Brett Alan wrote:
Does that answer your question?
Yes it does, thanks. So if acclaim is not factored in at all and (intial and lasting) popularity makes up half of the the criteria that means that the rest would pretty much be (direct and indirect) influence, or how do you understand impact?
Impact is about the effect of the album's release. For example, Run-DMC does well on impact because the release of that album focused attention on hip-hop in general and probably helped get a lot of things rolling--rappers getting signed, hip-hop radio shows getting going, that sort of thing. The Ramones get similar points for that album's effect on the New York downtown scene and the development of punk. Other albums such as the Hendrix, Doors, and Boston get impact points for a more mainstream impact, getting the artist major attention and having an effect on the course of the music business.
It's also here that I take into account how important the debut was to the beginning of the artist's career, much as the Live Artists list takes into account how much the artist's live work affected their career. That's why Elvis isn't even higher; the album was very important, but a lot of people got to know Elvis through other songs.
(Bruce, am I missing anything important from this summary?)
Anyway, if acclaim doesn't matter, then the list might actually be very good.
Thanks. I should point out that a lot of the credit for that should go to Bruce; he originally started work on the list, and brought me in to assist (which I think was my first involvement with DDD), and eventually turned the list over to me. A lot of the shape of the list is the result of his initial work, and of course other DDDers have contributed over the years as well.
Of course, if you still think anything is out of line, let me know. I think I'm sold on taking PP&M off the list.