We calculated our top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings of 2018 based on year-end lists by our writers. They were asked to choose the 10 best new releases and five best historical titles—i.e., albums and box sets consisting primarily of music recorded 10 or more years ago. Albums and box sets released between Nov. 7, 2017 and Nov. 10, 2018 were eligible. Some discs may have slipped through the cracks, however, as official release dates shifted or weren’t available.
Blurbs by David R. Adler, Philip Booth, Shaun Brady, Thomas Conrad, J.D. Considine, Andrew Gilbert, Geoffrey Himes, Matthew Kassel, Ken Micallef, Mac Randall, Jeff Tamarkin, and Michael J. West