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TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2018

As another great year for vinyl draws to a close, our trusted panel of music-loving industry experts select the best albums of the past 12 months

There was a time, and it wasn’t so very long ago, when the end of year best-of polls in music mags were dominated by a small cast of the usual suspects: big-hitting, high-proff le bands all playing a similar type of music, all signed to a familiar clutch of record labels. Those days are gone. Just a cursory glance at Long Live Vinyl’s Top 100 Albums list for 2018 reveals a wide range of artists (34 of the albums featured here are fronted by women) and musical genres (free jazz, synth-folk, alt-rock, neo-soul, post-punk, Afrobeat and more) – with over 50 diTherent labels represented. It’s been said before, but we’re going to say it again, it’s a golden age for vinyl collectors, with the racks bursting with great stuff. And that’s without touching on the fantastic catalogue of reissued vinyl that has popped off the presses in the last year (see p32). Read on to see how many of the Top 100 Albums of 2018 you’ve got…

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