Another thought in using this blog as a retrospective on metal was to name my favorite live album and biggest disappointment of the year.
For 1980, there really can be no biggest disappointment. I mean, what can the expectations have been? Probably half the albums in a top 20 will be debut albums, and the rest are pretty solid. I can't think of any band that put out an album in 1980 that was worse that their late 70's work. Maybe UFO, but after losing Michael Schenker, were there really high expectations?
For live albums, I really only see three choices for 1980 - so more discussion on that later.