Hey there! My name is Scott Fendley, and I’m a music junkie! Recently, I decided to ante up and move from iTunes to Google Play Music, mainly because they allowed me to take my entire music library with me – even the bands that don’t allow streaming (cough, King Crimson, cough…)
I realized that due to past poor and hasty decisions, that I didn’t have complete albums. I also didn’t have some of the records by artists I really like. Also, I didn’t really have a chance to explore some artists and genres because, well, I’d have to pay for them.
Now with streaming, and a $10 a month, I can access everything I want. Well, almost everything. Everything that’s streaming on Google play (and some on Spotify – there are a few things on that service not on Google). I want to build the best library, and the best way is to listen to each album, review it, and then decide if it’s a keeper or it’s EXILED.
Mind you, it wasn’t until the mid-60’s that most everyone built albums as an artistic statement, and for some genres I may truly want to dabble in singles or compilations first before unleashing myself on whole albums. I’m going to reserve the right to gloss over early albums by some labels as well (Motown, for example, was notorious for putting 2-3 hits on a record and then forcing their artists to record 8-10 more songs no matter what…)
Then there are artists where the only reason to own the albums is if you are a super fan. Sometimes I’ll start out reviewing each album for an artist and then realize it’s best to find a comprehensive collection to weed out the gunk. Or, I may start with a compilation and realize the deep cuts are decent so I’ll go for the albums. Who knows; this is fluid. It’s all about the library.
Also, everyone is now coming out with bonus tracks, deluxe, super-deluxe, etc. I’m going to review just the base album, and commenting perhaps on the deluxe issue. Also, some of the deluxe material I may exile even for A+ albums. There’s a reason some of these things were out-takes, you know!
So let’s get on with it!