11:46 am
Wed December 18, 2002

WCBE's Choice Albums of 2002

What were the best CDs of 2002?

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 www.amazon.com. A portion of each order directed through this link will benefit your public radio station - WCBE!

Los De Abajo - Cybertropic Chilango Power (Luaka Bop)

Ryan Adams - Demolition (Lost Highway)

Altan - The Blue Idol (Narada)

Tori Amos - Scarlet?s Walk (Epic)

Trey Anastasio - Trey Anastasio (Elektra)

Orchestra Baobab - Specialists In All Styles (Nonesuch)

Beck - Sea (Change Geffen)

Norman Blake - Old Ties (Rounder)

The Blasters - Trouble Bound (Hightone)

The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Higher Ground (Realworld)

Alpha Blondy - Merci (Shanachie)

Billy Bragg and The Blokes - England, Half English (Elektra)

Greg Brown - Milk Of The Moon (Red House)

John Brown?s Body - Spirits All Around Us (Shanachie)

Jeff Buckley & Gary Lucas - Songs To No One (Knitting Factory)

Caitlin Cary - While You Weren?t Looking (Yep Roc)

Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around (American)

Cephas & Wiggins - Somebody Told The Truth (Alligator)

The Chieftans - Down The Old Plank Road (RCA)

Guy Clark - The Dark (Sugar Hill)

John Coltrane - Selections From Legacy And A Love Supreme: Deluxe Edition (Impulse)

Shemekica Copeland - Talking To Strangers (Alligator)

Cornershop - Handcream For A Generation (V2 Records)

Mark Olson & The Creekdippers - December?s Child (Dualtone)

Cuig - Prospect (Green Linnet)

Culture - Live In Africa (RAS)

Guy Davis - Give In Kind (Red House)

Joe Deninzon - The Adventures Of Stratospheerius (D Zone )

Karl Denson?s Tiny Universe - The Bridge (Relaxed)

The Derek Trucks Band - Joyful Noise (Columbia)

Ani Difranco - So Much Shouting/So Much Laughter (Righteous Babe)

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Medicated Magic (Rope-a-Dope)

Jerry Douglas- Look Out For Hope (Sugar Hill)

Youssou N?Dour - Nothing?s In Vain (Nonesuch)

Bob Dylan - Live 1975:The Bootleg Series (Columbia)

Steve Earle - Jerusalem (Artemis)

Railroad Earth - Bird In A House (Sugar Hill)

Greg Ellis - Kala Rupa (Narada)

Marianne Faithful - Kissin Time (Virgin)

The Flatlanders - Easy Now (New West)

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Live At The Quick (Columbia)

Ben Folds - Ben Folds Live (Epic)

Sue Foley - Where The Action Is? (Shanachie)

Tony Furtado - American Gypsy (W.A.R.?)

Mary Gauthier - Filth & Fire (Signature Sounds)

Ghost Train - The Hot Club of Cowtown (Hightone)

The Gladiators - Something A Gwann! (RAS)

Gomez - In Our Gun (Virgin)

David Gray - A New Day At Midnight Peter Case - Bee-Line (Vanguard)

Nanci Griffith - Winter Marquee (Rounder)

Patty Griffin - 1000 Kisses (ATO)

David Grisman Quintet - Dawgnation (Acoustic Disc)

Ed Harcout - Here Be Monsters

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Un Gran Dia En El Barrio (Rope-a-Dope)

Corey Harris - Downhome Sophisticate (Rounder)

George Harrison - Brainwashed (Capitol)

Tin Hat Trio - The Rodeo Eroded (Rope-a-Dope)

Hem - Rabbit Songs (Waveland)

Bruce Hornsby - Big Swing Face (RCA)

Sixteen Horsepower - Folklore (Jetset)

Etta James and The Roots Band - Burnin? Down The House(Private Music)

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me (Blue Note)

Kabul Workshop - Trigana (Tinder)

Kieran Kane - Shadows On The Ground (Dead Reckoning)

Jorma Kaukonen - Blue Country Heart (Columbia)

Angelique Kidjo - Black Ivory Soul (Columbia)

Kodo- Mondo Head (Red Ink)

Diana Krall - Live In Paris (Blue Note)

Alison Krauss + Union Station - Live (Rounder)

Tony Levin - Pieces Of The Sun (Narada)

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Warner Brothers)

Liquid Soul - Evolution (Shanachie)

The Lonesome River Band - Window Of Time (Doobie Shea Records)

Herbie Mann - Eastern European Roost (Light Year)

Medeski Martin And Wood - Uninvisible (Blue Note)

Delbert McClinton - Room To Breathe (New West)

James McMurtry - Saint Mary Of The Woods (Sugar Hill)

Brad Mehldau - Largo (Warner Brothers)

Tift Merritt - Bramble Rose (Lost Highway)

Rhett Miller - The Instigator (Elektra)

Misty In Roots - Roots Controller (Realworld)

Moby - 18 (V2)

Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies (Side One Dummy)

Morcheeba - Charango (Reprise)

Van Morrison - Down The Road (Universal)

Olivet Mtukudzi - Vhunze Moto (Putumayo)

Gov?t Mule - The Deep End Vol. 2 (ATO)

Charlie Musselwhite - One Night In America (Telarc)

Spirit Nation - Winter Moons (Karuna)

Nerissa & Katrina Neilds - Love And China (Zoe)

Jeb Loy Nichols - Easy Now (Rykodisc)

Old & In The Gray - Old & In The Gray (Acoustic Disc)

Beth Orton - Daybreaker (Astralwerks)

Anders Osborne with Monk Boudreaux - Bury The Hatchet (Shanachie)

Willy Porter - Willy Porter (Six Degrees)

Chuck Prophet - No Other Love (New West)

Kronos Quartet - Nuevo (Nonesuch)

Bonnie Raitt - Silver Lining (Capitol)

Joshua Redman - Elastic (Warner Brothers)

Renee Rosnes - Life On Earth (Blue Note)

Kim Richey - Rise (Lost Highway)

Romero - Un Segundo Una Vida (333 Entertainment)

Ron Sexsmith - Cobblestone Runway (Nettwerk)

The John Scofield Band - Uberjam (Verve)

The Slip - Angels Come On Time (Rykodisc)

Solas - The Edge Of Silence (Shanacie)

Jimmy Sturr - Top Of The World (Rounder)

Susan Tedeschi - Wait For Me (Tone-Cool)

Linda Thompson - Fashionably Late (Rounder)

Tom Waits - Alice (Anti)

Tom Waits - Blood Money (Anti)

Chuck E. Weiss- Old Souls & Wolf Tickets (Rykodisc)

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)

Keller Williams - Laugh (Sci-Fidelity)

Victoria Williams - Sings Some Ol? Songs (Dualtone)

Kelly Willis - Easy (Rykodisc)

Cassandra Wilson - Belly Of The Sun (Blue Note)

Neil Young - Are You Passionate? (Reprise)

VARIOUS ARTISTS 2002:

Various - Asian Groove (Putumayo)

Various - Bonnaroo (Sanctuary)

Various - Cuisine Non-Stop New French Generation (Luaka Bop)

Various - Dressed In Black (Dualtone)

Various - La Musica Della Mafia Il Canto Di Malavita (Piasa)

Various - Red Hot + Riot (Red Hot Organization)

Various - The Rough Guide To The Music Of The Indian Ocean (World Music Netwerk)

Various - Samba Bossa Nova (Putumayo)

Various - Trance Planet (Triloka)

Various - Verve//Remixed (Verve)

Various - Verve//Unmixed (Verve)

Various - World 2002 (Narada World)

Various - Zen And The Art Of Chilling Volume 1 (Mondo Rythmica)

Various - Zen And The Art Of Chilling Volume 2

(Mondo Rythmica)