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A Different Kind of Yearbook

Part of the process of making additions and revisions to the Rock Annual lists is checking old album guides and other reference books. While we take into account any critical insight that these books may offer, they are also helpful simply to let us know of neglected artists, especially "one-hit wonders" and the like. As I check the artists listed in these books against the Rock Annual lists, excluded artists found in each will be listed here. If because they fall outside the purview of the project, their basic genre is provided in brackets; if they are indirectly included, that is also noted in brackets.



Rock Movers and Shakers: An A to Z of the People Who Made Rock Happen [Second edition, 1991]; the back cover is displayed above. Two of these (Band Aid and U.S.A for Africa) are generally not considered to be distinct artists; if the releases associated with those organizations were to be included in the Rock Annual lists, they would be cataloged under Various artists.

Paula Abdul
Herb Alpert [Jazz]
Band Aid
George Benson [Jazz]
The Black Crowes
Michael Bolton
Bucks Fizz
Mariah Carey
Belinda Carlisle [included as part of the Go-Go's]
China Crisis
The Christians
Natalie Cole
Robert Cray
Deacon Blue
Jason Donovan
Five Star
Andy Gibb
Debbie Gibson
Haircut One Hundred
M C Hammer
The Housemartins
Icehouse
Freddie Jackson
Al Jarreau
Howard Jones
Level 42
The Little River Band
Marillion
Richard Marx
Ian Matthews
Michael McDonald [included as part of The Doobie Brothers]
The Mission
Alison Moyet
New Kids on the Block
Jeffrey Osborne
Ray Parker Jr.
Peter and Gordon
Robert Plant [included as part of Led Zeppelin]
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
P J Proby
Chris Rea
Roxette
Helen Shapiro
Jimmy Sommerville [included as part of Bronski Beat]
Lisa Stansfield
Tommy Steele
Shakin' Stevens
The Style Council
The Swinging Blue Jeans
Tiffany
U.S.A for Africa
Wet Wet Wet
Wilson Phillips

The Rolling Stone Album Guide Specially Abridged to Accompany 25 Years of Essential Rock [1992]

The box set 25 Years of Essential Rock was a Time-Life compilation created by persons associated with Rolling Stone magazine in some fashion. I got it because it came free when I subscribed to the magazine in 1992—13 years-old... we all make mistakes—and this abridged version of the magazine's album guide came free too. The book certainly serves well as a timepiece, a glimpse into the mind of the Rock "establishment" that should have felt a renewed sense of purpose in those years of new, innovative Rock music coming to the fore, but instead published ridiculous record guides like this, in which artists who began work in the Fifties and Sixties get lots of five-star reviews, later artists hardly get any. If you skim through the entire book, this pattern becomes a running joke, or a game you can play with yourself. Find an artist from the Seventies and Eighties who gets five stars! Don't strain your eyes!

Most of the artists found in this book who are (formally) excluded from the Rock Annual in fact are individuals included as members of bands. Blame Rolling Stone or the times when it was written (aging Rock stars, even of the Punk era, trying to maintain careers after their bands had fallen apart)... either way this book includes pithy entries for many artists-going-solo, taking up space that could have gone to more artists or better writing (say, more than a paragraph on Kraftwerk).

Duane Allman [included as part of the Allman Brothers Band]
Gregg Allman [included as part of the Allman Brothers Band]
Altered Images
Dave Alvin [included as part of the Blasters]
Phil Alvin [included as part of the Blasters]
Eric Andersen
Marty Balin [included as part of Jefferson Airplane]
Beats International
The Beautiful South
Adrian Belew [included as part of King Crimson]
Bell Biv Devoe
Richard Betts [included as part of the Allman Brothers Band]
Elvin Bishop [included as part of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band]
The Black Crowes
Bloodrock
Luka Bloom
Mike Bloomfield [included as part of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band]
Blue Angel
The Blues Brothers
Michael Bolton
Boy George [included as part of the Culture Club]
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians
Lindsey Buckingham [included as part of Fleetwood Mac]
Eric Burdon [included as part of the Animals and War]
T-Bone Burnett
Mariah Carey
Belinda Carlisle [included as part of the Go-Go's]
Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns
Peter Case [included as part of the Plimsouls]
Alex Chilton [included as part of the Box Tops and Big Star]
George Clinton [included as part of Funkadelic and Parliament]
Natalie Cole
Bootsy Collins [included as part of Funkadelic and Parliament]
Harry Connick, Jr. [Jazz]
Robert Cray Band
David Crosby and Graham Nash [each included separately]
Roger Daltry [included as part of the Who]
Morris Day
John Entwistle [included as part of the Who]
Exposé
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Donald Fagen [included as part of Steely Dan]
Jerry Harrison [included as part of Talking Heads]
Deborah Harry [included as part of Blondie]
Hot Tuna
Humble Pie
Ian Hunter [included as part of Mott the Hoople]
Jermaine Jackson [included as part of the Jackgon 5]
Mick Jagger [included as part of the Rolling Stones]
Jorma Kaukonen [included as part of Jefferson Airplane]
Kenny G [Jazz; Easy Listening]
Mark Knopfler [included as part of Dire Straits]
Al Kooper [included as part of Blood, Sweat and Tears]
Alvin Lee [included as part of Ten Years After]
Julian Lennon
Little Village
Jeff Lynne [included as part of Electric Light Orchestra]
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
Dave Mason [included as part of Traffic]
Roger McGuinn [included as part of the Byrds]
Ric Ocasek [included as part of the Cars]
Jimmy Page [included as part of Led Zeppelin]
P Funk All Stars [related groups Funkadelic and Parliament both included]
Poco
Keith Richards [included as part of the Rolling Stones]
Robbie Robertson [included as part of the Band]
David Lee Roth [included as part of Van Halen]
Joe Satriani
Sheila E
Dave Stewart [included as part of Eurythmics]
Joe Strummer [included as part of the Clash]
Andy Summers [included as part of the Police]
.38 Special
The Time
Pete Townshend [included as part of the Who]
The Traveling Wilburys
Little Steven Van Zandt [included as part of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes; and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band]
The Vaughan Brothers [Stevie Ray Vaughan included]
Tom Verlaine [included as part of Television]
Roger Waters [included as part of Pink Floyd]
Wendy and Lisa
Wilson Phillips
Steve Windwood [included as part of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith]
Peter Wolf [included as part of the J Geils Band]
Ron Wood [included as part of the Rolling Stones]

The Spin Alternative Record Guide [1995], most of the back cover pictured above. Several entries in this book are not artist names, but compilations or genres:

American Music Club
Albert Ayler [Jazz]
Babes in Toyland
Derek Bailey [Jazz; Experimental]
Basehead
Belly
Bettie Serveert
Bongwater [one of two principal members of this band, Kramer, is included as part of Shockabilly]
Borbetomagus [Experimental]
Glenn Branca [Experimental]
Bratmobile
Jeff Buckley
The Caifanes
Ornette Coleman [Jazz]
Consolidated
Marshall Crenshaw
Dead Can Dance
Digable Planets
The Disco Years compilation series
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Electronic music/ musique conrcète [Experimental; Classical]
Enigma
Exotica [these artists, namely Martin Denny and Juan Garcia Esquivel, would be roughly placed within the broad Jazz category]
Freestyle's Greatest Beats: The Complete Collection compilation series
Frightwig
Funky Stuff, In Yo' Face, and Phat Trax compilation series
Green Day
Kip Hanrahan [Jazz; Experimental]
Hole
House Music All Night Long and similar compilations
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits compilation series
King Missile
Lenny Kravitz
The Kronos Quartet [Classical; Experimental]
K D Lang
Liliput
Live
Luscious Jackson
Teena Marie
M.C Lyte
Meat Beat Manifesto
Moby
M.T.V Party to Go compilation series
Negativland [Experimental]
The Offspring
Arvo Pärt [Classical]
Pimps, Players & Private Eyes [the other albums discussed, Shaft and Superfly, are both included]
P.M Dawn
Queen Latifah
Reggae Dancehall Classics compilation series
Repo Man [soundtrack album]
Henry Rollins [included as part of Black Flag]
Saint Etienne
Sonny Sharrock [Jazz]
Shonen Knife
Soul Asylum
Squirrel Bait [the other bands covered in this entry, Slint and the Palace Brothers, are included]
Carl Stalling [Classical]
Stone Temple Pilots
Sugar [the leader of this band, Bob Mould, is included himself and as part of Hüsker Dü]
Sun Ra [Jazz; Experimental]
Best of Techno compilation series
This Are 2-Tone, The 2-Tone Story, and The 2-Tone Collection
Henry Threadgill [Jazz]
Too Short
Maureen Tucker [included as part of the Velvet Underground]
Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilation series
Urge Overkill
Black Box—Wax Trax! Records: The First 13 Years
Hal Willner [primarily a producer; many of his projects are beyond the purview of this site, broadly categorized as Jazz or Classical]
La Monte Young [Experimental; Classical]
John Zorn [Experimental; Classical; Jazz]

Zagat Survey Music Guide: 1,000 Top Albums of All Time [2003] (back cover seen above) truly ranks as one of the strangest music reference books. The inclusion of such a large number of movie soundtrack albums is one odd aspect. (By the way, unless a track originally released on the soundtrack album is included at the Rock Annual—for example, the four hits from Footloose—the soundtrack album is considered to be excluded; otherwise, several of these soundtrack albums that are comprised of a hodgepodge of old hits (perhaps most famously, The Big Chill) would be considered to be included in the lists here, though they are not, unless we were to make note of every compilation certain old hits have been included on. Imagine having to list every compilation on which the Temptations' 'My Girl' (featured on The Big Chill) has been included!) Another peculiarity of this book are the short descriptive paragraphs provided for each entry, constructed as they are out of comments from the survey's participants, producing blurb-like drivel. Here they are attempting to convince me that the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is worth more time than I already wasted on it when I was 16 years old: "'You have to admire' a band 'with the guts to try a double album in the '90s'—the 'kicker is they pulled it off' on this 'sprawling', 'impeccably produced' multiplatinum 'masterwork' that makes for its 'lack of a cohesive concept' with a 'folder of emotions'; 'Billy Corgan digs deep and breaks new ground' with each 'blistering rocker and vulnerable lullaby' evoking a 'distinct mood'; still, some sigh the 'bombastic' work 'would have been stronger if whittled down to a single disc'." "Folder of emotions" may not adequately capture the nausea induced by Corgan's wretched vocal performance on the hit song 'Tonight'—but should we expect more from Zagat? They at least average more sentences than insult comic Robert Christgau has ever been able to cough up.

John Adams [Classical]
Ryan Adams
Cannonball Adderley [Jazz]
Ain't Misbehavin' [1978 soundtrack album; Jazz]
The Afro-Celt Sound System
Air
Aladdin [1992 soundtrack album]
A Little Night Music [1973 theatrical album]
Mose Allison [Jazz]
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass [Jazz]
Amélie [2001 soundtrack album]
American Graffiti [1973 soundtrack album; most of these songs are included under their artist]
An American in Paris [1951 soundtrack album]
Animal House [1978 soundtrack album]
Annie [1977 theatrical album]
Annie Get Your Gun [1946 theatrical album]
Anonymous 4 [Classical]
Marc Anthony
Anything Goes [1987 theatrical album]
Apocalypse Now [1979 soundtrack album]
Martha Argerich [Classical]
Louis Armstrong [Jazz]
J S Bach [Classical]
Burt Bacharach [indirectly included via several artists who performed songs composed by him]
Chet Baker [Jazz]
Samuel Barber [Classical]
Barenaked Ladies
Bela Bartók [Classical]
Basement Jaxx
Count Basie [Jazz]
Beauty and the Beast [1991 soundtrack album]
Ludwig van Beethoven [Classical]
Ben Folds Five
Tony Bennett [Jazz]
George Benson [Jazz]
Hector Berlioz [Classical]
Best of Schoolhouse Rock [1998 soundtrack album]
The Big Chill [1983 soundtrack album]
Georges Bizet [Classical]
Clint Black
Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers [Jazz]
Mike Bloomfield [included as part of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band]
The Blues Brothers [1980 soundtrack album]
Johannes Brahms [Classical]
Breakfast at Tiffany's [1961 soundtrack album]
The Breakfast Club [1985 soundtrack album]
Sarah Brightman [Classical]
Brooks and Dunn
Clifford Brown [Jazz]
Dave Brubeck [Jazz]
The Buena Vista Social Club
Bye Bye Birdie [1963 soundtrack album]
Cabaret [1972 soundtrack album]
Maria Callas [Classical]
Camelot [1967 soundtrack album]
Candide [1956 soundtrack album]
Carousel [1956 soundtrack album]
Mary Chapin Carpenter
The Chemical Brothers
Henri Chopin [Classical]
A Chorus Line [1975 theatrical album]
June Christy [Jazz]
Stanley Clarke [Jazz]
Rosemary Clooney [Jazz]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1978 soundtrack album]
Ornette Coleman [Jazz]
Natalie Cole
Nat King Cole [Jazz]
John Coltrane [Jazz]
Shawn Colvin
The Commitments [1991 soundtrack album]
Company [1998 theatrical album]
Aaron Copland [Classical]
Chick Corea [Jazz]
Counting Crows
Robert Cray
Crazy for You [1992 theatrical album]
Bing Crosby [Jazz]
The Crow [1994 soundtrack album]
The Crystal Method
Damn Yankees [1955 theatrical album]
Miles Davis [Jazz]
Blossom Dearie [Jazz]
Deep Forest
Dido
Ani DiFranco
Digable Planets
Sasha & John Digweed
Celine Dion
Dixie Chicks
Eric Dolphy [Jazz]
Dreamgirls [theatrical album]
Dr. Zhivago [soundtrack album]
Easy Rider [soundtrack album]
Linda Eder
8 Mile [soundtrack album]
Duke Ellington [Jazz]
Enigma
Melissa Etheridge
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial [soundtrack album]
Bill Evans [Jazz]
Evita [theatrical album]
Fatboy Slim
Fiddler on the Roof [theatrical album]
50 Cent
Fishbone
Ella Fitzgerald [Jazz]
Follies in Concert [theatrical album]
Forrest Gump [soundtrack album]
Funny Girl [soundtrack album]
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman [Garcia included as part of the Grateful Dead]
Judy Garland [Jazz]
Erroll Garner [Jazz]
George Gershwin [Jazz; Classical]
Stan Getz [Jazz]
Gigi [soundtrack album]
Dizzy Gillespie [Jazz]
Vince Gill
The Gipsy Kings
Philip Glass [Classical; Experimental]
The Godfather [soundtrack album]
Godspell [theatrical album]
Goldfinger [soundtrack album]
Gone With the Wind [soundtrack album]
Benny Goodman [Jazz]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [soundtrack album]
Dexter Gordon [Jazz]
Henryk Górecki [Classical]
David Gray
Macy Gray
Green Day
Patty Griffin
Vince Guaraldi [Jazz]
Guys and Dolls [theatrical album]
Gypsy [theatrical album]
Hair [theatrical album]
Hairspray [theatrical album]
George Frideric Handel [Classical]
Ben Harper
Hedwig and the Angry Inch [soundtrack album]
Jascha Heifetz [Classical]
High Fidelity [soundtrack album]
Faith Hill
Lauryn Hill [included as part of the Fugees]
Hitsville U.S.A: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 [nearly all of the artists included here, and most of the tracks, are included]
Billie Holiday [Jazz]
Gustav Holst [Classical]
Lena Horne [Jazz]
Vladimir Horowitz [Classical]
India Arie
Ahmad Jamal [Jazz]
Keith Jarrett [Jazz]
Jesus Christ Superstar [theatrical album]
Norah Jones
Wynonna Judd [included as part of the Judds]
Jurassic 5
Keb' Mo'
Stan Kenton [Jazz]
The King and I [soundtrack album]
Kiss Me, Kate [theatrical album]
Kitarō
Koyaanisqatsi [soundtrack album]
Diana Krall [Jazz]
Lenny Kravitz
Kruder & Dorfmeister
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross [Jazz]
K.D Lang
Lawrence of Arabia [soundtrack album]
Peggy Lee [Jazz]
Tom Lehrer [Comedy; Spoken Word]
Annie Lennox [included as part of Eurythmics]
Les Misérables [theatrical album]
Ottmar Liebert [Classical]
Linkin Park
The Lion King [soundtrack album]
The Little Mermaid [soundtrack album]
Little Shop of Horrors [theatrical album]
Live
Ray Lynch
Shelby Lynne
Gustav Mahler [Classical]
The Mambo Kings [soundtrack album]
Mame [theatrical album]
Mamma Mia! [theatrical album]
Chuck Mangione [Jazz]
Manhattan [soundtrack album]
Manhattan Transfer [Jazz]
Aimee Mann [included as part of Til Tuesday]
Mannheim Steamroller
Dean Martin [Jazz]
Mary Poppins [soundtrack album]
Matchbox 20
Matrix [soundtrack album]
The Dave Matthews Band
Maxwell
John Mayer
Yo-Yo Ma [Classical]
Martina McBride
Les McCann/ Eddie Harris [Jazz]
Tim McGraw
Loreena McKennitt
Brian McKnight
Sarah McLachlan
Meet Me in St. Louis [soundtrack album]
Sérgio Mendes [Jazz]
Natalie Merchant [included as part of 10,000 Maniacs]
Jo Dee Messina
Pat Metheny [Jazz]
Miami Vice [soundtrack album]
Charles Mingus [Jazz]
Liza Minnelli [Jazz]
Moby
Thelonious Monk [Jazz]
Wes Montgomery [Jazz]
Morcheeba
Lee Morgon [Jazz]
Moulin Rouge! [soundtrack album]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Classical]
The Music From Peter Gunn [soundtrack album]
The Music Man [soundtrack album]
Modest Mussorgsky [Classical]
My Fair Lady [theatrical album]
The Pink Panther [soundtrack album]
Oliver Nelson [Jazz]
A Night at Studio 54 [many of the tracks on this compilation are included]
No Doubt
Paul Oakenfold
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Oklahoma! [soundtrack album]
Olive
Oliver! [soundtrack album]
Carl Orff [Classical]
Charlie Parker [Jazz]
Mandy Patinkin [Jazz]
A Perfect Circle [related group Tool is included]
Oscar Peterson [Jazz]
The Phantom of the Opera [theatrical album]
Phish
Pink
Pretty Woman [soundtrack album]
Louis Prima [Jazz]
Giacomo Puccini [Classical]
Pulp Fiction [soundtrack album]
Queensryche
Sergei Rachmanioff [Classical]
Raffi
Rancid
Maurice Ravel [Classical]
Reality Bites [soundtrack album]
Rent [theatrical album]
Reservoir Dogs [soundtrack album]
LeAnn Rimes
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov [Classical]
Rocky [soundtrack album]
Sonny Rollins [Jazz]
Romeo and Juliet [1996 soundtrack album]
Mstislav Rostropovich [Classical]
Erik Satie [Classical]
Joe Satriani
Diane Schuur [Jazz]
Jill Scott
Seal
Sesame Street Platinum All-Time Favorites [soundtrack album]
Wayne Shorter [Jazz]
Show Boat [theatrical album]
Side by Side by Sondheim [theatrical album]
Horace Silver [Jazz]
Frank Sinatra [Jazz]
Singin' in the Rain [soundtrack album]
Singles [soundtrack album]
Sleepless in Seattle [soundtrack album]
Bedřich Smetana [Classical]
The Sound of Music [soundtrack album]
South Pacific [theatrical album]
A Star Is Born [soundtrack album]
Star Wars [soundtrack album]
St. Germain
The Sting [soundtrack album]
Richard Struss [Classical]
Igor Stravinsky [Classical]
Stone Temple Pilots
Barbara Streisand [Jazz]
The Strokes
Sugar [Bob Mould, leader of this band, is included himself and as part of Hüsker Dü]
Sunday in the Park With George [theatrical album]
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [theatrical album]
Swingers [soundtrack album]
System of a Down
Art Tatum [Jazz]
Thievery Corporation
This Is Spinal Tap [soundtrack album]
Susan Tedeschi
Marlo Thomas and Friends
The Three Tenors [Classical]
Titanic [soundtrack album]
Trainspotting [soundtrack album]
Travis
Shania Twain
Twin Peaks [soundtrack album; the Julee Cruise track, 'Falling', is included on this album but since it was originally released on her album, Floating Into the Night, this soundtrack album is considered to be excluded]
2001: A Space Odyssey [soundtrack album]
Van Cliburn [Classical]
Vangelis
Sarah Vaughan [Jazz]
Giuseppe Verdi [Classical]
Antonio Vivaldi [Classical]
Andreas Vollenweider
Richard Wagner [Classical]
Rufus Wainwright
Fats Waller [Jazz]
The Wallflowers
Grover Washington, Jr. [Jazz]
Gillian Welch
West Side Story [theatrical album]
When Harry Met Sally [soundtrack album]
Cassandra Wilson [Jazz]
George Winston
The Wizard of Oz [soundtrack album]
Trisha Yearwood
Lester Young [Jazz]