Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Label: MCA

Artists

  • Colonel Abrams:
    • Colonel Abrams [1986] B
  • Adamski:
    • Liveandirect [1990] C+
  • Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band:
    • Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band [1977] B
  • John Anderson:
    • Blue Skies Again [1987] B+
    • 10 [1988] B-
    • You Can't Keep a Good Memory Down [1994] ***
  • The Andrews Sisters:
    • Greatest Hits: 60th Anniversary Collection [1998] A-
  • Aqua:
    • Aquarium [1997] Dud
  • Average White Band:
    • Show Your Hand [1973] B+
  • Eric B. & Rakim:
    • Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em [1990] A-
    • Don't Sweat the Technique [1992] A-
  • The Bellamy Brothers:
    • Greatest Hits [1982] B+
  • Bell Biv Devoe:
    • Poison [1990] B+
    • Hootie Mack [1993] C+
  • Chuck Berry:
    • Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll [1987] B+
    • The Anthology [2000] A-
  • Blackalicious:
    • Blazing Arrow [2002] ***
  • Bobby Bland:
    • I Feel Good, I Feel Fine [1979] C-
    • The Best of Bobby Bland, Vol. 1 [1990]
    • Greatest Hits Volume Two: The ABC-Dunhill/MCA Recordings [1998] A-
    • Greatest Hits Volume One: The Duke Recordings [1998] A
  • Mary J. Blige:
    • Share My World [1997] A-
    • The Tour [1998] A-
    • Mary [1999] A-
    • No More Drama [2001] **
  • Blink-182:
    • Enema of the State [1999] A-
    • Take Off Your Pants and Jacket [2001] A-
  • Gary U.S. Bonds:
    • The Best of Gary "U.S." Bonds [1984] A-
  • Boston:
    • Third Stage [1986] C
  • The Bottles:
    • The Bottles [1979] C-
  • Bronski Beat:
    • The Age of Consent [1984] C+
  • Bobby Brown:
    • Don't Be Cruel [1988] B+
    • Dance! . . . Ya Know It! [1989] C
    • Bobby [1992] Choice Cuts
  • Bobby Brown, Bell Biv Devoe, Ralph Tresvant:
    • New Edition Solo Hits [1997] A-
  • Marty Brown:
    • High and Dry [1991] B+
    • Wild Kentucky Skies [1993] Dud
    • Cryin', Lovin', Leavin' [1994] Neither
  • Toni Brown:
    • Good for You, Too [1974] C-
  • Richard Buckner:
    • Devotion and Doubt [1997] B-
  • Jimmy Buffett:
    • Volcano [1979] B-
  • Capital Tax:
    • The Swoll Package [1993] **
  • Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns:
    • Synapse Gap (Mundo Total) [1982] A-
    • Party Weekend [1983] B
  • Lionel Cartwright:
    • Chasin' the Sun [1991] Choice Cuts
  • Cher:
    • Greatest Hits [1974] B+
  • Mark Chesnutt:
    • Longnecks and Short Stories [1992] *
  • Chumbawamba:
    • Readymades [2002] *
  • Patsy Cline:
    • Live at the Opry [1988] A-
    • Live Volume Two [1989] B
    • Live at the Cimarron Ballroom [1997] A-
  • Bruce Cockburn:
    • World of Wonders [1986] B
  • Mark Collie:
    • Born and Raised in Black and White [1991] Choice Cuts
  • Common:
    • Like Water for Chocolate [2000] A-
    • Electric Circus [2002] B
  • John Conlee:
    • Greatest Hits [1984] A-
  • Bing Crosby:
    • The Best of Bing Crosby: The Millenium Collection [1999] A
  • Bobbie Cryner:
    • Girl of Your Dreams [1996] A-
  • Dance Hall Crashers:
    • Honey I'm Homely [1997] Dud
  • DFX2:
    • Emotion [1983] A
  • Neil Diamond:
    • Hot August Night [1972] D+
  • DJ Shadow:
    • The Private Press [2002] A
  • Steve Earle:
    • Guitar Town [1986] A-
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes:
    • Exit 0 [1987] B
  • Duke Ellington:
    • The Best of Early Ellington [1996] A
  • Joe Ely:
    • Joe Ely [1977] A-
    • Honky Tonk Masquerade [1978] A
    • Down on the Drag [1979] B+
    • Live Shots [1980] B+
    • Hi-Res [1984] C+
    • Live at Liberty Lunch [1990] **
    • Love and Danger [1992] B+
    • Letter to Laredo [1995] Neither
    • Twistin' in the Wind [1998] Neither
    • The Best of Joe Ely [2001] A
  • Ethel and the Shameless Hussies:
    • Born to Burn [1988] B
  • The Fixx:
    • Reach the Beach [1983] C
  • Glenn Frey:
    • The Allnighter [1984] C
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals:
    • The Iguanas [1993] Neither
  • Genius/GZA:
    • Beneath the Surface [1999] *
  • Steve Gibbons Band:
    • Caught in the Act [1977] B+
  • Vince Gill:
    • I Still Believe in You [1992] C+
    • When Love Finds You [1994] Dud
  • Dobie Gray:
    • Loving Arms [1973] C-
  • Al Green:
    • Love Ritual: Rare and Previously Unreleased 1968-1976 [1989] A-
    • Your Heart's in Good Hands [1995] B+
  • Nanci Griffith:
    • Lone Star State of Minid [1987] B
    • Little Love Affairs [1988] B+
    • Storms [1989] C+
  • Guy:
    • The Future [1990] A-
  • GZA/Genius:
    • Legend of the Liquid Sword [2002] **
  • Merle Haggard:
    • Serving 190 Proof [1979] B+
    • The Way I Am [1980] B+
    • Songwriter [1985] B
    • His Best [1985] B+
  • Bill Haley:
    • The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets: The Millenium Collection [1999] A-
  • Heavy D & the Boyz:
    • Big Tyme [1989] B-
    • Heavy Hitz [2000] ***
  • Jimi Hendrix:
    • Woodstock [1994] A-
    • Blues [1994] A-
    • BBC Sessions [1998] B+
  • John Hiatt:
    • Slug Line [1979] B+
    • Two Bit Monsters [1980] B
  • Becky Hobbs:
    • Becky Hobbs [1974] C-
  • Buddy Holly:
    • 20 Golden Greats [1978]
    • For the First Time Anywhere [1983] B+
    • The Buddy Holly Collection [1993] A
  • The Iguanas:
    • The Iguanas [1993] Neither
  • Imagination:
    • Body Talk [1982] B+
    • In the Heat of the Night [1982] B+
  • The Impressions:
    • Greatest Hits [1982]
  • Iron City Houserockers:
    • Love's So Tough [1979] B
    • Have a Good Time (but Get Out Alive) [1980] B-
  • Etta James:
    • Her Best [1996] A
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts:
    • Album [1983] B+
    • Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth [1984] B+
  • Elton John:
    • Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player [1972] C+
    • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [1973] B
    • Caribou [1974] B+
    • Greatest Hits [1974] B+
    • Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy [1975] B
    • Rock of the Westies [1975] A-
    • Here and There [1976] C
    • Blue Moves [1976] C
    • Greatest Hits Volume II [1977] B+
    • A Single Man [1978] C
    • Victim of Love [1979] C-
    • The One [1992] C+
  • George Jones:
    • And Along Came Jones [1991] *
    • Walls Can Fall [1992] A-
    • High-Tech Redneck [1993] Choice Cuts
    • The Bradley Barn Sessions [1994] *
    • I Lived to Tell It All [1996] *
    • It Don't Get Any Better Than This [1998] ***
    • The George Jones Collection [1999] **
  • George Jones & Tammy Wynette:
    • One [1995] Choice Cuts
  • Jerry Jordan:
    • Phone Call From God [1975] B
  • Louis Jordan:
    • The Best of Louis Jordan [1975]
    • Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1941-1947) [1975]
    • Five Guys Named Moe: Original Decca Recordings Vol. 2 [1992] A+
  • Big Daddy Kane:
    • Daddy's Home [1994] Neither
  • K-Ci & Jo-Jo:
    • It's Real [1999] Neither
  • KGB:
    • KGB [1976] D+
  • Killah Priest:
    • View from Masada [2000] Dud
  • B.B. King:
    • Live at the Regal [1964]
    • Take It Home [1979] B+
    • There Must Be a Better World Somewhere [1981] B+
    • Blues Summit [1993] B+
    • Deuces Wild [1997] ***
    • Live in Japan [1999] ***
  • Klymaxx:
    • Greatest Hits [1996] Choice Cuts
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips:
    • All Our Love [1987] B+
  • Fela Anikulapo Kuti:
    • The Best Best of Fela Kuti [2000] A
    • Original Sufferhead/I.T.T. [2000] B+
    • Stalemate/Fear Not for Man [2000] ***
    • Coffin for the Head of State/Unknown Soldier [2000] Neither
    • Confusion/Gentleman [2000] A-
    • Shakara/London Scene [2000] *
    • V.I.P./Authority Stealing [2000] Neither
    • Expensive Shit/He Miss Road [2000] Dud
    • Opposite People/Sorrow Tears and Blood [2000] *
    • Shuffering and Shmiling/No Agreement [2000] *
    • Yellow Fever/Na Poi [2000] Neither
  • Femi Kuti:
    • Shoki Shoki [2000] Dud
  • Patti LaBelle:
    • Winner in You [1986] B
  • Lady Pank:
    • Drop Everything [1985] B+
  • Denise LaSalle and Satisfaction:
    • Guaranteed [1981] B
  • Legal Weapon:
    • Life Sentence to Love [1988] B-
  • Loose Ends:
    • The Real Chuckeeboo [1988] B+
  • The Lost Gonzo Band:
    • The Lost Gonzo Band [1975] B+
  • Patty Loveless:
    • Up Against My Heart [1991] *
  • Loretta Lynn:
    • Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits Vol. II [1974] A-
    • When the Tingle Becomes a Chill [1976] B
    • I Remember Patsy [1977] B+
    • Country Music Hall of Fame Series [1992] A
  • Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty:
    • The Very Best of Loretta and Conway [1979] B+
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd:
    • Nuthin' Fancy [1975] A-
    • Gimme Back My Bullets [1976] B+
    • One More From the Road [1976] A-
    • Street Survivors [1977] A
    • Skynyrd's First and . . . Last [1978] B
    • Gold and Platinum [1979] A
    • Legend [1987] B+
  • Uncle Dave Macon:
    • Country Music Hall of Fame Series [1992] ***
  • Made:
    • Bedazzler [1997] Choice Cuts
  • The Mamas and the Papas:
    • Farewell to the First Golden Era [1983]
    • Greatest Hits [1998] A
  • Man:
    • The Welsh Connection [1976] C+
  • The Mavericks:
    • What a Crying Shame [1994] ***
    • Music for All Occasions [1995] Dud
  • Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions:
    • The Anthology 1961-1977 [1992] A+
  • Reba McEntire:
    • My Kind of Country [1984] B+
    • Have I Got a Deal for You [1985] B
    • Whoever's in New England [1986] B
    • Greatest Hits [1987] A-
    • It's Your Call [1993] C+
    • Starting Over [1995] Choice Cuts
  • Meat Loaf:
    • Bat out of Hell II: Back to Hell [1993] *
  • Melky Sedeck:
    • Sister and Brother [1999] *
  • The Mills Brothers:
    • All Time Greatest Hits [1997] A-
  • The Moonglows:
    • Their Greatest Hits [1997] A
  • The Murmurs:
    • Pristine Smut [1997] A-
    • Blender [1998] B-
  • Musical Youth:
    • The Youth of Today [1982] B
  • New Edition:
    • New Edition [1984] B+
    • All for Love [1986] B-
    • New Edition's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [1991] **
  • New Radicals:
    • Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too [1998] A-
  • Olivia Newton-John:
    • Have You Never Been Mellow [1975] D+
    • Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 [1982] B-
  • One Way Featuring Al Hudson:
    • One Way Featuring Al Hudson [1979] B
  • Ray Parker Jr.:
    • I Love You Like You Are [1991] Neither
  • The Persuasions:
    • We Still Ain't Got No Band [1973] B
  • Tom Petty:
    • Full Moon Fever [1989] B+
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers:
    • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers [1976] B+
    • Southern Accents [1985] B-
    • Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) [1987] B+
    • Into the Great Wide Open [1991] *
    • Greatest Hits [1993] A-
  • Pillar:
    • Fireproof [2003] Dud
  • The Pogues:
    • Poguetry in Motion [1986] A-
  • Lloyd Price:
    • Greatest Hits [1994] A-
  • Rahzel:
    • Make the Music 2000 [1999] *
  • Raven-Symone:
    • Here's to New Dreams [1993] Choice Cuts
  • Ready for the World:
    • Ready for the World [1985] B+
    • Long Time Coming [1986] C+
  • Martha Reeves:
    • Martha Reeves [1974] C+
  • RES:
    • How I Do [2001] *
  • The Roches:
    • Speak [1989] A-
    • A Dove [1992] A
  • The Roots:
    • Things Fall Apart [1999] B+
    • The Roots Come Alive: Open Access [1999] **
    • Phrenology [2002] A-
  • Rossington Collins Band:
    • Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere [1980] B-
  • Rufus & Chaka:
    • Masterjam [1979] B-
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto:
    • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence [1983] B+
  • Semisonic:
    • Feeling Strangely Fine [1998] Dud
  • Shaggy:
    • Hotshot [2000] Neither
  • Sigur Ròs:
    • ( ) [2002] C
  • Steel Pulse:
    • State of Emergency [1988] C+
  • Steely Dan:
    • Gaucho [1980] B-
    • Gold [1982] B+
  • Steppenwolf:
    • All Time Greatest Hits [2000] A-
  • Ray Stevens:
    • Greatest Hits Vol. 2 [1987] A-
  • Gary Stewart:
    • You're Not the Woman You Used to Be [1975] B+
  • George Strait:
    • Strait Country [1981] B+
    • Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind [1984] B+
    • Greatest Hits [1985] A-
    • Something Special [1985] A-
    • #7 [1986] C+
    • Greatest Hits, Volume Two [1987] B
    • Ten Strait Hits [1991] Neither
  • Marty Stuart:
    • The Marty Party Hit Pack [1995] Neither
    • Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best [1996] Choice Cuts
  • Tiffany:
    • Tiffany [1987] B
    • Hold an Old Friend's Hand [1988] B-
  • Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane:
    • Rough Mix [1977] A-
  • Transvision Vamp:
    • Little Magnets Versus the Bubble of Babble [1991] Choice Cuts
  • Ernest Tubb:
    • Country Music Hall of Fame Series [1992] A-
  • Tanya Tucker:
    • Livin' and Learnin' [1976] B
    • TNT [1978] C+
  • Conway Twitty:
    • Conway Twitty's Greatest Hits Volume II [1976] B
    • The Very Best of Conway Twitty [1978] B
  • Tracey Ullman:
    • You Broke My Heart in 17 Places [1984] B+
  • Jerry Jeff Walker:
    • A Man Must Carry On [1977] B+
    • Greatest Hits [1980] B-
  • War:
    • Galaxy [1977] B
    • The Music Band [1979] C
  • Steve Wariner:
    • Greatest Hits [1987] B
  • Jody Watley:
    • Jody Watley [1987] C+
    • You Wanna Dance With Me? [1989] B-
    • Larger Than Life [1989] B-
  • Kitty Wells:
    • Country Music Hall of Fame Series [1992] A
  • The Who:
    • A Quick One (Happy Jack)/The Who Sell Out [1970]
    • Quadrophenia [1973] A-
    • Odds and Sods [1974] B
    • The Who by Numbers [1975] B+
    • Who Are You [1978] B+
    • The Kids Are Alright [1979] B
    • The Who Sell Out [1995] A+
  • Don Williams:
    • The Best of Don Williams Volume II [1979] A-
  • Lenny Williams:
    • Love Current [1979] C+
  • Kelly Willis:
    • Well Travelled Love [1990] **
    • Bang Bang [1991] B+
    • Kelly Willis [1993] B+
  • Brian Wilson:
    • I Just Wasn't Made for These Times [1995] Neither
  • Wishbone Ash:
    • There's the Rub [1974] D+
  • Peter Wolf:
    • Up to No Good [1990] Dud
  • Lee Ann Womack:
    • Some Things I Know [1998] *
    • I Hope You Dance [2000] **
    • Something Worth Leaving Behind [2002] Choice Cuts
  • Wreckx-N-Effect:
    • Hard or Smooth [1992] Choice Cuts
  • Trisha Yearwood:
    • Hearts in Armor [1992] Choice Cuts
    • Thinkin' About You [1995] Choice Cuts
    • Everybody Knows [1996] B
    • Songbook (A Collection of Hits) [1997] *

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