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  • 100 SUPERCHARGED TUNES!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the Moods & Occasions Hotdesk

    Accessory - A Nation V2.0 (Titan, 2003)
    ADULT. - Glue Your Eyelids Together (Anxiety Always, 2003)
    Anne Clark - Wallies (Changing Places, 1983)
    Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix) (Come to Daddy EP, 1997)
    April March - Chick Habit (Chick Habit, 1995)
    The Auteurs - Lenny Valentino (Now I'm a Cowboy, 1994)
    The Automatic - Monster (Not Accepted Anywhere, 2006)
    Baader Meinhof - Theme From 'Burn Warehouse Burn' (Baader Meinhof, 1997)
    Babes in Toyland - He's My Thing (Spanking Machine, 1990)
    Beastie Boys - Sabotage (Ill Communication, 1994)
    Bikini Kill - Sugar (Pussy-Whipped, 1994)
    Björk - There's More To Life Than This (Debut, 1993)
    Buckcherry - Lit Up (Buckcherry, 1999)
    Cassius - The Sound Of Violence (Au Reve, 2002)
    Cibo Matto - Moonchild (Stereo Type A, 1999)
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Is This Love? (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 2006)
    Code 64 - Resistance (Storm, 2003)
    CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (CSS, 2006)
    Curve - Super Blaster (Cuckoo, 1993)
    The Dears - Lost In The Plot (No Cities Left, 2004)
    Depeche Mode - In Your Room (Songs of Faith and Devotion, 1993)
    Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - Der Mussolini (Alles ist gut, 1981)
    Diana Ross - Chain Reaction (Eaten Alive!, 1986)
    Die Krupps - Wahre Arbeit-Wahrer Lohn (Wahre Arbeit-Wahrer Lohn -12" Vinyl Single-, 1981)
    Die Krupps with Nitzer Ebb - The Machineries of Joy (The Machineries of Joy -12" Vinyl Single-, 1989)
    DMX Krew - Street Boys (We Are DMX, 1999)
    Echoboy - Fun In You (Giraffe, 2003)
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Tanz Debil (Kollaps, 1981)
    Ellen Allien - Open (Berlinette, 2003)
    Elliott Smith - Everything Means Nothing To Me (Figure 8, 2000)
    The Family Cat - Airplane Gardens (Magic Happens, 1994)
    Feist - Let It Die (Let It Die, 2004)
    The Field Mice - Sensitive (Sensitive, 1989)
    Fischerspooner - Emerge (#1, 2001)
    Franka Potente and Thomas D - Wish (Komm zu mir) (Lola rennt Soundtrack, 1998)
    Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand, 2004)
    Girls Aloud - Swinging London Town (Chemistry, 2005)
    God Is An Astronaut - Route 666 (The End of the Beginning, 2004)
    Goldfrapp - Strict Machine (Black Cherry, 2003)
    Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (Appetite for Destruction, 1987)
    Hadouken! - That Boy That Girl (Demo, 2007)
    Hüsker Dü - Pink Turns To Blue (Zen Arcade, 1984)
    Iggy Pop - Lust for Life (Lust for Life, 1977)
    Interpol - NARC (2004, Antics)
    Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love (Surrealistic Pillow, 1967)
    The Jesus & Mary Chain - Her Way of Praying (Automatic, 1989)
    The Knife - We Share Our Mothers' Health (Silent Shout, 2006)
    L7 - Shitlist (Bricks Are Heavy, 1992)
    Le Tigre - The The Empty (Le Tigre, 1999)
    Legowelt - Sturmvogel (Pimpshifter, 2000)
    Life Without Buildings - Let's Get Out (Any Other City, 2001)
    Marilyn Manson - Posthuman (Mechanical Animals, 1998)
    The Mars Volta - This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed (De-Loused In The Comatorium, 2003)
    Maxïmo Park - Our Velocity (Our Earthly Pleasures, 2007)
    Mega City Four - Storms To Come (Who Cares Wins, 1990)
    Mercury Rev - Frittering (Yerself Is Steam, 1991)
    Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod (Psalm 69, 1992)
    The Morning After Girls - Hi-Skies (Shadows Evolve, 2005)
    Morrissey - Alsatian Cousin (Viva Hate, 1988)
    The Music - Getaway (The Music, 2002)
    The Neon Judgement - Miss Brown (Horny As Hell, 1987)
    New Order - Blue Monday (Blue Monday -12" Vinyl Single-, 1983)
    Nine Inch Nails - Wish (Broken, 1992)
    Nitzer Ebb - Murderous (That Total Age, 1987)
    Orbital - Quality Seconds (Snivilisation, 1994)
    The Pastels - Truck Train Tractor (John Peel F50, 1986)
    Patti Smith Group - Rock N Roll Nigger (Easter, 1978)
    Peaches - Fuck the Pain Away (The Teaches of Peaches, 2000)
    Pet Shop Boys - A Man Could Get Arrested (Alternative, 1995)
    Pixies - Alec Eiffel (Trompe Le Monde, 1991)
    Primal Scream - Slip Inside This House (Screamadelica, 1991)
    Prodigy - Breathe (The Fat Of The Land, 1997)
    Pulp - F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E (Different Class, 1995)
    Queen Adreena - X-ing Off The Days (Taxidermy, 2000)
    Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize (Metal Health, 1983)
    Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine, 1992)
    Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated (Road To Ruin, 1978)
    The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers (Echoes, 2003)
    Renegade Soundwave - Renegade Soundwave (Howyoudoin?, 1994)
    The Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion (Floodland, 1987)
    Skunk Anansie - Skunk Song (Selling Jesus, 1995)
    Sleater-Kinney - Entertain (The Woods, 2005)
    Sonic Youth - Catholic Block (Sister, 1987)
    Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, 1997)
    Stereolab - Analogue Rock (Transient Random, 1993)
    The Stills - Animals + Insects (Logic Will Break Your Heart, 2003)
    The Stills - Love and Death (Logic Will Break Your Heart, 2003)
    Strangelove - Living With the Human Machines (Love & Other Demons, 1996)
    The Strokes - Reptilia (Room on Fire, 2003)
    Suede - Animal Nitrate (Suede, 1993)
    Tapeworm - Metal (Tapeworm, 2000)
    The The - I've Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All Of My Life) (Soul Mining, 1983)
    Tricky - Black Steel (Maxinquaye, 1995)
    Underworld - Born Slippy (Second Toughest In The Infants, 1996)
    Violent Femmes - Add It Up (Violent Femmes, 1983)
    The Violets - Foreo (single, 2007)
    Vive La Fête - Noir Désir (Nuit Blanche, 2003)
    The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Elephant, 2003)
    The Who - Baba O'Riley (Who's Next, 1971)
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Tick (Fever To Tell, 2003)


    Thanks to all those who contributed.

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  • 101 MELANCHOLIC TUNES!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the Moods & Occasions Hotdesk

    Anjani - The Golden Gate (Blue Alert, 2006)
    Apollo 440 - Pain in Any Language (Electro Glide in Blue, 1997)
    The Arcade Fire - Intervention (Neon Bible, 2007)
    Badly Drawn Boy - Camping Next To Water (Hour of the Bewilderbeast, 2000)
    The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Rubber Soul, 1965)
    Beck - It's All In Your Mind (Sea Change, 2002)
    Bent - Cylons In Love (Programmed To Love, 2000)
    Bob Dylan - Boots of Spanish Leather (The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964)
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Black (I See A Darkness, 1999)
    Brand New - The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot (Deja Entendu, 2003)
    Brian Eno - By This River (Before and After Science, 1977)
    Bright Eyes - Lua (I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, 2005)
    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Don't They Have Payphones Wherever You Were Last Night (Etiquette, 2006)
    Cat Power - I Found A Reason (Covers Record, 2000)
    Cibo Matto - Moonchild (Stereo Type A, 1999)
    Cocteau Twins - Garlands (Garlands, 1982)
    Coldplay - Trouble (Parachutes, 2000)
    Coil - Tattooed Man (The Ape Of Naples, 2005)
    Current 93 - A Song For Douglas After He's Dead (Thunder Perfect Mind, 1992)
    The Cure - How Beautiful You Are (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987)
    Das Pop - The Machine (The Human Thing, 2003)
    Dashboard Confessional - Ghost of a Good Thing (A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, 2003)
    David Bowie - Wild Is the Wind (Station to Station, 1976)
    David Sylvian - I Surrender (Dead Bees On A Cake, 1999)
    Dead Can Dance - The Carnival Is Over (Into the Labyrinth, 1993)
    Death Cab for Cutie - A Lack of Color (Transatlanticism, 2003)
    Depeche Mode - Little 15 (Music for the Masses, 1987)
    Devastations - Previous Crimes (The Devastations, 2003)
    Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms (Brothers In Arms, 1985)
    The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Celebrate Your Mother (Horse of the Dog, 2003)
    Elliott Smith - Say Yes (Either/Or, 1997)
    Eraserheads - Minsan (Circus, 1994)
    Everything But the Girl - Temperamental (Temperamental, 1999)
    The Frames - Look Back Now (Breadcrumb Trail, 2002)
    The Get Up Kids - Overdue (On A Wire, 2001)
    George Harrison - All Those Years Ago (Somewhere in England, 198)
    George Jones - He Stopped Loving Her Today (I Am What I Am, 1980)
    IAMX - Your Joy Is My Low (Kiss + Swallow, 2004)
    Incubus - I Miss You (Make Yourself, 1999)
    Indigo Girls - Ghost (Rites of Passage, 1992)
    Interpol - Obstacle 1 (Turn on the Bright Lights, 2002)
    Jane Birkin - La javanaise (Arabesque, 2002)
    Jeff Buckley - Mojo Pin (Grace, 1994)
    Jefferson Airplane - Today (Surrealistic Pillow, 1967)
    The Jesus & Mary Chain - Catchfire (Honey's Dead, 1992)
    Joan Baez - Diamonds And Rust (Diamonds And Rust, 1975)
    Joanna Newsom - Sawdust and Diamonds (Ys, 2006)
    Josh Pyke - Feeding The Wolves (Feeding The Wolves, 2005)
    Joy Division - Atmosphere (Atmosphere 12" Single, 1980)
    Juan De La Cruz Band - Himig Natin (Himig Natin, 1971)
    LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (Sound of Silver, 2007)
    Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra - Some Velvet Morning (Nancy & Lee, 1968)
    Leonard Cohen - Dress Rehearsal Rag (Songs of Love and Hate, 1971)
    Lydia Lunch - Suicide Ocean (13.13, 1982)
    Manic Street Preachers - This Is Yesterday (The Holy Bible, 1994)
    Mansun - Being A Girl (Six, 1998)
    Marc Almond - What Makes a Man a Man (12 Years of Tears, 1993)
    Marianne Faithfull - City Of Quartz (Before The Poison, 2005)
    Mazzy Star - Fade Into You (So Tonight That I Might See, 1993)
    Mega City Four - Storms To Come (Who Cares Wins, 1990)
    Mick Harvey - The River (One Man's Treasure, 2005)
    Morrissey & Siouxsie - Interlude (Interlude Single, 1994)
    Morphine - In Spite Of Me (Cure For Pain, 1993)
    Neutral - Diamonds In Your Hands (...Of Shadow And Its Dream, 2004)
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Stranger Than Kindness (Your Funeral...My Trial, 1986)
    Nick Drake - Parasite (Pink Moon, 1971)
    Nico - These Days (Chelsea Girl, 1967)
    Nirvana - All Apologies (In Utero, 1993)
    Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring (Behaviour, 1990)
    Piano Magic - Deleted Scenes (Disaffected, 2005)
    Pop Will Eat Itself - Wake Up! Time To Die (This Is This..., 1989)
    Primal Scream - I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have (Primal Scream, 1989)
    Portishead - Sour Times (Dummy, 1994)
    R.E.M. - E-Bow the Letter (New Adventures in Hi-Fi, 1996)
    Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (The Bends, 1995)
    Ratatat - Germany to Germany (Ratatat, 2004)
    Rooney - That Girl Has Love (Rooney, 2003)
    Roxy Music - A Song For Europe (Stranded, 1973)
    Saves the Day - She (In Reverie, 2003)
    Scott Walker - My Death (Scott, 1967)
    The Smiths - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Queen Is Dead, 1986)
    The Smashing Pumpkins - Perfect (Adore, 2000)
    Snow Patrol feat. Martha Wainwright - Set the Fire to the Third Bar (Eyes Open, 2006)
    Soft Cell - Youth (Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, 1981)
    Sonic Youth - Superstar (If I Were a Carpenter, 1994)
    Starsailor - Tie Up My Hands (Love is Here, 2001)
    The Strokes - Ask Me Anything (First Impressions of Earth, 2006)
    Suede - Pantomime Horse (Suede, 1993)
    The The - Another Boy Drowning (Burning Blue Soul, 1981)
    Tindersticks - My Sister (Tindersticks II, 1995)
    Tom Waits - Martha (Closing Time, 1973)
    Travis - 3 Times and You Lose (The Boy With No Name, 2007)
    The Velvet Underground - All Tomorrow's Parties (The Velvet Underground and Nico, 1967)
    The Verve - Drive You Home (A Northern Soul, 1995)
    Ultimate Fakebook - A Million Hearts (This Will Be Laughing Week, 2000)
    Ultravox - Vienna (Vienna, 1980)
    Wilco - Radio Cure (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, 2002)
    Weezer - Butterfly (Pinkerton, 1996)
    Witness - My Own Old Song (Before The Calm, 1999)
    X Japan - Endless Rain (Ballad Collection, 1997)
    Xiu Xiu - Fast Car (A Promise, 2003)


    Thanks to all those who contributed.

    don't ask me. ask
  • 100 GREAT ALBUM OPENERS!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the Album & Artist Hotdesk

    !!! - Hello, Is This Thing On? (Louden Up Now, 2004)
    808 State - Magical Dream (Ninety, 1989)
    AC/DC - Highway To Hell (Highway to Hell, 1979)
    Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (Funeral, 2004)
    Beastie Boys - Sure Shot (Ill Communication, 1994)
    The Beatles - Taxman (Revolver, 1966)
    Beck - Devil's Haircut (Odelay, 1996)
    Black Sabbath - War Pigs (Paranoid, 1970)
    The Blasters - Marie, Marie (The Blasters, 1983)
    Blur - Girls and Boys (Parklife, 1994)
    Bomb the Bass - Beat Dis (Into The Dragon, 1988)
    Camille - La Jeune Fille Aux Cheveux Blancs (Le Fil, 2005)
    The Cars - Good Times Roll (The Cars, 1978)
    Cat Power - The Greatest (The Greatest, 2006)
    The Chameleons - Don't Fall (Script of the Bridge, 1983)
    The Charlatans - Not Very Well (Some Friendly, 1990)
    The Clash - London Calling (London Calling, 1979)
    Clutch - Jam Room (Who Wants To Rock?, 2000)
    The Comsat Angels - Missing In Action (Waiting For A Miracle, 1980)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Ramble Tamble (Cosmo's Factory, 1970)
    The Cult - Wild Flower (Electric, 1987)
    The Cure - Open (Wish, 1992)
    Curve - Chinese Burn (Come Clean, 1998)
    dälek - Abandoned Language (Abandoned Language, 2007)
    Deep Purple - Highway Star (Machine Head, 1972)
    Def Leppard - Let It Go (High 'N' Dry, 1981)
    Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again (Music for the Masses, 1987)
    Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - Misirlou (Pulp Fiction Soundtrack, 1994)
    The Doors - Break on Through (The Doors, 1967)
    Duran Duran - Rio (Rio, 1982)
    Elvis Costello - Welcome to the Working Week (My Aim is True, 1977)
    Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle (Appetite For Destruction, 1987)
    Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (Penthouse and Pavement, 1981)
    The House of Love - Christine (The House of Love, 1988)
    Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig (Flip Your Wig, 1985)
    Interpol - Untitled (Turn On The Bright Lights, 2002)
    INXS - Original Sin (The Swing, 1984)
    Iron Maiden - Where Eagles Dare (Piece Of Mind, 1983)
    The Jam - All Mod Cons (All Mod Cons, 1978)
    Jeff Buckley - Mojo Pin (Grace, 1994)
    The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey (Psychocandy, 1985)
    Joy Division - Disorder (Unknown Pleasures, 1979)
    Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (Hounds of Love, 1985)
    Keane - Somewhere Only We Know (Hopes & Fears, 2004)
    King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man (In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969)
    The Knife - Heartbeats (Deep Cuts, 2004)
    Kraftwerk - Die Roboter (Die Mensch-Maschine, 1978)
    Kula Shaker - Hey Dude (K, 1996)
    Led Zeppelin - Black Dog (Led Zepellin IV, 1971)
    Love - Alone Again Or (Forever Changes, 1967)
    Manic Street Preachers - Yes (The Holy Bible, 1996)
    M.I.A. - Pull Up The People (Arular, 2005)
    Medicine - One More (Shot Forth Self Living, 1992)
    Muse - New Born (Origin of Symmetry, 2001)
    My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow (Loveless, 1991)
    Neutral Milk Hotel - King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1 (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, 1998)
    New Order - Fine Time (Technique, 1989)
    Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nevermind, 1991)
    NoMeansNo - It's Catching Up (Wrong, 1989)
    Patti Smith - Gloria (Horses, 1975)
    Paul McCartney - Dance Tonight (Memory Almost Full, 2007)
    Paul Simon - The Boy In The Bubble (Graceland, 1986)
    Pet Shop Boys - Left To My Own Devices (Introspective, 1988)
    Pixies - Debaser (Doolittle, 1989)
    Pop Will Eat Itself - Ich bin ein Ausländer (Dos Dedos Mis Amigos, 1994)
    Pretenders - Precious (Pretenders, 1980)
    Primal Scream - Moving On Up (Screamadelica, 1991)
    Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up (The Fat Of The Land, 1997)
    Pulp - Mis-Shapes (Different Class, 1995)
    Radiohead - Airbag (Ok Computer, 1997)
    R.E.M. - Pop Song 89 (Green, 1988)
    The Replacements - I Will Dare (Let It Be, 1984)
    Richard Thompson - Roll Over Vaughan Williams (Henry The Human Fly, 1972)
    Ride - Leave Them All Behind (Going Blank Again, 1992)
    The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Let It Bleed, 1969)
    Rush - 2112 (2112,1976)
    Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Foxbase Alpha, 1991)
    Serge Gainsbourg - Melody (Histoire de Melody Nelson, 1971)
    Shed Seven - Getting Better (A Miximum High, 1996)
    Sly & The Family Stone - Luv 'n' Haight (There's a Riot Goin' On, 1971)
    The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (The Queen Is Dead, 1986)
    Soft Cell - Frustration (1981, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret)
    Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot (Daydream Nation, 1988)
    The Sound - I Can't Escape Myself (Jeopardy, 1980)
    Stereolab - Tone Burst (Transient-Random, 1993)
    The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored (Introspective, 1988)
    Strangelove - Living With The Human Machines (Love & Other Demons, 1996)
    The Strokes - Is This It (Is This It, 2001)
    Suede - So Young (Suede, 1993)
    Suzanne Vega - Cracking (Suzanne Vega, 1985)
    Talking Heads - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) (Remain in Light, 1980)
    Teenage Fanclub - The Concept (Bandwagonesque, 1991)
    The The - I've Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All Of My Life) (Soul Mining, 1983)
    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (Jailbreak, 1976)
    The Undertones - More song about Chocolate and Girls (Hypnotised, 1980)
    The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat (White Light/White Heat, 1968)
    Weezer - My Name Is Jonas (Weezer [Blue Album], 1994)
    The Who - Baba O' Riley (Who's Next, 1971)
    Yes - Roundabout (Fragile, 1971)
    ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin' (Eliminator, 1983)


    Thanks to all those who contributed.

    don't ask me. ask
  • 100 MORE GREAT ALBUM OPENERS!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the Album & Artist Hotdesk

    22-20's - Devil In Me (22-20's, 2004)
    49ers - Touch Me (49ers, 1990)
    The Alarm - Marching On (Declaration, 1984)
    Apoptygma Berzerk - Love Never Dies (7, 1996)
    Babes in Toyland - Swamp Pussy (Spanking Machine, 1990)
    Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining (The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, 2000)
    Beastie Boys - Super Disco Breakin' (Hello Nasty, 1998)
    The Beatles - Come Together (Abbey Road, 1969)
    Billie Holiday - These Foolish Things (Jazz 'Round Midnight, 1995)
    Björk - Human Behaviour (Debut, 1993)
    Black Box - Everybody Everybody (Dreamland, 1990)
    Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisted, 1965)
    Bowery Electric - Beat (Beat, 1996)
    C + C Music Factory - Gonna Make You sweat [Everybody Dance Now] (Gonna Make You Sweat, 1990)
    The Cardigans - Carnival (Life, 1995)
    Chumbawamba - Tubthumping (Tubthumper, 1997)
    Clan of Xymox - Jasmine and Rose (Creatures, 1999)
    Cocteau Twins - Cherry-coloured Funk (Heaven or Las Vegas, 1990)
    Cows - Hitting the Wall (Peacetika, 1989)
    Cream - Strange brew (Disraeli Gears, 1967)
    The Cult - Sun King (Sonic Temple, 1989)
    The Cure - Inbetween Days (The Head On The Door, 1985)
    Curve - Already Yours (Doppelgänger, 1992)
    Daphne Loves Derby - Sundays (On The Strength of All Convinced, 2005)
    Depeche Mode- Something to Do (Some Great Reward, 1984)
    Deep Purple - Speed King (In Rock, 1970)
    Duran Duran - Girls On Film (Duran Duran, 1981)
    The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Morning Has Broken (Horse of the Dog, 2003)
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Die Interimsliebenden (Tabula Rasa, 1993)
    Electronic - Idiot Country (Electronic, 1991)
    Elliott Smith - Sweet Adeleine (XO, 1998)
    Frank Zappa - Hungy Freaks, Daddy (Freak Out!, 1966)
    Front Line Assembly - Resist (Caustic Grip, 1990)
    Gene - Haunted By You (Olympian, 1995)
    Genesis - Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (Selling England by the Pound, 1973)
    The Go-Betweens - Right Here (Tallulah, 1987)
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Dead Flag Blues (f#a#∞, 1997)
    Gun - Better Days (Taking on the World, 1989)
    Hallucinogen - 2069. Solstice (Warwick Bassmonkey Mix) (In Dub, 2002)
    Helmet - Wilma's Rainbow (Betty, 1994)
    His Name Is Alive - Baby Fish Mouth (Mouth By Mouth, 1993)
    Interpol - Pioneer To The Falls (Our Love To Admire, 2007)
    Iron Maiden - Aces High (Powerslave, 1984)
    The Jesus Lizard - Boilermaker (Liar, 1992)
    Joan Baez - Diamonds & Rust (Diamonds & Rust, 1975)
    Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition (Closer, 1980)
    Kaiser Chiefs - Every Day I Love You Less & Less (Employment, 2005)
    Kate Bush- Sat In Your Lap (The Dreaming, 1982)
    Kraftwerk - Autobahn (Autobahn, 1974)
    Ladytron - High Rise (Witching Hour, 2005)
    Laurie Anderson - From the Air (Big Science, 1982)
    Le Tigre - Deceptacon (Le Tigre, 1999)
    Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin II, 1969)
    Lemon Jelly - In the Bath (KY, 2000)
    M - Pop Musik (New York-London-Paris-Munich, 1979)
    Mansun - Six (Six, 1998)
    The Mars Volta- Cygnus Vismund Cygnus (Frances the Mute, 2005)
    Miles Davis - So What (Kind of Blue, 1959)
    Ministry - Stigmata (Land of Rape and Honey, 1988)
    The Mission - Amelia (Carved In Sand, 1990)
    Monaco - What Do You Want From Me? (Music For Pleasure, 1997)
    Mr. Bungle - Sweet Charity (California, 1999)
    New Model Army - Christian Militia (Vengeance, 1984)
    Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Kill Your Television (God Fodder, 1991)
    New Order - Age Of Consent (Power, Corruption & Lies, 1983)
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
    Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole (Pretty Hate Machine, 1989)
    Nirvana - Serve The Servants (In Utero, 1993)
    Oasis - Rock 'N' Roll Star (Definitely Maybe, 1994)
    Ocean Colour Scene - The Riverboat Song (Moseley Shoals, 1996)
    The Other Two - You Can Fly (Superhighways, 1999)
    The Pale Fountains - Reach (Pacific Street, 1984)
    Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring (Behaviour, 1990)
    R.E.M. - Finest Worksong (Document, 1987)
    Radiohead- Everything In Its Right Place (Kid A, 2000)
    Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack (Rage Against the Machine, 1992)
    The Rakes - Strasbourg (Capture/Release, 2005)
    Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones, 1976)
    The Rolling Stones - Rocks off (Exile on Main St., 1972)
    Rush - The Spirit of Radio (Permanent Waves, 1980)
    Ryan Adams - New York, New York (Gold, 2001)
    The Sex Pistols - Holidays in the Sun (Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols, 1977)
    Siouxsie & The Banshees - Peek-A-Boo (Peepshow, 1999)
    Sisters of Mercy - Dominion/Mother Russia (Floodland, 1987)
    Slayer - Angel of Death (Reign In Blood, 1986)
    Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out (Dig Me Out, 1997)
    Slowdive - Alison (Souvlaki, 1993)
    The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Sister Surround (Behind the Music, 2001)
    The Strokes - You Only Live Once (First Impressions of Earth, 2006)
    Supergrass - Strange Ones (I Should Coco, 1995)
    Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam (Pump Up The Jam, 1989)
    The The - Good Morning Beautiful (Mind Bomb, 1989)
    The Thrills - Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far) (So Much For The City, 2003)
    Therapy? - Knives (Troublegum, 1994)
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Free Falling (Full Moon Fever, 1989)
    Tori Amos - Pretty Good Year (Under the Pink, 1994)
    The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning (The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967)
    Weezer - Tired of Sex (Pinkerton, 1996)
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion (Show Your Bones, 2006)
    Young Marble Giants - Searching For Mr. Night (Colossal Youth, 1980)


    Thanks to all those who contributed.

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  • 100 GREAT ALBUM CLOSERS!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the Album & Artist Hotdesk

    65daysofstatic - Radio Protector (One Time For All Time, 2006)
    AC/DC - Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (Back in Black, 1980)
    The Alarm - Howling Wind (Declaration, 1984)
    Bark Psychosis - Pendulum Man (Hex, 1994)
    Bauhaus - Mask (Mask, 1981)
    The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver, 1966)
    Bjork - Play Dead (Debut, 1993)
    Blur - Wear Me Down (Leisure, 1991)
    Bright Eyes - Road To Joy (I'm Wide Awake It's Morning, 2005)
    Camille - Quand Je Marche (Le Fil, 2005)
    The Cars - All Mixed Up (The Cars, 1978)
    The Chameleons - View from a Hill (Script of the Badge, 1983)
    Cliff Martinez - We Don't Have To Think Like That Anymore (OST - Solaris, 2002)
    Converge - Jane Doe (Jane Doe, 2001)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Long as I can see the light (Cosmo's Factory, 1970)
    The Cult - Black Angel (Love, 1985)
    The Cure - Pornography (Pornography, 1982)
    Curve - Recovery (Come Clean, 1998)
    David Bowie - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, 1972)
    Death Cab for Cutie - A Lack of Color (Transatlanticism, 2003)
    Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours (Some Great Reward, 1984)
    Depeche Mode - Clean (Violator, 1990)
    The Doors - The End (The Doors, 1967)
    The Doors - When The Music's Over (Strange Days, 1967)
    Doves - Caught By The River (Last Broadcast, 2002)
    Doubting Thomas - Come in Piece (The Infidel, 1991)
    The Dresden Dolls - Truce (The Dresden Dolls, 2004)
    Elliott Smith - Say Yes (Either/Or, 1997)
    Eraserheads - Ang Huling El Bimbo (Cutterpillow, 1995)
    Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Town Cryer (Imperial Bedroom, 1982)
    Fairport Convention - Crazy Man Michael (Liege & Lief, 1969)
    Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart - Muffin Man (Bongo Fury, 1975)
    Funkadelic - Wars of Armageddon (Maggot Brain, 1971)
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Motherfucker=Redeemer (Part Two) (Yanqui U.X.O., 2002)
    Guns N' Roses - Rocket Queen (Appetite for Destruction, 1987)
    The Human League - Don't You Want Me (Dare!, 1981)
    Interpol - Time To Be So Small (Antics, 2004)
    Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (The Number Of The Beast, 1982)
    Jeff Buckley - Dream Brother (Grace, 1994)
    Joni Mitchell - Trouble Child/Twisted (Court And Spark, 1974)
    Joy Division - Decades (Closer, 1980)
    Juan De La Cruz Band - Himig Natin (Himig Natin, 1973)
    The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset (Something Else, 1967)
    KMFDM - Godlike (Naive, 1990)
    Led Zeppelin - Bring it On Home (Led Zeppelin II, 1969)
    Los Lobos - Will The Wolf Survive? (How Will The Wolf Survive?, 1984)
    The Loud Family - Motion of Ariel (Attractive Nuisance, 2000)
    Love - You Set the Scene (Forever Changes, 1967)
    M83 - Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun (Before the Dawn Heals Us, 2005)
    Magnum - Don't Wake The Lion (Wings Of Heaven, 1987)
    Mainliner - M (Mellow Out, 1995)
    Metallica - Damage Inc. (Master of Puppets 1986)
    Mice Parade - Nights after Fiction (Mice Parade, 2007)
    Muse - Knights of Cydonia (Black Holes & Revelations, 2006)
    My Bloody Valentine - Soon (Loveless, 1991)
    New Order - Dream Attack (Technique, 1989)
    Neil Young - Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) (Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)
    Neutral Milk Hotel - Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2 (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, 1998)
    Nirvana - All Apologies (In Utero, 1993)
    The Notwist - Consequence (Neon Golden, 2002)
    Oasis - Champagne Supernova (Morning Glory, 1995)
    On!Air!Library! - Feb. (On!Air!Library!, 2004)
    Patti Smith - Elegie (Horses, 1975)
    Pet Shop Boys - Go West (Very, 1993)
    Pink Floyd - Eclipse (The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
    Planningtorock - When Are You Gonna Start (Have It All, 2006)
    Portishead - Glory Box (Dummy, 1994)
    The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (The Fat of the Land, 1997)
    R.E.M. - Find The River (Automatic For The People, 1992)
    Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out) (The Bends, 1995)
    Radiohead - A Wolf At The Door (Hail To The Thief, 2003)
    Richard and Linda Thompson - Dimming of the Day/Dargai (Pour Down Like Silver, 1975)
    Rush - La Villa Strangiato (Hemispheres, 1978)
    Rush - Natural Science (Permanent Waves, 1980)
    Saves the Day - Tomorrow Too Late (In Reverie, 2003)
    Sean Lennon - Falling Out Of Love (Friendly Fire, 2006)
    Shed Seven - On An Island With You (Change Giver, 1994)
    Sirenia - In Sumerian Haze (At Sixes and Sevens, 2002)
    Slayer - Raining Blood (Reign in Blood, 1986)
    Slowdive - Ballad of Sister Sue (Just For A Day, 1991)
    The Smiths - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (The Queen Is Dead, 1986)
    The Smiths - Suffer Little Children (The Smiths, 1984)
    Stereolab - Contronatura (Dots and Loops, 1997)
    The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection (The Stone Roses, 1989)
    Stone Temple Pilots - Seven Caged Tigers (Tiny Music..., 1996)
    Swervedriver - Never Lose That Feeling / Never Learn (Mescal Head, 1993)
    Suede - Still Life (Dog Man Star, 1994)
    Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Speaking in Tongues, 1983)
    Tears for Fears - Listen (Songs From The Big Chair, 1985)
    The The - Mercy Beat (Infected, 1986)
    Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place (A Strangely Isolated Place, 2003)
    Ulver - Nowhere/Catastrophe (Perdition City, 2000)
    The Velvet Underground - European Son (The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967)
    The Velvet Underground - After Hours (The Velvet Underground, 1969)
    The Verve - She's A Superstar (Voyager 1, 1993)
    Warren Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart For A While (The Wind, 2003)
    Weezer - Only In Dreams (Weezer [Blue Album], 1994)
    The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (Who's Next, 1971)
    The Why Store - Lack of Water (The Why Store, 1996)
    Wire - 99.9 (Send, 2003)


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1990!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    100 Flowers - 100 Years of Pulchritude
    49ers - 49ers
    808 State - Utd. State 90
    Adamski - Doctor Adamski's Musical Pharmacy
    African Head Charge - Songs of Praise
    Alice in Chains - Facelift
    Alien Sex Fiend - Curse
    A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
    babes in toyand - Spanking Machine
    Betty Boo - Boomania
    Black Box - Dreamland
    The Boo Radleys - Kaleidoscope EP
    Boogie Down Productions - Edutainment
    Brand Nubian - One for All
    The Breeders - Pod
    Buffalo Tom- Birdbrain
    Carter USM - 101 Damnations
    The Charlatans - Some Friendly
    Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
    Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
    Crime & The City Solution - Paradise Discotheque
    Cud - Leggy Mambo
    The Cure - Mixed Up
    Danzig - II: Lucifuge
    Dead Can Dance - Aion
    Deee-Lite - World Clique
    Depeche Mode - Violator
    Devo - Hardcore Devo, Vol. 1: 74-77
    Digital Underground - Sex Packets
    Dwarves - Blood Guts & Pussy
    Entombed - Left Hand Path
    The Flaming Lips - In a Priest-Driven Ambulance
    Fugazi - Repeater
    Galaxie 500 - This Is Our Music
    Gang Starr - Step in the Arena
    Happy Mondays - Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches
    The High - Somewhere Soon
    Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
    Imagining Yellow Suns - Imagining Yellow Suns
    Inspiral Carpets - Life
    The Invincible Spirit - Rollercoaster Revolution
    James - Come Home
    Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
    The Jesus Lizard - Head
    John Zorn - Naked City
    Judas Priest - Painkiller
    Julee Cruise - Floating Into the Night
    Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World
    The KLF - Chill Out
    KMFDM - Naïve
    The La's - The La's
    Lard - The Last Temptation of Reid
    The Lightning Seeds - Cloudcuckooland
    Lush - Gala
    Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly
    Mega City Four - Who Cares Wins
    Megadeth - Rust in Peace
    Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mining
    The Mission - Carved In Sand
    Mock Turtles - Turtle Soup
    Mr. Fiddler - With Respect
    Mr. Fingers - Ammnesia
    My Bloody Valentine - Glider [EP]
    New Model Army - Impurity
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Good Son
    Pale Saints - The Comforts of Madness
    Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
    Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour
    Peter Murphy - Deep
    Pixies - Bossanova
    The Pogues - Hell's Ditch
    Poison Clan - 2 Low Life Muthas
    Pop Will Eat Itself - Cure For Sanity
    The Posies - Dear 23
    Prefab Sprout - Jordan: The Comeback
    Primus - Frizzle Fry
    Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
    Renegade Soundwave - In Dub
    Revolting Cocks - Beers, Steers 7 Queers
    Ride - Nowhere
    Royal Trux - Twin Infinitives
    Ruins - Stonehenge
    The Servants - Disinterest
    Shonen Knife - Shonen Knife
    Sinead O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
    The Sisters of Mercy - Vision Thing
    Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss
    Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park
    Slowdive - Slowdive
    Special Ed - Legal
    Sonic Youth - Goo
    Spacemen 3 - Recurring
    Stereo MCs - Supernatural
    Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare
    The Sundays - Reading, Writing & Arithmetic
    Superchunk - Superchunk
    Swervedriver - Rave Down
    They Might Be Giants - Flood
    Toad The Wet Sprocket - Pale
    Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
    Ween - GodWeenSatan: The Oneness


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1991!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    2Pac - 2Pacalypse Now
    A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory
    American Music Club - Everclear
    Army of Lovers - Massive Luxury Overdose
    Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
    Babes in Toyland - To Mother
    Big Audio Dynamite II - The Globe
    Black Sheep - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
    Blur - Leisure
    Bruce Cockburn - Nothing but a Burning Light
    Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - 30 Something
    Chapterhouse - Whirlpool
    Coil - Love's Secret Domain
    Cranes - Wings of Joy
    Crowded House - Woodface
    Curve - Pubic Fruit (Blindfold/Frozen/Cherry EPs)
    Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
    De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead
    Del The Funkee Homosapien - I Wish My Brother George Was Here
    Dinosaur Jr. - Green Mind
    Dogbowl - Cyclops Nuclear Submarine Captain
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Strategies Against Architecture II
    Electronic - Electronic
    EMF - Schubert Dip
    Erasure - Chorus
    The Fall - Shift-Work
    The Farm - Spartacus
    Fatima Mansions - Viva Dead Ponies
    Fugazi - A Steady Diet of Nothing
    The Future Sound of London - Accelerator
    Gallon Drunk - You, The Night...& The Music
    Gang Starr - Step In The Arena
    Geto Boys - We Can't Be Stopped
    Guns'N'Roses - Use Your Illusion (I & II)
    Hi-C - Skanless
    Hole - Pretty on the Inside
    Hum - Fillet Show
    Ice-T - O.G. Original Gangster
    Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart - Rising Above Bedlam
    Julian Cope - Peggy Suicide
    The Jesus Lizard - Goat
    Kirsty MacColl - Electric Landlady
    The KLF - The White Room
    KMD - Mr. Hood
    Kraftwerk - The Mix
    L7 - Smell the Magic EP
    Leaders of the New School - Future Without a Past
    The Legendary Pink Dots - The Maria Dimension
    Lenny Kravitz - Mama Said
    The Levellers - Levelling the Land
    Live - Mental Jewelry
    Lydia Lunch & Rowland S. Howard - Shotgun Wedding
    Mano Negra - King Of Bongo
    Marc Almond - Tenement Symphony
    Mark Heard - Second Hand
    Massive Attack - Blue Lines
    Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
    Melvins - Bullhead
    Michael Nyman - Prospero's Books Soundtrack
    Miranda Sex Garden - Madra
    Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle
    My Bloody Valentine- Loveless
    Mylène Farmer - L'Autre...
    Naked City - Grand Guignol
    Ned's Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder
    New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Pigeonhole
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Nitzer Ebb - Ebbhead
    The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
    Orbital - Orbital
    Organized Konfusion - Organized Konfusion
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Phish - A Picture of Nectar
    Pitchshifter - Industrial
    Pixies - Trompe le Monde
    Primal Scream - Screamadelica
    Queen - Innuendo
    R.E.M. - Out of Time
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
    Saint Etienne - Foxbase Alpha
    Sepultura - Arise
    Siouxsie and the Banshees - Superstition
    Slint - Spiderland
    Slowdive - Just for a Day
    The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
    Soul Family Sensation - New Wave
    Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
    Swans - White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
    Talk Talk- Laughing Stock
    Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
    Terminator X - Terminator X & the Valley of the Jeep Beets
    Therapy? - Babyteeth EP
    Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
    Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fear
    U2 - Achtung Baby
    Unsane - Unsane
    Various - Until the End of the World
    Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing?
    The Wolfgang Press - Queer
    World of Twist - Quality Street


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1992!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    The 25th of May - Lenin & McCarthy
    Alice in Chains - Dirt
    Annie Lennox - Diva
    Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
    Babes in Toyland - Fontanelle
    The Balanescu Quartet - Possessed
    Bauhaus - Rest in Peace: The Final Concert
    Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
    The Chills - Soft Bomb
    Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos
    Cracker - s/t
    The Cure - Wish
    Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind
    Curve - Doppelgänger
    Daisy Chainsaw - Eleventeen
    Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky
    Das EFX - Dead Serious
    Diamond D - Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop
    Dr. Dre - The Chronic
    Eddi Reader - Mirmama
    Erasure - Abba-esque EP
    Faith No More - Angel Dust
    The Fall - Code: Selfish
    The Family Cat - Furthest From The Sun
    Fear Factory - Soul of a New Machine
    The Flaming Lips - Hit to Death in the Future Head
    Gang Starr - Daily Operation
    Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
    Go West - Indian Summer
    Heavenly - Le Jardin de Heavenly
    Helmet - Meantime
    House of Pain - House of Pain
    Iris DeMent - Infamous Angel
    James - Seven
    The Jazz Butcher - Condition Blue
    The Jesus & Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
    The Jesus Lizard - Liar
    Julian Cope - Jehovah Kill
    King Crimson - The Great Deceiver: Live 1973-1974
    L7 - Bricks are Heavy
    Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray
    Leonard Cohen - The Future
    Los Lobos - Kiko
    The Loud Family - Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things
    Love Spirals Downwards - Idylls
    Lush - Spooky
    Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth
    The M25 Experience - Sunshine On Mars
    Madness - Divine Madness
    Madonna - Erotica
    Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists
    Mary Chapin Carpenter - Come On, Come On
    Mega City Four - Sebastopol Road
    Ministry - Psalm 69
    Morphine - Good
    Morrissey - Your Arsenal
    Neil Young - Harvest Moon
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
    Nine Inch Nails - Broken EP
    Opus III - Mind Fruit
    The Orb - U.F. Orb
    Orbital - Orbital II
    Original Flavor - This Is How It Is
    Pantera- Vulgar Display of Power
    Paul Weller - Paul Weller
    Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
    Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & The Soul Brother
    The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde
    Phish - A Picture Of Nectar
    Pop Will Eat Itself - The Looks Or The Lifestyle?
    PJ Harvey - Dry
    The Prodigy - Experience
    Pulp - Seperations
    Radical Dance Faction - Wastleland
    R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
    Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
    Ride - Going Blank Again
    The Shamen - Boss Drum
    Showbiz & A.G. - Runaway Slave
    Skinny Puppy - Last Rights
    Sonic Youth - Dirty
    Spirea X - Fireblade Skies
    Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
    Stereo MCs - Connected
    Steve Roach & Robert Rich - Soma
    Sugar - Copper Blue
    The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy
    Suzanne Vega - 99.9 F°
    Swans - Love of Life
    T-Bone Burnett - The Criminal Under My Own Hat
    Therapy? - Nurse
    These Immortal Souls - I'm Never Gonna Die Again
    They Might Be Giants - Apollo 18
    Throwing Muses - Red Heaven
    Tom Waits - Bone Machine
    Tool - Opiate EP
    Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
    Wolfsheim - No Happy View
    Young Fresh Fellows - It's Low Beat Time
    The Young Gods - T.V. Sky


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1993!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    5 Chinese Brothers - Singer Songwriter Beggarman Thief
    A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
    The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
    Aimee Mann - Whatever
    American Music Club - Mercury
    Aphex Twin - On EP
    The Auteurs - New Wave
    Bad Brains - Rise
    Band Of Susans - Veil
    Belly - Star
    Benediction - Transcend the Rubicon
    Björk - Debut
    Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
    The Breeders - Last Splash
    Burzum - Det som engang var
    Carcass - Heartwork
    Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - Post Historic Monsters
    Chapterhouse - Blood Music
    Cocteau Twins - Four-Calendar Café
    Counting Crows - August and Everything After
    Cranes - Forever
    Curve - Cuckoo
    Cypress Hill - Black Sunday
    Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon
    David Bowie - Black Tie White Noise
    Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
    Deine Lakaien - Forest Enter Exit
    Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion
    Die Krupps - II - The Final Option
    Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been
    Dirty Three - Sad & Dangerous
    Dissection - The Somberlain
    Dodgy - The Dodgy Album
    Don Caballero - For Respect
    Earth - Earth 2
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Tabula Rasa
    Ethyl Meatplow - Happy Days, Sweetheart
    Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet - The Juliet Letters
    Eyehategod - Take as Needed for Pain
    The Fall - The Infotainment Scan
    The Flaming Lips - Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
    Frank Black - Frank Black
    Fugazi - In on the Kill Taker
    Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy
    Kate Bush - The Red Shoes
    Kirsty MacColl - Titanic Days
    KRS-One - Return of the Boom Bap
    Leaders of the New School - T.I.M.E.
    Liberty Horses - Joyland
    Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
    The Lost Dogs - Little Red Riding Hood
    The Loud Family - Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things
    Mac Mall - Illegal Business
    Marc Almond - Absinthe: The French Album
    Martin Newell - The Greatest Living Englishman
    Masta Ace Inc. - Slaughtahouse
    Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
    Mercury Rev - Boces
    Morbid Angel - Covenant
    Morphine - Cure for Pain
    New Order - Republic
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Live Seeds
    Nirvana - In Utero
    Paul McCartney - Off the Ground
    Paul Wellar - Wild Wood
    Pearl Jam - Vs.
    Pet Shop Boys - Relentless EP
    Pet Shop Boys - Very
    PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
    Porno for Pyros - Porno for Pyros
    The Pursuit Of Happiness - The Downward Road
    Polvo - Today's Active Lifestyles
    Radiohead - Pablo Honey
    Revolting Cocks - Linger Fickin' Good ... & Other Barnyard Oddities
    The Roots - Organix
    Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
    Sebadoh - Bubble and Scrape
    Shonen Kinfe - Rock Animals
    Sloan - Smeared
    Slowdive - Souvlaki
    Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
    Souls of Mischief - 93 'Til Infinity
    Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements
    Steve Taylor - Squint
    Suede - Suede
    Superchunk - On the Mouth
    Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
    Teenage Fanclub - Thirteen
    Therapy? - Born in a Crash EP
    Tim Dog - Do or Die
    Tindersticks - Tindersticks
    Tool - Undertow
    U2 - Zooropa
    Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
    Underworld - dubnobasswithmyheadman
    Urge Overkill - Saturation
    Wolfsheim - Popkiller
    Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    Yo La Tengo - Painful


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1994!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    µ-Ziq - Bluff Limbo
    Above the Law - Uncle Sam's Curse
    Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops
    Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle
    Autechre - Incunabula
    The Auteurs - Now I'm a Cowboy
    Bark Psychosis - Hex
    Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
    Beaumont Hannant - Sculptured
    Beck - Mellow Gold
    Bedhead - What Fun Life Was
    Bikini Kill - Pussy Whipped
    Blur - Parklife
    Built to Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love
    Chris Connelly - Shipwreck
    Common - Resurrection
    Compulsion - Comforter
    Cranes - Loved
    Dead Can Dance - Toward the Within
    dEUS - Worst Case Scenario
    Dinosaur Jr. - Without a Sound
    Dodgy - Homegrown
    Dream Theater - Awake
    Dub Pistols - Point Blank
    Echobelly - Everyone's Got One
    Eraserheads - Circus
    Erasure - I Say I Say I Say
    The Family Cat - Magic Happens
    Frank Black - Teenager of the Year
    The Future Sound of London - ISDN
    Girls Against Boys - Venus Luxure No.1 Baby
    Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep
    Green Day - Dookie
    Guided by Voices - Bee Thousand
    Hole - Live Through This
    House of Pain - Same as It Ever Was
    Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart - Take Me to God
    Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    The Jesus and Mary Chain - Stoned & Dethroned
    Johnny Cash - American Recordings
    Kristin Hersh - Hips and Makers
    Kristin Hersh - Strings EP
    L7 - Hungry for Stink
    Lightning Seeds - Jollification
    Live - Throwing Copper
    Liz Phair - Whipsmart
    The Loud Family - The Tape of Only Linda
    Lush - Split
    Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
    Massive Attack - Protection
    Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
    Miranda Sex Garden - Fairytales of Slavery
    Morrissey - Vauxhall And I
    Nas - Illmatic
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Let Love In
    Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
    The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    Orbital - Snivilisation
    Pale Saints - Slow Buildings
    Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
    Pizzicato Five - Made In USA
    Pop Will Eat Itself - Dos Dedos Mis Amigos
    Portishead - Dummy
    Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up
    The Prodigy - Music for the Jilted Generation
    Pulp - His 'n' Hers
    R.E.M. - Monster
    Renegade Soundwave - Howyoudoin?
    Ride - Carnival of Light
    Rollins Band - Weight
    The Sabres of Paradise - Haunted Dancehall
    Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
    Salad - Singles Bar
    Senser - Stacked Up
    Shampoo - We Are Shampoo
    Shed Seven - Change Giver
    Sheep On Drugs - ...On Drugs
    Shellac - At Action Park
    Sonic Youth - Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star
    Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom
    Soundgarden - Superunknown
    Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet
    The Stone Roses - Second Coming
    Strangelove - Time For The Rest Of Your Life
    Suede - Dog Man Star
    Superchunk - Foolish
    Terry Hall - Home
    Therapy? - Troublegum
    Tori Amos - Under the Pink
    Transglobal Underground - International Times
    Various Artists - Natural Born Killers Soundtrack
    Various Artists - Pulp Fiction Soundtrack
    Veruca Salt - American Thighs
    Voodoo Queens - Chocolate Revenge
    Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
    Weezer - Weezer


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1995!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    µ-Ziq - In Pine Effect
    2Pac - Me Against The World
    Aceyalone - All Balls Don't Bounce
    Aimee Mann - I'm With Stupid
    Annie Lennox - Medusa
    Aphex Twin - ...I Care Because You Do
    Apples in Stereo - Fun Trick Noisemaker
    Ashley MacIsaac - Hi™ How Are You Today?
    Belly - King
    Big L - Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
    Black Grape - It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah!
    Bjork - Post
    Blur - The Great Escape
    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E. 1999 Eternal
    The Boo Radleys - Wake Up!
    The Bottle Rockets - The Brooklyn Side
    The Cardigans - Life
    Cartel - Cartel
    Catherine Wheel - Happy Days
    The Charlatans - The Charlatans
    The Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust
    Clutch - Clutch
    David Bowie - Outside
    Dirty Three - Dirty Three
    Down - NOLA
    Dubstar - Disgraceful
    Earthling - Radar
    Echobelly - On!
    Elastica - Elastica
    Elliott Smith - Elliott Smith
    Eraserheads - Cutterpillow
    Erasure - Erasure
    Faith No More - King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime
    The Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic
    Flowchart - Multi Personality Tabletop Vacation
    Foetus - Gash
    Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
    Fugazi - Red Medicine
    Garbage - Garbage
    Gavin Friday - Shag Tobacco
    Gene - Olympian
    The Geraldine Fibbers - Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home
    Girls Against Boys - Cruise Yourself
    Golden Smog - Down By The Old Mainstream
    Goldie - Timeless
    Guided by Voices - Alien Lanes
    GZA/Genius - Liquid Swords
    Hayden - Everything I Long For
    James McMurtry - Where'd You Hide The Body
    Jawbreaker - Dear You
    Leftfield - Leftism
    Lilys - Eccsame the Photon Band
    Luna - Penthouse
    Mad Lion - Real Ting
    The Magnetic Fields - Get Lost
    Marilyn Manson - Smells Like Children
    Matthew Sweet - 100% Fun
    Menswear - Nuisance
    Moloko - Do You Like My Tight Sweater?
    Morphine - Yes
    Mouse on Mars - Iaora Tahiti
    Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
    Mylène Farmer - Anamorphosée
    Natacha Atlas - Diaspora
    Neil Young - Mirror Ball
    The Nonce - World Ultimate
    The Orb - Orbus Terrarum
    Paul Weller - Stanley Road
    Pavement - Wowee Zowee
    Pet Shop Boys - Alternative
    PJ Harvey - To Bring You My love
    Pulp - Different Class
    Radiohead - The Bends
    Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
    The Roots - Do You Want More!!!
    Ruby - Salt Peter
    Salad - Drink Me
    Scott Walker - Tilt
    Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Rapture
    Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    The Softies - It's Love
    Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
    Souls of Mischief - No Man's Land
    Spacehog - Resident Alien
    Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionpilot
    Splendora - In The Grass
    Stereolab - Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center
    Supergrass - I should Coco
    Swans - The Great Annihilator
    Switchblade Symphony - Serpentine Gallery
    Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
    The The - Hanky Panky
    Throwing Muses - University
    Tindersticks - Tindersticks II
    Tocotronic - Digital ist besser
    Tricky - Maxinquaye
    Various Artists - Help
    Various Artists - The Miracle of Levitation
    Yo La Tengo - Electr-O-Pura
    The Young Gods - Only Heaven


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1996!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    Afghan Whigs - Black Love
    Ani Di Franco - Dilate
    Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
    Archers of Loaf - All the Nation's Airports
    A Tribe Called Quest - Beats Rhymes & Life
    Beck - Odelay
    Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk
    Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
    Beth Orton - Trailer Park
    Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Remnants of a Deeper Purity
    Butthole Surfers - Electriclarryland
    The Cardigans - First Band On The Moon
    Cat Power - What Would The Community think
    Cocteau Twins - Milk & Kisses
    The Corrs - Forgiven, Not Forgotten
    Cranes - La Tragedie d'Oreste et Electre
    Cryptopsy - None So Vile
    Current 93 - All the Pretty Little Horses (Theinmostlight)
    Daft Punk - Homework
    Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser
    Devil Doll - Dies Irae
    Dirty Three - Horse Stories
    The Divine Comedy - Casanova
    DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....
    Eels - Beautiful Freak
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Ende Neu
    Electronic - Raise the Pressure
    Eliza Carthy - Heat, Light, and Sound
    Failure - Fantastic Planet
    faith & the muse - Anywynn, Beneath the Waves
    Faithless - Reverence
    Fountains of Wayne - Fountains of Wayne
    Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects - Sol Niger Within
    Fugees - The Score
    Ghostface Killah - Ironman
    Girls Against Boys - House of GVSB
    Godflesh - Songs of Love and Hate
    Guided by Voices - Under The Bushes Under The Stars
    Helloween - Time Of The Oath
    Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
    Ikon - In The Shadow Of The Angel
    In Flames - The Jester Race
    Jeremy Enigk - Return of the Frog Queen
    Jeru the Damaja - Wrath of the Math
    John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey - Dance Hall At Louse Point
    Johnny Cash - Unchained
    Julian Cope - Interpreter
    Kaliber 44 - Księga Tajemnicza. Prolog
    Kula Shaker - K
    Lars Winnerbäck - Dans Med Svåra Steg
    The Loud Family - Interbabe Concern
    Love Spirals Downwards - Ever
    Low - The Curtain Hits the Cast
    Lush - Lovelife
    Lycia - Cold
    Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
    Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar
    Michael Kiske - Instant Clarity
    Morcheeba - Who Can You Trust?
    Nada Surf - high/low
    Nekropsi - Mi Kubbesi
    Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood
    Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
    Pan.Thy.Monium - Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion
    Paul Westerberg - Eventually
    Pearl Jam - No Code
    Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual
    Porcupine Tree - Signify
    The Posies - Amazing Disgrace
    R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi
    Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire
    Robert Armani - Blow It Out
    Rocketship - A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness
    Rush - Test for Echo
    Sasha & Digweed - Northern Exposure
    Sebadoh - Harmacy
    Shed Seven - A Maximum High
    Sixteen Horsepower - Sackcloth 'n' Ashes
    The Smashing Pumpkins - The Aeroplane Flies High
    Spoon - Telephono
    Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
    Suede - Coming Up
    Superdrag - Regretfully Yours
    Tool - Ænima
    Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
    Tortoise - Millions now living will never die
    Trashcan Sinatras - A Happy Pocket
    Trembling Blue Stars - Her Handwriting
    Ultra - Big Time
    Underworld - Second Toughest In The Infants
    Various Artists - Kids Soundtrack
    Various Artists - Trainspotting Soundtrack
    Värttinä - Kokko
    The Wallflowers - Bringing Down The Horse
    Weezer - Pinkerton
    Wilco - Being There


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1997!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness
    American Analog Set - The Fun Of Watching Fireworks
    Amnesia - Cherry Flavor Night Time
    Amon Tobin - Bricolage
    Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy EP
    The Aquabats - The Fury of the Aquabats!
    Ben Folds Five - Whatever & Ever Amen
    Björk - Homogenic
    Blur - Blur
    Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
    Bruce Dickinson - Accident Of Birth
    Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
    Built to Spill - Perfect from Now On
    The Changelings - Terra Firma
    The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
    Chopper One - Now Playing
    Chris Connelly & the Bells - The Ultimate Seaside Companion (Revisited)
    Cinnamon - The Courier
    Clan of Xymox - Hidden Faces
    Cranes - EP Collection, Vols. 1-2
    David Bowie - Earthling
    Deftones - Around the Fur
    Delerium - Karma
    Depeche Mode - Ultra
    Dinosaur Jr - Hand It Over
    The Divine Comedy - A short album about love
    Dream City Film Club - Dream City Film Club
    Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity
    Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
    Echo & the Bunnymen - Evergreen
    Echobelly - Lustra
    Elliot Smith - Either/Or
    Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
    Faith No More - Album of the Year
    Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
    Fu Manchu - The Action is Go
    Gamma Ray - Somewhere Out In Space
    The Geraldine Fibbers - Butch
    Guided by Voices - Mag Earwhig!
    Gus Gus - Polydistortion
    Harvey Danger - Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?
    Hum - Downward Is Heavenward
    Iced Earth - Days Of Purgatory
    Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
    In Flames - Whoracle
    In The Woods... - Omnio
    Iron Monkey - Iron Monkey
    Karma to Burn - Karma to Burn
    Kobong - Chmury nie było
    Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions
    Linoleum - Dissent
    Low - Songs for a Dead Pilot
    Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern
    Modest Mouse - Lonesome Crowded West
    Mogwai - Young Team
    Moodymann - Silentintroduction
    Morrissey - Maladjusted
    Monaco - Music for Pleasure
    Mono - Formica Blues
    Mötley Crüe - Generation Swine
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds -- The Boatman's Call
    Nightwish - Angels Fall First
    The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
    Orbit - Libido Speedway
    Pavement - Brighten the Corners
    Photek - Modus Operandi
    Portishead - Portishead
    Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
    The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Rammstein - Sehnsucht
    Republica - Republica
    Richard Thompson + Danny Thompson - Industry
    Sarah Cracknell - Lipslide
    Sigh - Hail Horror Hail
    Sigur Rós - Von
    Skeleton Key - Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon
    Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
    Smart Went Crazy - Con Art
    Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
    The Softies - Winter Pageant
    Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy
    Stereolab - Dots and Loops
    Strapping Young Lad - City
    Stratovarius - Visions
    Super Furry Animals - Radiator
    Supergrass - In It For The Money
    Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind
    Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain
    that dog. - Retreat from the Sun
    Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
    Tindersticks - Curtains
    Toad The Wet Sprocket - Coil
    Today Is The Day - Temple of the Morning Star
    Various Artists - Live from 6A: Late Night with Conan O'Brien
    Voivod - Phobos
    The Wannadies - Bagsy Me
    Whiskeytown - Stranger's Almanac
    Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
    Yo La Tengo - I Can Feel The Heart Beating As One


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1998!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    The Afghan Whigs - 1965
    Air - Moon Safari
    Amon Tobin - Permutation
    Anathema - Alternative 4
    Arab on Radar - Rough Day At The Orifice
    Archers of Loaf - White Trash Heroes
    Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
    Beck - Mutations
    Belle and Sebastian - The Boy With the Arab Strap
    Black Sabbath - Reunion
    Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star
    Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
    Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children
    The Boo Radleys - Kingsize
    Boredoms - Super æ
    Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
    Cat Power - Moon Pix
    Cinerex - Exit All Areas
    Clutch - The Elephant Riders
    Cows - Sorry in Pig Minor
    Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
    Death - The Sound of Perseverance
    Desert Sessions - Desert Sessions, Vol. III - IV
    Dirty Three - Ocean Songs
    Eels - Electro-shock Blues
    Elliott Smith - XO
    Ewa Braun - Sea Sea
    Fatboy Slim - On the Floor at the Boutique
    Fatboy Slim - You've Come a Long Way, Baby
    Frosty - Liquor Drink
    Fugazi - End Hits
    Fun^Da^Mental - Erotic Terrorism
    Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A#∞
    Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl
    Gorguts - Obscura
    Gov't Mule - Dose
    The Handsome Family - Through the Trees
    Helloween - Better Than Raw
    Hole - Celebrity Skin
    ICE - Bad Blood
    Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Immortal - At the Heart of Winter
    Iron Maiden - Virtual XI
    Izzy Stradlin - 117°
    James Iha - Let It Come Down
    Jerry Cantrell - Boggy Depot
    The Jesus and Mary Chain - Munki
    John Zorn - The Circle Maker
    Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    The Loud Family - Days For Days
    Love Spirals Downwards - Flux
    Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
    Madonna - Ray of Light
    Mansun - Six
    Manu Chao - Clandestino
    Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals
    Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis
    Mary Lou Lord - Got No Shadow
    Massive Attack - Mezzanine
    Melt-Banana - Charlie
    Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
    Morcheeba - The Big Calm
    Meshuggah - Chaosphere
    Nada Surf - The Proximity Effect
    Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    Oasis - The Masterplan
    Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
    Pearl Jam - Yield
    Pernice Brothers - Overcome By Happiness
    Phish - The Story of the Ghost
    PJ Harvey - Is This Desire?
    Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
    Plastikman - Consumed
    Propellerheads - Decksandrumsandrockandroll
    Pulp - This is Hardcore
    Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age
    R.E.M. - Up
    Radiohead - Airbag / How Am I Driving?
    Rasputina - How We Quit the Forest
    Ray Lema - The Dream Of The Gazelle
    Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
    Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright
    Saint Etienne - Good Humor
    The Second Sight - Everything Is Broken
    Shpongle - Are You Shpongled?
    Sixteen Horsepower - Low Estate
    The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore
    Songs: Ohia - Impala
    Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves
    Sunny Day Real Estate - How It Feels to be Something On
    Superdrag - Head Trip in Every Key
    System of a Down - System of a Down
    Talvin Singh - OK
    Tarwater - Silur
    Thorr's Hammer - Dommedagsnatt
    Tori Amos - From the Choirgirl Hotel
    Tortoise - TNT
    Trailer Bride - Smelling Salts
    Tripping Daisy - Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb
    Unbelievable Truth - Almost Here
    Union - Union


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 1999!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 1990s Hotdesk

    Add N To (X) - Avant Hard
    Aim - Cold Water Music
    Aimee Mann - Magnolia OST
    Arvo Part - Alina
    The Aluminum Group - Pedals
    The Angels of Light - New Mother
    At the Drive-In - Vaya EP
    The Atomic Bitchwax - The Atomic Bitchwax
    Beck - Midnite Vultures
    Beth Orton - Central Reservation
    The Black Heart Procession - 2
    Black Tambourine - Complete Recordings
    Blinker The Star - August Everywhere
    Blur - 13
    Boards of Canada - Music has the right to children
    Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See Darkness
    Boss Hog - Whiteout
    Built to Spill - Keep It Like a Secret
    Calla - Calla
    Camp Lo - Uptown Saturday Night
    Campag Velocet - Bon Chic Bon Genre
    Cassius - 1999
    Clan of Xymox - Creatures
    Console - Rocket in the Pocket
    The Creatures - Anima Animus
    Dark Star - Twnety Twenty Sound
    Death in Vegas - The Contino Sessions
    The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
    DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - Brainfreeze
    Dr. Dooom - First Come, First Served
    Dr. Dre - 2001
    Dream City Film Club - In the Cold Light of Morning
    Echo & the Bunnymen - What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?
    Electronic - Twisted Tenderness
    Eleni Mandell - Wishbone
    The Faint - Blank Wave Arcade
    Faith and the Muse - Evidence of Heaven
    Fantômas - Fantômas
    Fiona Apple - When The Pawn...
    The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
    Fountains of Wayne - Utopia Parkway
    Four Tet - Dialogue
    Fugazi - Instrument Soundtrack
    The Get Up Kids - Something To Write Home About
    Gomez - Liquid Skin
    Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Spanish Dance Troupe
    Greyhoundz - Seven Corners of Your Game
    Guided by Voices - Do The Collapse
    Immortal - At the Heart of Winter
    Incubus - Make Yourself
    Izzy Stradlin - Ride On
    Jethro Tull - J-Tull Dot Com
    Khaled - Kenza
    Kismet - North Atlantic Balkan Express
    Kojak - Crime in the City
    Kool Keith - Black Elvis/Lost in Space
    Le Tigre - Le Tigre
    Les Rythmes Digitales - Darkdancer
    The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
    The Misfits - Famous Monsters
    Moby - Play
    Mogwai - Come On Die Young
    Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
    Mr. Bungle - California
    Muse - Showbiz
    Necrophagist - Onset of Putrefaction
    Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
    Opeth - Still Life
    of Montreal - The Gay Parade
    Pharoahe Monch - Internal Affairs
    Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
    Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves
    Public Enemy - There's a Poison Goin' On
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
    Saves the Day - Through Being Cool
    Shivaree - I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head for Making Me Live in This Dump
    Shpongle - Are You Shpongled?
    Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
    Skunk Anansie - Post Orgasmic Chill
    Slapshock - 4th Degree Burn
    Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock
    Slipknot - Slipknot
    Smash Mouth - Astro Lounge
    Smog - Knock Knock
    Solex - Pick Up
    Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica
    Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider
    Stereolab - Cobra And Phases Group...
    Stereophonics - Performance and Cocktails
    Super Furry Animals - Guerrilla
    This Ascension - Sever
    Tom Waits - Mule Variations
    Travis - The Man Who
    Usurper - Skeletal Season
    The White Stripes - The White Stripes
    Wilco - Summerteeth
    the willard grant conspiracy - Mojave
    Witness - Before The Calm
    XTC - Apple Venus Volume 1


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  • 100 GREAT ALBUMS OF 2007!
    Compiled at MAC.
    at the 2000s Hotdesk

    65daysofstatic - The Destruction of Small Ideas
    Against Me! - New Wave
    Air Traffic - Fractured Life
    Amon Tobin - Foley Room
    Amy Macdonald - This Is The Life
    Anekdoten - A Time of Day
    Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction
    Apocalyptica - Worlds Collide
    A Place to Bury Strangers - A Place To Bury Strangers
    A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Scribble Mural Comic Journal
    Ayyuka - Ayyuka
    Battles - Mirrored
    Band of Horses - Cease To Begin
    The Bird and the Bee - The Bird and the Bee
    Björk - Volta
    Black Engine - Ku Klux Klowns
    Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City
    Blonde Redhead - 23
    Buckwild - Diggin' in the Crates: Rare Studio Masters (1993-1997)
    Burial - Untrue
    Calla - Strength In Numbers
    Chungking - Stay Up Forever
    The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
    Clutch - From Beale Street to Oblivion
    David Vandervelde - The Moonstation House Band
    Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
    Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down The Thunder Canyon
    Digitalism - Idealism
    Dungen - Tio Bitar
    Efdemin - Efdemin
    Eivind Aarset - Sonic Codex
    Eliane Radigue - Chry-ptus
    Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls
    Elliott Smith - New Moon
    Emma Pollock - Watch The Fireworks
    The Enemy - We'll Live And Die In These Towns
    Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
    The Fall - Reformation Post TLC
    The Felice Brothers - Tonight At The Arizona
    The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
    French Teen Idol - Enlightened False Consciousness
    Gill Landry - The Ballad Of Lawless Soirez
    Grails - Burning Off Impurities
    Grinderman - Grinderman
    Groundtruther - Altitude
    Interpol - Our Love to Admire
    Isolation Years - Sign Sign
    Jamie T - Panic Prevention
    Jay-Z - American Gangster
    Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
    José Gonzalez - In Our Nature
    King Khan & His Shrines - What Is?!
    KK Null - Fertile
    krill.minima - Nautica
    Kubichek! - Not Enough Night
    LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
    Led Zeppelin - Mothership
    Lento - Earthen
    Liars - Liars
    Lucky Soul - The Great Unwanted
    M.I.A. - Kala
    Marissa Nadler - Songs III: Bird On The Water
    Matthew Dear - Asa Breed
    Melt-Banana - Bambi's Dilemma
    Menomena - Friend And Foe
    Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion
    Mirah and Spectratone International - Share This Place
    Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
    My Teenage Stride - Ears Like Golden Bats
    Naked Lunch - This Atom Heart Of Ours
    New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
    Nina Nastasia & Jim White - You Follow Me
    Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
    Norah Jones - Not Too Late
    of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
    Pantha du Prince - This Bliss
    Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
    Percee P - Perseverance
    The Pineapple Thief - What Have We Sown
    Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
    Portugal. The Man - Church Mouth
    The Problemaddicts - The First Step
    Profanatica - Profanatitas de Domonatia
    Promise and the Monster - Transparent Knives
    Psychic TV - Hell Is Invisible...Heaven Is Here
    The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
    The Real Tuesday Weld - The London Book Of The Dead
    Reverend & The Makers - The State of Things
    Reverend Bizarre - III: So Long Suckers
    Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
    Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
    Roscoe Mitchell - Composition / Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3
    Rufus Wainwright - Release the Stars
    The Rumble Strips - Girls And Weather
    Shellac - Excellent Italian Greyhound
    The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
    Tegan and Sara - The Con
    Tenniscoats - Totemo Aimasho
    Throbbing Gristle - Part Two: The Endless Not
    Tocotronic - Kapitulation
    Uncut Raw - First Toke
    Various Artists - Kompakt total 8
    Von Südenfed - Tromatic Reflexxions
    Yeti - Yume!
    Zs - Arms


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  • 25 Zorn Albums for Rohit
    compiled at MAC
    at the Jazz Desk

    Bar Kokhba Sextet - Lucifer: Book of Angels Vol. 10 (50th Birthday Series) 2008
    Buck Jam Tonic - Buck Jam Tonic 2003
    Derek Bailey, George Lewis, John Zorn - Yankees 1983
    John Zorn - Alhambra Love Songs 2009
    John Zorn - The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone 1985
    John Zorn - The Bribe 1998
    John Zorn - The Circle Maker - 1998
    John Zorn - Filmworks X - In the Mirror of Maya Deren 2001
    John Zorn - Filmworks XIII - Invitation to a Suicide 2002
    John Zorn - The Gift 2001
    John Zorn - I.A.O. 2002
    John Zorn (Naked City) - Naked City 1989
    John Zorn - New Traditions in East Asian Bar Bands 1995
    John Zorn - Redbird 1995
    John Zorn - Six Litanies for Heliogabalus 2007
    John Zorn- Spy Vs. Spy : Music of Ornette Coleman
    John Zorn & Dave Douglas- The Stone Issue One
    John Zorn & Bobby Previte - Euclid's Nightmare 1997
    John Zorn/Electric Masada - At the Mountains of Madness 2004
    John Zorn & Fred Frith - The Art of Memory 1994
    John Zorn, George Lewis, Bill Frisell - News for Lulu 1988
    Masada - Masada Vol. 2: Beit 1995
    Pain Killer - Execution Ground 1994
    The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet - Voodoo 1985
    Wadada Leo Smith, Susie Ibarra, John Zorn - 50th Birthday Celebration Vol. 8

    count =25

    Zorn, obviously, is a touchstone for many people interested in expanding the language of what we--in our admittedly limited way--call jazz.

    The suggestions here were assembled for our Music Advice Center colleague Rohit, who casually asked for a few suggestions of where to start with the massive catalog of Zorn's recordings. The list above is alphabetic (according to our traditional nomenclature) and the list below is chronological by submission by our contributors: matetoth, trombipulation, djjazzpants, cjcarne, and me, beelzbubba.

    Some of the reviews of the albums are personal opinion, and others, including the cover images, are from All Music Guide. Minimal editing to the original posts was provided by beelz. Original posts can be found starting at: http://www.last.fm/group/Music+Advice+Center/forum/40095/_/171367/40#f9767340.

    Voodoo is Zorn with his cool-bop best manners on, proving false the canard that avant-garde players can't play. Zorn and collaborators Horvitz, Drummond & Previte roll through 7 Sonny Clark tunes with aplomb. Clark was largely unknown to me before I picked up this album on Black Saint. That didn't hold for long. I have to say I play Zorn's version of Clark as much as I play Sonny himself.


    Filmworks X: In the Mirror of Maya Deren is one of the beautiful, lyrical, haunting Filmworks series, and one that I mentioned above. Here Zorn plays piano, with Jamie Saft on organ, Erik Friedlander on cello and Cyro Baptisto on percussion. AMG calls this the most accessible of the Filmworks series and I guess I won't argue. This is a stellar album.


    Next a bit of quiet, minimalist Zorn.



    You can't get wider extremes in one artist, I don't think. Redbird is a minimalist tribute to the painter Agnes Martin. This is Zorn as 20th century composer, he doesn't play here.



    Pain Killer, for most of its brief life, was Zorn plus Bill Laswell and Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris. Execution Ground was their best, imo, and often gets categorized as death metal, but I have to believe most death-metal heads would argue. It definitely has elements of thrash jazz, ala Brotzmann and Laswell's Last Exit.


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    Review by Scott Yanow
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    Avant-garde altoist John Zorn teams up with trombonist George Lewis and guitarist Bill Frisell to form a unique trio. Without the benefit of piano, bass, or drums, they interpret the hard bop compositions of Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, and Freddie Redd, generally not even the better-known ones. The performances are quite concise (Dorham's "Windmill" is covered in 40 seconds), respectful to the melodies, and unpredictable. There are hints of the avant-garde here and there, but also plenty of swinging, bop-oriented solos and coherent ensembles. Very intriguing music that is highly recommended to a wide audience of jazz and general listeners.

    John Zorn & Fred Frith - The Art of Memory




    Simply a great slab of improvisation from two masters of the art.

    AMG Review

    Based upon the ancient Roman methodology for remembering architectural sites and the meanings built into their structures, guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist John Zorn pull out all the stops in creating a body of improvisation that does not rely on symbolic invitations or responses, but is instead a collaboration that builds an imposing musical structure from forgotten trends, hidden sonic languages, and metaphorical tonal construction. From the opening moments of "The Combiner," where Frith twines his guitar from the table into a rope with Zorn's microphonics and multivalent scalar invention, you can hear a sort of communication being authored just beyond your reach. That the dynamics of the collaboration match so perfectly, offering glimpses of both restraint and tension before obliterating them with humor and pure aggression, should be no surprise -- the pair sought to do this from the outset. In "The Ladder," Frith moves himself into a corner with funky soul chords and splattered arpeggios that Zorn picks up and transforms into a mutant vanguard swing. The tempo is dizzying as Frith rips open his chords for their found sonic elements and Zorn goes in to shore up the idea, flipping it over and turning it inside out as only a master improviser can do. By the time you reach "The Fountain and the Mirror," the players have switched roles many times, each playing support and leader, turning what were merely notions for collaborating along a certain path into audible bodies with their own pulses, minds, and blood. This is a revelatory album, and a near matchless collaboration.


    John Zorn - The Big Gundown



    Something completely different from the tough improvised music of the above - this is Zorn showing off his fun side. A veritable plethora of downtown musicians shine on these re-imaginings of Morricone's great scores. I got this when it came out and it was one of my earliest introductions to the 'avant-garde'; it remains a favourite.

    AMG Review

    On this intriguing concept album, altoist John Zorn (who also "sings" and plays harpsichord, game calls, piano, and musical saw) utilizes an odd assortment of open-minded avant-garde players (with a couple of ringers) on nine themes originally written for Italian films by Ennio Morricone, plus his own "Tre Nel 5000." These often-radical interpretations (which Morricone endorsed) keep the melodies in mind while getting very adventurous. Among the musicians heard on the colorful and very eccentric set (which utilizes different personnel and instrumentation on each track) are guitarists Bill Frisell and Vernon Reid, percussionist Bobby Previte, keyboardist Anthony Coleman, altoist Tim Berne, pianist Wayne Horvitz, organist Big John Patton, and even Toots Thielemans on harmonica and whistling among many others. There are certainly no dull moments on this often-riotous program.

    John Zorn - The Circle Maker



    This is a two disk set of what might be called chamber jazz. Zorn composes but does not play. The musicians on disk 1 are the Masada String Trio: Cohen, Friedlander, Feldman. On disk 2 is the Bar Kokhba Sextet--the string trio plus Ribot, Baptiste, and drummer Joey Baron. The tunes are from the Masada Songbook. Cohen, Dave Douglas, Baron, and Zorn put out something like 20 Masada quartet disks (Beit / Two is my favorite); by the time of the albums Filmworks VIII and Bar Kokhba, Zorn was reimagining the Masada work performed by other voices. The Circle Maker is as near-perfect a recording as I can imagine.


    John Zorn - Six Litanies for Heliogabalus 2007



    Let's jump ahead to some newer Zorn, and some that he actually plays on. (I found myself picking some favorites but without the trademark alto.) This is sort of a third in a trilogy, the first two Moonchild and the second Astronome are the trio of Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. For Heliogabus, add Jamie Saft on organ & keyboards, Zorn on Alto, and Ikue Mori on electronics, and then toss a trio of female voices for an otherworldly choir. As the AMG reviewer Thom Jurek tells us, Zorn states in his liner notes to Astronome that his objective was to create "a methodology 'combining the hypnotic intensity of ritual (composition) the spontaneity of magic (improvisation) in a modern musical format (rock).'"



    Review

    This 1997 duet recording between drumming ace Bobby Previte and saxophonist John Zorn is indicative -- pretty much -- of what Zorn's music was like at the time: There are plenty of hard bop linguistics mixed in with film noir themes and screeching, burning skronk. There are also short, lucid moments of melodic tranquility that prefigure much of Zorn's work from 1999 on. But mostly, this series of duets reveals something else, that two players from similar backgrounds, who have played in the same bands together and can understand each other on an almost symbiotic level, can still approach the same musical problem from two different sides and come up with the same answer. Nowhere is this clearer than on sections ten through 14 (there are 27 sections in all), which total about seven of the CD's 41 minutes. Here, Previte hears Zorn insistently and responds with short, crisp rim shots, rolling tom-toms, and scattershot cymbal runs that tend to stretch out the time, turn it loose from its constraints inside the work, and move forward into whatever frame Zorn chooses next. For his part, Zorn hears the thrumming of the cymbals and decides to speed up the piece in order to match Previte's double time. They both arrive in the pocket at the same time and kick the energy into an overdriven state of chaotic -- yet jubilant -- free improv, where there are no ties to gravity at all until Previte introduces a tom-tom and Zorn responds with a gorgeous angular legato. This is only one of dozens of surprises on Euclid's Nightmare. Zorn fans will be familiar with the level of histrionics employed here, while followers of Previte's more refined work may be put off by the constant atonality of the work.




    Buck Jam Tonic is a double album of improvised music by John Zorn, Bill Laswell & Tatsuya Nakamura . The album was released on the Japanese Wilddisc label in 2003 and is comprised of one disc mixed in Tokyo and another mixed in New York City. A vinyl edition was also released containing only the Tokyo mix.




    AMG reviewer Stacia Proefrock writes:"Themes of beauty, sexuality, and violence run throughout, the first and last pieces maintaining a narrative quality while "Hwang Chin-Ee" consists of short lyric pieces. The album as a whole is quite moving; it often contains a fragile beauty like a child on the verge of bursting into tears. This is one of John Zorn's greatest achievements to date." That about sums it up. Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Anthony Coleman and Wayne Horvitz, Zorn, Joey Baron & Samm Bennett.


    As far as I'm concerned, get any/all of the 50th Birthday Celebration series, recorded at Tonic in NYC in September 2003. I think I have them all. OK, I'm not really keen on the Masada Guitars 50th Birthday, but maybe you will be. In any case, this one, with Wadada Smith and Susie Ibarra, flat out kills for fans of free improvisation. For the first set, we have a reprise of the Zorn/Previte alto & drum symbiosis. The second set adds Smith's trumpet to the mix. The finale Full Fathom Five is a raucous romp.


    I love that Zorn treats a lot of his music/compositions as repertoire, to be replayed and reconfigured for different timbres/voices. Case in point:


    Masada, Beit was the first exposure I had to Zorn where I first started to "get it." I'm a huge Ornette fan, but Spy Vs. Spy just hit me wrong. I haven't revisited that one in years--maybe I'd think differently now. But I paid full price for it and it wasn't cheap. Not many places were stocking Zorn in the late 80s. But now it was 1995, and my town has a well known summer art fair, which also serves as an excuse for merchants to have "sidewalk sales." Tower was having a huge sell off of inventory, which meant in those days that a label was getting new distribution and they sold off the old copies from one mfr/distr in anticipation of stock from a new source. DIW--the publisher of my copy--was at that time Japan only, and these imports were astronomically priced, but on that day, DIW were like $5 or $7 apiece. I picked uup some David Murray, Lester Bowie, Butch Morris, and oh yeah, since I really liked Dave Douglas and Joey Baron, I figured I'd give Zorn another chance. This disk, Beit, was the impetus for me to begin to tell any/everyone I knew who was interested in excellent music that Zorn was the shit. No doubts about it. From the opening to the close, Beit grabbed me. This is a perfect quartet in the piano-less post-bop genre. There's obviously the Hebrew folk music influence, klezmer if you will, but filtered through Ornette and Berne and Hemphill. This quartet rocks, swings, blisters, and burns. From that moment, I've been hooked, and I've rarely been disappointed.



    Now, 13 years later, Masada, Beit has been translated through the Bar Kokhba Sextet. Remember them? The Masada String Trio plus Ribot, Baron, and Saft? The Book of Angels series is fueled by Zorn's intense interest in Jewish mysticism, and here they take the earlier Masada book two and bring to it a chamber jazz elegance that loses very little in the translation. It worries me a little that some of my favorite Zorn albums are cataloged by AMG as among his most "accessible"--this one is no exception, they say you could play it for your grandmother & she'd get it. I dunno about that, but like Circle Maker, this is a gem.



    The compositions on this soundtrack are great. Fantastic motives that crop up repeatedly in differents moods, with different instruments playing the leads. And the men playing those instruments are outstanding. I am not sure who deserves more credit on this recording, the composer or the musicians. Zorn does not play on this one, but 4/5 of the musicians (Marc Ribot-Guitar, Erik Friedlander-Cello, Trevor Dunn-Bass, Kenny Wolleson-Percussion) on it are Tzadik regulars, and the fifth man (Accordionist Rob Burger of the Tin Hat Trio) is fantastic.


    Allmusic.com reviews:



    For a change, the descriptor insert included in a Tzadik release isn't all hype. Alhambra Love Songs does indeed contain "some of the most beautiful and soothing music Zorn has ever written." This 11-cut set is an eclectic homage of sorts to the San Francisco Bay area and the musicians who have and continue to make it their home. Written for a piano trio consisting of Rob Burger, bassist Greg Cohen (who alternates between upright and electric), and drummer Ben Perowsky, what's most important to remember when popping this into the deck is that these are indeed "songs." They all have direct melodic themes, lyric harmony, and follow a linear trajectory from one place to another. Zorn puts that in the listener's ears on the very first cut, "Mountain View," dedicated to Vince Guaraldi. It doesn't merely nod to the late pianist and composer of the Charlie Brown television themes, it evokes him directly, utilizing his sense of lithe, lyric theme and simple rhythmic sensibility in a hummable melody. It's delightful. "Pacifica," dedicated to mystic Harry Smith, is more elliptical and mysterious in presentation, but just as melodic and accessible. And that's the point. The Tzadik insert also namechecks Ramsey Lewis and Henry Mancini as well as the words "easy listening mode," but these influences aren't all that pronounced. But this doesn't fall into the category of one of Zorn's challenging series of recordings, either. It is simply a set of gorgeous songs with a variety of jazz, television, cinematic, and landscape themes written into their melodies, all dedicated to various musicians, composers, actors, poets, and other persona whom Zorn holds in high regard. Some may wonder initially if this fits in best with The Gift or Dreamers, and it sounds nothing like either recording. These tunes -- be it the tender "Half Moon Bay" dedicated to poet and translator Lyn Hejinian, or "Moraga," scored for Clint Eastwood, which evokes both his cinematic work as an actor and his work as a composer, or the ever so brief and utterly lovely "Miramar," for Terry Riley, which envelope the listener in pulsing rhythmic repetition before whispering itself out on the individual notes of its chords -- all have the same effect: one of complete listening pleasure. These small tunes will get inside your head and remain there, prompting you to listen to this set over and again. Each track is different from the last in theme, mood, and construction, but follows its thematic strategy almost to a fault. The band is fantastic. Burger's percussive touch on the keys is a plus. He never hits too hard, but he's a very rhythmic player. Add to this the brushwork of Perowsky and the always inventive, sensitive, and often subtle work of Cohen, and you have a unit that can swing when the tune calls for it, let a piece breathe, or playfully get inside it. Alhambra Love Songs is a gem, and will literally bring joy to anyone who gives it an honest listen.




    John Zorn's Bribe is a continuation and extension of his album Spillane. Like its predecessor, this album features almost the same lineup of extraordinary NYC improvisers including pianist Anthony Coleman, drummer Bobby Previte, organist Wayne Horvitz, turntablist Christian Marclay, and harpists Zeena Parkins and Carol Emanuel. Unlike the fast-spliced pace of Spillane, which functioned as its own narrative, the music on Bribe is allowed to stretch and develop because it was composed as a background for the dialogue in three 30-minute radio plays by Terry O'Reilly (it was later adapted to a stage production). O'Reilly described his creation as "low art; " along the lines of little respected categories such as pulp fiction and B-movies. Zorn then constructed appropriate music, continually switching styles and filling it with pop references. The overall mood of Bribe is also different from Spillane and much of Zorn's work (excluding Film Works, Vol. 7), in that it maintains a light-hearted approach, weaving music box chimes and carnival sounds into the music. A nicer mood pervades this release, yet given its kaleidoscopic and slightly demented tone, it certainly can't be described as relaxed. Then again, maybe "relaxed" isn't too far off, after all -- perhaps by playing a supporting role to the production's cast instead of driving the concept, the musicians were able to enjoy themselves a little more.

    This list is showing me (beelz) two or three things, so far.

    First, there are still new albums of Zorn's for me to go get. I don't have either of those last two Matetoth recommended. And I want them.

    Second, this list is rapidly filling up and there are at least ten more that I think could go on the list (but in the end I think many are at least similar to other ones here and thus the intrepid explorer must go out and discover).

    Third, I forget what third was.

    So my latest two adds:



    I was going to call this review Johnny Zorn meets Psycho-Surf. But let's see what AMG has to say. The review is by Sean Westergaard. He's been a disk jockey at our local free form radio station and used to work at the premier Ann Arbor record store, Schoolkids Records. SEan's a good guy. I believe him. Plus I've got the record and I have to say: Yep...

    Review by Sean Westergaard
    Shattering expectations has been a hallmark of John Zorn's career, but The Gift might surprise even longtime fans. It's basically Zorn's exotica record; a tribute to the sound made popular by the likes of Martin Denny and Les Baxter. A core band of Downtown heavyweights provide you with an easy-listening sound that conjures images of sand and surf, and warm summer nights. Of course, as conductor and arranger, Zorn is ultimately responsible for the sound, but what you hear is primarily the guitar of Marc Ribot, and the keyboards (mostly Wurlitzer and Farfisa) of Jamie Saft. Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron, and Cyro Baptista are the rhythm section, with Ned Rothenberg joining in on shakuhachi on one track, and another augmented by a string section and the trumpet of Dave Douglas. Zorn has been able to draw from an incredible talent pool for many years now, and always knows how to get fabulous performances out of them, no matter what the context. Although the New York scene is notorious for its noisemaking ability, people should stop being surprised at their ability to turn in beautiful, understated performances; and this recording is a prime example. The tunes have a laid-back beach vibe that cries out for cold beverages in the twilight. They succeed perfectly in creating the feel of classic exotica (à la Denny or Baxter), but still maintain their individual identities as players. Towards the end of the recording, the music takes a slightly spooky Morricone-esque turn (on "Bridge to the Beyond," the only track on which Zorn performs, on theremin and piano), but the reprise of "Makahaa" brings you right back to the islands. The Gift shows another more accessible side to John Zorn (see also Bar Kokhba and The Circle Maker). It might be said that he's mellowing with age, but expect the unexpected from Mr. Zorn. Despite the undeniable beauty of the music, underneath the pretty pink wrapping and bows of the outer slipcase, Zorn has included several paintings of young girls in the cover art that some people might find slightly disturbing, as if to underscore the idea that beauty itself is highly subjective.



    Now, I have a video recording of Electric Masada at a jazz festival in Nancy, France. I don't have this recording made at two live dates in Moscow & Ljubljana, but again, I trust Westergaard and I count the DVD of Electric Masada as one of my favorite live albums. So go out on a limb with me here:

    Review by Sean Westergaard
    John Zorn's At the Mountains of Madness presents two sets (Moscow, Ljubljana) recorded at the end of a lengthy European tour. The band is exactly the same as on The 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 4 and many of the same tunes are performed, but the performances actually feel very different. Perhaps there was something of wanting to put on a good show for the Europeans vs. playing comfortably at home in familiar surroundings (at Tonic), but this set is a good deal rowdier than the 50th Birthday Celebration. Certainly, the band is at the top of their game after all the touring, and everyone seems to have kicked up the energy a notch or two. There's a lot more conducted improvisation than on the previous Electric Masada release. Ikue Mori's laptop contributions seem to play a more prominent role, and Marc Ribot does some thoroughly deranged things with a delay (which haven't been heard on an album before). Jamie Saft and Zorn are also in fine form and the rhythm section is amazing, especially the dual drum attack of Kenny Wollesen and Joey Baron. Thanks to their improvisational skills, you hardly notice that the program is much the same on both discs. Score another one for John Zorn and company. At the Mountains of Madness is a winner.



    Allmusic.com:

    A collective improvisation by Derek Bailey on acoustic and electric guitars, George Lewis on trombone, and John Zorn on alto and soprano saxes, clarinets, and game calls. Subtle, droll, hilarious takes on the trivia of baseball sounds: Lewis speaks through the trombone "ball one, ball one...." There are snippets of a slipping and sliding version of "Take Me out to the Ball Game" and so on. Sections are titled "City City City," "The Legend of Enos Slaughter," "Who's on First," followed by "On Golden Pond," a tongue-in-cheek tone poem of the flora and fauna and mosquitoes. "The Warning Track" is about a very tiny railroad system .

    Spy Vs. Spy: Music of Ornette Coleman



    Old school jazz fans might very well be horrified at this tribute to Ornette Coleman by saxophonist, experimentalist and musical deconstructionist extraordinaire John Zorn. Coleman's retooling of jazz syntax, his theories of harmolodic structure ... Full Descriptionand, moreover, the tenacity of his radical vision, have clearly had enormous influence on Zorn who, it might be said, has carried his mentor's torch into a chaotic musical universe that includes pop genres and hyperactive collage. Here Zorn applies his Coleman-inspired free-form ballistics to Coleman himself.

    SPY VS. SPY features 17 Coleman compositions, sequenced chronologically with tracks ranging from 1958's SOMETHING ELSE to 1987's IN ALL LANGUAGES. But while the music here owes Coleman a debt in conception and attitude, it is far from a straightforward tribute. In fact, Zorn's approach borrows at least as much from hardcore thrash, as the songs are executed at a breakneck pace, with each collapsed to under three minutes of earth shaking drums, rumbling bass and squealing twin saxes. The set should prove of interest to Coleman collectors, Zorn fans and avant-noise enthusiasts.

    Goldmine - Highly Recommended "...a masterpiece of mayhem."

    Live Recording
    -CD Universe Review



    The Stone, Issue One
    John Zorn / Dave Douglas | Tzadik (2006)



    By Brian P. Lonergan
    One of the more striking aspects of the playing on The Stone, Issue One, especially the interplay between altoist John Zorn and trumpeter Dave Douglas, is the sense of immediacy and transparency about the music. It's as if you have a clear window into the improvisatory act, witnessing pure, unpremeditated creation as it happens for the very first time.

    Recorded at the nascent Alphabet City club known as The Stone, this disc is essentially an untitled suite of alternately serene, grooving and anguished music, with Zorn and Douglas joined by Mike Patton (voice), Rob Burger (organ, electric piano), Bill Laswell (bass) and Ben Perowsky (percussion). The Stone was voted one of AAJ:New York's Best Venues for 2005, and with this special release to benefit the club, it's easy to see why.

    The "Introduction" creates a tranquil ambience filled with shimmering organ chords and gentle electric piano tones. But that serenity is soon shattered by “Interlude 1†and a rising, anxious howl that opens up the tormented world of Patton' visceral and spastic extreme vocals. (Picture the cartoon character the Tazmanian Devil in violent death throes and you're about halfway there.)

    By "Part One" the third track, the full ensemble finally joins together. Laswell's bass, Perowsky's drums and Burger's organ create a spacey groove above which Zorn's alto and Douglas' trumpet dance in intervals that sound plucked from the Middle East or perhaps North Africa. Some extreme sax technique leads to another brief 'Interlude" where it's often difficult to tell sax from trumpet from voice.

    "Part Two" provides another loose framework for the horn players to explore extended, thoughtful and impassioned solos. The climax of the suite comes at the end of this section, with both horns building in an emotional crescendo. And while the remainder of the piece may be denouement, it's still beautiful, especially Douglas' low, muted trumpet phrases throughout the pensive "Postlude."


    Track listing: Introduction; Interlude 1; Part One; Interlude 2; Part Two; Interlude 3; Postlude; Coda.

    Personnel: John Zorn: alto saxophone; Dave Douglas: trumpet; Mike Patton: voice; Rob Burger: organ, electric piano; Bill Laswell: bass; Ben Perowsky: drums.



    For me this album was so obvious I almost forgot about it. I'm never sure whether to call it a Zorn or a Naked City album, but Zorn wrote or arranged all the music, and the band, containing Zorn, is known as Naked City. This album seems to be either greatly liked or disliked by people, and instead of finding professional reviews I want to post two short reviews from Rate Your Music which highlight the two contrasting views I've come across when discussing this album.

    "What a bunch of self-indulgent ass-fisting this is. Pretentious 'noise for noise's sake' annoying splattered over boring elevator jazz and the occasional semi-rock bits. Screeching tuneless saxophones that sound like someone getting their balls sliced up in a blender, and vocals by someone in the middle of giving Satan a fucking blowjob. You might be able to scrape together enough decent material off of this to make a decent EP, but as it stands, I can't see a reason for this to exist other than to give smug avant-dickbags something to jizz all over."

    "Even if continuously referring to any kind of music known, all blended in fury with reiterate attacks and counterattacks as some ravenous primeval organism of its prey would do, this is someting without memory.
    Or with NO past at all."

    Reviews are from here.



    The final selection is I.A.O.

    I picked I.A.O. because it seemed to me to encompass all of the selections in its range and depth, and its similarities yet differences with and from all of those, Finally, I couldn't pick between the Music Romance albums. I prefer #2, but I think it is weaker overall than #1--it just hits some higher highs, for me. We have some representatives of Filmworks already listed. While the casual Zorn explorer will not be happy with all of the FW series, nor perhaps will every one with a larger collectionof Zorn be thrilled with each FW. But 8 is a good 'un and deserves perhaps honorable mention. Pain Killer in the Birthday series replaces Mick Harris with Hamid Drake. It is perhaps Pain Killer's finest moment. But I think we've already pointed our friends in the direction of the 50th Birthday series and to Pain Killer as a group. Madness, Love, and Mysticism is another fine chamber set with trio compositions for violin, piano, and cello and a composition for solo cello. Excellent, but again, well represented in the list above.


    What sets I.A.O apart for me is that the musicians are a group who've appeared in many configurations over the years with Zorn. The lineup includes: "Cyro Baptista, Jennifer Charles, Greg Cohen, Beth Hatton, Bill Laswell, Rebecca Moore, Mike Patton, Jim Pugliese, and Jamie Saft. They appear only one, two or three at a time. Each of the seven movements is based on a specific, non-reoccurring instrumentation, and explores a form of meditation, trance or anything possibly leading to spiritual revelation." (Couture, AMG). Most of these solo. duo, trio trance movements are among Zorn's lighter fare, not interms of composition, but perhaps I mean in tone. While there are elements of drone, there's nothing particularly brooding or dour, yet pensive and contemplative are qualities embraced. Then, the penultimate track, "Leviathan," is a palate cleanser of unexpected fury and a sonic assault worthy of the most distilled Naked City or Pain Killer outing. And then, the closer, "Mysteries,{ acts as if none of that happened or mattered at all if it did happen, with a bit of e-piano and percussion.

    Like the list above in its entirety, I.A.O. represents a range of Zorn's interests and abilities.

    For those who are looking for where to start with Zorn: you know your own interests best, so find a descriptor that lines up with your senses and dive in. Then watch as the ripples go further out and you get more familiar with Zorn's compositions and become less concerned with whether it's jazz or not.

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