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  posted on 9/12/2003 at 10:08 PM
I see various ratings of concert recordings... A+... A-... B... what are the various definitions of these ratings? Thanks, Phil
 
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  posted on 9/15/2003 at 09:18 AM
Ratings are personal for the most part. Someone's A+ is anothers A-....To me, an A rating means it is of real good quality. Another point is that I give older material a break on a rating. An A+ from 1970 is not the same as an A+ from 2003.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2003 at 08:11 PM
Goliath, thank you... here is what I also found on someone's trading board

While grading is fairly subjective, I think that my ratings are resonably accurate. An "A" rating generally indicates soundboard / FM broadcast recordings. Most listenable audience recordings are in the B- to B+ range, although with some of the newer equipment, I'm starting to see A-/A quality audience recordings Anything below a B- I would categorize as being for "completists only" or if you were at the show.

Does any one else have any views? Also, when I was asking this question I was really focused on sound quality since performance is more subjective (I guess sound quality could be too.) Phil

 

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  posted on 10/10/2003 at 06:27 PM
I don't rate using letter grades. I list the date, the venue, a complete track list and description of the recording. This is a VERY time consuming method, but very effective. Here's an example of what I may write "A slightly hissy 2 CD audience recording taken from a tape source. There is a clip at the beginning of "End of the Line". "Southbound" was performed with Larry McCray on guitar." - That was the only way I could figure on doing it. I'm still very behind on my list though as it is fairly large and I don't have a lot of time. - I personally very rarely look at the letter grades that people put on their lists.
 
 


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