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Embarrasing lapses of judgment or prescient needle-in-haystack discovery? On this page, I've collected the past few years' worth of year-ending poll entries for some of the mailing lists I've been on. Results are unranked, disturbingly incomplete and above all, presented free of hindsight-induced tampering (aside from the occasional factual clarification/addendum). Thanks to Jim Flannery and Doug Orleans and anyone else who had the burning, irrational desire to track these opinions from a million monkeys with a million different ways of spelling Godspeed You Black Emperor album titles.

Technical stuff: As always, all releases are available on CD unless otherwise indicated. The existence of digitally encoded media does not, however, preclude an analog equivalent. Also, releases with different labels are usually given a listing for the US label unless there are important differences in other editions. Alles klar?


Old Lists (by year)

Or view this year's work-in-progress


2003

Top Twenty-Something

Alphabetical order, no shoving!

Top Five Reissues/Archival

For more worthy releases, see the "2003 Current Listening" list.

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2002

Top Twenty-Something

Additional note: [February, 2003]

Top Ten Reissues/Archival

For more worthy releases, see the "2002 Current Listening" list.

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2001

Top Fifteen

Additional note [January 2002]:
The above records were chosen because (with the exception of the Ride box) they are impeccable documents of the more-or-less current activities of extant artists. Following is a list of other notable records released this year, including a separate section for straight reissues or records created from archival material. My reasoning for excluding this later category from the main list is twofold: 1) Repeat licensing and repackaging has made it very difficult (and to a certain extent, undesirable) to track these types of releases too closely and 2) I think the focus of year-end best of lists should remain on living, breathing artists who can benefit from your attention.

Honorable Mentions

Reissue of the Year

Other Quality Archival Material

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2000

Top Twenty

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1999

Currently MIA

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1998

Top Twenty

Notable Reissues

(no, my list didn't get truncated)

Special award for most terribly botched issue of timeless material (aka collectors will complain about anything)- John Coltrane "Classic Quartet"- The Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings 8CD (Impulse!)

Special award for most odious "reissue" of 1998- Marble Sheep and the Run-Down Sun's Children s/t LP ("fan club" pressing)

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1997

Top Twenty

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1996

Top Eighteen

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