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This idea was given to me by somebody in another forum, and I don't know if it's possible but I'm going to try it. If nothing else, it will make me listen to CDs I very rarely think of playing.

The idea is to give all your CDs a score, and then compiling them into a massive chart to show which are your least and most favourite.

This is how I will do it: I will play every CD I own (I'm excluding classical music for now) at least twice, and give up to five stars to each song on there.

***** Incredible song, one of the very best. This should be very rare)
**** Very good song.
*** Average song; not bad but not uutstanding. (By definition, most songs should have this score.)
** Below average; I don't hate it but I would probably skip it if it came up on random shuffle.
* Why the heck did I buy this???

This rating is relative to songs IN MY COLLECTION, not to all music everywhere. So there's no shame in being a two star song on this scale. I mean, Cheryl Cole and Justin Bieber don't even reach one star on my personal scale.

After every song is rated, I average it out over the CD and convert to a percentage, so that a CD of all *** songs will score 50%, and a CD of all ***** songs (if such a thing exists) will score 100%, the perfect album. Then I rank the CDs into a chart of my favourites.

Got it? Ok, good. So I've rated three albums so far. I started at a more-or-less random place on the shelf and it went like this (remember that most songs in my collection should score ***):

Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975)

1 Man on the Silver Mountain ****
2 Self Portrait ****
3 Black Sheep of the Family ****
4 Catch the Rainbow *****
5 Snake Charmer ****
6 Temple of the King *****
7 If you Don't like Rock and Roll ****
8 16th Century Greensleeves ****
9 Still I'm Sad ****

Album score: 80%

Rainbow - Rising (1976)

1 Tarot Woman *****
2 Run with the Wolf ****
3 Starstruck ****
4 Do You Close Your Eyes? ****
5 Stargazer *****
6 A Light in the Black *****

Album score: 87%

Ok, one more, to try to get a better spread of results:

Rainbow - Live in Germany 1976

1 Kill the King ****
2 Mistreated *****
3 Sixteenth Century Greensleeves *****
4 Catch the Rainbow *****
5 Man on the Silver Mountain *****
6 Stargazer *****
7 Still I'm Sad *****
8 Do You Close Your Eyes? ***

Album score: 90%

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Ok, maybe it was a mistake to start with three of my favourite albums. I'll jump to another artist for the next album and post the results when I've listened to it...


Anyone else want to take the "personal chart" challenge? emoticon



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I like the idea, but I have so many cd's it would take a long time for me to complete it emoticon
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quote:

RatBatBlu wrote:

I like the idea, but I have so many cd's it would take a long time for me to complete it emoticon



Yeah David, that's a very nice past time idea... but where's the past time? emoticon

Maybe start with DP & family? An album or two a week?
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It's going to take me years I think, but what's the problem with that? Listening to CDs isn't such a great hardship.

I'm probably only going to do scores for a couple a week, so it doesn't feel like a chore, and the rest of the time just listen to Deep Purple for fun emoticon


Anyway, I have done one more. Skipping the rest of Rainbow for now, this is next on my shelf:

Eric Roche, The Perculator (1999)

1 The Perc U Lator **
2 Hamam/Norweigan Wood ****
3 Steel Road **
4 Road to Brecon **
5 Trapeze **
6 The Third Field **
7 Roundabout **
8 The Water is Wide **
9 The Brandenburg Hornpipe **
10 Hornpipe from Water Music **
11 Bouree from Music for Fireworks **
12 Dawning of the Day **

Album score: 29%

I feel bad about giving the album such a low score, but it's probably accurate. I like the album but I don't play it very often. And remember that it's only a low score in relation to the rest of my collection, in real terms it's a great album. But it's all guitar instrumentals, and although Eric was a great player there isn't much here in the way of essential listening. So 29% is probably fair.


For a challenge, see if you can work out what I will be listening to tomorrow (hint: my shelf is alphabetical and I've just done "Rainbow" and "Roche").




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quote:

David Meadows wrote:

For a challenge, see if you can work out what I will be listening to tomorrow (hint: my shelf is alphabetical and I've just done "Rainbow" and "Roche").




Rod Stewart, The Rods, Rolling Stones, Ronnie Dio and The Prophets, Rush, The Ruts?

If it was M, it would be a fairly easy guess!

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Close but no prize this time. Ronnie Dio is under D, Rush is coming soon, and I think you were just grasping at straws with the last guess!


Of course, the real answer is:

Roxy Music - Roxy Music (1972)

1 Re-make/Re-model ***
2 Ladytron ***
3 If There Is Something ****
4 Virginia Plain ***
5 2 H.B. ***
6 The Bob (Medley) ***
7 Chance Meeting ***
8 Would you Believe? ***
9 Sea Breezes ***
10 Bitters End ***

Album score: 52%

This deserves a better score, because this is a much better than average album. It's not packed with stand-out songs, but the songs work together to create a mood that makes the whole album greater than the sum of its parts.

This gives me a top 5 (so far) that looks like this:

1. Rainbow - Live in Germany 1976 (90)
2. Rainbow - Rising (87)
3. Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (80)
4. Roxy Music - Roxy Music (52)
5. Eric Roche, the Perculator (29)

I can see #4 and #5 being up for grabs, but can anything knock Rainow off the triple top spot? Stay tuned...



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Rush 2112 (1976)

1 2112 *****
2 A Passage to Bangkok ***
3 The Twilight Zone ***
4 Lessons **
5 Tears **
6 Something for Nothing ***

Album score: 50%

Here's a paradox. I don't actually like Rush, but they've managed to produce one of the few five-star songs in my chart.

You might not be surprised to learn that this is the only Rush album I own.


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I think you need a more complex formula that takes track length into account. There's poor old Rush, who have slaved away to make more than half of the album a five-star experience for you, yet you've marked them down to 'could do better' level!

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You're absolutely right. I've adjusted the formula to give long songs a greater weighting. It's not perfect and might need some adjustment, but now 2112 reaches a respectable 66%. Rainbow Live in Germany goes from 90% to 92%, which is fair enough. Nothing else changes. But wait till I reach Yes emoticon

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Kirstine Sand - Det Dansend Par (2007)

1 Svejtrit / Fra Crainlarich til Lille / Session pa Egypt Cottage ***
2 Storm / Enkeliska ***
3 Rewentlow / Hun er sod, hun er blod ***
4 Frorup Vals ***
5 Fredericia / Pirvals ***
6 En Yndig og Frydefuld Sommertid ***
7 Ae Lam / Murkey ***
8 Det Densende Par ***
9 Fyen Rundt / Verden rundt ***
10 Victoria ***
11 Kraen Tong / Russisk Kontra ***
12 Hil dig frelser og forsoner ***

Album score: 50%

This is a nice album, but being honest about it none of the tracks stand out as anything special. Recommended to anyone who has a burning curiosity to hear how the Danish folk tradition sounds different to our own.




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