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100 Records That Set The World On Fire (while no one was listening)

From the Wire #175, September 1998: 100 Records That Set The World On Fire (scans).

"In The Wire 175, we polled our writers to nominate records that should have ignited the world's imagination - but somehow got forgotten along the way."

List obtained from different places (1, 2). Where the album was available on Spotify I linked the album, otherwise the artist. If you need more structured data, check the Google docs spreadsheet. I'm in the process of autogenerating and annotating this list with information from different sources, but it's not quite ready yet.

Enjoy!

  • Charles Ives - Symphony No. 4 (1910-16) (Grammophon, 1988)
  • Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Columbia, 1929)
  • Bob Graettinger - City Of Glass/This Modern World (Capitol, 1953)
  • Louis & Bebe Barron - Forbidden Planet OST (Small Planet, 1956)
  • Esquivel And His Orchestra - Other Worlds Other Sounds (RCA, 1958)
  • The Blue Men - I Hear A New World (RGM White Label/RPM, 1960)
  • Joe Harriott - Abstract (Columbia/Capitol, 1961)
  • Son House - The Original Delta Blues (Columbia/Legacy, 1964)
  • William S. Burroughs - Call Me Burroughs (ESP, 1965)
  • Steve Reich - Early Works: Come Out/It's Gonna Rain (Elektra, 1965)
  • Albert Ayler - In Greenwich Village (Impulse!, 1967)
  • Bill Dixon Orchestra - Intents And Purposes (RCA, 1967)
  • Gottfried Michael Koenig - Terminus II/Funktion Gruen (Deutsche Grammophon, 1967)
  • Sun Ra - Strange Strings (Saturn, 1967)
  • Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (Philips, 1968)
  • Dr. John the Night Tripper - Gris-Gris (Atco, 1968)
  • Pearls Before Swine - Balaklava (ESP, 1968)
  • Spontaneous Music Ensemble - Karyobin (Chronoscope, 1968)
  • The United States Of America - The United States Of America (CBS, 1968)
  • El Camaron De La Isla & Paco De Lucia - Al Verte Las Floras Lloran (Philips, 1969)
  • Ram John Holder - Black London Blues (Beacon, 1969)
  • Phil Ochs - Rehearsals For Retirement (A&M, 1969)
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie - Illuminations (Vanguard, 1969)
  • Sonny Sharrock - Black Woman (Vortex, 1969)
  • Silver Apples - Contact (Kapp Records, 1969)
  • Alexander 'Skip' Spence - Oar (Columbia, 1969)
  • Kevin Ayers & The Whole World - Shooting At The Moon (Harvest, 1970)
  • Comus - First Utterance (BGO, 1970)
  • Michael Gibbs - Michael Gibbs (Deram, 1970)
  • Alvin Lucier - I Am Sitting In A Room (Lovely Music, 1970)
  • Cluster - Cluster 71 (Philips/Sky, 1971)
  • The Last Poets - This is Madness (Douglas Music, 1971)
  • The Master Musicians Of Jajouka - Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Jajouka (Rolling Stones, 1971)
  • John Cale - Paris 1919 (Reprise, 1972)
  • Alice Coltrane - Universal Consciousness (Impulse!, 1972)
  • Miles Davis - On The Corner (Columbia, 1972)
  • Hugh Hopper - 1984 (CBS/Cuneiform, 1972)
  • Modern Lovers - The Original Modern Lovers (Mohawk, 1972)
  • Annette Peacock - I'm The One (RCA, 1972)
  • Pierre Akendengue - Nandipo (Saravah, 1973)
  • Faust - The Faust Tapes (Virgin) 1973
  • Herbie Hancock - Sextant (Columbia, 1973)
  • Larry Young - Lawrence Of Newark (Perception, 1973)
  • Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different (Vinyl Experience, 1974)
  • Furry Lewis - In His Prime 1927-1928 (A&M, 1975)
  • Pere Ubu - 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (Hearthan, 1975)
  • Lee Perry - Revolution Dub (Cactus, 1975)
  • Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music (RCA, 1975)
  • The Electric Eels - Cyclotraon/Agitated 7" (Rough Trade, 1977)
  • Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Bat Chain Puller (Unreleased, 1976)
  • Henry Cow - Concerts (Recommended, 1976)
  • The Residents - Satisfaction (Ralph, 1976)
  • Johnny 'Guitar' Watson - Ain't That A Bitch (DJM, 1976)
  • Ornette Coleman - Dancing In Your Head (A&M, 1977)
  • Glenn Gould - The Solitude Trilogy (CBS, 1967-77)
  • Al Green - The Belle Album (Motown, 1977)
  • Ron 'Pate's Debonairs featuring Rev Fred Lane - Raudeluna's 'Pataphysical Revue (Say Day Bew, 1977)
  • Iggy Pop & James Williamson - Kill City (Bomp, 1977)
  • Tim Souster - Swit Drimz (Transatlantic, 1977)
  • The Human League - Being Boiled (Fast Product, 1978)
  • The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights (GTO Records, 1978)
  • Chrome - Half Machine Lip Moves (Siren/Beggars Banquet, 1979)
  • Lol Coxhill - Digswell Duets (Random Radar, 1979)
  • Robert Fripp - Exposure (EG/Polydor, 1979)
  • Nurse With Wound - Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella (United Dairies, 1979)
  • Family Fodder - Monkey Banana Kitchen (Fresh, 1980)
  • Fire Engines - Get Up And Use Me (Pop: Aural, 1980)
  • La Nimba De N'Zerekore - Gon Bia Bia (Syliphone, 1980)
  • Nancy Sesay & The Melodaires - C'est Fab 7" (It's War Boys, 1980)
  • Monoton - Monotonprodukt 07 (Monotonprodukt, 1981)
  • Derek Bailey - Aida (Incus/Dexter's Cigar, 1982)
  • Bad Brains - Bad Brains (ROIR, 1982)
  • Kip Hanrahan - Desire Develops An Edge (American Clave, 1983)
  • Youssou N'Dour - Djamil (Senegalese Cassette) 1983
  • Mark Stewart & The Maffia - Learning To Cope With Cowardice (On-U Sound, 1983)
  • Jonathan Harvey - Bhakti (NMC, 1984)
  • The Homosexuals - The Homosexuals (Recommended, 1984)
  • Cheba Fadela & Cheb Sahraoui - N'Sel Fik (Factory/Mango, 1985)
  • Christian Marclay - Record Without A Cover (Recycled, 1985)
  • Arthur Russell - World of Echo (Upside/Rough Trade, 1986)
  • Fingers Inc - Another Side (Trax, 1988)
  • Conlon Nancarrow - Studies For Player Piano (Wergo, 1988)
  • Dead C - Trapdoor Fucking Exit (Siltbreeze, 1990)
  • Royal Trux - Twin Infinitives (Drag City, 1990)
  • Fushitsusha - DBL Live (PSF, 1991)
  • Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91 ... The Enemy Strikes Black (Def Jam, 1991)
  • Galina Ustvolskaya - No. 1 (Hat Art, 1991)
  • Steven Jesse Bernstein - Prison (Sub Pop, 1992)
  • Bally Sagoo - Wham Bam 2: The Second Massacre (Oriental Star Agencies, 1992)
  • Luke Skywalker - I Wanna Rock 12" (Luke Records, 1992)
  • Bernhard Gunter - Un Peu De Neige Salie (Selektion/Table of the Elements, 1993)
  • Ken Ishii - Garden On The Palm (R&S, 1993)
  • Jean C Roche - A Nocturne Of Nightingales (Sittele, 1993)
  • Jeff Mills - X-103 Atlantis (Axis/Tresor, 1993)
  • Paul Dolden - L'Ivresse De La Vitesse (Empreintes Digitales, 1994)
  • 4 Hero - Parallele Universe (Reinforced, 1994)
  • Joey Beltram - Places (Tresor, 1995)
  • Oval - 94 Diskont (Mille Plateaux, 1995)
  • Tony Conrad - Four Violins (Table Of The Elements, 1997)
  • Cathy Lane - Nesting Stones (Unknown Public, 1998)

The 30 others that did not make it into the original article:

  • King Sunny Ade - Ju-Ju Music (Island, 1982)
  • Arcane Device - Engines Of Myth (1988)
  • The Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Fanfare For The Warriors (Atlantic, 1974)
  • Baby Ford - Ford Trax (Rhythm King, 1988)
  • Ray Charles - The Spirit Of Christmas (CBS, 1985)
  • Vinicius Cantuaria - Sol Na Cara (Gramavision, 1997)
  • Charles Brown Superstar - Days Of Our Drive/Sweet Piece Of Ass (Win, 1995)
  • Lowell Davidson - Lowell Davidson Trio (ESP Disk, 1965)
  • Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg (4AD CD, 1988)
  • Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Bob Dylan - Live At The Manchester Free Trade Hall (Columbia, 1966)
  • The 49 Americans - We Know Nonsense (Quartz LP, 1982)
  • Jimmy Giuffre - Free Fall (Columbia, 1962)
  • Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet - Golden Gate Gospel Train (Bluebird, 1937)
  • Hot Gossip - The Hollywood Jungle (DinDisc unreleased, 1981)
  • Howlin Wolf - The Howlin' Wolf Album (Chess/Cadet, 1968)
  • Lee Konitz - Motion (Verve, 1961)
  • Labradford - A Stable Reference (Kranky/Flying Nun, 1995)
  • Last Exit - Last Exit (Enemy, 1986)
  • JB Lenoir - Alabama Blues (Bellaphon CD, 1965)
  • Derrick May - Debut LP (Transmat unreleased)
  • Rachel's - Music For Egon Schiele (Quarterstick CD, 1996)
  • The Soul Stirrers (featuring Sam Cooke) - Jesus Gave Me Water (1951)
  • The Staple Singers - Uncloudy Day (Vee Jay Records, 1959)
  • Cecil Taylor - Looking Ahead! (Original Jazz Classics, 1958)
  • Willie Mae Thornton - Hound Dog (Vogue, 1953)
  • Lennie Tristano - I Can't Get Started With You (Keystone, 1946)
  • Various Artists - Ice Cream And Suckers (Mercury, 1963)
  • David S Ware - Third Ear Recitation (DIW, 1993)
  • Marva Whitney - It's My Thing (King, 1969)

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