Music Consumption in the MP3 Era
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Monday, January 17, 2005
 

Attics Of My Life

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Well, I struck out at the record store today.

Here was my mission: there are still a couple of dozen songs I really want and nobody seems to have. My target was simple: Amoeba Records, a giant 2-floor vinyl, CD, and DVD emporium buying distressed collections from some of the best broke CD collectors in Hollywood. They'd have 'em, or nobody would.

Nobody will. Yes, I know they exist on ebay, and even Amazon might have some overpriced used ones. But I never bought music by mail, and won't start now.

These are all either guilty pleasures or holes for the completist. I can live without them. But still, if everything else turns up on p2p, so might these. The guy at Amoeba told me, "good luck":


Badfinger: Say No More album. About half of this album has surfaced, from a cheesy-sounding re-issue CD. Their last album before Tom Evans became the second member to hang himself, one of the missing titles is the album closer, the prophetically-titled "No More"

Joey Molland: After the Pearl album. The Badfinger guy who didn't hang himself. The leadoff track "Here Comes Heartache" turned up once; a quasi-bootleg CD once paired this album on a twofer with "Say No More". Nothing else so far, though. "Dream of Thunder" and "What Happened" are the only tracks I'm looking for.

Tiny Lights: Hazel's Wreath album. Tiny Lights was an excellent late 80's American indie chamber-pop outfit, but they were always cursed by their indie labels going out of business. As a result, their catalogue is in a shambles. Searching 'tiny lights' on p2p usually results only in hits for the Frank Zappa tune. Once, I was able to cherry pick a handful of tunes from later albums someone had lovingly converted to mp3 from vinyl. But nothing from Hazel's Wreath, by far their best album.

Rain Parade: Crashing Dream album. Rain Parade was an excellent paisley-underground L.A. band of the early 80's. Founder David Roback went on to form Opal and Mazzy Star. Crashing Dream was their major label debut, on Island records, after a pair of now semi-rare indie efforts. The album sank without a trace, and still has never appeared on CD. Some guy converted his vinyl to mp3, and I got half of them before he disappeared forever. One I missed, the bad-trip psychedelic noise-pop "Shoot Down The Railroad Man"

Gun: Gunsight album. Obscure late 60's band. I really just miss their acid rock version of the Kinks "Situation Vacant"

Black Pearl: Black Pearl I found the single "Mr. Soul Satisfaction" but nothing else from this or their other album, Black Pearl Live. 1960's proto-metal/acid rock band with --trivia freaks take note-- the same members as the garage band third-stringers The Barbarians. It's pretty damn rare, but I know it has appeared on CD in Japan and maybe here, too. Searching by artist or album title in this case always returns a million hits for "Black" by Pearl Jam.

Here's a lucky p2p find: The Complete Apple Singles Collection

Some kind bootlegger did a vinyl-to-mp3 transfer of the entire output of Apple Records, including some unreleased records. Maybe there exists an actual CD box set. I've seen it broken into albumwraps as Vol. 1 through Vol. 6 For a while, individual tracks were floating around, but they seemed to have dried up lately.

Aside from hard to get solo-Beatle B-sides like George Harrison's "Miss O'Dell" (one of his best songs) and "I Don't Care Any More", neither of which have appeared on CD, stray tracks by Yoko Ono, Radha Krishna Temple, Elephant's Memory, Sundown Playboys, Lon and Derrick Van Eaton, Billy Preston, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, and other never-on-p2p titles by Apple artists are out there.

I discovered a bunch of them by accident simply by idly typing "singles collection" into the searchbox one day. Didn't get 'em all, but most of the ones I would've wanted. Still looking for the gorgeous Billy Preston instrumental B-Side "As I Get Older"

On a related note, "Costafine Town" by Splinter, who recorded for Harrison's vanity "Dark Horse" label turned up too. Harrison fans should be on the alert for the rest of the album "The Place I Love" which has Harrison's guitar all over it. It also has never been released on CD.

Bet Ameoba wouldn't have that one, either.