The Great Box Set Project
Ever wonder what musical legend is truly the best? How would you even go
about the task of determining something like that? One way to do it is to
create an ideal box set for each of the legends. This box set, which exists
only in concept, consists of four hours of the artist's best recordings,
culled from his/her/its entire catalog. Once this has been done, the average
grade of each box set can be compared. This method of comparison allows
career inconsistency. That is, mediocre (or even bad) recordings that don't
make the ideal box set are not held against it.
The Beatles catalog is unavailable via sound samples at allmusic.com,
but fans have placed the entire catalog on YouTube.
- 99.3 Duke Ellington
- 97.9 James Brown
- 97.3 Mississippi John Hurt
- 97.2 Elvis Presley
- 96.8 The Rolling Stones
- 96.2 The Beatles
- 95.6 The Kinks
- 95.5 Bob Dylan
- 95.4 The Clash
- 95.3 Classic Motown (1959 to 1971)
- 95.0 Otis Redding
- 94.9 Brenda Lee
- 94.8 The Who
- 94.1 Neil Young
- 92.6 Nirvana
- 91.8 Bruce Springsteen
- 91.5 Frank Sinatra
- 91.5 Aretha Franklin
- 90.3 The Beach Boys
I've also graded the standard set of rock 'n' roll oldies.
The list is here.