Music Year 1994

Here's a 1994 year-end music list.

New Records:

The sample here is 233 titles.

  1. Iris DeMent: My Life (Warner Brothers).
  2. L7: Hungry for Stink (Slash/Reprise).
  3. Dave Alvin: King of California (Hightone).
  4. Harry Allen: Blue Skies (John Marks).
  5. M People: Elegant Slumming (Epic).
  6. Jesus and Mary Chain: Stoned and Dethroned (Warner Brothers).
  7. Beck: Mellow Gold (DGC).
  8. Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (DGC).
  9. Sam Phillips: Martinis and Bikinis (Virgin).
  10. Ernie Wilkins: K.a.l.e.i.d.o.d.u.k.e. (Birdology).
  11. Phil Alvin: County Fair 2000 (Hightone).
  12. The Beautiful South: Miaow (Go! Discs).
  13. Freedy Johnston: This Perfect World (Elektra).
  14. Public Enemy: Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (Def Jam).
  15. Arthur Blythe: Retroflection (Enja).
  16. Latin Playboys: Latin Playboys (Slash).
  17. Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC).
  18. Rick Margitza: Hands of Time (Challenge).
  19. Neil Young: Sleeps with Angels (Reprise).
  20. Michael Hall: Adequate Desire (Dejadisc).
  21. Hole: Live Through This (DGC).
  22. Cheb Khaled: N'ssi N'ssi (Mango).
  23. R.E.M.: Monster (Warner Brothers).
  24. Mark Helias: Loopin' the Cool (Enja).
  25. David Byrne: David Byrne (Luaka Bop).
  26. James Carter: JC on the Set (DIW).
  27. Soundgarden: Superunknown (A&M).
  28. Barney Wilen: New York Romance (Sunnyside).
  29. Eric Clapton: From the Cradle (Reprise).
  30. Three of a Kind / Stanley Turrentine: Meets Mr. T. (Minor).
  31. James Dapogny: Hot Club Stomp: Small Group Swing (Discovery).
  32. John Hassell: Dressing for Pleasure (Warner Brothers).
  33. Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom (Slash/Warner Brothers).
  34. Warren G: Regulate ... The G Funk Era (Def Jam).
  35. Roy Book Binder: Live Book ... Don't Start Me Talkin' (Rounder).
  36. John Scofield: Groove Elation (Blue Note).
  37. Seven Year Bitch: !Viva Zapata! (Volcano).
  38. Sebadoh: Bakesale (Sub Pop).
  39. Handraizer (Moonshine).
  40. Scott Hamilton: Organic Duke (Concord).
  41. Martin Taylor: Spirit of Django (Linn).
  42. Peter Case: Sings Like Hell (Vanguard).
  43. David Murray: David Murray Quintet with Ray Anderson and Anthony Davis (DIW).
  44. Stephen Scott: Renaissance Suite (Verve).
  45. Cyrus Chestnut: Revelation (Atlantic).
  46. Moe Tucker: I Spent a Week There the Other Night (Sky).
  47. Tulare Dust: A Songwriter's Tribute to Merle Haggard (HighTone).
  48. Patty Loveless: When Fallen Angels Fly (Epic).
  49. Roy Hargrove: With the Tenors of Our Time (Verve).
  50. Benny Carter: Elegy in Blue (Musicmasters).
  51. Solomon Burke: Live at the House of Blues (Black Top).
  52. Bonnie Rideout: Celtic Circles (Maggie's Music).
  53. Don Byron: Music for Six Musicians (Elektra Nonesuch).
  54. The Stone Roses: Second Coming (Geffen).
  55. Christian McBride: Gettin' to It (Verve).
  56. Lew Tabackin: What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Concord).

Notable Misses:


The sample here is 142 titles.

  1. Louis Armstrong: Portait of the Artist as a Young Man (1923-34, Columbia, 4CD).
  2. The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm and Blues (1944-74, Rhino, 6CD).
  3. The Shirelles: The Very Best of the Shirelles (1958-63, Rhino).
  4. Louis Armstrong: 16 Most Requested Songs (1954-66, Columbia).
  5. Ella Fitzgerald: The Best of Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song (1956-63, Verve).
  6. Duke Ellington: Early Ellington (1926-31, Decca, 3CD).
  7. George Jones: Cup of Loneliness: The Classic Mercury Years (1955-59, Mercury, 2CD).
  8. Bootsy Collins: Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy (Warner Brothers).
  9. Jazz at the Philharmonic: The First Concert (1944, Verve).
  10. Benny Carter: Cosmopolite: The Oscar Peterson Sessions (1952-54, Verve).
  11. Fletcher Henderson: A Study in Frustration (1923-38, Columbia, [3 CD]).
  12. Bunny Wailer: Crucial! Roots Classics (1979-82, Shanachie).
  13. Duke Ellington: Beyond Category (1927-67, RCA, 2CD).
  14. Lloyd Price: Greatest Hits: The Original ABC-Paramount Recordings (1956-60, MCA).
  15. Herbie Nichols: Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (1957, Bethlehem).
  16. Thomas A. Dorsey: Precious Lord: The Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey (1973, Columbia).
  17. The "5" Royales: Monkey Hips and Rice (Rhino, 2CD).
  18. Charles Mingus: Mingus at Antibes (1960, Atlantic).
  19. Black Legends of Jazz (1926-59, Decca, 2CD).
  20. Ike Turner: I Like Ike: The Best of Ike Turner (Rhino).
  21. Roy Eldridge: Little Jazz: The Best of the Verve Years (1951-60, Verve).
  22. Cachao: Master Sessions Volume 1 (Crescent Moon).
  23. Jimmie Lunceford: For Dancers Only (1935-37, Decca).
  24. Henri Bowane: Double Take -- Tala Kaka (1976, RetroAfric).
  25. Fred Astaire: Top Hat: Hits from Hollywood (Columbia/Legacy).
  26. Various Artists: Texas Music, Vol. 2: Western Swing & Honky Tonk (Rhino).
  27. Slim Gaillard: Laughing in Rhythm: The Best of the Verve Years (1946-54, Verve).
  28. Herb Ellis: Nothing but the Blues (1957-58, Verve).
  29. Jimi Hendrix: Blues (1966-70, MCA).
  30. Webb Pierce: King of the Honky-Tonk (Country Music Foundation).
  31. Garth Brooks: The Hits (Liberty).
  32. Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog (Chess, 2CD).
  33. Kwanzaa Music: A Celebration of Black Cultures in Song (Rounder).
  34. Hamilton Bohannon: Deep Beats: Essential Dancefloor Artists Vol. 4 (1973-75, Castle/Deep Beats).
  35. Blondie: The Platinum Collection (EMI, 2CD).
  36. George Jones: The Spirit of Country: The Essential George Jones (1955-88, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD).
  37. The Buzzcocks: Love Bites / Another Music in a Different Kitchen (1977-78, Capitol).
  38. Lenny Tristano: Lennie Tristano / The New Tristano (1955-62, Rhino).
  39. Lucky Thompson: Yesterday's Child (1972, Musidisc).
  40. Dark City Sisters / Flying Jazz Queens: Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens (Earthworks).
  41. Loretta Lynn: Honky Tonk Girl (1960-88, MCA, 3CD).
  42. Grandmaster Flash: Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and The Furious Five (Rhino).
  43. Chuck Willis: Let's Jump Tonight! The Best of Chuck Willis (1951-56, Columbia/Legacy).
  44. Louis Armstrong: Highlights from His Decca Years (1924-57, Decca, 2CD).
  45. Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song (1956-63, Verve, 3CD).
  46. Fletcher Henderson: Tidal Wave (1931-34, Decca).
  47. Grant McLennan: Horsebreaker Star (1991-94, Beggars Banquet).
  48. Burning Spear: Social Living (1980, Blood & Fire).
  49. Tampa Red: The Guitar Wizard (1928-34, Columbia/Legacy).
  50. Aretha Franklin: Greatest Hits (1980-94, Arista).
  51. The Spaniels: Golden Hits (Juke Box Treasures).
  52. Freddie Redd / Jackie McLean: Music from "The Connection" (1960, Blue Note).
  53. Chu Berry: Chu Berry, 1937-1941 (Classics).
  54. Big Joe Turner: Big, Bad and Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology (1938-83, Rhino, 3CD).
  55. Roaring Lion: Sacred 78's (Ice).
  56. Shelly Manne: 2-3-4 (1962, Impulse).
  57. Cab Calloway: Are You Hep to the Jive? (1939-47, Columbia).
  58. Count Basie: The Complete Atomic Basie (1957-58, Roulette).
  59. Songs That Got Us Through WWII Vol. 2 (1942-45, Rhino).
  60. Earl Hines: Piano Man! (1928-41, ASV).
  61. The Best of Excello Records (AVI/Excello).
  62. The Fugs: The Fugs' First Album (1965, Fantasy).
  63. Reverend Gary Davis: The Complete Early Recordings of Rev. Gary Davis (1935-49, Yazoo).
  64. Lord Melody: Precious Melodies (Ice).
  65. Various Artists: Texas Music, Vol. 1: Postwar Blues Combos (Rhino).

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