The Best Albums of 2002

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The Top 10 Albums of 2002

1) Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2) Los Lobos - Good Morning Aztlán

3) Midnight Oil - Capricornia

4) Jackson Browne - The Naked Ride Home

5) Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me

6) George Harrison - Brainwashed

7) Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way

8) Tom Petty - The Last DJ

9) Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel

10) Kodo (w/ Mickey Hart) - Mondo Head

 

Reissues and Live Albums

1) Grateful Dead - Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead

2) Bob Dylan - Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue

3) Simon & Garfunkel - Live from New York City, 1967

4) Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Volume 24

5) Townes Van Zandt - Live at The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas

6) Johnny Cash - At Madison Square Garden

7) Grateful Dead - Go to Nassau

8) Grateful Dead - View from the Vault III

9) Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men - Out in California

10) Hot Rize - So Long of a Journey

 

The Best of the Rest

These releases may not be the cream of the crop for 2002, but each is remarkable in its own right — be they intriguing debuts, welcome returns, fond farewells, brilliant tributes, stunning leaps forward, or just good efforts from consistently creative artists.

David Bowie - Heathen

Guy Clark - The Dark

Steve Earle - Jerusalem

Peter Gabriel - Up

David Gray - A New Day at Midnight

Rodney Hayden - The Real Thing

Christine Kane - Rain and Mud and Wild and Green

Jorma Kaukonen - Blue Country Heart

Will Kimbrough - Home Away

James McMurtry - Saint Mary of the Woods

Tift Merritt - Bramble Rose

Ramsay Midwood - Shoot Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant

Van Morrison - Down the Road

Nickel Creek - This Side

Old & in the Gray - Old & in the Gray

Phantom Planet - The Guest

Peter Wolf - Sleepless

Warren Zevon - My Ride's Here
 

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