WCBE'S Choice Albums of 2001

What were the best CDs of 2001? We have a few ideas!

The WCBE music staff reviewed, debated, and finally forged a list of the Choice Albums of 2002. Whether you want to add to your personal music library, or need a handy reference for gift-giving, this list of the best music released in the past year is a must-have for every music aficionado. Most of these CD's are also available for purchase. Just go to A portion of each order directed through this link will benefit your public radio station - WCBE!

The Waterboys - A Rock In The Weary Land (Razor & Tie)
Sam Phillips - Fan Dance (Nonesuch)
Alison Krauss - New Favorite (Rounder)
Clem Snide - The Ghost of Fashion (Spinart)
Nanci Griffith - Clock Without Hands (Elektra)
Toni Price - Midnight Pumpkin (Antone's)
Chris Whitley - Rocket House (ATO)
Scott Miller & the Commonwealth - Thus Always To Tyrants (Sugar Hill)
Ike Turner - Here And Now (Icon)
Geggy Tah - Into The Oh (Virgin)
Catie Curtis - My Shirt Looks Good On You (Rykodisc)
Action Figure Party - Action Figure Party (Blue Thumb)
Ron Sexsmith - Blue Boy (Interscope)
Habib Koite - Baro (Putumayo)
Blind Boys of Alabama - Spirit of the Century (Realworld)
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator) (Acony)
Anders Osborne - Ash Wednesday Blues (Shanachie)
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire - The Swimming Hour (Rykodisc)
Kirsty MacColl - Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct)
Joe Henry - Scar (Mammoth)
Cesaria Evora - Sao Vicente (Nonesuch)
Afro Celt Sound System - Volume 3: Further In Time (Realworld)
J.J. Cale - Live (Back Porch)
Whiskeytown - Pneumonia (Lost Highway)
David Mead - Mine And Yours (RCA)
String Cheese Incident - Outside Inside (Sci-Fidelity)
John Hammond - Wicked Grin (Pointblank)
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals - Live From Mars (Virgin)
Marcia Ball - Presumed Innocent (Alligator)
Herbie Hancock - Future 2 Future (Transparent)
Laurie Anderson - Life on a String (Nonesuch)
The Word - The Word (Ropeadope)
Ryan Adams - Gold (Lost Highway)
Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales (Enjoy)
Ozomatli - Embrace the Chaos (Interscope)
Buddy & Julie Miller - Buddy & Julie Miller (Hightone)
Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs (Epic)
Bob Dylan - Love and Theft (Columbia)
Suzanne Vega - Songs in Red and Gray (A&M)
Garmarna - Hildegard von Bingen (North Side)
David Gray - The EP's 92-94 (Caroline)
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Back to Bogalusa (Blue Thumb)
Jay Farrar - Sebastopol (Artemis)
North Mississippi Allstars - 51 Phantom (Tone Cool)
Zeb - Jesterized (Musicrama)
Charlie Hunter - Songs from the Analog Playground (Blue Note)
Ani DiFranco - Revelling/Reckoning (Righteous Babe)
Jonathan Richman - Her Mystery Not of High Heels? (Vapor)
James Taylor Quartet - Message from the Godfather (Ubiquity)
Bill Frisell - With Dave Holland & Elvin Jones (Nonesuch)
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down (Arista)
Raul Malo - Today (Omtown)
Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop)
Dr. John - Creole Moon (Blue Note)
Kiyoshi Yoshida - Asian Drums II (Pacific Moon)
John Mayall & Friends - Along For The Ride (Eagle)
The Be Good Tanyas - Blue Horse (Nettwerk)
Bjork - Vespertine (Elektra)
Soneros de Verdad - A Buena Vista: Barrio de la Habana (Narada)
Karsh Kale - Realize (6 Degrees)
Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women - Ain't Gonna Hush (Alligator)
Eddie from Ohio - Quick (Virginia Soul)
Kings of Convenience - Versus (Astralwerks)
Oysterhead - The Grand Pecking Order (Elektra)
Soulive - Doin' Something (Blue Note)
Batidos - Olajope (6 Degrees)
U Roy - Now (Beatville)
Manu Chao - Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (Virgin)
Rodney Jones - Soul Manifesto (Blue Note)
The Beta Band - Hot Shots II (Astralwerks)
Galactic - We Love 'em Tonight (Volcano)
Tori Amos - Strange Little Girls (Atlantic)
Tim O'Brien - Two Journeys (Howdy Skies)
Strunz & Farah - Stringweave (Selva)
B-Side Players - Movement (Surfdog)
Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs (Columbia)
Los Mocosos - Shades Of Brown (6 Degrees)
Gaelic Storm - Tree (Omtown)
The Prodigals - Dreaming In Hell's Kitchen (Grab Entertainment)
Transglobal Underground - Yes Boss Food Center (Ark 21)
Widespread Panic - Don't Tell The Band (Sanctuary)
Los Super Seven - Canto (Columbia)
The Persuasions - Might As Well (Grateful Dead)
G. Love & Special Sauce - Electric Mile (Okeh)
Jeb Loy Nichols - Just What Time It Is (Rykodisc)
Diana Krall - The Look Of Love (Verve)
Dhol Foundation - Big Drum Small World (Shakti)
John Hiatt - The Tiki Bar Is Open (Vanguard)
Gypsy Kings - Somos Gitanos (Elektra)
Buddy Guy - Sweet Tea (Silvertone)
Greg Trooper - Straight Down Rain (Eminent)
Moreno Veloso + 2 - Music Typewriter (Hannibal)
Bill Morrissey - Something I Saw or Thought I Saw (Philo)
The Old Blind Dogs - Fit? (Green Linnet)
The Holmes Brothers - Speaking In Tongues (Alligator)
Krishna Das - Breath Of The Heart (Karuna)
Billie Holiday - Lady Day (Columbia)
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (Fat Cat)
C.J. Chenier - Step It Up (Alligator)
Voices on the Verge - Live In Philadelphia (Rykodisc)
Ronny Jordan - Off the Record (Blue Note)
Call and Response - Call and Response (Emperor Norton)
Kermit Ruffins - 1533 St. Philip Street (Basin Street)
Rufus Wainwright - Poses (Dreamworks)
Various Artists - Jamaica (Putumayo)
Various Artists - Carnival (Putumayo)
Various Artists - Music From The Coffee Lands II (Putumayo)
Various Artists - Django Reinhardt NY Festival (Atlantic)
Various Artists - Darker Than Blue: Soul from the Jamdown (Blood & Fire)
Various Artists - Samba Soul 70! (6 Degrees)
Various Artists - Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt (Freefalls)
Various Artists - The Harder They Come [Soundtrack] (Island)
Various Artists - Philadelphia Folk Festival: 40th Anniversary(Sliced Bread)


Dave Powers - Listen To This (self)
Orchestraville - At night, it is particularly lovely. (Mossey)
The Big Creak - Sick (self)
Tony Monaco Trio - Burnin' Grooves (Summit)
One Riot One Ranger - Flat City Nights (Hayden's Ferry)
Moviola - Rumors of the Faithful (Spirit of Orr)
Sister Flow - Charming Songs In Some Key (self)
The Shantee - Hydration(self)
The Johnson Brothers - Quintessential Honey (self)