Music Year 1997

Here's a 1997 year-end music list.

New Records:

The sample here is 155 titles.

  1. Cornershop: When I Was Born for the Seventh Time (Warner Brothers).
  2. Doc Cheatham / Nicholas Payton: Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton (Verve).
  3. David Murray: Long Goodbye: A Tribute to Don Pullen (DIW).
  4. Ani DiFranco: Living in Clip (Righteous Babe, 2CD).
  5. Ray Anderson / Mark Helias / Gerry Hemingway: BassDrumBone (Hence the Reason) (Enja).
  6. Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind (Columbia).
  7. Hamiet Bluiett: Makin' Whoopee: Tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio (Mapleshade).
  8. Latryx: The Album (SoleSides).
  9. Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer (ECM, 2CD).
  10. Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador).
  11. Timbaland and Magoo: Welcome to Our World (Blackground).
  12. The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute (Columbia).
  13. Tomasz Stanko: Litania: The Music of Krzysztof Komeda (ECM).
  14. The Plastic People of the Universe: 1997 (Globus International).
  15. Marianne Faithfull: Twentieth Century Blues (RCA).
  16. Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope (Virgin).
  17. Césaria Évora: Cabo Verde (Nonesuch).
  18. Arto Lindsay: Mundo Civilizado (Bar/None).
  19. Horace Tapscott: Thoughts of Dar Es Salaam (Arabesque).
  20. Mystikal: Unpredictable (Jive/No Limit).
  21. Tyrone Hill / Marshall Allen: Out of the Box (CIMP).
  22. Big Rock'n Beats (TVT).
  23. Dianne Krall: Love Scenes (Impulse).
  24. Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit).
  25. Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry (Astralwerks).
  26. Corey Harris: Fish Ain't Bitin' (Alligator).
  27. Pavement: Brighten the Corners (Capitol).
  28. Roseanna Vitro: Catchin' Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles (Telarc).
  29. Carlinhos Brown: Alfagamabetizado (Capitol).
  30. Badar Ali Khan: Lost In Qawwali (Triloka).
  31. Ruben Gonzalez: Introducing ... Ruben Gonzalez (World Circuit).
  32. That Dog: Retreat from the Sun (DGC).
  33. Billy Bang: Bang On! (Justin Time).


The sample here is 111 titles.

  1. Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways, 6CD).
  2. Lefty Frizzell: Look What Thoughts Will Do (1950-63, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD).
  3. Jackie McLean: Swing Swang Swingin' (1959, Blue Note).
  4. Louis Armstrong: Plays W.C. Handy (1954, Columbia/Legacy).
  5. Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1 (Smithsonian/Folkways).
  6. Charlie Parker: Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection (1945-52, Rhino, 2CD).
  7. Jimmy Rushing: Rushing Lullabies (1958-59, Columbia).
  8. Gato Barbieri: Latino America (1973-74, Impulse, 2CD).
  9. Hank Snow: The Essential Hank Snow (1950-74, RCA).
  10. Benny Carter: Further Definitions: The Complete Further Definitions Sessions (1961-66, Impulse).
  11. Lee Dorsey: Wheelin' and Dealin' (Arista).
  12. Etta James: Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (1960-70, Chess).
  13. Tampa Red: The Bluebird Recordings 1934-1936 (RCA, 2CD).
  14. Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues (1937, Columbia/Legacy).
  15. Township Jazz 'n' Jive (Music Club).
  16. Louis Armstrong: The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Columbia, 2CD).
  17. This Is Ska! (1962-70, Music Club).
  18. Stan Getz: The Complete Roost Recordings (1950-54, Blue Note, 3CD).
  19. Little Walter: His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (1952-60, Chess).
  20. Stan Getz: East of the Sun: The West Coast Sessions (1955-57, Verve, 3CD).
  21. ESPN Presents Slam Jams, Vol. 1 (Tommy Boy).
  22. Gene Vincent: The Screaming End: The Best of Gene Vinent and His Blue Caps (Razor & Tie).
  23. Louis Armstrong: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1930-56, RCA, 4CD).
  24. Freddie Hubbard: Straight Life (1970, CTI).
  25. MVP: Roots of Jazz Funk Volume 2 (1958-66, React).
  26. Patsy Cline: Live at the Cimarron Ballroom (1961, MCA).
  27. Lowell Fulson: The Complete Chess Masters (1954-63, Chess, 2CD).
  28. Jimmie Rodgers: The Essential Jimmie Rodgers (1927-31, RCA).
  29. Lucky Thompson: Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know (1961, Candid).
  30. Big Maceo Merriweather: Big Maceo: The Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA).
  31. Ronnie Lane: You Never Can Tell (1973-76, Pilot, 2CD).
  32. Lee Scratch Perry: Arkology (Island, 3CD).
  33. Big Maceo Merriweather: Big Maceo: The Victor/Bluebird Recordings 1945-1947 (RCA).
  34. Charlie Rouse: Epistrophy (1988, 32 Jazz).
  35. Ella Fitzgerald / Duke Ellington: Ella and Duke at The Cote D'Azur (1966, Verve, 2CD).
  36. The Impressions: The Very Best of the Impressions (1963-81, Rhino).
  37. Lester Young: The "Kansas City" Sessions (1938-44, Commodore).
  38. The Power of the Trinity: Great Moments in Reggae Harmony (Shanachie).
  39. John Coltrane: The John Coltrane Quartet Plays (1965, Impulse).
  40. The Commodore Story (1938-50, Commodore, 2CD).
  41. Dancing at The Nick at Nite Club (Sony/Nick at Nite).
  42. Charles Mingus: Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-61, Rhino, 6CD).
  43. Charley Pride: The Essential Charley Pride (RCA).
  44. The Everly Brothers: This Is the Everly Brothers: 16 of Their Greatest Hits (1957-60, Music Club).
  45. Esther Phillps: The Best of Esther Phillips (1962-70, Rhino).
  46. The Psychedelic Furs: Should God Forget: A Retrospective (1979-91, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD).
  47. The Moonglows: Their Greatest Hits: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (1954-59, MCA/Chess).
  48. Bud Powell: A Portrait of Thelonious (1961, Columbia).
  49. Frank Sinatra: With Red Norvo Quintet: Live in Australia (1959, Capitol).
  50. Sonny Boy Williamson: The Bluebird Recordings 1937-1938 (RCA).
  51. Jumpin' Like Mad (1942-54, Capitol, 2CD).
  52. Millie Jackson: Totally Unrestricted: The Millie Jackson Anthology (1971-83, Rhino).
  53. Aaron Tippin: Greatest Hits ... and Then Some (RCA).
  54. Kenny Neal: Deluxe Edition (Alligator).
  55. Ben Webster: Cotton Tail (1932-46, RCA).
  56. Bessie Smith: The Essential Bessie Smith (1923-33, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD).
  57. I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers, Vol. 2: Town (1920-25, Yazoo).
  58. Kansas City Blues (1944-49, Capitol, 3CD).
  59. Tampa Red: The Bluebird Recordings 1936-1938 (RCA, 2CD).
  60. Porter Wagoner: The Essential Porter Wagoner (1954-77, RCA).

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