This is a catalogue listing rather than a typical Metal State post. One of our followers, MT, suggested I should post text listings of all the albums I featured in my Best of 2015 hit parades during the first two weeks of January.
I’m going to list many more than the 90 albums I ranked on Metal State… 167 albums, in fact. On Metal State I featured 50 metal albums and the top ten each from my prog rock, space & psychedelic rock, jazz & jazz-related, and “other music” hit parades. On other sites I posted longer lists of my non-metal selections. So here we go with my top 50 metal abums plus many honourable mentions; top 50 prog rock plus honourable mentions; top 20 space/psych rock; and the same top ten jazzy and “other music” lists as I posted on Metal State previously.
** Sorry I’m posting later than usual today. My ADSL service provider enjoyed an area-wide network error today. I shared in the fun.
Making lists of favourite albums in various main categories can lead to a few dilemmas. Modern music outside the mainstream increasingly ignores the boundaries and tags of recognised genres. My psychedelic/space rock selection today is a case in point. It could equally well have been a metal selection in the lesser-known sub-genre of space metal. Either way, it would have been on one of my lists, so I don’t suppose it matters.
It’s going to happen again before I finish posting all my Best Ofs. And, no, it doesn’t matter, does it? All that matters is the music. I hope you find something you love in today’s pick.