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Note to Readers:
Although I hope my reviews are making clear where I'm coming from, I think it might be useful for you to see where your favorite albums fit in my ratings scale. I've listed each rating, and all the albums to which I've given it. I hope you find this a helpful guide to the thinking behind Steve and Abe's Record Reviews.
If the ratings aren't a uniform distribution across all ten ratings, I think it only proves that the people running record companies aren't complete idiots. Truly terrible albums don't get released all that often.

ALBUMS REVIEWED: 175
MEAN SCORE: 5.737142857

Ten
This rating is reserved for perfect albums. If I ever hear one, I'll be sure to post it!

Nine

  1. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
  2. Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen
  3. Electric Landlady by Kirsty MacColl
  4. Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart
  5. Freedom Suite by The Rascals
  6. Gordon by Barenaked Ladies
  7. Greatest Hits, Volume One: The Duke Recordings by Bobby Bland
  8. Living Room!! by Richard X. Heyman
  9. London Calling by the Clash
  10. Once Upon a Dream by The Rascals
  11. Quarterflash
  12. See by The Rascals
  13. The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison, Volumes 1 and 2
  14. The Band
  15. The Best of The Stylistics
  16. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
  17. The Brooklyn Side by The Bottle Rockets
  18. The Rising by Bruce Springsteen
  19. The Very Best of The Impressions
  20. Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits
  21. Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen
  22. Venus and Mars by Wings

Eight

  1. Big Smash by Wreckless Eric
  2. Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan
  3. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  4. Chicago V
  5. Greatest Hits, Etc. by Paul Simon
  6. Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  7. Groovin' by The Rascals
  8. Guys and Dolls Original Cast Recording
  9. Happy Hour by Shonen Knife
  10. Human Wheels by John Mellencamp
  11. Live at the Apollo by James Brown
  12. Meat Puppets II
  13. Marvin Gaye and His Women
  14. Moondog Matinee by The Band
  15. Music from Big Pink by The Band
  16. Something to Remember by Madonna
  17. Stage Fright by The Band
  18. The Best of Bob Newhart
  19. The Best of Friends by Loggins and Messina
  20. The River by Bruce Springsteen
  21. The Ultimate Collection by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  22. Willie and the Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  23. The Presidents of the United States of America

Seven

  1. All Time Greatest Hits Vol. 1 by Harry Belafonte
  2. American Recordings by Johnny Cash
  3. Collections by The Rascals
  4. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  5. Dirty Mind by Prince
  6. Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
  7. Feliciano by José Feliciano
  8. Fragile by Yes
  9. Greatest Hits by Stevie Wonder
  10. Greatest Hits, Volume I & Volume II by Billy Joel
  11. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
  12. Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 by The Rolling Stones
  13. Led Zeppelin [box set]
  14. Live in New York City by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  15. London Town by Wings
  16. Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy by The Who
  17. Pure Pop for Now People by Nick Lowe
  18. Rock of Ages by The Band
  19. The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan
  20. The Isle of View by Pretenders
  21. The Young Rascals
  22. 1212 by Barbara Manning
  23. 24 Hours a Day by The Bottle Rockets

Six

  1. Around the World in a Day by Prince
  2. Born in the U.S.A by Bruce Springsteen
  3. Chicago II
  4. Chicago III
  5. Greatest Hits by the James Gang
  6. In Concert by Bruce Springsteen
  7. John Denver's Greatest Hits, Volume 2
  8. Let It Rock: The Best of the Georgia Satellites
  9. Mad Dogs and Englishman by Joe Cocker
  10. Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics by The Cast of South Park
  11. Mr. Happy Go Lucky by John Mellencamp
  12. Never a Dull Moment by Rod Stewart
  13. 1984 by Van Halen
  14. Northern Lights - Southern Cross by The Band
  15. OK Computer by Radiohead
  16. Other Voices by Paul Young
  17. Rick Danko
  18. Scarecrow by John Cougar Mellencamp
  19. Search and Nearness by The Rascals
  20. Stateless by Lene Lovich
  21. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
  22. The Best of The Guess Who
  23. The Hangover by Gilby Clarke
  24. The Lonesome Jubilee by John Cougar Mellencamp
  25. Tommy by The Who
  26. Trust by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
  27. Use Your Illusion by Guns n' Roses
  28. Who's Next by The Who

Five

  1. Caribou by Elton John
  2. Chicago Transit Authority
  3. Coaster by Jim Akans
  4. Core by Stone Temple Pilots
  5. Dance 'til Quarter to Three with U.S. Bonds
  6. Dedication by Gary U.S. Bonds
  7. Green Thoughts by The Smithereens
  8. Hollywood Town Hall by The Jayhawks
  9. Komm Gib Mir Deine Zeppelin by Dread Zeppelin
  10. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
  11. Like a Virgin by Madonna
  12. Listen Without Prejudice, Volume I by George Michael
  13. Lucky Town by Bruce Springsteen
  14. More Greatest Hits by The Dave Clark Five
  15. Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology
  16. Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan
  17. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen
  18. Nirvana
  19. One on One by Cheap Trick
  20. Out of Time by R.E.M.
  21. Pawn Shop Guitars by Gilby Clarke
  22. Planet Waves by Bob Dylan
  23. Prisoner in Disguise by Linda Ronstadt
  24. Tales from Topographic Oceans by Yes
  25. The Basement Tapes by The Band
  26. The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  27. The Sea to the North by Garth Hudson
  28. The Secret of Association by Paul Young
  29. Uh-Huh by John Cougar Mellencamp
  30. Up, Up and Away by the Fifth Dimension
  31. Upsy Daisy Assortment by XTC
  32. Whenever We Wanted by John Mellencamp
  33. Your Little Secret by Melissa Etheridge

Four

  1. A Night on the Town by Rod Stewart
  2. Cuttin' Heads by John Mellencamp
  3. Greatest Hits by Bob Seger
  4. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Gloria Estefan
  5. Is This Desire? by P.J. Harvey
  6. Islands by The Band
  7. John Mellencamp
  8. Pork Soda by Primus
  9. Quadrophenia by The Who
  10. 16 Great Performances by The Andrews Sisters
  11. Tangled by Jane Wiedlin
  12. Time Out of Mind by Bob Dylan
  13. Tonight's the Night by Neil Young

Three

  1. Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
  2. Beggar's Banquet by The Rolling Stones
  3. Big Daddy by John Cougar Mellencamp
  4. Cahoots by The Band
  5. Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell
  6. Dance Naked by John Mellencamp
  7. Eat a Peach by The Allman Brothers Band
  8. Greatest Hits by The Marshall Tucker Band
  9. Have I Offended Someone? by Frank Zappa
  10. In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up by Ministry
  11. Is This It? by The Strokes
  12. Lick It Up by Kiss
  13. Sexplosion! by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
  14. Songs from The Capeman by Paul Simon
  15. The Best of B.T.O. (So Far)
  16. The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd
  17. When I Was Born Again for the Seventh Time by Cornershop

Two

  1. American Fool by John Cougar
  2. Dirty by Sonic Youth
  3. Girls, Girls, Girls by Mötley Crüe
  4. Greatest Hits by Aerosmith
  5. Marquee Moon by Television
  6. The Final Countdown by Europe
  7. The Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen
  8. The Long Run by Eagles
  9. The Wall by Pink Floyd
  10. The Velvet Underground and Nico
  11. Vanilla Fudge

One

  1. Boy in the Box by Corey Hart
  2. Play by Moby
  3. Rid of Me by P.J. Harvey

Zero

  1. Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits
  2. Self Portrait by Bob Dylan

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