All 258 LPs were given at least one focused listen (two listens were given to records that I wasn't previously familiar with). Records were given a score between 1 and 10 (1 being abysmal and 10 being masterful). Any record that received an 8 or higher in the first round moved on to the second round.
Exactly 100 LPs made it to the second round. Each of these overachievers were meticulously studied track-by-track. Additional points were rewarded for originality, continuity and brevity. Points were deducted for lack of originality, excess of filler/skits and lack of focus/ill-defined concept.
The 50 LPs with the highest scores made the squad.