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These are known typographical errors in Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Page references are to the original edition: St. Martin's Griffin, 2000. More items will be added to this list as we find them.

Page 6: Laurie Anderson: The Ugly One With the Jewels
Full title is: The Ugly One With the Jewels and Other Stories
Page 7: Another Bad Creation: Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! . . . Svengali Michael Bivens's juxtaposition of boy sopranos . . .
Michael Bivins
Page 8: The Apples in Stereo: "Ruby," "Questions and Answers" (The Wallpaper Reveries, SpinArt '99)
Her Wallpaper Reverie
Page 9: Archers of Loaf: All the Nation's Airports
All the Nations Airports
Page 9: Archers of Loaf: Vitus Tinnitus . . . ("Nostalgia," "Audio Whore")
Page 17: The Band: The Best of Volume II (Paradox '99)
You can read the cover variously, but The Best of the Band Volume II is probably the most reasonable reading. The label should be Rhino.
Page 19: Basehead: Play With Toys (Emigré '91)
Page 19: Waldemar Bastos: Blacklight (Pretaluz)
Title on spine is Pretaluz [Blacklight], reversed from the front cover.
Page 20: The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sound of Science . . . "She's Got It"
The Sounds of Science; "She's On It"
Page 22: The Beautiful South: Blue is the Color
Page 22: Beck: One Foot in the Grave . . . his one-offs top Calvin Johnston's keepers
Calvin Johnson's
Page 27: Bis: This Is Teen-C Power! . . . lines liek "We all want the system to fail" seem wishful
Page 28-29: Black Box Recorder: England Made Me . . . and the morbid teen-chanson "Seasons of the Sun" as if they reflect the identical sensibility, which now they do.
"Seasons in the Sun"
Page 29: The Black Heart Processions: The Black Heart Procession
Page 30: Bobby Bland: Blue Sad Street
Sad Street
Page 32: Blondie: No Exit . . . I'll trade the sexo-mystico "My Skin" for "Heart of Glass," . . .
"Screaming Skin"
Page 45: The Best of Reggae Dancehall Vol. 1 (Profile '90)
The title here should be Dancehall Stylee: The Best of Reggae Dancehall Music Vol. 1.
Page 47: Chris Cacavas: Junkyard Love (Heyday '92)
Junkyard Love is band name; album title is Good Times
Page 53: Sam Chege: Kickin' Kikuyu-Style . . . is more Neal Tennant than Sam Mangwana.
Neil Tennant
Page 54: Neneh Cherry: Homebrew . . . She's marked out a meaningfuil piece of turf:
Page 55: The Chills: Submarine Bells . . . Anway, his true theme song is . . .
Page 66: Marshall Crenshaw: Number 447
Title on album appears as #447
Page 74: El DeBarge: Heart, Mind and Soul . . . Jerome Dupri (one trick groove) . . . The incomparable In a Special Way was 1984
Jermaine Dupri; 1983
Page 76: Demolition Doll Rods: Demolition Doll Rods (Matador '99)
Album title is T. L. A., not that you can tell from the usual hints, like the cover.
Page 84: Dr. Octagon: Dr. Octagon (Bulk '96)
Dr. Octagonecologyst
Page 87: Drive-By Truckers: Pizza Deliverance (Soul Wax '99)
Soul Dump/Ghostmeat
Page 91: Divas of Mali . . . Dandia Kouyate, "Jakha"
Kandia Kouyate
Page 94: Eminem: The Slim Shady LP . . . Sticking nine-inch nails through his eyelids, flattening a black bully with a four-inch broom, reminding his conscience-producer about Dee Barnes, watching helplessly as an abused Valley Girl OD's on his shrooms, cajoling his baby daughter Hailey into helping him get rid of her mom's body, he shows more comic genius than any pop musician since--London Wainwright III?
Loudon Wainwright III
Page 95: En Vogue: Runaway Love (Atlantic '92)
EastWest '93. This record should also be marked as an EP, as it was billed on the cover "Specially Priced EP" and the time is approx. 29:26
Page 101: Marianne Faithfull: A Perfect Stranger: The Island Collection
The Island Anthology
Page 101: Th Faith Healers: Imaginary Friends
Imaginary Friend
Page 108: Aretha Franklin: A Rose Is Still a Rose . . . an album as audacious and accomplished as the great Wexler's Spirit in the Sky or Young, Gifted and Black.
Spirit in the Dark
Page 110: Funky Porcini: Love, Pussycats and Carwrecks . . . Funky Porcini: Let's See What Carmen Can Do
Funki Porcini
Page 111: Fat Beats & Bra Straps: Classics . . . when young Latifah shanks the Meters, . . .
Page 113: Peter Gabriel: US . . . "Steam"'s googolgroove overwhelms its petty sexism, but "Kiss the Frog" wrecks a funny little idea about Pete's penis by asking it to hold up the weight of the world. And "Kiss the Frog" is the other fast one, plus one makes two.
"Kiss That Frog"
Page 116: Ghorwal: Majurugenta
artist name: Ghorwane
Page 116: Ghostface Killah: Ironman . . . the social-realist family reminiscence "All I Got Is You."
"All That I Got Is You."
Page 118: Girls Against Boys: House of GvsB (Touch and Go '94)
Released in 1996.
Page 121-122: Grateful Dead: Dozin' at the Knick (Grateful Dead '96) . . . Brett Mydland
Brent Mydland
Page 123: Green Day: Insomniac . . . Billy Joe has an instinctive hold on the rock and roll virtue . . .
Billie Joe [Armstrong]
Page 137, 144: (Suck It and See, Palm Pictures '99)
Should be marked as [comp].
Page 142: Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster . . . Learning and diversifying, remembering where he comes from and sticking to what he knows, Ice-T wing big as the old school shakes out.
Page 146: Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996 . . . Her three count-'em three A&M albums produced 12 count-'em 12 top-five singles.
The original review only counted two A&M albums. The latest recount finds four: Janet Jackson (1982), Dream Street (1984), Control (1986), and Rhythm Nation: 1914 (1989). Regardless of the count, only the last two albums contributed anything to the compilation, as admitted by the announced timespan.
Page 149: Wyclef Jean: Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring Refugees Allstars
Page 150: Jewel: Pieces of You (Atlantic '97)
This was released in 1995.
Page 151: Linton Kwesi Johnson: Tings an' Times . . . "Sense Outa Nonsense"
Page 152: Daniel Johnston: "Come See Me Tonight" (My So-Called Life, Atlantic '95)
Album was a soundtrack, so should have had a "[ST]" designation.
Page 164: The KLF: The White Album (Arista '91) "They're justified/And they're ancient/And they like to roam the land," croons anonymous disco soulgirl P.P. Arnold.
Reports are that these lines are actually sung by a male singer whose stage name is Black Steel.
Page 168: Kalesijski Svuci: Bosnian Breakdown: The Unpronounceable Beat of Sarajevo
Kalesijski Svuci is the group name. This is the work of a single group, not a compilation, so it should appear alphabetized by artist.
Page 171: Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Greatest Hits (Shanachie '92)
The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Page 175: Le Tigre: Le Tigre . . . Topics include aesthetic theory, millenarian hippies, John Cassavetes, the pleasures of the Metro Card, who put the ram in the rama-lama-ding-dong, and "Hot Topics" ("Nina Simone!" "Ann Peebles!" "The Slits!" "James Baldwin!" "Mia X!" "Billy Tipton!" "Shirley Muldoon!").
The song title is "Hot Topic," even if the iteration suggests plural; the last name is drag racer Shirley Muldowney
Page 175, 305: (The Best of Reggae Dancehall Music Volume 2, Profile, '90)
Should be marked as [comp]
Page 175: Huey Lewis: Hard at Play (EMI America '91)
Huey Lewis and the News
Page 175: Jerry Lee Lewis: Rockin' My Life Away (Tomato '90) . . .
Same record (almost but not quite the same CG) also appears in CG '80s book as (Tomato '89). The 1989 date looks to be right, but we kept the CG here.
Page 177: Arto Lindsay: Pride
Title is Prize, although Pride would have made more sense, given his previous albums: Envy, Greed, Lust. The use of a Fraktur-style font for the cover art also contributed to the confusion. Wonder if they did that on purpose?
Page 185: L7: Live Omaha to Osaka (Man's Ruin, '99)
Release date was Dec. 1998.
Page 190: Kasse Mady: Fode . . . Malian Kutché, with classically trained All-Star Boncana Maiga as Fafy Boutella
Safy Boutella
Page 196: Massive Attack: Protection . . . (they return Tracy Thorn's favor with interest, including an introduction to unknown-but-equal Nicolette)
Tracey Thorn
Page 203: Joe Meek: It's Hard to Believe: The Amazing World of Joe Meek
It's Hard to Believe It
Page 204: John Cougar Mellencamp with Me'Shell NdegéOcello: "Wild Nights" (Dance Naked, Mercury '94)
According to AMG, album artist is John Mellencamp, and song is "Wild Night." Ndegéocello does sing on the cut, but should she be fully credited here?
Page 211: Morrissey: Your Arsenal (Sire '92)
Page 214: David Murray: Jug-a-Lug . . . Recommended recent jazz titles by this endlessly resourceful if suspiciously prolific recording artist include the Malcolm tribute-quickie MX (Flying Dutchman), stirred and soured by Bobby Bradford''s cornet, Saxmen (Flying Dutchman) . . .
Both MX and Saxmen originally appeared on Red Baron.
Page 216: My Bloody Valentine: Glider (Sire/Warner Bros. '90) The first two cuts all but worthless, the final two murmured in a studio-stoned trance, this is the industrial New Age their organlike guitars have promised--the reliable rhythm of a giant linoleum buffer systematically rubbing the skin off your soul.
Page 220: Muziki Wa Dansi (Afrocasette '95)
Label is: Africasette.
Page 221: Nas: I Am . . . Ghostface Killa's "Wildflower"
Ghostface Killah
Page 222: Youssou N'Dour: Lii! . . . Move over, Tony Tone Toné.
Tony Toni Toné
Page 226: Jeb Loy Nichols: Lovers Knot . . . The former Fellow Traveler is so subtle
Nichols' former group was the Fellow Travellers, so presumably he was a former Fellow Traveller.
Page 229: NOFX: So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes (Epitaph '98)
Page 232: The Odyssey Band: Reunion (Knitting Factory /Works '98)
Group name is Odyssey the Band.
Page 235: Yoko Ono: New York Rock . . . Eminences from Rosanne Cash to the B'52's have covered her with the love she deserves . . .
Page 236: The Orb: U.F. Orb . . . Travelogue techno. Hassell & Eno, Budd & Eno, Steve Reich, Steve Speilberg, Augustus Pablo, Davy Jones, all watered down for your trippy delectation.
Steve Spielberg
Page 240: John Paris and Polly Jean Harvey: Dance Hall at Louse Point
John Parish
Page 243, 261, 346: (No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees, Epic '99)
Should be marked as [comp]
Page 243: Dawn Penn "You Don't Love Me (No No No No)" (No No No, Atlantic '94)
Missing colon, commas; too negative. Try: Dawn Penn: "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" (No, No, No, Atlantic '94)
Page 244: Lee Perry & Mad Professor: Black Art Experryments
Black Ark Experryments
Page 244: Pet Shop Boys: Behavior (EMI '91)
Release date was 1990. The label could be read as EMI-USA, not to be confused with EMI America. The title in the U.K. was Behaviour.
Page 246: Phish: A Live One . . . its music dominated conceptually by the high-cholestorol chords and florid arpeggios of Page McConnell's piano.
Page 254: The Prodigy: Music for the Jilted Generation (Muse '95)
Page 258: Prodigy Present the Dirtside Recordings Volume One (Beggars Banquet '99)
Dirtchamber Sessions, label is XL/Beggars Banquet
Page 261: Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested . . . So even if you love Nick of Time (or Luck of the Draw, like me), this two-CD mix of old songs and new illustrates why Raitt became an icon while Ronstandt turned into a gargoyle.
Page 263: Red Aunts: Ghetto Blaster (Epitaph '97)
Page 269: Ruff Ryders: "What Ya Need" (Ryde or Die Volume 1, Ruff Ryders/Interscope '99)
"What You Want"
Page 271: The Real Hip-Hop: The Best of D&D, Vol. 1 . . . Smif-N-Wessum
Page 272: RZA: The RZA Hits (Razor Sharp/Epic '99)
The book filed this under compilations, which is justifiable given that all of the individual artists are separately cited on the back cover. Many discographical sources file this under RZA, which is justifiable given that RZA provides the narration interspersed with the hits. However, the title given in the book is hard to justify, since nowhere does RZA appear twice. The best title is probably just The RZA Hits.
Page 277: Sebadoh: Bakesale . . . or a more visionary Unable to Love song than "Together and Alone."
Song title: "Together or Alone"
Page 278: Septeto Nacional & Guests: Mas Cuba Libres . . . except I''ll take rough-voiced eightysomething P'o Leva over Compay Segundo or Enrico Ferrer
Pío Leyva
Page 279: The San Francisco Seals: Now Here (Matador '94)
Album title is most often rendered as Nowhere
Page 279: Mem Shannon: Mem Shannon's 2nd Blues Album (Hannibal '98)
Page 281: Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Ledbetter Heights (Giant '96)
Page 282: Frank Sinatra: Everything Happens to Me . . . It anoints more Don Costas than Nelson Riddles and surprisingly scant on the Tin Pan Alley pantheon, the defining factor is tempo, almost always moderate or less, accentuating the autumnally ruminative mood of the songs and the old man who looked back on them so fondly.
and is surprisingly scant
Page 284: Skeleton Key: Fantastic Spike Through Balloon
Page 284: Sleater-Kinney: Call the Doctor . . . As partner/rival/Other Carrie Brownstein puts it in an eloquently tongue-tied moment: "It's just my stuff."
Wasn't that Corrin Tucker?
Page 288: Dave Soldier: The Kropotkins (Koch '97)
Page 290: Soul Coughing: Irresistible Bliss (Warner Bros. '96)
Slash/Warner Bros.
Page 297: Sublime: Live: Stand by Your Van (Gasoline Alley/MCA '99)
Page 298: Sugarcubes: The A Collection (Elektra '98)
The album title (at least on the front cover) is: The Great Crossover Potential
Page 301: The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers--A Tribute Album (Columbia/Egyptian '97)
Just A Tribute
Page 302: The Spirit of Cape Verde (Tinder '99)
Page 307: Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments: Bait and Switch . . . First five tracks rush by in a perfect furious tunefest, climaxing with a bar song called "Loser's Heaven" that's ripe for total rearrangement by anybody in Nashville with some guts left.
"Cheater's Heaven"
Page 311: Tortoise: Millions Not Living Will Never Die . . . Best moment: the lead bassline, lifted directly from "Pop Tones" (by PiL, kids).
"Poptones"; should probably be PIL, since the only reason for PiL was one album's artwork, or Public Image Ltd. (a/k/a Image publique, S.A.)
Page 313: Boubacar Traoré: Mariana
Page 314: A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm . . . Though most of the second "side" remains subtler than is by any means necessary, it has more good songs on it than any neutral observer will believe without trying: the Afrogallic "Luck of Lucien," the slumming "After Hours," the cholesterol-conscious "Ham 'n' Eggs," the lustful "Bonita Appleburn," the safe-sex "Public Enemy."
Two of these five songs are actually on the first "side"; not a problem as long as the reader understands it to refer to the whole album
Page 314: A Tribe Called Quest: Anthology
The Anthology
Page 317: Two Nice Girls: Like a Version . . . I'm impressed that I have have no idea where the other two covers come from.
just one have
Page 318: Tokyo Invasion, Volume I: Cosmic Hurushi Monsters
Page 324: Alan Vega/Alex Chilton/Ben Vaughan: Cubist Blues
Ben Vaughn
Page 332: Papa Wemba et Viva la Musica: Paapa Wemba et Viva la Musica (Sonodisc import '94)
Actual title appears to be For Idoles
Page 333: Calvin Grant Weston: Dance Romance
Grant Calvin Weston
Page 333: Whale: All Disco Must End in Broken Bones
All Disco Dance Must End in Broken Bones
Page 333: Catherine Whalen's Jazz Squad: Catherine Whalen's Jazz Squad
Katherine Whalen
Page 333: Dr. Michael White: Live at the Village Vanguard
title appears to be New Year's at the Village Vanguard
Page 334: Whoopi and the Sisters: "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today"
Missing close parenthesis.
Page 336: Sonny Boy Williamson: Keep It to Ourselves . . . Sonny Boy plays it ike he sings it like he talks it
Page 342: Xscape: Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha . . . may convince Jerome Dupri he can repeat "Jump"
Jermaine Dupri
Page 346: Yo Yo: Make Way for the Motherlodey . . . how one respects onself.
Page 346: Yo Yo: Black Pearl . . . Advising the downpessed or dissing fools
Page 354: Boredoms . . . But I liked their track on the Cosmic Hurushi Monsters comp . . .
Cosmic Kurushi Monsters
Page 357: Jimi Hendrix . . . or shop around for the out-of-print MCA Woodstock and Rykodisc BBC Sessions and Live at Winterland before they disappear.
Radio One
Page 366: Prodigy Present the Dirtside Recordings Volume One (XL '99)
Dirtchamber Sessions, label XL/Beggars Banquet
Page 367: Kerestina: Guitar Songs of Southern Mozambigue 1955-1957
Page 369: Kalesijski Svuci: Bosnian Breakdown: The Unpronounceable Beat of Sarajevo (GlobeStyle import '92)
This is a single artist (Kalesijski Svuci) compilation, so should not be in this list.
Page 369: Tokyo Invasion, Volume I: Cosmic Hurushi Monsters
Page 370: Tokyo Invasion, Volume I: Cosmic Hurushi Monsters
Page 375: 1990 (87)
Actual count is 88.
Page 376: Public Enemy: Apocalypse '91: The Empire Strikes Black (Def Jam)
Page 376: My Bloody Valentine: Glide (Sire/Warner Bros.)
Page 379: Master Musicians of Jajouka: Apocalypse Across the Sky (Axiom)
artist name is listed elsewhere in book as: Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar
Page 380: 1993 (89)
Actual count is 90.
Page 380: Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Greatest Hits (Shanachie)
Title is: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Page 383: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: Message From Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Rhino)
Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five
Page 384: 1995 (90)
Actual count is 91.
Page 384: Orüj Guvenc & Tumata
Oruç Güvenç & Tümata. Note that the umlauts are not used consistently throughout book.
Page 385: That Dog: Totally Crushed Out (DGC)
Totally Crushed Out!
Page 385-386: Super Sweet Talks International: The Lord's Prayer
Same album listed two times. Which one?
Page 386: brute.: Nine High With a Bullet (Capricorn)
Nine High a Pallet
Page 386: M People: Forbidden Fruit (Epic)
Bizarre Fruit
Page 387: Tokyo Invasion, Volume 1: Cosmic Hurushi Monsters (Virgin import)
Page 389: 1997 (102) . . . Sublime: Sublime (Gasoline Alley/MCA)
Duplicate, appears both in 1996 and 1997 lists. Correct year is 1996. Scratch this entry. (Drops count to 101.)
Page 389: Wyclef Jean: Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring Refugees Allstars
Page 390: Thompson & Thompson: Industry (Rykodisc)
Richard Thompson + Danny Thompson
Page 391: 1997 (85)
list in book has 86 entries; actual count is 87 including the omitted Fatboy Slim album
Page 391: Buju Banton: Inna Heights (VP) . . . Pavement: Shady Lane (Matador)
Missing entry, insert: The Dismemberment Plan: The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified
Page 393: United Kingdom of Punk: The Hardcore Years
Should be italics.
Page 393: Badar Ali Khan: Lost in Qawwali II (Worldly/Triloka)
missing line above this: Fatboy Slim: On the Floor at the Boutique (Skint import)
Page 394: Handsome Boy Modeling School: So . . . How's Your Girl?
Should be italics.
Page 394: Jay-Z: Vol. 2 . . . Life and Times of S. Carter
Should be Vol. 3.
Page 394: Tropicàlia Essentials
Wrong accent, should be: Tropicália Essentials
Page 395: Arto Lindsay: Pride
Title is Prize.
Page 394-396: 1999 (102) . . . Uptown Lounge (The Right Stuff) . . . Uptown Lounge (The Right Stuff)
Record is listed twice. We kept the second listing (under Frank Sinatra), dropping count to 101.