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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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Now on sale! Inside our end-of-year review special we announce the top 100 new albums of 2018, voted for by an expert panel of music writers, record shops, festival organisers, bands, and label bosses; plus Idles, Low and Boygenius sit down to tell us how they made three of the year’s outstanding records. The awards don’t stop there, as we name Long Live Vinyl’s first Record Shop Of The Year, with more than 8,000 readers helping us find the nation’s favourite store. If you’re on the lookout for a new turntable, amp, speakers or headphones this Christmas, you won’t want to miss our Gear Of The Year feature. Elsewhere this issue, we round up 40 essential krautrock classics to add to your collection, take an in-depth look at PJ Harvey’s 1993 album Rid Of Me and meet Ian MacKaye, the man behind legendary Washington D.C. label Dischord Records. If all that’s not enough, our newly expanded reviews section is packed with new albums, reissues, boxsets and hardware to add to your Christmas list. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers!