Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pazz & Jop 1975: Dean's List

Albums

  1. Bob Dylan/The Band: The Basement Tapes (Columbia) 24
  2. Neil Young: Tonight's the Night (Reprise) 11
  3. Steely Dan: Katy Lied (ABC) 10
  4. James Talley: Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love (Capitol) 10
  5. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (Columbia) 10
  6. Toots and the Maytals: Funky Kingston (Island) 8
  7. Elton John: Rock of the Westies () 8
  8. Bob Marley and the Wailers: Natty Dread (MCA) 8
  9. Patti Smith: Horses (Arista) 6
  10. Bonnie Raitt: Home Plate (Warner Bros.) 5
  11. Roxy Music: Siren (Atco)
  12. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (Columbia)
  13. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Nuthin' Fancy (MCA)
  14. Neil Young: Zuma (Reprise)
  15. Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Island)
  16. The Band: Northern Lights--Southern Cross (Capitol)
  17. Fleetwood Mac (Reprise)
  18. Amazing Rhythm Aces: Stacked Deck (ABC)
  19. Gary Stewart: Out of Hand (RCA Victor)
  20. Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Nightingales & Bombers (Warner Bros.)
  21. Terry Garthwaite: Terry (Arista)
  22. Loudon Wainwright III: Unrequited (Columbia)
  23. John Prine: Common Sense (Atlantic)
  24. Randall Bramblett: The Other Mile (Polydor)
  25. K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)
  26. Shirley and Company: Shame Shame Shame (Vibration)
  27. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (Columbia)
  28. Al Green: Al Green Is Love (Hi)
  29. The Meters: Cissy Strut (Island)
  30. Leon Redbone: On the Track (Warner Bros.)

Village Voice, Dec. 29, 1975

Postscript Notes:

Added to 1975 year-end list in CG 1970s book:

  1. Dolly Parton: Best of Dolly Parton (RCA Victor)
  2. Al Green's Greatest Hits (Hi)
  3. Funkadelic: Funkadelic's Greatest Hits (Westbound)
  4. The Staple Singers: The Best of the Staple Singers (Stax)
  5. The Stylistics: The Best of the Stylistics (H&L)
  6. Andy Fairweather Low: La Booga Rooga (A&M)
  7. Funkadelic: Let's Take It to the Stage (Westbound)
  8. Beserkely Chartbusters Volume 1 (Beserkley)
  9. Leonard Cohen: The Best of (Columbia)
  10. Parliament: Mothership Connection (Casablanca '76)
  11. Barry White: Barry White's Greatest Hits (20th Century)
  12. The Allman Brothers Band: The Road Goes on Forever (Capricorn)
  13. Bill Withers: The Best of Bill Withers (Sussex)
  14. John Cale: Slow Dazzle (Island)
  15. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (Columbia)
  16. Stoney Edwards: Mississippi You're on My Mind (Capitol)
  17. Spinners: Pick of the Litter (Atlantic)
  18. Bobby Bare: Cowboys and Daddys (RCA Victor)

Dropped in book from Dean's List:

  • The Band: Northern Lights--Southern Cross (Capitol)
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Nightingales & Bombers (Warner Bros.)
  • Randall Bramblett: The Other Mile (Polydor)
  • K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)
  • Al Green: Al Green Is Love (Hi)
  • Leon Redbone: On the Track (Warner Bros.)

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