work (1961, Prestige OJC).

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