The chart tells the story (click to enlarge):
This is very different to the sales chart, with the biggest group of releases coming in the period 1965-1973.
- The first entry is older than the sales chart - 1959 - Miles Davis with Kind of Blue. Still no Sinatra.
- The biggest years are 1968 and 1971, each with 6 entries:
|Aretha Franklin||Lady Soul|
|The Band||Music From Big Pink|
|Johnny Cash||At Folsom Prison|
|The Beatles||The Beatles (White Album)|
|The Rolling Stones||Beggars Banquet|
|Van Morrison||Astral Weeks|
|David Bowie||Hunky Dory|
|Marvin Gaye||What's Going On|
|The Rolling Stones||Sticky Fingers|
|The Who||Who's Next|
- The median is 1977 - ten years older than the sales list.
- The 2000s are not as barren as in the sales list - there are seven entries after 2001, including two in 2011 - 21 by Adele, and the wonderful Let England Shake by PJ Harvey. There are 12 entries from 2000 and beyond.
The age of the blockbuster album may be pretty well over from a sales perspective - but as a creative form it is still far from dead.