10:31 am
Tue December 18, 2001

WCBE'S Choice Albums of 2001

What were the best CDs of 2001? We have a few ideas!

The WCBE music staff reviewed, debated, and finally forged a list of the Choice Albums of 2002. Whether you want to add to your personal music library, or need a handy reference for gift-giving, this list of the best music released in the past year is a must-have for every music aficionado. Most of these CD's are also available for purchase. Just go to A portion of each order directed through this link will benefit your public radio station - WCBE!

The Waterboys - A Rock In The Weary Land (Razor & Tie)

Sam Phillips - Fan Dance (Nonesuch)

Alison Krauss - New Favorite (Rounder)

Clem Snide - The Ghost of Fashion (Spinart)

Nanci Griffith - Clock Without Hands (Elektra)

Toni Price - Midnight Pumpkin (Antone's)

Chris Whitley - Rocket House (ATO)

Scott Miller & the Commonwealth - Thus Always To Tyrants (Sugar Hill)

Ike Turner - Here And Now (Icon)

Geggy Tah - Into The Oh (Virgin)

Catie Curtis - My Shirt Looks Good On You (Rykodisc)

Action Figure Party - Action Figure Party (Blue Thumb)

Ron Sexsmith - Blue Boy (Interscope)

Habib Koite - Baro (Putumayo)

Blind Boys of Alabama - Spirit of the Century (Realworld)

Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator) (Acony)

Anders Osborne - Ash Wednesday Blues (Shanachie)

Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire - The Swimming Hour (Rykodisc)

Kirsty MacColl - Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct)

Joe Henry - Scar (Mammoth)

Cesaria Evora - Sao Vicente (Nonesuch)

Afro Celt Sound System - Volume 3: Further In Time (Realworld)

J.J. Cale - Live (Back Porch)

Whiskeytown - Pneumonia (Lost Highway)

David Mead - Mine And Yours (RCA)

String Cheese Incident - Outside Inside (Sci-Fidelity)

John Hammond - Wicked Grin (Pointblank)

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals - Live From Mars (Virgin)

Marcia Ball - Presumed Innocent (Alligator)

Herbie Hancock - Future 2 Future (Transparent)

Laurie Anderson - Life on a String (Nonesuch)

The Word - The Word (Ropeadope)

Ryan Adams - Gold (Lost Highway)

Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales (Enjoy)

Ozomatli - Embrace the Chaos (Interscope)

Buddy & Julie Miller - Buddy & Julie Miller (Hightone)

Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs (Epic)

Bob Dylan - Love and Theft (Columbia)

Suzanne Vega - Songs in Red and Gray (A&M)

Garmarna - Hildegard von Bingen (North Side)

David Gray - The EP's 92-94 (Caroline)

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Back to Bogalusa (Blue Thumb)

Jay Farrar - Sebastopol (Artemis)

North Mississippi Allstars - 51 Phantom (Tone Cool)

Zeb - Jesterized (Musicrama)

Charlie Hunter - Songs from the Analog Playground (Blue Note)

Ani DiFranco - Revelling/Reckoning (Righteous Babe)

Jonathan Richman - Her Mystery Not of High Heels? (Vapor)

James Taylor Quartet - Message from the Godfather (Ubiquity)

Bill Frisell - With Dave Holland & Elvin Jones (Nonesuch)

Spiritualized - Let It Come Down (Arista)

Raul Malo - Today (Omtown)

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop)

Dr. John - Creole Moon (Blue Note)

Kiyoshi Yoshida - Asian Drums II (Pacific Moon)

John Mayall & Friends - Along For The Ride (Eagle)

The Be Good Tanyas - Blue Horse (Nettwerk)

Bjork - Vespertine (Elektra)

Soneros de Verdad - A Buena Vista: Barrio de la Habana (Narada)

Karsh Kale - Realize (6 Degrees)

Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women - Ain't Gonna Hush (Alligator)

Eddie from Ohio - Quick (Virginia Soul)

Kings of Convenience - Versus (Astralwerks)

Oysterhead - The Grand Pecking Order (Elektra)

Soulive - Doin' Something (Blue Note)

Batidos - Olajope (6 Degrees)

U Roy - Now (Beatville)

Manu Chao - Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (Virgin)

Rodney Jones - Soul Manifesto (Blue Note)

The Beta Band - Hot Shots II (Astralwerks)

Galactic - We Love 'em Tonight (Volcano)

Tori Amos - Strange Little Girls (Atlantic)

Tim O'Brien - Two Journeys (Howdy Skies)

Strunz & Farah - Stringweave (Selva)

B-Side Players - Movement (Surfdog)

Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs (Columbia)

Los Mocosos - Shades Of Brown (6 Degrees)

Gaelic Storm - Tree (Omtown)

The Prodigals - Dreaming In Hell's Kitchen (Grab Entertainment)

Transglobal Underground - Yes Boss Food Center (Ark 21)

Widespread Panic - Don't Tell The Band (Sanctuary)

Los Super Seven - Canto (Columbia)

The Persuasions - Might As Well (Grateful Dead)

G. Love & Special Sauce - Electric Mile (Okeh)

Jeb Loy Nichols - Just What Time It Is (Rykodisc)

Diana Krall - The Look Of Love (Verve)

Dhol Foundation - Big Drum Small World (Shakti)

John Hiatt - The Tiki Bar Is Open (Vanguard)

Gypsy Kings - Somos Gitanos (Elektra)

Buddy Guy - Sweet Tea (Silvertone)

Greg Trooper - Straight Down Rain (Eminent)

Moreno Veloso + 2 - Music Typewriter (Hannibal)

Bill Morrissey - Something I Saw or Thought I Saw (Philo)

The Old Blind Dogs - Fit? (Green Linnet)

The Holmes Brothers - Speaking In Tongues (Alligator)

Krishna Das - Breath Of The Heart (Karuna)

Billie Holiday - Lady Day (Columbia)

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (Fat Cat)

C.J. Chenier - Step It Up (Alligator)

Voices on the Verge - Live In Philadelphia (Rykodisc)

Ronny Jordan - Off the Record (Blue Note)

Call and Response - Call and Response (Emperor Norton)

Kermit Ruffins - 1533 St. Philip Street (Basin Street)

Rufus Wainwright - Poses (Dreamworks)

Various Artists - Jamaica (Putumayo)

Various Artists - Carnival (Putumayo)

Various Artists - Music From The Coffee Lands II (Putumayo)

Various Artists - Django Reinhardt NY Festival (Atlantic)

Various Artists - Darker Than Blue: Soul from the Jamdown (Blood & Fire)

Various Artists - Samba Soul 70! (6 Degrees)

Various Artists - Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt (Freefalls)

Various Artists - The Harder They Come [Soundtrack] (Island)

Various Artists - Philadelphia Folk Festival: 40th Anniversary(Sliced Bread)


Dave Powers - Listen To This (self)

Orchestraville - At night, it is particularly lovely. (Mossey)

The Big Creak - Sick (self)

Tony Monaco Trio - Burnin' Grooves (Summit)

One Riot One Ranger - Flat City Nights (Hayden's Ferry)

Moviola - Rumors of the Faithful (Spirit of Orr)

Sister Flow - Charming Songs In Some Key (self)

The Shantee - Hydration(self)

The Johnson Brothers - Quintessential Honey (self)