Significant Recordings of 1996–1997
We asked several highly opinionated music experts and writers to select the recordings (released in the United States between September 1996 and August 1997) that caught their ears. Here are their picks.
John Hassan is a freelance writer who has written for Esquire, People and The Boston Globe. He is also the editor of the ESPN Information Please Sports Almanac. Milo Miles is a writer who contributes articles on music to the Village Voice and many other publications. He also comments on world music and reissues for Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR and is music-features editor for the music-service Web site SoundStone.com. Kevin O'Hare is an album and concert reviewer whose work is distributed nationally by the Newhouse News Service. Tim Riley is the author of Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage, 1988) and Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (Knopf/Vintage, 1992). He works as senior editor at Lycos.com and maintains the pop culture journal millennium pop. Robert Santelli is the director of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He's the author of The Big Book of Blues (Penguin, 1994) and The Best of the Blues (Penguin, 1997). David Patrick Stearns is the theater and classical music critic for USA Today. J. Drew Todd is a freelance writer who specializes in American culture. He has taught film analysis and jazz history at Suffolk University in Boston.