Search Results : (HIP-HOP)

Feb 062018
 

A selection of more than one thousand albums/recordings I consider essential, from 1923 to the present. Click the decade link to view the whole decade in one page or click the single year.

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The lists:

Notes about the lists:

  • This is a work in progress.
  • The lists are focused on rock music, including roots and derivative genres. So they cover other genres as well, even if not extensively, in those cases where the content is considered influential for rock music.
  • The first section (Early blues, jazz, folk and rock ‘n’ roll) includes mostly compilations. The other lists include albums only, although there are few exceptions.
  • They include 10 main albums per year (at least starting from 1964) plus a variable number of notable albums listed after (I’m more “generous” in the last decade). The release date is reported between the parenthesis and the albums are sorted by that date, unless specification indicates otherwise.
  • Straight blues is covered more extensively here: Blues recordings selection.
  • The following acronyms are used to identify some minority genres or nationalities:

Album covers selected from the lists above, one for each year:

 

Feb 292016
 

Release date order:

  1. Burzum – Filosofem (January 1)(BM)
  2. Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die (January 30)
  3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads (February 2)
  4. 16 Horsepower – Sackcloth ‘n’ Ashes (February 6)(FOLK)
  5. Cul De Sac – China Gate (May 21)
  6. Low – The Curtain Hits The Cast (August 13)
  7. The Church – Magician Among The Spirits (August 19)
  8. Dirty Three – Horse Stories (September 10)
  9. Swans – Soundtracks For The Blind (October 22)
  10. Labradford – Labradford (?)

Others:

  • Fugees – The Score (February 13)(HIP-HOP)
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island (March 26)
  • Supreme Dicks – The Emotional Plague (April 30)
  • Black Tape for a Blue Girl – Remnants Of A Deeper Purity (June 6)
  • Beck – Odelay (June 18)
  • Screaming Trees – Dust (June 25)
  • Ivano Fossati – Macramè (May 9)(ITALIA)
  • Eels – Beautiful Freak (August 13)
  • Cat Power – What Would The Community Think (September 10)
  • Fabrizio De André – Anime salve (September 19)(ITALIA)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Thank God For Mental Illness (October 25)
  • Mazzy Star – Among My Swan (October 29)
  • Ghost – Lama Rabi Rabi (December 10)
  • David Torn – What Means Solid, Traveller? (?)
  • Man or Astro-man? – Experiment Zero (?)

« Best albums of 1995
» Best albums of 1997

Feb 202016
 

Release date order:

  1. Bark Psychosis – Hex (February 14)
  2. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (February 14)
  3. Low – I Could Live In Hope (February 18)
  4. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse (February 21)(BM)
  5. Loreena McKennitt – The Mask And The Mirror (March 22)(CELTIC)
  6. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Let Love In (April 15)
  7. The Magnetic Fields – The Charm Of The Highway Strip (April 18)
  8. Tortoise – Tortoise (June 22)
  9. Portishead – Dummy (August 22)(ELECTRONIC)
  10. Massive Attack – Protection (September 26)(ELECTRONIC)

Others:

  • Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger (February 17)(BM)
  • Porcupine Tree – The Sky Moves Sideways (February)
  • Beck – Mellow Gold (March 1)
  • Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (March 8)
  • Codeine – White Birch (April 4)
  • Nas – Illmatic (April 19)(HIP-HOP)
  • Rodan – Rusty (April)
  • Burzum – Hvis lyset tar oss (April)(BM)
  • Motorpsycho – Timothy’s Monster (August 6)
  • Jeff Buckley – Grace (August 23)
  • Suede – Dog Man Star (October 10)
  • Shellac – At Action Park (October 24)
  • Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (November 1)
  • David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio – Polytown (?)
  • Madredeus – O Espírito Da Paz (?)(PORTUGAL)

« Best albums of 1993
» Best albums of 1995

Feb 152016
 

Release date order:

  1. Lou Reed – New York (January 10)
  2. Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire (February)
  3. Pixies – Surfer Rosa (March 21)
  4. Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden (September 16)
  5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey (September 19)
  6. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (October 18)
  7. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything (November 21)
  8. Dinosaur Jr. – Bug (October 31)
  9. Steve Roach – Dreamtime Return (?)(AMBIENT)
  10. Thin White Rope – In The Spanish Cave (?)

Others:

  • The Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God (January 18)(CELTIC)
  • The Church – Starfish (February 16)
  • N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (August 8)(HIP-HOP)
  • Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (August 23)
  • Bad Religion – Suffer (September 8)
  • Syd Barrett – Opel (Compilation, October 17)
  • R.E.M. – Green (November 7)
  • Eleventh Dream Day – Prairie School Freakout (?)
  • The Steppes – Stewdio (?)
  • Van Morrison – Irish Heartbeat (?)(CELTIC)

« Best albums of 1987
» Best albums of 1989

Feb 062016
 

Rank order:

  1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (March 31)
  2. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss (August 7)
  3. Joanna Newsom – Divers (October 23)
  4. Marika Hackman – We Slept at Last (January 29)
  5. Bill Fay – Who Is The Sender? (April 28)
  6. Steve Roach – Skeleton Keys (May 5)(ELECTRONIC)
  7. Bell Witch – Four Phantoms (April 28)(DOOM)
  8. VANUM – Realm Of Sacrifice (June)(BM)
  9. Akhlys – The Dreaming I (April 20)(BM)
  10. Calexico – Edge Of The Sun (April 13)

Others:

  • The Chemistry Experiment – Gongs Played by Voice (January 5)
  • Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs (February 16)
  • A Place to Bury Strangers – Transfixiation (February 17)
  • The Black Ryder – The Door Behind the Door (February 24)
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (March 15)(HIP-HOP)
  • Built to Spill – Untethered Moon (April 18)
  • David Torn – Only Sky (May 4)
  • Mikal Cronin – MCIII (May 4)
  • Hop Along – Painted Shut (May 4)
  • Myrkur – M (August 21)(BM)
  • Low – Ones and Sixes (September 11)
  • Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon (September 18)
  • Deafheaven – New Bermuda (October 2)(BM)
  • Deerhunter – Fading Frontier (October 16)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto / Alva Noto – The Revenant: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (December 25)
  • The Telescopes – Hidden Fields (?)
  • Maurizio Di Tollo – Memorie di uno Sparring Partner (?)(ITALIA)

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