Captain Ned wrote:
For giggles, I wrote down what foobar's randomizer threw at me today while grepping through some retail car sales contracts (yes, the day job has its high points): ...
Fun game. So I loaded my whole collection into Amarok and hit the playlist randomizer button. Here's the first 2 dozen (artist - song - album):
Buckethead - Sketches of Spain (For Miles) - Electric Tears
Beatles, The - All Together Now - Yellow Submarine
Satriani, Joe - The Meaning of Love - Super Colossal
ZZ Top - Big Shiny Nine - La Futura
Tibbetts, Steve - Big Idea - Big Map Idea
Stern, Mike - Big Kids - Play
Led Zeppelin - Hot Dog - In Through The Out Door
Seger, Bob - Against The Wind - Against The Wind
Gentle Giant - The Power And The Glory - The Power And The Glory
Satriani, Joe - Banana Mango - Time Machine (CD 1 - Studio)
Beethoven - Piano Sonata #09, Allegro (First Movement) - Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Andras Schiff)
Marcelli, Andrea - Just Now - Oneness
Lennox, Annie - Primitive - Diva
Ponty, Jean-Luc - Nostalgic Lady - Enigmatic Ocean
Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars (Live) - Extraterrestrial Live
Buckethead - Pink Eye - Albino Slug
Smith, Patti - Helpless - Twelve
Santana - (Da Le) Yaleo - Supernatural
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa - Well, Well - Don't Explain
Buckethead - Homing Beacon - Electric Sea
McLachlan, Sarah - World On Fire - Afterglow
Earthworks - If Summer Had Its Ghosts - Footloose And Fancy Free
Raitt, Bonnie - Longing in Their Hearts - Longing In Their Hearts
Davis, Miles - Bitches Brew - Bitches Brew
Little heavy on the Buckethead there... and he's not even that big a percentage of my collection.
Captain Ned wrote:
Whereas I avoid compilations like the plague, as I prefer to hear the album "as designed" (assuming there WAS a design). How could anyone take one song out of the 2nd side Abbey Road medley without the rest (which is why I've tracked it as one song on my rips)?
That's just it - most albums produced after the '70s don't have a real "design" or should I say purposeful continuity?
Here is a favorite exception of mine:
Sting: Ten Summoner's Taleshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmNmxBX7kU8
I imagine that was partly a backlash against the perceived pretentiousness of "concept" and "progressive rock" albums. Punk and New Wave swept in, and suddenly it was uncool to have an overall vision for an album.
A few bands still do it; among my recent music acquisitions, the latest by Marillion (F E A R
) and Neal Morse (The Similitude of a Dream
) have a single unifying theme to the album. And as the Cap'n notes, they're from two throwback prog rock artists.
The years just pass like trains. I wave, but they don't slow down.
-- Steven Wilson