The Best Albums of 2008

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John Metzger's Top Albums of 2008

1) Radiohead - In Rainbows

2) Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8

3) B.B. King - One Kind Favor

4) Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers

5) Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal

6) Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

7) John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom

8) Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis - Two Men with the Blues

9) Aimee Mann - @#%&! Smilers

10) Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet - Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet

11) Elvis Costello - Momofuku

12) R.E.M. - Accelerate

13) James Hunter - The Hard Way

14) James McMurtry - Just Us Kids

15) Railroad Earth - Amen Corner

16) Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark

17) Jakob Dylan - Seeing Things

18) A.A. Bondy - American Hearts

19) Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Revisited

20) Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher

21) Kaiser Chiefs - Off with Their Heads

22) Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones

23) Ringo Starr - Liverpool 8

24) Steve Winwood - Nine Lives

25) James Taylor - Covers

For more information, please also see John Metzger's Annotated List

 

Douglas Heselgrave's Top Albums of 2008

1) Various Artists - Miles from India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis

2) Various Artists - Sound of the World Presents: Beyond the Horizon

3) Patti Smith / Kevin Shields - The Coral Sea

4) Various Artists - Umalali: The Garifuna Women's Project

5) Ferron - Boulder

6) Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8

7) Veda Hille - This Riot Life

8) Issa Bagayogo - Mali Koura

9) The Gyuto Monks - Tibetan Chants for World Peace

10) Michael Franti & Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers

11) Sidestepper - The Buena Vibra Sound System

12) Seckou Keita Quintet - The Silimbo Passage

13) Woody Guthrie - Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949

14) Bombay Dub Orchestra - Three Cities

15) Cheb i Sabbah - Devotion

16) Yusa - Haiku

17) Grateful Dead - Road Trips, Vol. 1, No. 4: From Egypt with Love

18) Neil Young - Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968

19) Various Artists - In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2

20) Grateful Dead - Road Trips Vol. 1, No. 2: October '77

21) Van Morrison - Keep It Simple

For more information, please also see Douglas Heselgrave's Annotated List

 

Best Boxed Sets (3 or More CDs/DVDs)

The Beach Boys - U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years (1962-1965)

Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition

Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

 

Best Reissues

1) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River: 40th Anniversary Edition

2) Carole King - Tapestry: Legacy Edition

3) Otis Redding - Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul

4) Michael Jackson - Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition

5) Willie Nelson - Stardust: Legacy Edition

6) Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust: Legacy Edition

7) Billy Joel - The Stranger: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition

8) Keepnews Collection - Sonny Rollins - Freedom Suite / Nat Adderley - Work Song /
Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

9) Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue: Legacy Edition

 

Best Live Albums / DVDs

1) Grateful Dead - Road Trips Vol. 1, No. 2: October '77

2) Chick Corea & Gary Burton - The New Crystal Silence

3) Neil Young - Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968

4) Grateful Dead - Road Trips, Vol. 1, No. 3: Summer '71

5) The Clash - Live at Shea Stadium

6) U2 - Live: "Under a Blood Red Sky"

7) Grateful Dead - Road Trips, Vol. 1, No. 4: From Egypt with Love

8) The Who - At Kilburn: 1977

9) Albert Collins - Live at Montreux: 1992

10) Simon & Garfunkel - Live 1969

 

Best Holiday Outings / Reissues / Compilations

Alison Brown with Joe Craven - Evergreen

Harry Connick, Jr. - What a Night! A Christmas Album

Yo-Yo Ma & Friends - Songs of Joy & Peace

 

Best Documentaries / Films

Kurt Cobain - Kurt Cobain: About a Son

 

Notable Enhanced Audio Releases

With the advent of DVD-Audio, SACD, and DualDisc technology, music
making both past and present has taken on a whole new dimension.
Classic efforts are being re-mixed and newer outings are being recorded
from an entirely different perspective. These are some of the most notable
reissues and releases of 2008.

Graham Nash - Songs for Beginners

 

Music for Children

1) Justin Roberts - Pop Fly

2) Various Artists - Putumayo Kids Presents: African Dreamland

 

Books

Robert Hicks - A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters

Suze Rotolo - A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties

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