Music Year 1991

Here's a 1991 year-end music list.

New Records:

The sample here is 235 titles.

  1. The Mekons: The Curse of the Mekons (Blast First).
  2. The Feelies: Time for a Witness (A&M).
  3. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Tings An' Times (Shanachie).
  4. George Coleman: My Horns of Plenty (Birdology).
  5. Voice of the Beehive: Honey Lingers (London).
  6. Downtown Science: Downtown Science (Def Jam).
  7. John Prine: The Missing Years (Oh Boy).
  8. The KLF: The White Room (Arista).
  9. David Murray: Shakill's Warrior (DIW/Columbia).
  10. Champion Jack Dupree: Forever and Ever (Bullseye).
  11. Joe Lovano: From the Soul (Blue Note).
  12. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: You Shoulda Told Me You Were ... (Columbia).
  13. Pulnoc: City of Hysteria (Arista).
  14. Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster (Sire).
  15. P.M. Dawn: Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience (Gee Street).
  16. Marshall Chapman: Inside Job (Tall Girl).
  17. Chris Barber: Panama! (Timeless).
  18. Billy Harper: Live on Tour in the Far East, Volume 2 (Steeplechase).
  19. Jimmie Dale Gilmore: After Awhile (Elektra).
  20. Public Enemy: Apocalypse 91 ... The Enemy Strikes Black (Def Jam).
  21. Joe McPhee: Impressions of Jimmy Giuffre (Celp).
  22. R.E.M.: Out of Time (Warner Brothers).
  23. Anthony Braxton: Willisau (Quartet) 1991 (Hat Art, 4CD).
  24. Ya Ntesa Dalienst and Le Maquisard: Belalo (Sonodisc).
  25. Barney Wilen: Sanctuary (Ida).
  26. Charlie Feathers: Charlie Feathers (Elektra).
  27. King Missile: The Way to Salvation (Atlantic).
  28. Joe Lovano: Landmarks (Blue Note).
  29. Garth Brooks: Ropin' the Wind (Liberty).
  30. Grant McLennan: Watershed (Beggars Banquet).
  31. Steve Grossman / McCoy Tyner: In New York (Dreyfus).
  32. Charlie Haden: Dream Keeper (Blue Note).
  33. L7: Smell the Magic (Sub Pop).
  34. Ray Anderson: Wishbone (Gramavision).
  35. Marshall Crenshaw: Life's Too Short (MCA).
  36. Steve Coleman: Rhythm in Mind (Novus).
  37. Joe Henderson: The Standard Joe (Red).
  38. David Murray: Fast Life (DIW).
  39. Love Child: Okay? (Positive).
  40. Hilton Ruiz: A Moment's Notice (Novus).
  41. David Sanborn: Upfront (Elektra).
  42. Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend (Zoo).
  43. Dave Burrell / David Murray: In Concert (Victo).
  44. Leonard Dillon: On the Road Again (Heartbeat).
  45. Giant Sand: Ramp (Restless).
  46. Bill Monroe: Cryin' Holy unto the Lord (MCA).
  47. Aki Takase / David Murray: Blue Monk (Enja).
  48. Patty Loveless: Up Against My Heart (MCA).
  49. Motörhead: 1916 (Columbia).
  50. Don Grolnick: Nighttown (Blue Note).
  51. The Leaving Trains: Loser Illusion Pt. 0 (SST).
  52. Myra Melford: Now and Now (Enemy).
  53. David Murray: Ballads for Bass Clarinet (DIW).
  54. Charles Gayle: Touchin' on Trane (FMP).
  55. The Pixies: Trompe le Monde (4AD/Elektra).
  56. Sam Phillips: Cruel Inventions (Virgin).
  57. Gordon Beck: For Evans' Sake (JMS).
  58. Joe Wilder: Alone with Just My Dreams (Evening Star).
  59. The Pooh Sticks: The Great White Wonder (Zoo).
  60. Al Green: One in a Million (Word/Epic).
  61. Ellery Eskelin: Figure of Speech (Soul Note).
  62. Lee Konitz / Barry Harris: Lullaby of Birdland (Candid).
  63. Gonzalo Rubalcaba: The Blessing (Blue Note).
  64. Ricky Ford: American-African Blues (Candid).

Notable Misses:


The sample here is 168 titles.

  1. Lefty Frizzell: The Best of Lefty Frizzell (1950-65, Rhino).
  2. James Brown: Star Time (1956-84, Polydor, 4CD).
  3. The Buzzcocks: Operator's Manual: The Buzzcocks Best (IRS).
  4. Muddy Waters: The Chess Box (1947-72, Chess, 3CD).
  5. Bob Wills: Anthology 1935-1973 (1935-73, Rhino, 2CD).
  6. Bobby "Blue" Bland: The Voice: Duke Recordings 1959-69 (Ace).
  7. Howlin' Wolf: The Chess Box (Chess, 3CD).
  8. The Kings and Queens of Township Jive: Modern Roots of the Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Earthworks).
  9. Debbie Harry / Blondie: The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie (Chrysalis).
  10. Little Richard: The Georgia Peach (Specialty).
  11. Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul (1951-59, Rhino/Atlantic, 3CD).
  12. Louis Armstrong: Vol. 6: St. Louis Blues (1929-30, Columbia).
  13. Wild About My Lovin', Beale Street Blues (1928-30, RCA).
  14. The Clovers: Down in the Alley: The Best of the Clovers (Rhino).
  15. Black Stalin: Roots, Rock, Soca (Rounder).
  16. John Lee Hooker: The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990) (Rhino, 2CD).
  17. George Jones: The Best of George Jones (1955-67, Rhino).
  18. Guitar Paradise of East Africa (Earthworks).
  19. Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz: A Musical Biography (1952-91, Verve).
  20. Brinsley Schwarz: Surrender to the Rhythm (EMI).
  21. Run-DMC: Together Forever: Greatest Hits (1983-91, Profile).
  22. The Bristol Sessions (Country Music Foundation, 2CD).
  23. Lonnie Johnson: Steppin' on the Blues (1925-32, Columbia).
  24. Henry "Red" Allen: World on a String (1957, RCA).
  25. Gary Stewart: Gary's Greatest (1973-90, Hightone).
  26. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (1962-65, Rhino).
  27. Coleman Hawkins: Coleman Hawkins 1937-1939 (Classics).
  28. The Isley Brothers: The Isley Brothers Story, Vol. 1: Rockin' Soul (1959-68, Rhino).
  29. Rock This Town: Rockabilly Hits, Vol. 1 (Rhino).
  30. Rock This Town: Rockabilly Hits, Vol. 2 (Rhino).
  31. Benny Carter: 3, 4, 5: The Verve Small Group Sessions (1952, Verve).
  32. Ralph Stanley: Bound to Ride: Vintage Mountain Bluegrass (1971-76, Rebel).
  33. James P. Johnson: Snowy Morning Blues (1930-44, Decca).
  34. Duke Ellington: The Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1 (1934-38, Columbia, 2CD).
  35. Duke Ellington: The Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 2 (1938-39, Columbia, 2CD).
  36. George Jones: The Best of George Jones, Vol. 1: Hardcore Honky Tonk (1955-59, Mercury).
  37. Elmore James: Let's Cut It: The Very Best of Elmore James (1953-56, Flair).
  38. Billie Holiday: The Legacy (1933-58, Columbia, 3CD).
  39. Billie Holiday: The Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. 9 (1940-42, Columbia).
  40. T-Bone Walker: The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950-1954 (EMI, 2CD).
  41. The Jazz Age: New York in the Twenties (1927-30, RCA).
  42. LaVern Baker: Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker (Atlantic).
  43. Bill Monroe: Mule Skinner Blues (1940-41, RCA).
  44. Duke Ellington: Anatomy of a Murder (1959, Rykodisc).
  45. Charley Patton: King of the Delta Blues (Yazoo).
  46. Clyde McPhatter: Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde McPhatter (1956-59, Atlantic).
  47. Dion DiMucci: Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) (Columbia).
  48. Duke Ellington: The Okeh Ellington (1927-30, Columbia, 2CD).
  49. Tina Turner: Simply the Best (1984-91, Capitol).
  50. John Lee Hooker: More Real Folk Blues: The Missing Album (1966, Chess).
  51. Billie Holiday: Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years (1946-59, Verve, 2CD).
  52. The Best of Bluegrass, Vol. 1: Standards (Polygram).
  53. Mississippi John Hurt: Worried Blues 1963 (1963, Rounder).
  54. Alex Chilton: 19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton (1970-87, Rhino).
  55. Memphis Minnie: Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia).
  56. James Brown: Soul Syndrome (1980, Rhino).
  57. Van Morrison: Bang Masters (1967, Epic).
  58. Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo (1928-60, Columbia).
  59. Louis Prima: The Capitol Collector's Series (1956-62, Capitol).
  60. Lightnin' Hopkins: The Complete Aladdin Recordings (1946-48, EMI, 2CD).
  61. Roy Eldridge: After You've Gone (1936-46, Decca).
  62. Jimmie Rodgers: America's Blue Yodeler 1930-1931 (Rounder).
  63. Bob Marley: Talkin' Blues (1973, Tuff Gong).
  64. The Psychedelic Furs: Should God Forget: A Retrospective (1979-81, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD).
  65. Good Time Blues: Harmonicas, Kazoos, Washboards and Cow-Bells (1930-41, Columbia/Legacy).
  66. Lloyd Price: Lawdy! (1952-56, Specialty).
  67. Ray Price: The Essential Ray Price (1951-62, Columbia).
  68. Ike and Tina Turner: Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner (EMI America).
  69. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (1964-78, Rhino).
  70. Nanci Griffith: The MCA Years: A Retrospective (1987-91, MCA).
  71. Son House: Delta Blues (1941-42, Biograph).
  72. Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings (1944-50, Decca, 2CD).
  73. Risque Rhythm: Nasty 50's R&B (Rhino).
  74. Blow Mr. Hornsman: Instrumental Reggae, 1968-1975 (Trojan).
  75. Carl Smith: The Essential Carl Smith (1950-56, Columbia).
  76. Kitty Wells: Country Music Hall of Fame Series (1952-65, MCA).
  77. Bennie Moten: Bennie Moten 1930-1932 (Classics).
  78. Bobby "Blue" Bland: The "3B" Blues Boy (1952-1959) (Ace).

Album Reissues:

  1. Art Pepper: Winter Moon (1981, Galaxy OJC).
  2. Sun Ra: Jazz in Silhouette (1958, Evidence).
  3. Horace Silver: The Jody Grind (1966, Blue Note).
  4. Lee Konitz: Subconscious-Lee (1949-50, Prestige OJC).
  5. Lene Lovich: Stateless ... Plus (1979, Rhino).
  6. Lucinda Williams: Ramblin' (1978, Folkways).
  7. Shelly Manne: At the Blackhawk, Vol. 2 (1959, Contemporary OJC).
  8. Shelly Manne: At the Blackhawk, Vol. 3 (1959, Contemporary OJC).
  9. Shelly Manne: At the Blackhawk, Vol. 4 (1959, Contemporary OJC).
  10. Swamp Dogg: Total Destruction to Your Mind / Rat On! (1970-71, Charly).
  11. Miles Davis: E.S.P. (1965, Columbia).
  12. Cecil Taylor: Jazz Advance (1956, Blue Note).
  13. Joe Newman: The Count's Men (1955, Fresh Sounds).
  14. John McLaughlin: Extrapolation (1969, Polygram).
  15. Duke Jordan: Trio and Quintet (1955, Savoy).
  16. Miles Davis: '58 Featuring "Stella by Starlight" (1958, Columbia).
  17. Coleman Hawkins: Wrapped Tight (1965, Impulse).
  18. Illinois Jacquet: The Blues, That's Me (1969, Prestige OJC).
  19. Pee Wee Russell: Portrait of Pee Wee (1958, DCC).

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