Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Every Album I Own [Press Play]

It occurred to me about a year ago, as I was reorganizing my compact disc collection, that I own so much music, it's virtually impossible to enjoy it all on a regular basis. I only get around to properly reshelving my discs and records every three months, having scattered them to every corner of my apartment during that time. This usually involves an elaborate reorganization to incorporate new additions, albums in heavy rotation and waning loiterers. During this time I often come across favorites I haven't revisited in years (how could I leave Developer on the shelf for two years without a burn?) and forgotten relics of dread (why do I own or even come to own The Coneheads Soundtrack?).

Between records, compact discs, cassettes, various purchased and scavenged MP3s, I probably own about six hundred something albums and counting. Among them are classics, standards, oddities, rarities, horrors and total embarrassments. I've decided to revisit, in no particular order, every album I own.

This will not include every album I've ever owned (sorry, Sponge). I won't be reviewing the albums or rating them either. The point of this is to revisit my entire collection, see how certain things have held up, speak about the personal nature of music and how it has shaped who I am and, above all, to waste copious amounts of my time and the reader's time. This will also give everyone insight into how terrible my collection really is and how I'm a total poser for ever making fun of anyone else's tastes.

Wait until you see all the garbage I got. Great scott! It is atrocious. I promise to try to make this fun.

Bonus points to anyone who can name all twelve albums in the image above.

8 comments:

Alex said...

Do I get bonus points for not being able to name a single one of the albums pictured? Honestly, I tried, but I don't know any of them... at least by cover art.

Which reminds me, cover art is a dying breed. Some day someone will have to put together a list of top-100 cover art of all time. It better not be in the form of a poll though, because the more people you ask, the dumber the answer.

E.L.Splice said...

I'll make the name the album cover art contest a team event. I'll send a signed print to anyone who names the last cover.

Burrow Burrow said...

Not even Led Zepplin III (top left)
-come on Alex!

Alex said...

I admit I embarrassed myself with LZIII. I noticed that just after I posted. But I wasn't lying. Somehow I didn't notice it, even though the name is printed right there, and I also own that album.

I suppose I should also guess that the album in the middle with the writing on it is either "Nilsson" by a band called "The Point!" or it's Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy."

Anonymous said...

Scott Walker sings Jacques Brel...

Rhaticus

Anonymous said...

Sweet, Phantom of Paradise by Paul Williams!

- Rhaticus

E.L.Splice said...

Rhaticus,

You're the last great hope for this one.

Keep it up!

puppylove said...

zomg, i thought i was the only one who listened to the point. o_O i actually used to listen to my mom's original record and flip through the pages...

(this is teresa by the way... hooray for facebook and internet links!)