2004 CD ACQUISITIONS OF THE YEAR

The star rating system takes into account that these were all "Acquisitions Of The Year" to warrant inclusion here. Therefore * represents 50-60%, ** is 60-70%, *** is 70-80%, **** is 80-90% and ***** is 90-99.9% (we're talking Pet Sounds, Blood On The Tracks or Forever Changes here). The pricing and packaging etc. are not relevant to the rating

Although I have listened to tracks from every CD here, only those in bold have been played in full, and subsequently some have been given a star rating. Notes of generally available CDs are written up only after the CD has been fully investigated and indexed, and given at least one star. Click on the link to see what I thought of it, where appropriate.

A number of these reviews can also be seen on the Amazon UK or US websites

JANUARY
5/1/04 Van Morrison
Beautiful Vision
(45.08)*
5/1/04 Underworld
Second Toughest In The Infants
(73.07)**
5/1/04 Oasis
The Masterplan
(66.30)***
5/1/04 Squeeze
Big Squeeze - The Very Best Of Squeeze
(76.53/65.19)*
17/1/04 Compilation
Don't Fight It - The Original Versions Of The Songs That Inspired Tom Jones
(52.22)*
17/1/04 Compilation
Mod Fave Raves (Vol. 1)
(53.21)**
17/1/04 Compilation
Mod Fave Raves (Vol. 2)
(55.09)**
17/1/04 Compilation
That's Soul 3
(38.21)*
17/1/04 Compilation
That's Soul 4
(34.34)*
27/1/04 Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
(65.34)***
27/1/04 Crystals
The Best Of The Crystals
(48.37)****

FEBRUARY
5/2/04 Grateful Dead
Anthem Of The Sun
(79.40)****
8/2/04 Joni Mitchell
Court And Spark
(36.58)****
19/2/04 Compilation
Mojo: Raw Soul (Music Guide Vol. 3)
(42.21)**
20/2/04 Jimmy Reed
Found Love
(42.06)**
20/2/04 BB King
His Definitive Greatest Hits
(70.00/69.09)**

MARCH
2/3/04 Pink Floyd
Ummagumma: Live Album/Studio Album
(39.21/46.57)**
2/3/04 Four Tops
The Ultimate Collection
(72.30)**
6/3/04 Kim Fowley
Impossible But True - The Kim Fowley Story
(76.10)***
5/3/04 Compilation
Uncut: The Roots Of Tommy
(46.52)**
8/3/04 Compilation
Balling The Jack - The Birth Of The Nu-Blues
(67.52)*
8/3/04 Howlin' Wolf
Come Back Home
(56.29)**
15/3/04 Compilation
Mojo: Blues Power (Music Guide Vol. 4)
(44.04)**
18/3/04 Pretty Things
Get The Picture?
(46.05)***
23/3/04 Rickie Lee Jones
The Evening Of My Best Day
(55.18)**
23/3/04 Yardbirds
Roger The Engineer
(79.35)***

APRIL
7/4/04 Josh Ritter
Hello Starling (Promo)
(43.16)**
7/4/04 Dr John
Remedies
(40.42)*
19/4/04 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (US Import)
(80.06/76.35)****

MAY
1/5/04 Ronettes
All The Hits
(57.04)****
1/5/04 Junior Walker And The All Stars
Groovin' With Junior
(53.33)**
7/5/04 Sir Douglas Quintet
The Prime Of Sir Douglas Quintet
(62.21/61.10)***
7/5/04 Spencer Davis Group
Eight Gigs A Week - The Steve Winwood Years
(71.48/79.05)***
8/5/04 Florence Ballard
The Supreme Florence Ballard
(49.41)*
10/5/04 Compilation
John Lennon's Jukebox
(55.20/52.33)***
11/5/04 Secret Goldfish
Jet Streams
(41.08)**
16/5/04 Muddy Waters
Blue Skies - The Best Of Muddy Waters
(63.21)**
26/5/04 Little Eva
L L L L Little Eva!
(73.32)**

M&VE TRIP
23/5/2004 Yoko Ono
Ono Box
(71.33/71.56/65.17/57.51/73.10/49.15)***
23/5/04 Tim Buckley
Blue Afternoon
(39.55)****
23/5/04 Aretha Franklin
Aretha Now
(29.28)***
23/5/04 Mary Lee's Corvette
Blood On The Tracks
(55.41)**
23/5/04 This Mortal Coil
Blood
(76.24)**
23/5/04 Secret Goldfish
Aqua-Pet....You Make Me
(42.27)**
23/5/04 Ecstasy Of St Theresa
Slowthinking
(41.41)***
23/5/04 Gary US Bonds
Take Me Back To New Orleans
(61.53)*
23/5/04 Compilation
Studio One Soul
(60.31)*
23/5/04 Lesley Gore
The Golden Hits Of Lesley Gore
(43.04)*
23/5/04 Dr John
The Very Best Of Dr John
(69.57)**

JUNE
1/6/04 Don Covay
Mercy/See-Saw
(63.08)***
1/6/04 Brenda Holloway
Greatest Hits And Rare Classics
(50.46)**
8/6/04 Who
My Generation
(47.08/44.28)****
8/6/04 Howlin' Wolf
Howling Wolf Sings The Blues
(59.44)****
17/6/04 Compilation
This Is...The Front Line
(72.55)**
17/6/04 Tony Joe White
Black And White
(41.48)***
17/6/04 Compilation
The Roots Of The Grateful Dead
(53.32)**
17/6/04 Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow
(58.38)***
21/6/04 Compilation
Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Original Versions Of The Songs That Inspired Rod Stewart
(59.55)*
21/6/04 Little Richard
The Explosive Little Richard
(32.37)*
29/6/04 Supremes
More Hits By The Supremes/The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland
(64.26)***

JULY
4/7/04 Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures
(39.26)***
4/7/04 Joy Division
Closer
(44.28)***
4/7/04 Joy Division
Substance
(63.07)**
4/7/04 St Etienne
Foxbase Alpha
(48.22)***
4/7/04 Ike & Tina Turner
The Soul Of Ike And Tina Turner/Dynamite
(54.35)***
4/7/04 Ike & Tina Turner
Don't Play Me Cheap/It's Gonna Work Out Fine
(65.40)***
4/7/04 Compilation
The Roots Of Chuck Berry
(62.02)**
21/7/04 Chuck Berry
The EP Collection
(61.13)**
28/7/04 Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde
(73.03)*****
28/7/04 Ruts
Bustin' Out
(74.23)**
28/7/04 Compilation
But Officer! More Original Jamaican Sound System
(54.01)***

AUGUST
4/8/04 Billy Fury
The Sound Of Fury
(22.27/44.30)***
8/8/04 Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
The Pious Bird of Good Omen
(64.20)*
23/8/04 Nashville Teens
Tobacco Road
(76.24)**
23/8/04 Fontella Bass
Rescued - The Best Of Fontella Bass
(46.57)***

SEPTEMBER
7/9/04 Mary Wells
Looking Back 1961-1964
(55.52/59.05)**
16/9/04 Jeff Buckley
Grace
(51.48/66.15)****
20/9/04 Marvelettes
When You're Young And In Love
(52.02)***
20/9/04 Isley Brothers
This Old Heart Of Mine
(51.49)**
21/9/04 Annette Peacock
My Mama Never Taught Me To Cook - The Aura Years 1978-1982
(78.33)***
21/9/04 Clash
London Calling/The Vanilla Tapes
(65.07/67.35)****
28/9/04 Velvelettes
The Best Of The Velvelettes
(49.12)**
28/9/04 Marvelettes
The Best Of The Marvelettes 
(49.34)***
30/9/04 Supremes
Love Child/The Supremes A' Go-Go
(63.35)**

OCTOBER
12/10/04 Miracles
Lost And Found - Along Came Love
(55.05)***
22/10/04 Temptations
Lost And Found - You've Got To Earn It
(56.42)***
22/10/04 Miracles
Going To A Go-Go/Away We A Go-Go
(68.08)***

NOVEMBER

2/11/04 Tyrannosaurus Rex
My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair... But Now They're Content To Wear Stars On Their Brow
(78.24)***
2/11/04 Tyrannosaurus Rex
Unicorn
(73.43)***
27/11/04 Electric Prunes
Lost Dreams
(63.52)***
29/11/04 Liliput
Liliput
(65.39/72.05)***

DECEMBER
1/12/04 Tyrannosaurus Rex
Prophets Seers And Sages, The Angels Of The Ages
(59.49)***
17/12/04 Detroit Cobras
Life, Love And Leaving
(29.46)***
17/12/04 Dr Feelgood
Going Back Home - Live At The Kursaal Flyer 1975
(73.35)***
25/12/04 Siouxsie and the Banshees
Downside Up
(64.55/71.42/73.53/19.40)****
25/12/04 Compilation
Where The Girls Are (Vol. 3) - Chess Female Singers And Groups
(66.03)***
30/12/04 Grateful Dead/John Oswald (60.00/46.49)****

 

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