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Music Quiz: 4×4 Albums

Congratulations to Baby-You’re-A-Rich-Kamerman who blitzed last week’s quiz, solving the 8 questions in a reality-defying 6 seconds.

This week we are looking at another 4×4 grid – we had one about artists a few weeks ago, but this one has albums. You need to enter the artist’s initial in the square – the rows and columns form words, so you can figure out the ones you don’t know.


I scored 16/16 with 2:03 remaining – I found it easier than the artists one. Can you beat my score?

I’ve been reading Keep on Running: The Story of Island Records. Has anyone else read it? I sometimes don’t think in terms of labels, but Island had a pretty impressive roster of cool bands back in the day – in the late 1960s and early 1970s they had Traffic, John Cale, Fairport Convention et al, Nick Drake, Roxy Music, and Sparks. They also had success with international artists, notably Bob Marley and King Sunny Ade. They seemed less prominent in the 1980s and onward, but still had U2, PJ Harvey, and Amy Winehouse, as well as Tom Waits’ 1980s and 1990s catalogue.


  1. No go. 13/16. I’d filled everything in but the clock kept ticking. Then I realized it would put in whatever letter you wanted but could still be wrong. It turns out, oddly enough, that satu is not a word. Although it should be.

    I have not read the Island book but it sounds interesting. A well-respected label.

  2. Nicely done with my name in a Beatles reference. I still don’t know how I finished last week’s puzzle so quickly, but that lightning-fast speed continued this week as I got 16/16 with 2:38 remaining. I scanned through the album covers before starting and recognized most of them immediately, with just a few educated guesses. I haven’t read the Blackwell book but I’ve been a fan of Island Records for a long time. When I started at Atlantic Records in 1988 we distributed Island so I had access to a lot of that catalog.

  3. Don’t know much about the Island label other than that Marley and U2 were on it – also didn’t realize it had been around so long

  4. 14/16 …one I have no clue but the other I knew…but I couldn’t remember…still can’t but I know the first letter now….just found it….rhcp

    • Good score. I’m just the right age to know that RHCP album – it’s part of the canon for a white male my age, even though I’ve never heard the whole thing or owned a copy.

  5. 16/16 with 2:36 left on the clock.

    I haven’t read the book, but would agree that Island had a pretty impressive roster. Robert Palmer was on there, too.

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