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LikeASir's way of rating vinyls/albums (vinyl oriented)
1 October 2013
Ed Sullivan Show
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29 August 2013

So this is a system that I developed as part of a data system to record information on each album because we all wish to pander to our innermost OCD tendencies. Its not perfect by any means but it's one of the quickest to use. Please bear in mind this is vinyl oriented, you could stretch it to cds or tapes if you still use them. Or you could just skip that bit.

Obviously this is going to be opinion dominated, but roughly it should be the same all round.

1. Quality

This section focuses on the physical quality. There are a maximum of 3 stars to be obtained.

* - Poor sleeve, poor vinyl. (Large number of scratches, creases, tears and water/other damage on sleeve. Vinyl damage renders vinyl unplayable, or playable with great difficulty.)

** - Moderate sleeve, moderate vinyl^ (Some stains, tears or creases on sleeve, not too noticeable. A few scratches on the vinyl, still playable.)

^ - OR poor sleeve, moderate vinyl OR moderate vinyl, poor sleeve.

*** - Great sleeve, great vinyl^ (Everything's perfect.)

^ - OR Moderate sleeve, great vinyl or moderate vinyl, great sleeve.

There's the obvious one which I haven't mentioned (poor sleeve, great vinyl etc) which I haven't quite worked out yet, so I'll try and work that out.


2. Rating.


This is about the musical quality. This follows a point-to-star conversion system. (x pt) means add x point(s). (- xpt) means take away the point(s). Obviously only add if the question is "yes" and take away according to the percentage.

1. Did it have any cultural significance? (1 pt)

2. How many songs were ground breaking/high in skill? (ie composition/playing) (This really should be a percentage; just divide the number by how many songs are on the album and times by 100. 25% = 1 pt. 50% = 2pt. 75% = 3pt. 80%+ = 4pt.)

3. Is it easy to remember the songs? (1 pt)

4. How many songs were "fillers"? (ie sub par songs to pad out the album. Very, very bad songs.) (Again a percentage. This time take away points. 75%+ = - 4pt. 50% = -3pt. 25% = -2pt. 10% = -1pt. <10% = - o pt.)

Conversion - 

(Best album ever should be 6 points. Roughly.)

1-2 = Poor. *

3-4 = Good. **

5-6 = Fab. ***

Now you have it! This may be of no use to you at all but it is to me. Now you can just scribble the score somewhere on your massive data/statistic sheet.


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1 October 2013
Canberra, ACT
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Thanks for sharing - that's a very organised system.  Personally I just go for 'vibe' and store the results in my head - I'm constantly surprised by how much trivia our grey matter can store :)

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