A while back, I posted a list of my favorite 75 albums of the 2000s, and had so much fun doing it, I thought I would make a list for some of the previous decades as well. Thus, the 1990s! (And soonish, the ’80s, ’70s & ’60s.)
I started the ’90s making mix tapes and finished it by ripping mp3z. In the meantime, I’d pretty much replaced my entire vinyl collection with CDs, thanks to the Columbia Record Club, the BMG Record Club and the explosion of stores like Ragin’ in Fresno and Amoeba in Berkeley that had vast quantities of used CDs to buy and trade for.
It was also the decade where I once and for all got overwhelmed by new music: there was so much access to so much music and the time to listen to all of it had contracted so much that I feel much more confident about the early part of the decade than I do about the end part. That may be a natural thing: after all, by the time the 1990s ended, my 20s were long long gone.