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Here are our top ten picks (in alphabetical order) for 1998.

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Pet Sounds coverBeach Boys, Pet Sounds Sessions 4-CD set captures the glory of this classic album, with instrumental and vocal outtakes. (Reviewed 3/20/98)

Lisa Germano coverLisa Germano, Slide

Germano dips into her slinky emotional well to deliver an ever-changing musical tapestry. (Reviewed 10/09/98)

Kieran Kane coverKieran Kane, Six Months, No Sun Talented singer/songwriter mixes roots and Nashville on indie project. (Reviewed 6/05/98)

Ophelia coverNatalie Merchant, Ophelia
Former 10,000 Maniac lead singer delivers tour de force (Reviewed 9/18/98)

Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell, Taming the Tiger

Mitchell delivers a unique musical vision, almost experimental at times, highlighted by her spooky electric guitar and spare recording style (Reviewed 10/30/98)

Robbie Robertson coverRobbie Robertson, Contact From the Underworld of Red Boy

Leader of The Band returns with his strongest solo release in ten years (Reviewed 6/26/98)

Sesame Street, Elmopalooza

The cast from Sesame Street joins with musical heavyweights (including Celine Dion) on this happy album (Reviewed 8/21/98)

Moonlighting coverVan Dyke Parks, Moonlighting First-ever live recording from renowned songwriter and musicologist. (Reviewed 4/03/98)

Apostle coverVarious Artists, Soundtrack to The Apostle Album provides a capsule history of gospel music in America, ranging from 19th century material to contemporary performers. (Reviewed 3/27/98)

Scott Weiland coverScott Weiland, 12 Bar Blues With its layers of feedback and guitar rock, and production work by Daniel Lanois, the new disc is miles from Stone Temple Pilots. (Reviewed 6/12/98)

- Randy Krbechek © 1998

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