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    Top Ten Albums of 2014 added to Top Ten Albums By Year page, a damned fine year actually.

    Photo of Beltain Festival added to News Page.

    I am hoping to have an exciting and interesting exclusive interview posted in the forthcoming days. Details to follow.
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    New albums reviews uploaded tonight. Moon Halo (a distinct highlight of 2022 thus far) and Knight Area. Simply go to Album Reviews 2022 Page.

    New video of the week on the front page of the site. The wonderful Judie Tzuke, who guests on the new Kaprekar’s Constant album, with her classic Bully from Secret Agent.

    Plus a restaurant review on the Beer & News page.
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    New albums by Magnum, Winter In Eden, and Electric Mud added to Album Reviews 2022 page.
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    I was going to add top albums of 2013, but time defeated me tonight. However, before I upload that in the next couple of days, there is the Ale of the Week on the Beer & News Page. On the same page, but in the sports section, the finest try you will see in your life, quite incredible from this last weekend - this is essential viewing for those of you from across the pond who have never watched rugby. And there is a book review, Field Work by Bella Bathurst.

    As if that wasn’t enough, new Video of the Week which is by Julie Fowlis.
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    Please do take a look at Red Rain Ukraine, a video I have posted on the Ukraine section of Beer & News Page on the website. It is absolutely astonishing and deserves a very wide audience. If you are on social media, please share the YouTube link far and wide.

    In addition, new reviews of albums by Kaprekar’s Constant and Deaton LeMay Project on Album Reviews 2022 page.

    Also, a restaurant review on the section in Beer & News Page.
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    Hey Lazland: I was looking at your top 10 albums of 2019. I am a big IQ fan, but I totally agree with your review of Resistance. I don't really like disc 1, but I love the 2 long songs on disc 2. What I don't understand is why you made this your #10 album of the year. It seemed like a negative review. Couldn't you find any other albums more worthy of a top ten spot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twelfth Earl of Mar View Post
    Hey Lazland: I was looking at your top 10 albums of 2019. I am a big IQ fan, but I totally agree with your review of Resistance. I don't really like disc 1, but I love the 2 long songs on disc 2. What I don't understand is why you made this your #10 album of the year. It seemed like a negative review. Couldn't you find any other albums more worthy of a top ten spot?
    That is a really good question, and the answer is pretty complicated. Given that it was gone midnight when I saw this post, and I really want to give you a considered response, I will post tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twelfth Earl of Mar View Post
    Hey Lazland: I was looking at your top 10 albums of 2019. I am a big IQ fan, but I totally agree with your review of Resistance. I don't really like disc 1, but I love the 2 long songs on disc 2. What I don't understand is why you made this your #10 album of the year. It seemed like a negative review. Couldn't you find any other albums more worthy of a top ten spot?
    Okay, Sunday morning with a slight hangover after a heavyish night, but here goes.

    When I set up the website, what I wanted to do was to transplant my historical reviews from Prog Archives (I consider them my intellectual property, not theirs) onto my own site, and I thought that the best way to do that was to create a Top Ten of the Year project, this despite the fact that I am not particularly a fan of such lists.

    The review in question, IQ Resistance, was, I thought, one of my best reviews, and I also thought it was an important album and review which I really wanted on my website, and that is the reason why it “snuck” into the top ten. Plus, I have not, as can be seen from recent years lists, been particularly prolific in recent years reviewing, because I was not happy where I was. Yesterday afternoon, I was preparing lists for 2012 and 2011 and I was extremely productive then, and I spent a long time trying to cut the lists down to ten.

    All of the historic reviews thus far are from the review I did at the time. With reviewing new music, which is the priority on the site, work, and life in general, I have very little time to review old albums I did not review at the time, although I will have to, because I recently had cds of Dave Bainbridge and Moon Halo which most certainly are very strong albums and should be on the list I created, but were not because I had not heard them.

    As I said before, I am not a fan of these lists, because they can be most unfair on the artist (I think they are better than you, and vice versa) and the system I have introduced means that there are, in fact, some pretty decent historic reviews which are not included.

    Therefore, thanks to your question, I am going to introduce a change to the website, probably tomorrow, by renaming Top Ten Albums by Year to Reviews By Year and getting rid of the rankings. This will enable me, eventually, to include all historic reviews for the year they pertain to, and, of course, to add new reviews to that particular page. You will have noticed, by the way, that for all reviews, I do not include the PA star rating, which I have never liked, and this is the only editing of historic reviews I undertake. This change will also enable me to transfer all 2022 reviews to this year’s historic review page when we reach 2023 and save me the unenviable task of rating albums in what has been a very strong year for music.

    Phew! Sorry, that is a very long post, almost as long as a review! However, I hope it answers your query, and my grateful thanks to you for “forcing” a change to the way I run my site.
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    That change sounds good. You also won't be limited to 10 reviews per year. I will be reading more of you reviews - maybe we will be in agreement about many others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twelfth Earl of Mar View Post
    ^^^
    That change sounds good. You also won't be limited to 10 reviews per year. I will be reading more of you reviews - maybe we will be in agreement about many others?

    Well, let us hope so! I have started the change tonight, and added a number of reviews from 2012. That was a very prolific year for me, so this is only the first part. I have basically run out of time tonight as it takes quite a bit of time to upload things. I have acknowledged your input into this on the relevant page - immortality on Lazland.org! Seriously, your post was a great help and made my indecisive mind up for me.

    Also Ale of the Week added to Beer and News page, plus a new video of the week on the homepage, which I think people will love if they have not seen it before.
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