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Best CDs of 2003
January 3, 2004 — 11:18 am

Jesse Walker is continuing his end-of-year tradition of offering top-10 lists of the best films of years in previous decades, rather than of the preceding year. A great idea stemming from the fact that he claims not to have seen enough of the previous year’s films to create a credible list.

Since in recent years I’ve generally seen a couple of hundred newly-released films per year — in theaters, no less (see, for example, my 2002 list) — I at least have the breadth of experience to create a credible list, if not the critical acuity. So, such a list will be forthcoming. I still have a few 2003 films I want to see first (Big Fish, House of Sand and Fog, Monster, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Bubba Ho-tep, Japanese Story, to name a few), but the bulk of the list is is mostly in place right now . . .

In the meantime, members of the pho list are posting their top CDs of 2003. I can’t claim to have heard anywhere near as many new CDs this past year as the number of new movies I’ve seen, which automatically omits from my list many of the critical favorites of others. (Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief? Haven’t heard it. Elephant by The White Stripes? Same. Death Cab for Cutie? I’ve never heard anything by them, as far as I know.)

But despite my more limited breadth of experience in new music, I really do hear a lot of new stuff anyway — much of which most other critics have likely not heard. I posted a list for 2002, and so I’m posting one for 2003 as well. Here goes:

  1. King Crimson, The Power to Believe
  2. John Zorn, Masada Guitars
  3. The Beatles, Let it Be… Naked
  4. Living Daylights, Night of the Living Daylights
  5. Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Unclassified
  6. Bill Frisell, The Intercontinentals
  7. Anton Fier, Dreamspeed/Blindlight 1992-1994
  8. Marc Ribot, Scelsi Morning
  9. Julius Hemphill, One Atmosphere
  10. King Crimson, Live in Guildford 1972
  11. John Zorn, Masada Anniversary Edition Vol. 3 – The Unknown Masada
  12. Curlew, Mercury
  13. The Tiptons, Short Cuts
  14. Buckethead, Bucketheadland 2
  15. The Decemberists, Her Majesty the Decemberists
  16. Roswell Rudd & Toumani Diabate, Malicool
  17. David Sylvian, Blemish
  18. Warren Zevon, The Wind
  19. Amy Denio, Nocturnis
  20. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Greendale
  21. Dave Douglas, Freak In
  22. The John Scofield Band, Up All Night
  23. Dr. Lonnie Smith w/ David Fathead Newman, Boogaloo to Beck: A Tribute
  24. Al Green, I Can’t Stop
  25. Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Little Worlds
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