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In Reply to: RE: Where do you find the time to listen? posted by CometCKO on March 20, 2012 at 21:26:28
My much-more-modest LP collection already exceeds 6 months of 24 hrs/day listening. Have you heard everything you own? More than once? Can you remember it all? Can you even find it all? I'm VERY impressed!!
I've listened to most, not all though. Like many dedicated crate-diggers, I seem to acquire faster than listening to & culling. I have a 600 square foot studio with 10' walls, so I've got the luxury of having space to house a sizeable collection.
Many records have been played dozens, some hundreds of times. I own and operate a home-based business, so I can and do play a lot of music during the day while customer's work is in progress. I typically spin 6-8 LPs every day on average.
I have a good memory, particularly with visual cues. So I'm not likely to unwittingly buy dupe LPs as I recognize the cover art. Different story with 45s & 78s though.
Everything is organized alphetically. I can generally find any record, CD, or tape within twenty seconds.
Since my collection is 90% classical, mine is organized by composer, but then there are virtuoso's (e.g. Jean-Pierre Rampal-flute, or Ma or duPre on cello, etc.), groups/orchestras, or conductors' compilations, so organization doesn't neatly fall for me. In fact, it gets arbitrary fairly quickly, and that makes retrieval difficult!
I ended up creating a database, which tells me what I've got, but still sometimes have trouble finding it. Is that Elgar cello concerto filed under Elgar, or under Jacqueline duPre? I know I've got a Bernstein conducting Mahler 6th somewhere...
Do you just organize by title, or by artist or what? How do you find specific songs?
"Knowing what you don't know is, in a sense, omniscience"
What an amazing collection CC. ..And I like how you've taken care to make the library look appealing rather than just stacks and stacks of records strewn all over the place. ...Very nice.
Curious to know how your collection breaks down by genre?
Thanks for the comments. I do work hard to be organized and make the studio look good.
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I've got close to 7,000 78s, dating from about 1900 to 1957. They cover a lot of genres ranging from Jazz, Pop, Hillbilly, Folk, Blues, to Doo Wop, R&B and early Rock 'N Roll.'
My 45s are mostly Rock, Pop, Soul, and Country Western.
There's about 12,000 LPs covering many genres. I've got sizeable collections of Metal, Punk, and Prog Rock. Rock, Jazz, and Classical dominate but I've also got lots of Folk, Blues, Soul, Pop, and Country Western. About 500 Various Artist compilations, 350 Childrens, 150 Soundtracks, 100 Christmas, 200 World, smaller sections for Hawaiian, Comedy, Misc. (spoken word, etc...).
I have very little Disco, Soft Rock, Smooth Jazz, and New Country, it just doesn't hold much appeal. There's a lot of Pop I pass over too. In general, music that's overplayed on commercial radio is less likely to be in my collection, although I've got a ton of Classic Rock LPs.
It's great having the variety. This evening I was spinning 78s, mostly Hot Jazz and Hillbilly discs from the '20s and '30s. Stuff like Flo Johnson & Her Beale Street Five and Clayton McMichen & His Georgia Wildcats. Where you ever gonna find music like that? Records!
..(bowing) "I'm not worthy!..."
That's amazing CC. ..I think our tastes are quite similar, though my collection is perhaps 1/20th the size. I very much admire what you've done.
One genre you didn't mention (though it's probably in there!) is Hawaiian. ..I grew up in Hawaii and return often to visit family. ..If you haven't already, dip a toe in Hawaiian slack key guitar and Hawaiian pop like The Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. ..incredible music.
Music is such a wonderful thing, yes? ..As my boy's have grown from toddlers to teens the one constant in our house has been music. At times, I've felt like they must think I'm crazy spending so much time listening to my music. ..But as they've grown I'm gratified to see how music has enriched their lives AND to see how their musical tastes have been expanded well beyond what most kids their age experience. For example: .Just yesterday my 11 year old was humming Leonard Cohen's "The Partisan" while brushing his teeth. ..It made me feel kinda good.
Keep that collection growin'!
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