What percentage of your collection is glorious music?

Sturgeon's Law asserts that 95% of everything is crap

What percentage of your collection is glorious music?
2% or less
1% (4 votes)
13% (35 votes)
12% (31 votes)
14% (37 votes)
10% (28 votes)
7% (20 votes)
7% (20 votes)
7% (19 votes)
9% (24 votes)
8% (21 votes)
10% (28 votes)
Total votes: 267

Rick Saito's picture

We are talking about music content here, right! That's what it's all for, enjoy the tunes, get into the performance, play a little air guitar, bass, violin whatever. Tap a foot, a hand, sing along. Recording quality, that's another question altogether. And one which gets a hearty thumbs down on alot of recordings.

Grosse Fatigue's picture

Everything I buy, I love. (Otherwise I would not buy!) For pop music it means sometimes 3 good tracks only, out of 12 on a CD. With a guy like Chris Isaac everything is terrific. With Sarah McLahan it's more like 65%, which is not bad. Turning to Jazz and Miles Davis I have to say it's 200 % good! Same thing with Mahler.

Steve Williams's picture

I would say that 95% of Sturgeon's reasoning is crap. I like very nearly every disc in my collection (around 500 or so of them).

Brian, msderay@yahoo.com's picture

I was a DJ in college; while it did provide for some great discoveries outside of MTV, for every demo disc that I've cherished, there are five that will be retired to drink coasters.

Daniel Reinhardt's picture

I feel that since DVD Format is widely used for Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround and DTS Surround Sound, that DVD-Audio will succedde since the disk is of better quality and the laser light is much smaller in respect to CD-Audio format. As more and more people by DVD's Record Label's like Elektra and InterScope will use DVD Audio format to make their music sound much clearer through the recent advancement in Digital Sound Processing. By separating the music channels you can get a more definate sound. For example, Put James Hetfield of Metallica on the Center Channel and the rest of the Band on the Front and Surround Sides of your audio system, and the music will sound much clearer and more defined. Thus, making listening to music more enjoyable, because you wont have to adjust treble and bass to get the best sound quality. This will make recording much more easier and time saving, because you can mix each compostion of music and separate the low ends from the high ends much easier.

fernando dominguez's picture

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Graeme Nattress's picture

I like almost all of it, but then again I'm very careful in what I buy.

al marcy's picture

Not all the same day :)



Mike Healey's picture

I'd give my collection an A: 94%, no curve. I don't "love" every recording: some music is more cerebral than emotional, some more physical than spiritual. Some recordings were purchased for one song, like the oldies disc that has Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boy's Room." Some recordings are wonderful in their entireties. Every year I improve my GPA by going through the shelves and taking out any fat (either music that I no longer want to listen to, or a real stinker that I bought on impulse). I offer them to my friends first, and give the rest to Goodwill.

David S.  Dodd, ddodd@aug.com's picture

Of course, Sturgeon's Law's is flawed (a whole 100% of crap is indeed crap). Nevertheless, it holds true(ish) for most things & may even be a gross underestimate for the entertainment industry (TV, videos, pop music, movies, pro sports, strippers, et al.). As for my own music collection, I'd say that, for one reason or another, more than two-thirds ultimately becomes unloved and unplayed.

TDA's picture

I love, or like a great deal, the vast majority of my music collection. If, by chance, I don't like the music I buy, I get rid of it. After all, why would I buy and keep music I don't like?

Hesham Attalla's picture

I cherech every Lp, or Cd I bought. My music is just like wine.It gets better by the time.

Michael Chernay's picture

Except for the CDs i bought when I was younger I love to listen to all of my music I keep it in a constant rotation

Dan Craven's picture

The rest is mostly stuff that's fun to listen to in the car (but that I would never listen to on a real stereo), or is stuff that is more about the sound than the music.

G-Mills's picture

Try before you buy is the key to a great music collection.

Kevin Heine's picture

Almost all of my "love list" is old vinyl.

Mike C.'s picture

Since most of my music is MP3s, it makes my whole collection glorious! I only get the songs I like instead of the 80–90% of crap that's usually recorded on music CDs today.

PKH's picture

I love only about 5% of my collection at any given time. But everything I don't love now I did once, and I'm finding as I get older that I probably will again. (How many sold LPs have I bought again?) So 5% in six-month periods over a five-year cycle gets me to around 50%. The other 50%? Crap. But one person's crap is another's . . .

Barry Miller's picture

I cannot afford to buy every record that takes my fancy. Consequently I tend to choose very carefully and tend to like (and continue to like) a good proportion of my collection. Needless to say there are still a number of duds which I fail to recall what made me buy it in the first place!

Louis Perlman's picture

Maybe 95% of everything indeed is crap, but it isn't mandatory that a record collection be a perfect representation of 'everything'.

M.  D.  Chubb's picture

My budget is limited, so I can only afford to buy what I like! The only ones I don't necessarily love, are the titles of "sonic excellence" I purchased to satisfy my audiophile curiousity.

John Mallon's picture

I can usually tell if I will like a band after hearing one or two tracks by them. If I then buy their album and for some reason find that I do not like it (performance or production), I will then either sell it or trade it in against another one. This way I end up with a collection of albums which I really love. Therefore my collection is nearly 100% glorious music. But if you take into account the albums I get rid of and the ones I just couldn't be bothered with, then I guess that about 70% is good-quality music.

Scott Johnston's picture

I have a large collection, both digital and vinyl, acquired over the years. Some of it sounded glorious when I first listened, but only a very few sound glorious each time I listen. Of course, after a few too many beers or shots of single-malt, the inglorious can sound glorious.

Doowight's picture

If I don't like a cd after a number of listening sessions, I give it away. Why keep something I don't like?!

Sean Henderson's picture

I might have even gone higher than 70% that I love. The reason...I generally will not purchase music that: I have not heard on the radio(more than one song), at someone elses place, or was recommended by someone that knows what I like in music.

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

It's all good, the problem is you have to cycle throug once in a while to remember how good the stuff is. Used music stores make pruning your mistakes easy.

Marc Sindell's picture

I am very selective about which albums and tracks I really like. That's why I'm waiting for music-on-demand.

Harold B.  Roberts's picture

There is some rock crap in my collection ...Most of it is pretty good classic and some good jazz with accoustic bass.

Mathias's picture

The rest isn