We calculated our top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings of 2017 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. 9, 2016, and Nov. 7, 2017, 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, Evan Haga, Geoffrey Himes, Willard Jenkins, Aidan Levy, Britt Robson, Jeff Tamarkin and Michael J. West.)