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Your music collection ...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Trey Beamon, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    I figured with all the great music threads popping up, this would make for some interesting discussion/stories.

    I'll go first ...

    Number of CDs/MP3s/Records in your collection: 853 CD's (yeah, I counted them all)

    Best music purchase: Queen, Greatest Hits - Freddie Mercury and Co. made me appreciate music I otherwise wouldn't have given the light of day.

    Worst music purchase: Ricky Martin, self-titled - What can I say, I liked "Livin' La Vida Loca" ... for like a day. :p

    First music purchase: Stone Temple Pilots, Core - I picked up a tape at K-Mart -- the last one in stock, I think -- just to hear "Plush" over and over.

    Best musical discovery: The Jam, Compact Snap - I found this at the used CD store five months ago, mistakenly stuffed between Michael Jackson albums, for $5.
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Number of CDs/MP3s/Records in your collection: Between 450 and 500 CDs. I don't have much of a life, but I'm not counting them -- tonight.

    Best music purchase: Green Day's "Dookie," and it's not even close. That album impacted me more than any other.

    Worst music purchase: Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise." Because.

    First music purchase: Green Day - "Nimrod." My mom bought it for me the same day she got me my first CD player. "Dookie" wasn't in stock at that store. I bought it the next day, however.

    Best musical discovery: I worked at a radio station in college and took a bunch of albums, including ones from Gob and Flashlight Brown -- a couple of Canadian punk bands. I also stumbled onto Brand New during a search from another user's files on Kazaa, and the same thing with Koufax; Brand New sounded like a punk band's name, and Koufax because I'm a baseball junkie.
  3. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Now, is that the old-school version of Greatest Hits, the one with "Flash" and the cpver photo of dudes trying to look tough?

    Or the CD release with the maroon cover?

    Number of CDs . . . . not too many. I have gone all-or-nothing on many artists I like, so that's a few. Plus a bunch of random greatest hits albums and a couple of things like Disney compilations, stuff like that. If we count bootlegs, I'm at about 140 or so of various bands . . .so let's say 320, total. A middling collection, to be sure. But easy enough to transport.

    Best purchase: That box that has all of Zeppelin's studio recordings.

    Worst music purchase (tie): The Police Live!. Disc One is a nice show from 30 years ago, depicting a young, hungry band. Disc two depicts a bloated show from their 1983 tour, with unnecessary backup singers and such.
    Stomp 442, Anthrax: just a horrible, boring record. Nothing distingushes it other than the fact I have never listened to it all the way through, more than a decade after I bought it.

    First music purchase: An audio cassette of Appetite for Destruction.

    Best musical discovery: Well . . .I was on the Alice in Chains bandwagon pretty early. Helmet too. There are a couple of local bands I support, but that's about it.
  4. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Maroon cover, unfortunately.

    The original Greatest Hits -- the superior version by far -- wasn't available when I bought the album in '98.
  5. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Number of CDS: Probably about 500

    Best Purchase: Nirvana's greatest hits album. Everything a girl needs for her Nirvana listening pleasure on one CD that lived in my car for years. Either that or the time I traded Michael Jackson's Thriller (I had two copies) for Def Lep's Pyromania in the fourth grade.

    Worst Purchase: The Verve Pipe. Yea, one really good song, and the rest was dreck.

    First music purchase: Either Cyndi Lauper or The Culture Club. I was in elementary school and it was eons ago. I'm not counting the Muppets Disco Album my mom bought for me because I asked when I was 3 or so.

    Best Musical discovery: Well, I had Nirvana's Subpop album before Nevermind came out, and I lived in Ohio at the time, so that was pretty early.
  6. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Fortunately, I bought the single.
  7. In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood Member

    Number of cds: Close to 300

    Best purchase: Atreyu, Suicide notes and butterfly kisses. If you knew me, you'd see a pretty calm, quiet, laid back guy. For whatever reason, I love me some headbanging, screaming music.

    worst purchase: Juvenile, Tha G Code. Awful. Just awful.

    First musical purchase: Alanis Morrisette, Jagged little Pill. i was in fourth or fifth grade. Loved the fact that she said the F word.

    Best musical discovery: Scary kids scaring kids. Saw them on one of the smaller stages at warped tour. Fell in love. Bought The city sleeps in flames. Fell deeper in love.
  8. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Number of cds: Somewhere between 550 and 600.

    Best purchase: Damn, this one is a tough one, but I think I'd have to say the four-disc, 100-song box set of Nat King Cole.

    Worst purchase: Probably the 4 non blondes disc. "What's up?" was a great song, the rest of the album was unlistenable.

    First purchase: Other than 45 rpm singles (the first of which I couldn't possibly remember) I'd say the first album was Photographs and Memories: Jim Croce's Greatest Hits.

    Best musical discovery: Probably a tie between Lowen & Navarro and Darryl Purpose. Bought a Lowen & Navarro cd off a friend's suggestion. Grabbed the Darryl Purpose cd when one of our critics was unloading a bunch of cds. I now own all of both of their stuff.
  9. bostonbred

    bostonbred Guest

    Number of cds: Mostly deal with MP3's, about 700 songs on mine.

    Best purchase: Zeppelin's Complete Studio Recordings box set. It was a family Christmas present more than a decade back. My parents were tremendous fans; I was more than a little skeptical. By New Years of that year I was absolutely hooked and they've been my favorite band since.

    Worst purchase: 50 Cent, The Massacre. Don't remind me. It was so bad that I stopped listening to current hip-hop altogether and now only listen to the classics, namely "Reasonable Doubt" and "Ready to Die."

    First purchase: Blink 182, Dude Ranch when I was about 9. Like many, many young adults around my age, they were the first band I really fell in love with.

    Best musical discovery: Pink Floyd (especially the early work with Syd Barrett) consistantly gets my creative juices flowing. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is psychedelic rock at its finest and I usually pop the disc in and relax for a while when I'm having trouble focusing on a column's direction.
  10. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Number of LPs: 250-300. Eh, maybe they'll be worth something as collectors items someday:
    Number of CD's: 300-400

    Best Purchases:

    Beatles, "1967-1970": one of my first buys; an excellent start on one's musical education

    REM, "Dead Letter Office": not any songs that would warrant a buy (essentially an album of b-sides and outtakes), but some outstanding, eclectic music on that one.

    Worst Purchase:

    Lord Tracy, "Deaf Gods of Babylon". Apparently BYH and I were the only two people to buy this CD. Googled them to get the album name and I am literally shocked to see they are still together--just played Little Rock Saturday night

    Mighty Lemondrops, "Laughter". Sorry, none to be found on that disc.

    First purchase: Was actually a gift rather than a purchase, but it was Bachman Turner Overdrive's, "Not Fragile". The topographical album cover with the box full of gears--ah, the 70s.

    Best discovery: DiVinyls, "Desperate." Before Christina Amphlett touched herself, this band made a very nice album. "Boys In Town" is an outstanding song.

    Musical Oddity: Last vinyl I purchased: U2, "The Joshua Tree". Released right as CD's were becoming the recording vehicle of choice, youngsters. Had both the album and the CD within a matter of months.
  11. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Number of CDs/MP3s/Records in your collection: 350-360 legitimate releases. Throw in all of my Springsteen concert CDs and other artists concert CDs, you can double that, maybe triple.

    Best music purchase: Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run". This 1984 purchase made me the Springsteen fanatic I am today and helped open up a whole new world of other music.

    Worst music purchase: In the mid-70s when I was only 8 or 9... a cassette of whichever Village People album contained YMCA.

    First music purchase: I bought two cassettes in the mid-70s as my first music purchase. My worst music purchase was one of them. The Best of Glen Campbell was the other.

    Best musical discovery pre-2007: Outside of Springsteen, that honor would likely go to Slaid Cleaves' 'Brokedown'. Just a great disc of depressing story songs.
    Best musical discovery 2007: Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. Just a great album of fun songs, made me go back and start discovering his other stuff which is pretty damn good as well.

    How I keep CDs on the shelf: Alphabetical by artist - various artists compilations coming after Z. Then for the times when I have more than one CD by an artist, chronologically by that artist. So my A-to-Z is Abba to Mark Zubia. Only letter not represented is X. V is represented by Van Morrison.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    CDs and tapes and albums and 45s - Well past 500
    MP3s - close to 5 MBs

    Best - Power, Corruption and Lies (New Order); Murmur (REM); Excitable Boy (Warren Zevon)
    Honestly I cannot say one is so much better than the other when it comes to the great, great albums.

    Best discovery - Every time Bill Simmons talks up a band, I will Napster the band's top 5-6 songs into a huge playlist. Bill and I have the exact same taste in music.

    Best discovery II - Looking at playlists of my favorite radio stations online and creating my own MP3 playlists.

    Best discovery III - Youtube has almost every song ever recorded in some format (live, studio).

    Musical oddity - I took History of Rock and Roll and History of Jazz, separate courses, at my Alma Mater in a Frank Lloyd Wright building.

    First purchase was probably a cheesy 45 in 1976. Leo Sayer anyone?

    First concert - Howard Jones at a State Fair

    Best concert - Oingo Boingo at the same same State Fair years later.

    Best concert for great looking women - Depeche Mode
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