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The A Lists: 1986 (79)

  • The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Shanachie)
  • Robert Cray Band: Strong Persuader (Mercury)
  • Beastie Boys: Lisenced to Ill (Def Jam)
  • Hüsker Dü: Candy Apple Grey (Warner Bros.)
  • Papa Wemba: L'Esclave (Gitta import)
  • New Order: Brotherhood (Qwest)
  • Sonny Sharrock: Guitar (Enemy)
  • Rolling Stones: Dirty Work (Rolling Stones)
  • Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman: Song X (Geffen)
  • Camper Van Beethoven: Camper Van Beethoven (Pitch-a-Tent)
  • Black Flag: Wasted Again (SST) ('87)
  • Gap Band: The 12" Collection (Mercury)
  • Z.Z. Hill: Greatest Hits (Malaco)
  • Paul Simon: Graceland (Warner Bros.)
  • Motorhead: Orgasmatron (GWR/Profile)
  • Pere Ubu: Terminal Tower: An Archival Collection (Twin/Tone)
  • Sonic Youth: Starpower (SST)
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Blood and Chocolate (Columbia)
  • Mekons: The Edge of the World (Sin import)
  • Mutabaruka: The Mystery Unfolds (Shanachie)
  • They Might Be Giants: They Might Be Giants (Bar/None)
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy (Reprise)
  • The Costello Show (Featuring Elvis Costello): King of America (Columbia)
  • Royal Crescent Mob: Land of Sugar (No Other)
  • The Neville Brothers: Treacherous (Rhino)
  • Astor Piazzolla: Tango: Zero Hour (American Clavé)
  • Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (Profile)
  • The Housemartins: London 0, Hull 4 (Elektra)
  • XTC: Skylarking (Geffen)
  • Steve Earle: Guitar Town (MCA)
  • Rap's Greatest Hits (Priority)
  • Will Wright & Jim Reiman: Childhood's Greatest Hits (Rooster)
  • The Lounge Lizards: Live in Tokyo/Big Heart (Island)
  • Kate Bush: The Whole Story (EMI Manhattan)
  • Ornette Coleman and Prime Time: Opening the Caravan of Dreams (Caravan of Dreams)
  • Mekons: Crime and Punishment (Sin import)
  • The Feelies: The Good Earth (Coyote)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys 2 (Capitol)
  • Brian Eno: More Blank than Frank (EG)
  • Mofungo: Messenger Dogs of the Gods (Lost)
  • Salt-n-Pepa: Hot Cool and Vicious (Next Plateau)
  • African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track (On-U Sound import)
  • Phil Alvin: Un "Sung" Stories (Slash)
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: Water from an Ancient Well (Landmark)
  • Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live 1975-85 (Columbia)
  • Peter Stampfel and the Bottle Caps: Peter Stampfel and the Bottle Caps (Rounder)
  • Prince and the Revolution: Parade (Paisley Park)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live Alive (Epic)
  • Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force: Planet Rock--The Album (Tommy Boy)
  • Tango Argentino (Atlantic)
  • Camper Van Beethoven: II & III (Pitch-a-Tent)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Johnny B. Goode (Capitol)
  • The Art of Noise: In Visible Silence (Chrysalis)
  • Thomas Mapfumo: The Chimurenga Singles 1976-1980 (Meadowlark)
  • Warren Zevon: A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon (Asylum)
  • Shop Assistants: Shop Assistants (53rd & 3rd import)
  • Jon Hassell: Power Spot (ECM import)
  • Police: Every Breath You Take: The Singles (A&M)
  • Katrina and the Waves: Waves (Capitol)
  • That Petrol Emotion: Manic Pop Thrill (Demon import)
  • Black Flag: Who's Got the 10½? (SST)
  • Dance Traxx (Atlantic)
  • The Three Johns: The World by Storm (Abstract import)
  • The Go-Betweens: Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express (Big Time)
  • Aaron Neville: Make Me Strong (Charly import)
  • Timbuk 3: Welcome From Timbuk 3 (I.R.S.)
  • Don Dixon: Most of the Girls Like to Dance but Only Some of the Boys Like To (Enigma)
  • David & David: Boomtown (A&M)
  • New Model Army: The Ghost of Cain (Capitol)
  • Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave (Warner Bros.)
  • The Velvet Underground: Another View (Verve)
  • Marvin Gaye: Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Inala (Shanachie)
  • Mahotella Queens: Izibani Zomgqashiyo (Shanachie)
  • Yaa-Lengi Ngemi: Oh, Miziki (MiyeMi)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Please (EMI America)
  • Iscathamiya: Zulu Worker Choirs in South Africa (Heritage import)
  • Zazou Biyake: Mr. Manager (Pow Wow)
  • Sally Timms and the Drifting Cowgirls: The Butcher's Boy Extended Player (T.I.M.S. International import)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990


The A Lists: 1985 The A Lists: 1987