With all my heart I love you, baby: Best of 1986

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Several of these albums (Control, So, Please, Parade, The Good Earth, jeez, even Dirty Work) rank among my best ever, so 1986 ranks high among the best musical years of my life.

a-ha – Scoundrel Days
Anita Baker – Rapture
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
Cherelle –
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Blood and Chocolate
Duran Duran – Notorious
The Feelies – The Good Earth
Peter Gabriel – So
The Go-Betweens – Liberty Belle and the Diamond Express
Hüsker Dü – Candy Apple Grey
The Indestructible Beat of Soweto
Janet Jackson – Control
Grace Jones – Inside Story
Madonna – True Blue
Mekons – The Edge of the World
Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman – Song X
New Order – Brotherhood
Pet Shop Boys – Please
Prince & the Revolution – Parade
Public Image Ltd. – Album
R.E.M. – Life’s Rich Pageant
Rolling Stones – Dirty Work
Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell
Sade – Promise
Sonny Sharrock – Guitar
Paul Simon – Graceland
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
Sonic Youth – EVOL
Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring
Teena Marie – Emerald City
Randy Travis – Storms of Life
Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses
Luther Vandross – Give Me the Reason
XTC – Skylarking
Dwight Yoakam – Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc

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