Longtime readers have by now become accustomed to my making promises about future content that I later break, but I'm pleased to announce that the "Top 25 Albums of the Decade" project is coming along nicely. I should be ready to begin with #25 later this week, or early next week.
I had to come up with some rules for selection, and I'm not sure if they're consistent. I'm not going to include reissues or box sets, even if I ranked them in my yearly Top Tens, but I am going to include live albums - unless, that is, they are live albums of old concerts that were just recently released. I don't know why I came up with these rules; I just did.
One thing I realized while coming up with the final list is that there were very few albums that I enjoyed and relished with the devotion that I had for the albums of the late 1970s, the 1980s, and even well into the 1990s. That's probably a function of the different way that I listen to music now - I still buy a lot of CDs (compared to the normal person), but the bulk of my listening is on my MP3 player and in the car, where I put mix-tapes together trying to combine an eclective mix of new and old, and of various styles. So while the top 10 or so probably compare to the oldies but goodies, I'm not sure that the albums beyond that do.