The Best Recordings of 2000

The new millennium (or end of the old one, depending on your math) has brought a plethora of great recordings. The list we compile below could easily be twice as long and still not honor every recording our music writers have admired from Y2K. But here are those we could agree upon, listed in alphabetical order.


Dave Alvin: Public Domain [HighTone HCD 8122]

"...a joyful romp through America’s musical attic..."
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Ronnie Earl: Healin' Time
[Telarc CD-83490]

"...a masterful, heartfelt
set of alternately gutbucket, righteous, meditative and stately blues."
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John Hartford and the Hartford String Band: Good Old Boys
[Rounder ROUN0462]

"The 50+ minutes of music are captivating and showcase a slightly different side of Hartford."
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Kid Koala: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
[Ninja Tune 34]

"...a kind of meditation on life, music, and records."


B.B. King and Eric Clapton: Riding with the King
[Warner Brothers CD-9 47612-2]

"...two pure masters of the blues, working together, feeding off each other, challenging each other and dueling to the musical death."
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The Jacques Loussier Trio: Plays Debussy
[Telarc CD 83511]

"Don’t put this beast on a leash, but let it run wild, as it will. You’ll find yourself
marveling at the multiple dimensions of achievement..."
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Soundtrack to The Million Dollar Hotel
[Island 314 542 395-2]

"...a gorgeous and surreal treat."


Radiohead: Kid A
[Capitol HCD 29684]

"Perhaps destined to become this generation's Dark Side of the Moon."


Lou Reed: Ecstasy
[Reprise 9 47425-2]

"Yet another great Lou Reed album."


Robert Silverman: 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas
[Orpheum Masters KSP 830], ten CDs

"If you love Beethoven's piano music, you'll have to have this superb set."
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Paul Simon: You're the One
[Warner Brothers CD 48744]

"…filled with elegiac dignity, hard-won but simply offered wisdom, and sincere gentleness."
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Slobberbone: Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today
[New West 07396-60212]

"We need more guys like these. No, we need more guys like these and more people who listen to guys like these."
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Best Reissue


The Modern Jazz Quartet: Django
[JVC XRCD VICJ 60160]

"...the finest way to own this terrific music..."

Best Audiophile Recording


Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Josť Serebrier
[Reference Recordings RR-89CD]

"The fact that I consider Serebrier’s and the LPO’s performance on equal footing with [Reiner's] is high praise indeed."
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