Guest List: The Best Albums of 2012 – John Macintosh

1. SwansThe Seer

2. Beach HouseBloom

3. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city

4. Grizzly BearShields

5. Godspeed You! Black EmperorAllelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

6. SpiritualizedSweet Heart Sweet Light

7. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan

8. BurialKindred

9. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw…

10. Purity RingShrines

11. Andy StottLuxury Problems

12. Julia HolterEkstasis

13. Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t

14. Twin ShadowConfess

15. GrimesVisions

16. Tame ImpalaLonerism

17. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind

18. LiarsWIXIW

19. Death GripsThe Money Store

20. ChromaticsKill for Love

21. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse

22. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It

23. Crystal Castles(III)

24. Frank OceanChannel Orange

25. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music

26. Sharon Van EttenTramp

27. DIIVOshin

28. Ash BorerCold of Ages

29. Jason UrickI Love You

30. Scott WalkerBish Bosch

Honorable Mentions: NachtmystiumSilencing Machine, El-PCancer 4 Cure, Marissa NadlerThe Sister, PolicaGive You the Ghost, Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man, Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz, Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance, Angel OlsenHalf Way Home

The Best Albums of 1966


1. The BeatlesRevolver


2. The Beach BoysPet Sounds


3. Bob DylanBlonde on Blonde


4. The Mamas & The PapasIf You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears


5. John ColtraneAscension


6. The Mothers of InventionFreak Out!


7. Chico HamiltonThe Dealer


8. Nina SimoneWild Is the Wind


9. The Rolling StonesAftermath


10. MonksBlack Monk Time


11. Krzysztof KomedaAstigmatic


12. Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence


13. John Lee HookerIt Serve You Right to Suffer


14. Otis ReddingComplete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul


15. John MayallBlues Breakers With Eric Clapton


16. Wayne ShorterAdam’s Apple


17. The WhoA Quick One


18. DonovanSunshine Superman


19. Small FacesSmall Faces


20. Doc WatsonSouthbound


21. Wilson PickettThe Exciting Wilson Pickett


22. Miles DavisFour & More


23. John ColtraneMeditations


24. The KinksFace to Face


25. Lee MorganSearch for the New Land

The Best Albums of 1965


1. Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited


2. The BeatlesRubber Soul


3. John ColtraneA Love Supreme


4. Bob DylanBringing It All Back Home


5. Nina SimonePastel Blues


6. Jackson C. FrankJackson C. Frank


7. John FaheyThe Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death


8. Son HouseFather of Folk Blues


9. Albert AylerSpiritual Unity


10. The BeatlesHelp!


11. The WhoMy Generation


12. Wayne ShorterThe All Seeing Eye


13. Vince GuaraldiA Charlie Brown Christmas


14. Miles DavisE.S.P.


15. Atrud GilbertoThe Astrud Gilberto Album


16. ThemThe Angry Young Them


17. Wayne ShorterSpeak No Evil


18. Otis ReddingOtis Blue


19. The SonicsHere Are The Sonics!!!


20. The ByrdsMr. Tambourine Man


21. Horace SilverSong for My Father


22. Bert JanschBert Jansch


23. Pete La RocaBasra


24. Rahsaan Roland KirkRip, Rig and Panic


25. Merle HaggardStrangers

The Best Albums of 1964


1. Eric DolphyOut to Lunch!


2. Woody GuthrieLibrary of Congress Recordings


3. Nina SimoneNina Simone in Concert


4. Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin’


5. Bob DylanAnother Side of Bob Dylan


6. Grant GreenIdle Moments


7. Jan JohanssonJazz på svenska


8. The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night


9. Herbie HancockInventions and Dimensions


10. Andrew HillJudgement!


11. Stan Getz & João GilbertoGetz/Gilberto


12. Doc WatsonDoc Watson


13. John ColtraneCrescent


14. Michael GarrickMoonscape


15. Phil OchsAll the News That’s Fit to Sing


16. The RonettesPresenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica


17. Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles


18. Dave Van RonkJust Dave Van Ronk


19. Wayne ShorterJuju


20. John ColtraneColtrane’s Sound


21. Sam CookeAin’t That Good News


22. Buck OwensTogether Again / My Heart Skips a Beat


23. The Modern Jazz QuartetCollaboration


24. Baden PowellÀ Vontade


25. Johnny CashBitter Tears

The Best Albums of 1963


1. Bob DylanThe Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan


2. Charles MingusThe Black Saint and the Sinner Lady


3. Pete SeegerWe Shall Overcome


4. John ColtraneImpressions


5. Duke EllingtonMoney Jungle


6. Sam CookeNight Beat


7. John Coltrane & Johnny HartmanJohn Coltrane & Johnny Hartman


8. Sandy BullFantasias for Guitar & Banjo


9. John ColtraneBallads


10. Thelonious MonkMonk’s Dream


11. James BrownLive at the Apollo


12. Jorge BenSamba Esquema Novo


13. Solomon BurkeIf You Need Me


14. The DillardsBack Porch Bluegrass


15. Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington & John Coltrane


16. John ColtraneLive at Birdland


17. The BeatlesPlease Please Me


18. Cecil TaylorLive at the Café Montmartre


19. John Lee HookerDon’t Turn Me From Your Door


20. The BeatlesWith The Beatles


21. Tony BennettI Wanna Be Around…


22. Jackie McLeanOne Step Beyond


23. John FaheyDeath Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes


24. Hank MobleyNo Room for Squares


25. Kenny Burrell & John ColtraneKenny Burrell & John Coltrane