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 Posted:   Mar 24, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

I’ve started making playlists for some of my favorite old records in their original play order. The usual suspects: Star Trek, Star Wars.

It occurred to me as I went through Star Wars what a useful thing the “side break” was. Even if you had (for the time) a huge amount of music presented to you, you still took it (very often) in 20 minute chunks. (Yes, you could have both LP’s on the turntable and some double LP sets were kind enough to give you sides 1 and 4 on one LP and 2 and 3 on the second.)

To this day I can tell you exactly what music was on what side of The Empire Strikes Back. Also each side had its own kind of character, as it were.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an argument for less music. I LOVE my absurd amounts of music that a modern release gives me. But when I’m staring down the barrel of a 2 CD Murray Gold Doctor Who score I’m wondering if there is a better way to listen to it?

 Posted:   Mar 24, 2014 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I understand and concur.

Having ripped my CD collection to the PC~NAS for streaming I took advantage to sort out many of the recordings, such as:

- bring together pieces which were split over 2 CDs
- separate out scores
- eliminate duplications (well, a lot of them at any rate)

and in keeping with the first of these I initially created albums which, time-wise, are very long. E.g. creating one album from the 2 CDs in the Silva The Essential ... Film Music Collection meant I had a title running at 2.5 hours or more. My collections of singles/all recordings by the likes of Matt Monro, The Shadows, Adam Faith ... were even longer!

And the result was I rarely chose such albums to play ... not because I didn't/don't want to hear them but more that it was unlikely I wanted to hear the whole album.

So now, I'm breaking such albums down - if I can do better than merely CD 1 and CD 2, etc. I choose to do that. I find it's so much easier to program several albums to play rather than to de-select tracks I don't want to hear.

I'm still keeping scores such as Star Wars - Episode IV/V/VI complete but then I rarely want to hear them. As for the recordings over 2CDs each of several operas which I've added to my collection: I must find the time to listen! smile


 Posted:   Mar 24, 2014 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Interesting. I used to "have to" listen to my soundtracks in one sitting, which is one reason I never found time to listen to long CDs or 2-Disc sets. It was easy back in the (good?) old days when an LP was generally 40 minutes at most, and yes, you had to get up and turn it over - which gave it a kind of geography which was easy to assimilate.

When soundtracks became largely complete and chronological I felt a real First World Dilemma, until I realised that the music was never really meant to be listened to in that way. I didn't start creating my own playlists or anything, but I did start listening to CDs in "manageable bites", which could be anything from between twenty minutes and nearly an hour, depending on the nature of the score. I sometimes even make a kind of mental note as to where "Side A" ends, and I find that it helps to give me a better understanding of the architecture of the score.

I may lose any street cred I ever had (if I ever had any) when I say that I'm really beginning to like those extremely long and unwieldy James Horner scores again. I picked up DEEP IMPACT last week at a record fair, for 4 Euros. It's mindbogglingly numbing in its entirety, but in three 25-minute chunks I'm finding it very rewarding.

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