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Pazz & Jop 1996: Dean's List

Albums

  1. DJ Shadow: Endtroducing . . . DJ Shadow (Mo' Wax/FFRR) 19
  2. Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch) 17
  3. Fluffy: Black Eye (The Enclave) 14
  4. Fugees: The Score (Ruffhouse/Columbia) 10
  5. Sleater-Kinney: Call the Doctor (Chainsaw) 9
  6. Iris DeMent: The Way I Should (Warner Bros.) 8
  7. James Carter: Conversin' With the Elders (Atlantic) 6
  8. Los Lobos: Colossal Head (Warner Bros.) 6
  9. Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (DGC) 6
  10. Toni Tony Toné: House of Music (Mercury) 5

  11. George Clinton: Greatest Funkin' Hits (Capitol)
  12. Spring Heel Jack: 68 Million Shades . . . (Trade 2 import)
  13. Imperial Teen: Seasick (Slash/London)
  14. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party: Intoxicated Spirit (Shanachie)
  15. Ghostface Killah: Ironman (Razor Sharp/Epic Street)
  16. Beck: Odelay (DGC)
  17. Sam Chege: Kickin' Kikuyu-Style (Original Music)
  18. El Caiman: Sones Huastecos (Corason)
  19. Willie Nelson: Spirit (Island)
  20. Loudon Wainwright III: Grown Man (Virgin)
  21. Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros. '95)
  22. Pet Shop Boys: Bilingual (Atlantic)
  23. Pulp: Different Class (Island)
  24. Sammy: Tales of Great Neck Glory (DGC)
  25. Graham Haynes: Transition (Antilles)
  26. Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Island)
  27. Tokyo Invasion, Volume 1: Cosmic Hurushi Monsters (Virgin import)
  28. Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Elektra)
  29. Bikini Kill: Reject All American (Kill Rock Stars)
  30. Djeli Moussa Diawara: Sobindo (Mélodie import)
  31. Fluffy: 5 Live (The Enclave)
  32. R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Warner Bros.)
  33. Chuck D: Autobiography of Mistachuck (Mercury)
  34. Local H: As Good as Dead (Island)
  35. Sebadoh: Harmacy (Sub Pop)
  36. that dog.: Totally Crushed Out (DGC '95)
  37. Ani DiFranco: Dilate (Righteous Babe)
  38. Prince Paul: Psychoanalysis (What Is It?) (WordSound)
  39. Tshala Muana: Mutuashi (Stern's Africa)
  40. Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe: Kedu America (Xenophile)
  41. Girls Against Boys: House of GvsB (Touch & Go)
  42. Mose Fan Fan & Somo Somo Ngobila: Hello Hello (Stern's Africa '95)
  43. Music Revelation Ensemble: In the Name of . . . (DIW/Columbia '95)
  44. Archers of Loaf: All the Nations Airports (Alias)
  45. Arto Lindsay: O Corpo Subtil/The Subtle Body (Bar/None)
  46. [File Under Prince]: Chaos and Disorder (Warner Bros.)
  47. Mu-Ziq: In Pine Effect (Astralwerks '95)
  48. Pharoah Sanders: Message From Home (Verve)
  49. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Matapedia (Rykodisc)
  50. Tabu Ley Rochereau: Africa Worldwide (Rounder)
  51. Sex Pistols: Filthy Lucre Live (Virgin)
  52. Archers of Loaf: The Speed of Cattle (Alias)
  53. [File Under Prince]: Emancipation (NRG)
  54. Thomas Mapfumo: The Singles Collection 1977-1986 (Zimbob)
  55. Toni Braxton: Secrets (LaFace)
  56. His Name Is Alive: Stars on E.S.P. (4AD)
  57. Lou Reed: Set the Twilight Reeling (Warner Bros.)
  58. Rage Against the Machine: Evil Empire (Elektra)
  59. Bobbie Cryner: Girl of Your Dreams (MCA)
  60. Cachao: Master Sessions Volume II (Crescent/Epic '95)
  61. The Posies: Amazing Disgrace (DGC)
  62. Animaniacs: The Animaniacs Faboo! Collection (Kid Rhino '95)
  63. Uz Jsme Doma: Hollywood (Skoda)
  64. Massive Attack V Mad Professor: No Protection (Gyroscope)

Singles

  1. Pulp: "Common People" (Island)
  2. Los Del Rio: "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" (RCA)
  3. R. Kelly: "You Remind Me of Something" (Jive)
  4. Fugees: "Fugee La La" (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  5. Quad City DJs: "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" (Big Beat/Atlantic)
  6. Bass Kittens: "Heartbreak Factory" (Imix)
  7. Alanis Morissette: "Ironic" (Maverick/Reprise)
  8. Chris Butler: "The Devil Glitch" (Future Fossil)
  9. Purple Penguin: "Tribhuwan" (Cup of Tea)
  10. Tupac & Dr. Dre: "California Love" (Death Row/Interscope)
  11. Smashing Pumpkins: "1979" (Elektra)
  12. La Bouche: "Sweet Dreams" (RCA)

Compilations

  1. Ocean of Sound (Virgin import)
  2. Hot Luv: The Ultimate Dance Songs Collection (EMI-Capitol Music Group)
  3. Roller Disco: Boogie From the Skating Rinks (K-Tel)
  4. Kwanzaa Party! (Rounder)
  5. Sugar and Poison (Virgin import)
  6. Girls Town (Mercury)
  7. The Night Shift (C&S)

Reissues

  1. Sonny Rollins: Silver City (Milestone)
  2. Ella Fitzgerald: Love Songs: The Best of the Verve Song Books (Verve)
  3. Emmett Miller: The Minstrel Man From Georgia (Columbia/Legacy)
  4. Charlie Parker: The Legendary Dial Masters (Jazz Classics)
  5. Mississippi John Hurt: Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings (Columbia/Legacy)
  6. Mutabaruka: The Ultimate Collection (Shanachie)
  7. The Louvin Brothers: Tragic Songs of Life (Capitol)
  8. Joni Mitchell: Hits (Reprise)
  9. Dance Hall Divas: The '70s (Rhino)
  10. Half Japanese: Greatest Hits (Safe House)

Village Voice, Feb. 25, 1997


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