2008 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. Subsequently some of these have been given a star rating. Notes of generally available CDs are written up only after the CD has been fully investigated, indexed and given at least one star to qualify. Where appropriate, click on the link to see what I found out about it.

JANUARY
22/1/08 Billy J Kramer
The Very Best Of (Australian Import)
(71.55)*
23/1/08 Cat Power
Jukebox
(41.38/21.31)***

FEBRUARY
6/2/08 Compilation
Ear Gardens
(70.27)***
8/2/08 Traveling Wilburys
The Traveling Wilburys Collection
(42.44/42.15)***
11/2/08 Feist
The Reminder
(54.44)***
12/2/08 Supremes
25th Anniversary (Vol. 2)
(71.30)**
18/2/08 Aretha Franklin
Aretha Arrives
(36.29)****
20/2/08 Cornershop
Handcream For A Generation
(60.52)***
26/2/08 Jackie DeShannon
The Early Years
(77.49)**
28/2/08 Nina Nastasia
On Leaving
(34.00)**
28/2/08 Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger
(38.54)**
28/2/08 Chér
The Best Of Chér - The Imperial Recordings: 1965-1968
(62.01/66.52)***
28/2/08 Norah Jones
Not Too Late
(45.29)*

MARCH
1/3/08 Norah Jones
Feels Like Home
(56.26)*
19/3/08 Gladys Knight and the Pips
Neither One Of Us/All I Need Is Time
(79.46)**
19/3/08 Gladys Knight and the Pips
Knight Time/A Little Knight Music
(79.13)*
25/3/08 Siouxsie and the Banshees
Hyaena
(40.11)**
25/3/08 John Martyn
London Conversation (
42.04)**
25/3/08 John and Beverley Martyn
Stormbringer
(55.15)*
27/3/08 James Brown
James Brown Live At The Apollo (1962)
(40.47)***
31/3/08 Duane Eddy
$1,000,000.00 Worth Of Twang
(32.24)***

APRIL
5/4/08 John and Beverley Martyn
The Road To Ruin
(42.18)*
6/4/08 Hollies
The Essential Collection
(66.56)**
6/4/08 Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club
(39.32)***
6/4/08 Grace Jones
Slave To The Rhythm
(37.41)***
6/4/08 Duane Eddy
Greatest Hits
(61.50)***
6/4/08 Aretha Franklin
Live At Fillmore West
(67.54/60.50)****
6/4/08 Solomon Burke
The Very Best Of Solomon Burke
(46.11)**
16/4/08 Duane Eddy
Especially For You
(47.58)***
19/4/08 James Brown
Hell
(69.09)***
30/4/08 Otis Redding
Stax Profiles - Otis Redding
(42.01)*

MAY
1/5/08 Martha and the Vandellas
Spellbound: Lost And Found
(63.22/66.14)***
9/5/08 Steeleye Span
The Lark In The Morning
(62.51/58.24)****
14/5/08 Dion
Lovers Who Wander/So Why Didn't You Do That The First Time
(77.36)**
23/5/08 T Rex
Bolan At The Beeb
(76.18/52.19/34.28)***
23/5/08 Compilation
Trojan Rocksteady Rarities Box Set
(48.18/45.25/45.40)***
   LONDON TRIP
24/5/08 Prince Far I
Black Man Land
(58.54)**
24/5/08 Gladiators
Dreadlocks The Time Is Now
(62.37)**
24/5/08 Gregory Isaacs
Mr Love
(76.24)**
24/5/08 Mighty Diamonds
Go Seek Your Rights
(53.35)**
24/5/08 Clovers
The Platinum Collection
(61.13)***
24/5/08 John Martyn
Bless The Weather
(75.19)*
24/5/08 John Martyn
The Electric John Martyn
(48.34)*
24/5/08 Goldfrapp
Seventh Tree
(41.39)***

JUNE
19/6/08 James Brown
The Singles (Vol. 1): The Federal Years 1956-1960
(53.41/51.51)****
19/6/08 James Brown
The Singles (Vol. 3): 1964-1965
(46.29/46.02)***
20/6/08 Joan As Policewoman
To Survive (Promo)
(45.27)***
24/6/08 Nina Nastasia and Jim White
You Follow Me
(31.24)***
24/6/08 Grateful Dead
Road Trips (Vol. 1, No. 3: Summer '71)
(77.41/77.11/75.40)***

JULY
2/7/08 Everly Brothers
The Very Best Of The Everly Brothers (US Import)
(29.00)**
3/7/08 Dion
Greatest Hits
(52.57)***
8/7/08 Dion
The Road I'm On - A Retrospective
(48.05/53.44)***
16/7/08 Compilation
Motown Sings Motown Treasures (Vol. 1 & 2)
(68.58/66.33)***
16/7/08 Supremes
Let The Music Play: Supreme Rarities
(76.45/79.18)***
18/7/08 Everly Brothers
In Our Image (US Import)
(28.08)**
23/7/08 Wanda Jackson
The Very Best Of The Country Years
(75.23)***

AUGUST
5/8/08 Ann Peebles
Tellin' It
(35.36)***
6/8/08 Ann Peebles
The Complete Ann Peebles On Hi Records (Vol. 1): 1969-1973
(46.08/56.41)***
22/8/08 Sir Douglas Quintet
Mendocino
(52.13)***
22/8/08 Zutons
Tired Of Hanging Around
(40.38)*
30/8/08 Darlene Love
So Much Love - A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1998
(63.45)**

SEPTEMBER
8/9/08 Compilation
You Heard It Here First
(64.45)**
16/9/08 Al Green
The Legendary Hi Albums (Vol. 1)
(69.15/69.12)***
17/9/08 Dion
Runaround Sue - The Best Of The Rest
(65.05)***
24/9/08 Clare and the Reasons
The Movie (US Import)
(46.37)***

OCTOBER
2/10/08 Grateful Dead
Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978 (69.16/76.28/75.30)
31/10/08 Joan As Police Woman
Real Life (38.14/15.25)

DECEMBER
25/12/08 Skatalites
Guns Of Navarone - The Best Of The Skatalites (72.48)
25/12/08 Compilation
The R&B Years 1955 (Vol. 2) (66.16/65.59)
29/12/08 Compilation
That's Proper Folk!
(56.51)
31/12/08 Compilation
The R&B Years 1955 (Vol. 1) (69.52/68.58 )
31/12/08 Compilation
1954 - The Year That Rocked The World 77.26/76.42/77.49)

 



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