Thank you everyone for your contributions to my 60 albums thread. And thank you for bearing with me while it slowly dawned on me that it was a bigger job than I thought and I hadn’t really planned it out properly!
I’ve found it fascinating reading all the results. But I’ve now finished the big spreadsheet and I’m ready to share the results. I’ll do so year by year in the comments below. It’s going to take some time to go through all the years, but, hey, we have all the time in the world, in the words of Mr Armstrong.
I’ll also comment on some of the problems, like the same album appearing in different years (West Side Story, I’m looking at you).
My next job is to decide a method on choosing the winner for each year. I don’t want to just go with the one with the most votes for each year. That’s bland and boring and I never intended that. I’ll lay out all the nominations for each year here and then I can have a think.
One thing is clear – some years have a clear winner. I think in these cases I can just choose a winner here.
Other years have two or three contenders for the top spot. So might be good to argue these out between us. I’m thinking I might even choose a “champion” for certain years – someone to choose a winner they are passionate about.
And other years are just wide open with no clear winner. We might have to put these to another vote, now we have a shortlist.
Anyway, it’s an interesting journey and (on the perhaps misguided presumption that I’m creating something of lasting value) I’m going to push on, however long it all takes.
(I have a mad idea about turning this into a book at the end of all this… The Afterword Guide to 60 Years of Music, anyone?…. but one step at a time….)