You might consider staggering the two rounds so that there's a new one every day. I say that, of course, since I don't have to run the thing.
This is what I planned to do. Say I start Iron Maiden on Wednesday, I'll start Killers on Thursday. That type of thing.
Thirty-two+ songs are definitely too many for the finals. However, I have no idea what you could do about it.
Yeah, I don't think it's possible to avoid having that many songs in the finals, because I think having fewer than one per album is too restrictive—try choosing just one finals-worthy song from Powerslave
, for example. But I do think one song per album to consolations will be sufficient, so we'll have about 16 songs in consolations and take the top two for the epic 34 song finals.
What I'm hearing on bonus tracks is that nobody cares about Women in Uniform and a few people care about the X Factor
bonus tracks. Anyone object to a short little three-song survivor of those tracks, run at the same time as the album survivor, where the winner gets a spot in consolations? Seems like the best way to work those in, and if most people truly don't care about them, the winner of the mini-survivor will get voted out of consolations quickly.
Sanctuary will definitely be included with the debut—some initial pressings of the album included it, and it appears frequently live, so I can't see why not include it. I'm pretty convinced that including Twilight Zone on Killers
and Total Eclipse on The Number of the Beast
is fair enough as well. They've been considered "part of the albums" since 1998, so a lot of younger (<30) fans consider them to be part of those albums. And I don't think Total Eclipse, at least, will finish last on its album.
If anyone has additional input, I'm still open to it.
As indicated earlier, I'm planning to get Iron Maiden
started on Wednesday and Killers
started on Thursday. That should give people enough time to relisten to those albums if they feel that they have to.