Music Year 1996

Here's a 1996 year-end music list.

New Records:

The sample here is 188 titles.

  1. Beck: Odelay (DGC).
  2. Iris DeMent: The Way I Should (Warner Brothers).
  3. Los Lobos: Colossal Head (Warner Brothers).
  4. DJ Shadow: Endtroducing ... DJ Shadow (Mo Wax).
  5. James Carter: Conversin' with the Elders (Atlantic).
  6. Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch).
  7. The Beautiful South: Blue Is the Colour (Ark).
  8. George Clinton: Greatest Funkin' Hits (Capitol).
  9. Michael Hashim: Keep a Song in Your Soul (Hep).
  10. Girls Against Boys: House of GVSB (Touch & Go).
  11. Djeli Moussa Diawara: Sobindo (Celluloid).
  12. Steve Earle: I Feel Alright (Warner Brothers).
  13. Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Elektra).
  14. SaxEmble: SaxEmble (Qwest/Warner Brothers).
  15. M'Bilia Bel: Phénomene (IMA).
  16. Sublime: Sublime (MCA).
  17. Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Matapedia (Hannibal).
  18. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Intoxicated Spirit (Shanachie).
  19. Pet Shop Boys: Bilingual (Atlantic).
  20. John Scofield: Quiet (Verve).
  21. Ginger Baker: Falling Off the Roof (Atlantic).
  22. The Jazz Passengers: Individually Twisted (32 Records).
  23. Alvin Youngblood Hart: Big Mama's Door (Okeh/550 Music).
  24. Misha Mengelberg: No Idea (DIW).
  25. Gillian Welch: Revival (Almo).
  26. James Cotton: Deep in the Blues (Verve).
  27. Ornette Coleman / Joachim Kühn: Colors (Verve/Harmolodic).
  28. Tshala Muana: Mutuashi (Sterns).
  29. Guido Manusardi: The Village Fair (Soul Note).
  30. Floyd Dixon: Wake Up and Live! (Alligator).
  31. Charlie Haden / Kenny Barron: Night and the City (Verve).
  32. Jessica Williams: Jessica's Blues (Jazz Focus).
  33. Leon Parker: Belief (Columbia).
  34. Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs (Columbia).
  35. Roswell Rudd: The Unheard Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1 (CIMP).
  36. Steve Khan: Got My Mental (Evidence).
  37. Ivo Perelman: Sad Life (Leo Lab).
  38. Mario Pavone: Dancer's Tales (Knitting Factory).
  39. Pierre Dørge: Music from the Danish Jungle (Dacapo).
  40. Thomas Chapin: Haywire (Knitting Factory).
  41. Arild Andersen: Hyperborean (ECM).


The sample here is 94 titles.

  1. Sonny Rollins: Silver City (1972-95, Milestone, 2CD).
  2. Mississippi John Hurt: Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings (Columbia/Legacy).
  3. James Brown: JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection (1956-79, Polydor, 2CD).
  4. James Brown: Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang (Polydor).
  5. Billie Holiday: Love Songs (1937-42, Columbia).
  6. Emmett Miller: Minstrel Man from Georgia (Columbia/Legacy).
  7. James Brown: Foundations of Funk: A Brand New Bag 1964-1969 (Polydor, 2CD).
  8. Charles Mingus: Mingus at Carnegie Hall (1974, Rhino).
  9. Swamp Dogg: Best of 25 Years: F*** the Bomb, Stop the Drugs (Virgin).
  10. Mutabaruka: The Ultimate Collection (Shanachie).
  11. Hazel Dickens / Alice Gerard: Pioneering Women of Bluegrass (1965, Smithsonian/Folkways).
  12. Toots and the Maytals: Time Tough: The Anthology (1963-88, Island, 2CD).
  13. Bill Evans: Artist's Choice: Highlights from Turn Out the Stars (1980, Warner Brothers).
  14. Burning Spear: Chant Down Babylon (1975-91, Island, 2CD).
  15. John Cale: The Island Years (1974-77, Polygram, 2CD).
  16. Gil Evans: Out of the Cool (1960, Impulse).
  17. Annette Peacock: X-Dreams (1979, See For Miles).
  18. Thomas Mapfumo: The Singles Collection (1977-86, Zimbob).
  19. Hot Luv: The Ultimate Dance Songs Collection (EMI).
  20. Joni Mitchell: Hits (1967-71, Reprise).
  21. Bill Monroe: 16 Gems (1945-49, Columbia).
  22. Parliament: Rhenium (1970, HDH).
  23. Kwanzaa Party (Rounder).
  24. Benny Carter: The King (1976, Pablo OJC).
  25. Charlie Parker: The Legendary Dial Masters (1946-47, Jazz Classics, 2CD).
  26. Helen Humes: Let the Good Times Roll: The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions (1973, Black & Blue).
  27. Rosie Flores: A Honky Tonk Reprise (1987, Rounder).
  28. Buell Neidlinger: Across the Tracks (1981, K2B).
  29. Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook (1954-90, Verve).
  30. The Louvin Brothers: Tragic Songs of Life (1955-56, Capitol).
  31. Pere Ubu: Datapanik in the Year Zero (1975-82, Geffen, 5CD).
  32. Roots of Rhythm and Blues (1939-45, Fremeaux, 2CD).
  33. The Real Kansas City (1925-41, Columbia).
  34. Les McCann / Eddie Harris: Swiss Movement (1969, Rhino).
  35. Charlie Parker: The Complete Legendary Rockland Palace Concert (1952, Jazz Classics, 2CD).
  36. Hank Williams: Low Down Blues (1947-52, Mercury).
  37. Masters of Jazz, Vol. 1: Traditional Jazz Classics (1923-92, Rhino).
  38. Johnny Paycheck: The Real Mr. Heartache: The Little Darlin' Years (1964-68, Country Music Foundation).
  39. Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady (1940-46, RCA).
  40. Porter Wagoner / Dolly Parton: The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (RCA).
  41. Lightnin' Hopkins: Country Blues (1959, Tradition).
  42. Grandmaster Flash: Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: More of the Best (1984-87, Rhino).
  43. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: Cherchez la Femme: The Very Best of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (1976-79, RCA).

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