Music Year 1992

Here's a 1992 year-end music list.

New Records:

The sample here is 243 titles.

  1. Sonic Youth: Dirty (DGC).
  2. The Roches: A Dove (MCA).
  3. The Beautiful South: 0898 Beautiful South (Go! Discs).
  4. Mzwakhe Mbuli: Resistance Is Defence (Earthworks).
  5. Iris DeMent: Infamous Angel (Philo).
  6. Stan Getz / Kenny Barron: People Time (Verve Gitanes, 2CD).
  7. Leonard Cohen: The Future (Columbia).
  8. Lucinda Williams: Sweet Old World (Chameleon).
  9. The Chills: Soft Bomb (Slash).
  10. L7: Bricks Are Heavy (Slash).
  11. Lester Bowie: The Fire This Time (In+Out).
  12. Lee Konitz: Jazz Nocturne (Evidence).
  13. Wolfgang Muthspiel: Black and Blue (Amadeo).
  14. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury (4th & Broadway).
  15. Tenors of Yusef Lateef and Archie Shepp (YAL).
  16. Utah Saints: Utah Saints (London).
  17. West Nkosi: Rhythm of Healing (Earthworks).
  18. Madonna: Erotica (Maverick).
  19. Masters of Reality: Sunrise on the Sufferbus (Capitol).
  20. Bobby Watson: Present Tense (Columbia).
  21. Stacy Dean Campbell: Lonesome Wins Again (Columbia).
  22. Joshua Redman: Joshua Redman (Warner Brothers).
  23. Neneh Cherry: Homebrew (Virgin).
  24. Nirvana: Incesticide (DGC).
  25. Steely and Clevie: Play Studio One Vintage (Heartbeat).
  26. Kenny Garrett: Black Hope (Warner Brothers).
  27. Freedy Johnston: Can You Fly (Bar/None).
  28. Randy Weston: The Spirits of Our Ancestors (Antilles, 2CD).
  29. Neil Young: Harvest Moon (Reprise).
  30. Charlie Haden: Haunted Heart (Verve).
  31. Coupé Cloué: Maximum Compas from Haiti (Earthworks).
  32. Ice-T: Body Count (Sire).
  33. Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (Matador).
  34. Chris Bell: I Am the Cosmos (Rykodisc).
  35. Joe Ely: Love and Danger (MCA).
  36. T-Bone Burnett: The Criminal Under My Own Hat (Columbia).
  37. Luna: Lunapark (Elektra).
  38. Don Pullen: Kele Mou Bana (Blue Note).
  39. Von Freeman: Never Let Me Go (Steeplechase).
  40. Beats International: Excursion on the Version (Polygram).
  41. Kathy Mattea: Lonesome Standard Time (Mercury).
  42. Dennis Robbins: Man with a Plan (Giant).
  43. Rabih Abou-Khalil: Blue Camel (Enja).
  44. Kris Kross: Totally Krossed Out (Ruffhouse).
  45. Jack Walrath: Serious Hang (Muse).
  46. Alison Krauss: Every Time You Say Goodbye (Rounder).
  47. Kickin' Mental Detergent (Kickin').
  48. Pharoah Sanders: Crescent with Love (Evidence, 2CD).
  49. The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall (Def American).
  50. Deee-Lite: Infinity Within (Elektra).
  51. Dave Liebman: Setting the Standard (Red).
  52. Kronos Quartet: Voices of Africa (Elektra/Nonesuch).
  53. Paul Motian: Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band (JMT).
  54. T.P. OK Jazz: Somo! (Sonodisc).
  55. Antone's Women: Bringing You the Best in Blues (Antone's).
  56. Bud Shank: I Told You So! (Candid).
  57. Joe Locke: Wire Walker (Steeplechase).
  58. Rosie Flores: After the Farm (Hightone).
  59. Roxanne Shanté: The Bitch Is Back (Livin' Large).
  60. Leroy Jenkins: Live! (Black Saint).
  61. Billy Bang / Sun Ra: A Tribute to Stuff Smith (Soul Note).
  62. John Trudell: AKA Grafitti Man (Rykodisc).

Notable Misses:


The sample here is 165 titles.

  1. The Coasters: 50 Coastin' Classics (Rhino, 2CD).
  2. Louis Armstrong: The California Concerts (1951-55, Decca, 4CD).
  3. Mighty Sparrow: Volume One (Ice).
  4. Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe: Vol. 2 (1939-55, MCA).
  5. Johnny Cash: The Essential Johnny Cash (1955-83, Columbia/Legacy, 3CD).
  6. Wilson Pickett: A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett (Rhino, 2CD).
  7. Bob Wills: The Essential Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1935-47, Columbia/Legacy).
  8. Wire: On Returning (1977-1979) (Enigma).
  9. Dizzy Gillespie: Shaw 'Nuff (1945-46, Musicraft).
  10. Count Basie: The Complete Decca Recordings (1937-39, MCA, 3CD).
  11. Ray Charles: Uh Huh: His Greatest Hits (1959-72, Sandstone/DCC, 2CD).
  12. Bill Monroe: The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-49, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD).
  13. Blues Masters Volume 5: Jump Blues Classics (Rhino).
  14. Various Artists: Creole Kings of New Orleans (1950-58, Specialty).
  15. Ian Dury: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll: The Best of Ian Dury and the Blockheads (Rhino).
  16. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Kid Creole Redux (1980-90, Sire).
  17. Henry "Red" Allen: The Henry Allen Collection, Vol. 1 (1932, Collector's Classics).
  18. Fats Waller: The Middle Years Part 1 (1936-1938) (RCA, 3CD).
  19. Elmore James: King of the Slide Guitar (1959-63, Capricorn, 2CD).
  20. Joe Liggins: Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers (1950-54, Specialty).
  21. Joy of Cooking: American Originals (1970-72, Capitol).
  22. Percy Mayfield: Poet of the Blues (Specialty).
  23. Randy Travis: Greatest Hits, Volume One (Warner Brothers).
  24. Mary McCaslin: Things We Said Today: The Best of Mary McCaslin (Philo).
  25. Coleman Hawkins: Rainbow Mist (1944, Delmark).
  26. Desmond Dekker: Rockin' Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker (1963-73, Rhino).
  27. Ma Rainey: Ma Rainey (1924-28, Milestone).
  28. Benny Goodman / Jack Teagarden: B.G. and Big Tea in NYC (1929-34, Decca).
  29. Joe Houston: Cornbread and Cabbage Greens (Specialty).
  30. Roy Acuff: The Essential Roy Acuff (1936-1949) (Columbia/Legacy).
  31. Muddy Waters: Blues Sky (1976-80, Columbia).
  32. Elvin Bishop: Sure Feels Good: The Best of Elvin Bishop (1974-78, Polydor).
  33. Clarence Carter: Snatchin' It Back: The Best of Clarence Carter (1965-70, Rhino).
  34. Gregory Isaacs: Best of Gregory Isaacs, Vols. 1 and 2 (Heartbeat).
  35. Taj Mahal: Taj's Blues (1967-73, Columbia/Legacy).
  36. Sam Cooke: Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers (Specialty).
  37. Eric Agyeman: Highlight Safari (1979, Sterns).
  38. Sleepy John Estes: I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More: 1929-1940 (Yazoo).
  39. Sidney Bechet / Mezz Mezzrow: The King Jazz Story, Vol. 1: Blood on the Moon (1945, King Jazz).
  40. Jabbo Smith: Jabbo Smith's Rhythm Aces, 1929-1938 (Classics).
  41. The Chi-Lites: Greatest Hits (1969-74, Rhino).
  42. Various Artists: Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 (Motown, 4CD).
  43. Lionel Hampton: Tempo and Swing Vol. 3 (1939-40, RCA Bluebird).
  44. Jelly Roll Morton: Original Versions of the Music Inspiring Jelly's Last Jam and Other Morton Classics (1926-30, RCA).
  45. New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Jelly Roll Morton (1922-25, Milestone).
  46. Albert Ammons: Master of Boogie (1938-39, Milan).
  47. Duke Ellington: Jubilee Stomp (1928-34, RCA).
  48. Jimmy Rushing: The Band Singer (1929-40, Jazz Archives).
  49. Jay McShann: Blues from Kansas City (1941-43, Decca).
  50. George Jones / Tammy Wynette: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1972-75, Epic).
  51. The Byrds: 20 Essential Tracks from the Boxed Set (1965-90, Columbia).
  52. Big Mama Thornton: Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (1952-57, MCA).
  53. Buddy Guy: The Very Best of Buddy Guy (1958-82, Rhino).
  54. Jimmie Lunceford: Rhythm Is Our Business (1933-40, ASV).
  55. Jimmie Lunceford: Stomp It Off (1934, Decca).
  56. Moon Mullican: Moon's Rock (Bear Family).
  57. The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 4: Jive Soweto (Earthworks).
  58. Wardell Gray: Memorial, Vol. 1 (1949-53, Prestige OJC).
  59. Wardell Gray: Memorial, Vol. 2 (1950-52, Prestige OJC).
  60. The Disco Years, Vol. 4: Lost in Music (Rhino).
  61. The Vaselines: The Way of the Vaselines (Sub Pop).
  62. Mighty Sparrow: Volume Two (Ice).
  63. Mighty Sparrow: Volume Three (Ice).
  64. Mighty Sparrow: Volume Four (Ice).
  65. Mighty Sparrow / Lord Kitchener: 16 Carnival Hits (Ice).
  66. Henry "Red" Allen: The Henry Allen Collection, Vol. 2 (1932-35, Collector's Classics).
  67. Henry "Red" Allen: The Henry Allen Collection, Vol. 3 (1935-36, Collector's Classics).
  68. Randy Travis: Greatest Hits, Volume Two (Warner Brothers).
  69. Webb Pierce: In the Jailhouse Now (Intersound).
  70. Buck Owens: The Buck Owens Collection (1959-90, Rhino, 3CD).

Album Reissues:

  1. Johnny Hodges: Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges (1964, Impulse).
  2. Budd Johnson: Let's Swing (1960, Prestige OJC).
  3. Big Star: #1 Record / Radio City (1972-74, Stax).
  4. Coleman Hawkins: At Ease with Coleman Hawkins (1960, Prestige OJC).
  5. Milt Jackson: Jackson's-Ville (1956, Savoy).
  6. Sweet Talks / A.B. Crentsil: Hollywood Highlife Party + Moses (PAM).
  7. Buck Clayton / Buddy Tate: Buck and Buddy (1960, Prestige OJC).
  8. Paul Bley: Introducing Paul Bley (1953, Debut OJC).
  9. Camper Van Beethoven: The Third Album Plus Vampire Can Mating Oven (1986-87, Pitch a Tent).
  10. George Russell: Ezz-Thetics (1961, Riverside OJC).
  11. Bobby Timmons: This Here Is Bobby Timmons (1960, Riverside OJC).
  12. Dizzy Gillespie: Groovin' High (1945-46, Savoy).
  13. Sun Ra: Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy / Art Forms for Dimensions Tomorrow (1961-63, Evidence).
  14. Benny Golson: Groovin' With Golson (1962, Prestige OJC).
  15. Jimmy Smith: Open House / Plain Talk (1960, Blue Note).
  16. Al Cohn: Nonpareil (1981, Concord).

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