George Graham's Best of 1996 albums list.
Part 2 -- April-June 1996

This is a the list of albums featured during the multi-part Best of 1996 series presented during the last two weeks of the year on Mixed Bag, heard on WVIA-FM. These albums were selected by series host George Graham from the over The lists are arranged chronologically by month of release. The asterisk (*) indicated an recording featured on the Mixed Bag Weekly Album Review (Wednesdays at 9:00 PM). (#) indicates an instrumental album in the Mixed Bag list

Best of 1996, Part 1: January-March
Best of 1996, Part 3: July-September
Best of 1996, Part 4: October-December

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One Alternative Yet To Be # One Alternative + 2 ac. gts & oboe. Nice New age
Bill Morrissey Never Get to Heaven Philo 1194 Quirky New England folkie in good new set
Gillian Welch Revival Almo 80006 Acclaimed songwriter creates tunes that sound like old trad.
Clarence Gatemouth Brown Long Way Home Verve 314529465 Veteran bluesman in competent CD, but not his best
The Iguanas Super Ball Margaritaville 162531040 Like Los Lobos + New Orleans
Barbara Kessler Notion Eastern Front EFR 110 Good thoughtful folkie
Angelique Kidjo Fifa Mango 162531039 African pop + some Euro dance
Gipsy Kings Tierra Gitana Nonesuch 79299 Veteran flamenco-pop group in strong set
Kit Watkins Beauty Drifting # Linden 2024 Pleasing, atmospheric but intelligent new age electronic
Pete Seeger Pete Living Music 0032 Folk legend with many special guests reprising some of his hits
* The Kennedys Life Is Large Green Linnet 2123 Great folk-rock in Byrds/Beatles tradition
Stained Grass Window. View Through a Stained Grass Window + Stained Grass Window Eclectic bluegrass
various Southside Sunday Nights Godfrey Daniels Great sampler of music from Bethlehem folk club
Richard Thompson You? Me? Us? Capitol 33704 2 CD set by Engl. folk veteran with fine songs, but annoying sonic mix
* Mark Sallings and the Famous Unknowns Let It Be Known Vent 30007 Superb electric blues band from Alabama
Alvin Youngblood Hart Big Mama's Door Okeh/550 67593 Young acoustic bluesman, in Taj Mahal trad.
Sam Bush Glamour and Grits Sugar Hill 3849 New Grass Revival founder in great acoustic set
Robin & Linda Williams Sugar for Sugar Sugar Hill 1052 Fine folk/bluegrass
Eileen Ivers Wild Blue # Green Linnet 1166 Celtic fiddler in eclectic set
Roy Rogers Rhythm & Groove Pointblank 243841494 Great blues slide guitar
Leo Kottke 6 and 12 String Guitar Takoma reissue 6503 Re-release of Kottke's 1st CD from 1969
Jerry Douglas & Peter Rowan Yonder Sugar Hill 3847 Fine traditional folk & bluegrass
Greenidge/Utley Club Trini # Margaritaville 162531041 Fun tropical sounds from J. Buffett band members

John McLaughlin The Promise Verve 314529828 Fine jazz-rock fusion
* Naked to the World Pilgrim's Kiss Tangible 56805 Superb acoustic folk-rock group with wonderful songwriting
Dave Matthews Band Crash RCA 66904 Interesting followup from surprise-hit band
Mere Mortals Grin + Sounds Good 02 Thoughtful, sophisticated rock from NE PA, also featured on the Homegrown Music CD
Rick Manwiller Another Fine Mesozoic Confidential Dakota member jokes that he's stuck in the 70s. He does it really well.
Scott Hungarter Halflife # Single Bit * Outstanding, intelligent electronic from Kingston, PA
Elvis Costello All This Useless Beauty Warner Bros. 46198 Great new set my prolific songwriter w/ some of his old band
Steeleye Span Time Shanachie 79099 Veteran English band returns with slight disappointment
Satan and Adam Living on the River Rave On 659680331 Good blues from NYC street musicians
* Joe Craven Camptown # Acorn AM011 Extremely eclectic & clever acoustic world music mixtures
Steve Morse Band Stressfest # High Street 10345 Dixie Dregs founder in strong rock guitar set
Coco Montoya Ya Think I'd Know Better Blind Pig 5033 Ex-Mayall guitarist in good bluesy set
Chris Pati Blufire + Modern Voices 001 Strong, melodic, sophisticated blues
Saffire: The Uppity Blueswomen Cleaning House Alligator 4840 3 middle aged blueswomen continue to have fun, trad. & witty songs
Four Piece Suit Ready to Where? # Ocean Music 2006 Surf guitars, twang and big saxophone rock
* Solas Solas Shanachie 78002 The Celtic CD of the Year -- Remarkable musicianship by Seamus Egan & Co.
* Bo Diddley A Man Amongst Men Atlantic 82896 Veteran rocker returns with great blues album
Patty Griffin Living with Ghosts A&M 314540490 Distinctive solo acoustic set on major label by good singer-songwriter
Noa Calling Geffen 24965 Creative, sophisticated jazzy pop from female Israeli singer
Psychograss Like Minds # Sugar Hill 3851 All-star New Acoustic group doing eclectic instrumentals
Gary Hoey Gary Hoey # Surfdog 77728 First-class rock guitar instrumentals
Muddy Waters Tribute Band You're Gonna Miss Me Telarc 8335 Good set by Waters bandmembers & guests
.32-20 Divine Ignition Spark RMF 001 Another good young Southern Rock band

The Squirrel Nut Zippers Hot Mammoth 0137 Fun group stuck in the 1930s and loving it
Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot Rounder 0370 Compilation of previously released performances by bluegrass guitar virtuoso
Fairport Convention Old New Borrowed Blue Green Linnet Excellent set by English folk group, including some live cuts
Steve Tilston And So It Goes Flying Fish Articulate English singer-songwriter
* The Blue Nile Peace at Last Warner Bros. 45848 Scottish band in atmospheric, but sometimes soul-infl. music
Bendik Hofseth Metamorphosis # Verve/Sonet 527789 Interesting jazz-rock fusion
Squeeze Ridiculous IRS 7243838304 Veteran band in good set of bright pop
Lex Romane & Joe Riillo What's All These Blues About + independent Great bluesy, jazzy covers of old songs
Radim Zenkl Strings and Wings Shanachie 5021 Nice Acoustic/bluegrass
* Keb' Mo' Just Like You Okeh/Epic Fine new CD by acoustic blues revivalist
* Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada MCA/Curb 11409 One of today's best singer-songwriters in typically eclectic, witty set
The Fiji Mariners featuring Col. Bruce Hampton Capricorn 314532459 Fun, very quirky new music from Hampton Grease Band founder
Tim O'Brien Red on Blonde Sugar Hill 3853 Remarkably creative bluegrass versions of Bob Dylan
J.J. Cale Guitar Man Virgin 41480 Bluesy songwriter keeps on keepin' on
Tom Paxton Live for the Record Sugar Hill 1053 60s folk legend is best live w/ songs to make you laugh & cry
Jackopierce Finest Hour A&M 314540463 Nice young folk-rock duo in sophomore set
Cindy Lee Berryhill Straight Outta Marysville Earth Music 232484503 Good articulate folk-rock singer-songwriter

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Best of 1996, Part 1: January-March
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