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500 Albums Approved by a Pretentious Hipster

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500 Albums Approved by a Pretentious Hipster

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Since I've been cutting back on films the past while, music was a much larger focus too. I've also completely reworked my rating system by going through some of my older favourites, although I am still in the process of seeing what stuff I was too "young and inexperienced" for before and love now (Tom Waits is a good example). I find it fun to post these once every few years even if activity is minimal. The change I will do here is post 2 packages, my 9/10s and my 10/10s. I find that the journey of it is better than ranking, and ranking ~500 stuff from scratch is gonna take ages, so I will do CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. Hope you guys will enjoy this.
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New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein (Composed by Igor Stravinsky) - Le sacre du printemps (1958)
Modern Classical
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Ahmed Abdul-Malik - East Meets West (1960)
Arabic Jazz, Post-Bop
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Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)
Avant-Garde Jazz, Third Stream
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أم كلثوم [Umm Kulthum] - انت عمري (Inta Omri) (1964)
Traditional Arabic Pop
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Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch (1964)
Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
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Awesome, looking forward to picking up some new stuff to listen to. I like the idea of a chronological countdown.
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Cool, I will follow this
Current recommendation: Mandala (1981)


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Current focus: Doubling the Canon nominees, Japan, South Korea

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John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965)
Spiritual Jazz
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The Sonics - Here Are The Sonics!!! (1965)
Proto-Punk, Rock & Roll
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Karlheinz Stockhausen / David Tudor / Christoph Caskel / Gottfried Michael Koenig (Composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen) - Kontakte für elektronische Klänge, Klavier und Schlagzeug (1966)
Electroacoustic, Integral Serialism
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John Coltrane - Ascension [Edition I] (1966)
Free/Spiritual Jazz
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Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
Psychedelic Rock
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The Peter Brötzmann Octet - Machine Gun (1968)
European Free Jazz
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John Fahey - The Yellow Princess (1968)
American Primitivism
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France Gall - 1968 (1968)
Psychedelic Pop, Yé-yé
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Margo Guryan - Take a Picture (1968)
Sunshine/Psychedelic Pop
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Catherine Ribeiro + 2 Bis - Catherine Ribeiro + 2 Bis (1969)
Psychedelic/Avant-Folk
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Wow. Someone who likes Machine Gun.

I've seen Brotzmann live on two occasions, and both times he and the "Die Like a Dog" quartet/octet/tentet were great. All that being said, I still find Machine Gun unlistenable, and I've played it several times over the years to shock people out of their preconceived notions of what music should sound like.
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blocho wrote: October 28th, 2020, 6:38 pm Wow. Someone who likes Machine Gun.

I've seen Brotzmann live on two occasions, and both times he and the "Die Like a Dog" quartet/octet/tentet were great. All that being said, I still find Machine Gun unlistenable, and I've played it several times over the years to shock people out of their preconceived notions of what music should sound like.
There will be some music here more extreme than Machine Gun. I've seen him live twice too, once was a solo, and another was a trio. The trio was with a bassist of a metal band which actually felt so suitable.
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica (1969)
Free Blues
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Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left (1969)
Singer/Songwriter, Chamber/Contemporary Folk
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Scott Engel - Scott 4 (1969)
Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
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Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970)
Avant-Garde Jazz Fusion
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Exuma - Exuma (1970)
Caribbean Folk Music
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Demon Fuzz - Afreaka! (1970)
Psychedelic/Progressive Funk
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Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band - Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Proto-Punk, Noise Rock
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Nara Leão - Dez anos depois (1971)
Bossa nova
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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)
Soul
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Françoise Hardy - Françoise Hardy [La question] (1971)
French Pop, Chamber Folk, Chanson, Bossa nova
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Good stuff. How close was Black Monk Time to making your list? Probably my favorite garage album of the sixties.

I kind of envy anyone who can put these music lists together. I have been working on a top 300 for at least half a decade and yeah, slow motion progress at the best of times. Much easier to make film lists IMO.
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sebby wrote: October 28th, 2020, 10:06 pm Good stuff. How close was Black Monk Time to making your list? Probably my favorite garage album of the sixties.
Everything here is 9/10+. I gave that one an 8. But I heard it 8 years ago so I should relisten.
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Exuma is a great one
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Groovy list so far! Interesting Nick Drake choice. Bitches Brew and What's Going On would be high on my own list, like Black Saint and Love Supreme a lot, and love Lennon's Plastic Ono Band but haven't heard Ono's. I like Ascension, but I'd give Interstellar Space or First Meditations the edge for Trane's late period, and generally prefer Coleman more for free jazz. I'll keep checking in for recommendations.
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Can - Tago Mago (1971)
Psychedelic Krautrock
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Nick Drake - Pink Moon (1972)
Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
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David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)
Glam Rock
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Wishbone Ash - Argus (1972)
Hard/Progressive Rock
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Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, a True Star (1973)
Experimental/Psychedelic Pop, Soul
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Pretty long run of fantastic cover art.
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John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) (1973)
American Primitivism
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Celestine Ukwu Philosophers National - Ilo Abu Chi (1974)
Highlife
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Various Artists - High Atmosphere (1974)
Appalachian Folk Music
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Sparks - Kimono My House (1974)
Art Pop
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ማሕሙድ ኣሕመድ [Mahmoud Ahmed] - ማሕሙድ ፡ ኣሕመድ ፡ (Mahmoud Ahmed) (1975)
Tizita
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Le Mystère des voix bulgares - Le mystère des voix bulgares : volume 1 (1975)
Bulgarian Folk Music, Polyphonic Chant
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Kenneth Higney - Attic Demonstration (1976)
Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Proto-Punk
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Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Afrika 70 - Zombie (1977)
Afrobeat
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David Bowie - Low (1977))
Art Rock, Ambient
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Suicide - Suicide (1977)
Minimal Synth Punk
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Bump? I was digging this list.
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prodigalgodson wrote: November 21st, 2020, 5:03 am Bump? I was digging this list.
My bad got distracted. Will get back to this tomorrow afternoon
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Louis Moholo Octet - Spirits Rejoice! (1978)
Avant-Garde Jazz
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Jandek - Ready for the House (1978)
Avant-Folk, Singer/Songwriter
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Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits (1978)
Honkey Tonk, Traditional Country
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Kate Bush - The Kick Inside (1978)
Art Pop
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Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978)
Minimalism
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Never heard of Louis Moholo before. It's excellent.

I also love this track:
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Steve Reich right beside Hank Williams, yeeah. Very interesting entries so far. I mostly listen to "this kind of music" on the radio (fip.fr), I don't think I would get trough an hour of Bulgarian folk in one go. Unless you sit down and listen to it with full attention?
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Black Uhuru - Showcase (1979)
Roots Reggae
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Guelewar - Sama Yaye Demna N'Darr (1979)
Afro-Funk, Mbalax
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This Heat - This Heat (1979)
I don't even know...
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Gang of Four - Entertainment! (1979)
Post-Punk
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Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1 (1980)
Totalism, Modern Classical, No Wave
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Suicide - Alan Vega · Martin Rev (1980)
Synthpop
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Bauhaus - In the Flat Field (1980)
Gothic/Noise Rock
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Jandek - Six and Six (1981)
Avant-Folk
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P-Model - Perspective (1982)
Post-Punk, New Wave, Zolo
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Borbetomagus - Barbed Wire Maggots (1983)
European Free Jazz, Noise
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Crass - Yes Sir, I Will. (1983)
Avant-Punk, Noise Rock
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Swans - Young God (1984)
No Wave, Industrial, Sludge Metal
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Youssou N'Dour et le Super Étoile de Dakar - Vol. 8 : Immigrés / Bitim rew (1984)
Mbalax
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Controlled Bleeding - Distress Signals (1984)
Power Electronics, Harsh Noise
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Scott Walker - Climate of Hunter (1984)
Art Pop
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Arvo Pärt - Tabula rasa (1984)
Minimalism
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The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow (1984)
Jangle Pop, Post-Punk
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass in B minor (1985)
Baroque Music, Choral, Christian Liturgical Music
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Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Talk About the Weather (1985)
Gothic Rock
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Controlled Bleeding - Knees and Bones (1985) (2016 Reissue)
Power Electronics, Harsh Noise
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The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always (1985)
Gothic Rock
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Strawberry Switchblade - Strawberry Switchblade (1985)
Dreamy synthpop
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Einstürzende Neubauten - ½ Mensch (1985)
Industrial, Noise
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Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (1985)
Singer/Songwriter, Blues Rock, Disney Villain Music
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Hasil Adkins - Out to Hunch (1986)
Rockabilly
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Swans - Public Castration Is a Good Idea (1986)
No Wave, Sludge Metal, Drone
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Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring (1986)
Art/Progressive Pop
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Zakir Hussain & Shivkumar Sharma - Rag Madhuvanti and Rag Misra Tilang (1987)
Hindustani Classical Music
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Jane Siberry - The Walking (1987)
Art/Progressive Pop
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Heinz Holliger / Anonymous / Hans Ulrich Lehmann / Josef Haselbach / Peter Wettstein / Gerald Bennett / Jacques Wildberger - Missa in festo Pentecostes
Gregorian Chant, Tape Music
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Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook - Sleeps With the Fishes (1987)
Ambient Pop, Neoclassical Darkwave
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Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
Experimental/Political Hip Hop
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Luigi Nono - Como una ola de fuerza y luz; .....sofferte onde serene...; Contrappunto dialettico alla mente (1988)
Modern Classical, Tape Music
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Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden (1988)
Post-Rock
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Pet Shop Boys - Introspective (1988)
Synthpop
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Asylum Party - Border Line (1989)
Coldwave, Post-Punk
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Giacinto Scelsi - Quattro pezzi per orchestra; Anahit; Uaxuctum
Microtonal, Orchestral
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Коммунизм [Kommunizm] - Сатанизм (1989)
Noise Rock
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Einstuerzende Neubauten - Haus der Luege (1989)
Industrial
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Daniel Johnston - 1990 (1990)
Singer/Songwriter
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Depeche Mode - Violator (1990)
Synthpop, Darkwave
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Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
Experimental/Political Hip Hop
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Primus - Frizzle Fry (1990)
Funk Metal
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Slint - Spiderland (1991)
Post-Hardcore/Post-Rock, Math Rock
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Diamanda Galás - Plague Mass (1991)
Spoken Word, Industrial
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Marty Robbins - Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
Cowboy
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Armia - Legenda (1991)
Post-Hardcore Punk
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Swans - White Light From the Mouth of Infinity (1991)
Gothic Rock
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Sonny Sharrock - Ask the Ages (1991)
Avant-Garde Jazz
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Les Rallizes dénudés - '77 Live (1991)
Psychedelic/Noise Rock
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Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black (1991)
Experimental/Hardcore/Political Hip Hop
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Skin Chamber - Wound (1991)
Industrial Metal
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Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (1991)
Post-Rock
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Brainbombs - Burning Hell (1992)
Garage/Noise Rock
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Death in June - But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? (1992)
Neofolk
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P-Model - P-Model (1992)
Techno Pop
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Incantation - Onward to Golgotha (1992)
Death Doom Metal
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Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind (1992)
Neofolk
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Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill (1992)
Slowcore
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Leo Anibaldi - Muta (1993)
IDM, Dark Ambient
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DJ Randall - The Definition of Hardcore (1993)
Darkside Hardcore
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Reload - A Collection of Short Stories (1993)
IDM, Ambient Techno
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Skin Chamber - Trial (1993)
Industrial Metal, Harsh Noise
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Rina Ketty - Rina Ketty (1993)
Chanson
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Eyehategod - Take As Needed for Pain (1993)
Sludge Metal
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Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
East Coast Hip Hop
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Aby Ngana Diop - Liital (1994)
Tassu
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Ata Kak - Obaa Sima (1994)
Hiplife
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Arthur Russell - Another Thought (1994)
Art Pop
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The Shangri-Las - Myrmidons of Melodrama (1994)
Brill Building
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Low - I Could Live in Hope (1994)
Slowcore
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Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994)
Industrial Rock
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Krzysztof Penderecki - Matrix 5: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima; Canticum canticorum Salomonis; De natura sonoris Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)
Sonorism, Orchestral
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Burzum - Hvis lyset tar oss (1994)
Atmospheric Black Metal
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Nas - Illmatic (1994)
East Coast Hip Hop
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