Quote: A Horseradish @ 22nd January 2020, 5:53 PM
Well, GK, that is yet another aspect of my ludicrous nature. I have 300-350 albums on vinyl which I bought between 1977 and 1990. A mixture of new and second hand based on sufficient but limited money. I have around 1900 CDs purchased in the last 30 years. Perhaps three fifths were new and two fifths second hand with the latter often bought singly for between a penny plus postage and a pound. In the first CD decade I did buy nearly all of the stuff I have on vinyl in CD format .
While everything I have is kept like a library with alphabetical sections, I was never careful to maintain my vinyl in good order. I used discs like a DJ, throwing them on turntables - often for individual tracks - and off again quickly to minimise sound gaps. Many were chucked in that process on top of others until the end of the day when they would all go back in their sleeves. I approached it all as if I was doing a broadcast and I didn't have the luxury of time provided by ad breaks. Whatever, it means that I wouldn't touch the vinyl now as I would expect a lot of crackles and jumps. But this is not to say the CDs get played much of the time. For many years they were played regularly but then came Napster and later Spotify.
The CDs were always part artwork anyway. The ten towers of them in my living room reaching to the ceiling are like a monument to things I have been or I did and especially to people and places I have known. A diary in many ways but I see them too as an art installation of a jigsaw puzzle that has only now been competed with nowhere to go. It annoys me intensely actually on the rare occasions when I do let people into the house that they talk and listen to me rather than to the CD collection as I feel that the CD collection is the real me and I am someone else. Others should really include it.
So I listen to things on Spotify, yes? Erm, no. Not much, I continue to pay the monthly subscription and yet I generally find I go to You Tube more than anything else. None of this makes a great deal of sense. I keep telling myself that I need to listen to the CDs and to Spotify more so as to make more sense. But then, as I said, I am not me. The CD collection is.
Nicely put, as always.
Quote: john tregorran @ 22nd January 2020, 7:02 PM
Cassettes seem to be much maligned these days but they changed the course of listening to whatever music you wanted wherever you were and at any time..
Quite a few new, unsigned bands offer cassette versions on the merch stalls these days, so they're making a comeback.
The Sony Walkman was very glamorous when it came out, and very expensive.
I waited for cheaper versions. They certainly improved one's tube and bus journeys immeasurably. I have lots of fond memories, such as walking around Bologna listening to The Cure's Japanese Whispers repeatedly.