Does this happen to other people too? Ever find albums in your collection that you completely forgot you owned?
So with work, having a baby, buying a house, and working at other hobbies, my music collection has gotten less attention during the past several years. Yell "your steel is not true!" all you want, but check back with me when you're in your 40s, working about 50 hours a week, and taking care of a hyperactive child, and THEN tell me how often YOU get to crank up Witchfinder General while flipping through your shelves of old vinyl and CDs
Anyway, I recently noticed that some CDs I thought I had ripped apparently never got ripped, which is a problem b/c I sold them a couple of years ago- looks like I'm listening to 'In the Court of the Crimson King' on YouTube for awhile
So I'm now embarking on a mission to dig through my collection, item by item, and double check what I do and don't have and how much of it I actually did get converted into mp3 files.
I got started last night, and found a couple of things that I had completely forgotten about. This both amuses me and irks me as I have a fairly good memory, so it was surprising to already find some things that prompted a response of "what the hell is that?".
The first batch of rediscovered items is listed below. I'll try to add replies to this thread as I come across more forgotten items. This is just for fun more than anything; perhaps some of you will enjoy reading about what great (and not so great) things got lost on my shelves and hard drives.
#1 Legioned Marcher demo
How the fuck did I forget about this? This is GREAT! How the FUCK did I forget about this?!?! I talked about it on this forum, loved the demo.... and completely forgot it existed. To make it even more inexplicable that I'd forget about this gem, my notes indicate I downloaded this in the same week as the BLIND ASSASSIN demo. BA still gets into my play list regularly. I frequently cite is as a favorite among US demos. I got their anthology CD when it came out a few years ago. LM is every bit as good, yet it just completely vanished from my memory.
So, files added back onto ipod, yay!
And yes, I keep notes on things like when I get new music. Apparently I need to review my notes more often!
#2 Two versions of DANGER DANGER 'Cockroach'
Danger Danger is a sentimental favorite of mine (ok, NOW would be the time to yell "your steel is not true!") because their s/t debut was the first even remotely 'metal' album I ever bought (teenagers thought it counted as metal in 1989, that is my only defense). Their first 2 albums are part of the soundtrack of my high school years. But grunge quickly swept away all these hair bands and I moved on to heavier Metal fare, having absolutely no interest in whatever-the-fuck was wrong with Jeremy (worst fucking music video ever) or what Teen Spirit actually smelled like. I DO remember finding out at some point that DD had recorded some more albums later on, and I DO remember getting a 90-minute cassette in a tape trade with 'Cockroach' and 'Four the Hard Way' on it, just for curiosity's sake (old habits die hard). I do NOT remember if I even played the entire tape, and I sure as hell don't remember getting a digital copy of these albums. But it gets better! Apparently I didn't just get one digital copy of 'Cockroach', I got the version with original vocalist Ted Poley AND the version with his replacement, Paul Lane, singing. it was one of those deals where the vocalist was kicked out after the album was recorded, so the original recording couldn't be released until later on (similar to Tokyo Blade's 'Night of the Blade' situation with the Vic Wright and Alan Marsh versions). I seriously doubt I have ever played these mp3s. Is Danger Danger really so ingrained in my subconscious that I reflexively downloaded their entire catalog at some point? I don't think so, but the evidence may weigh against me on this one....
#3 AC/DC Powerage original version
Why are there three folders labelled 'Powerage' in my AC/DC mp3 folder? One is the regular version, the second is the regular version (hello delete button), and the third one is a different version used for the original pressing that was latter spiffied up before the album was released overseas.
I do remember obtaining this and thinking that the differences were awfully minor besides the inclusion of an extra track, 'Cold-Hearted Man'.
Fun trivia for those of you from outside the USA: 'Powerage' is practically nonexistent in America. It's weird b/c the band is HUGE here, and all their other Bon Scott albums have sold millions upon millions of copies and are revered as essential listening for pretty much every single teenager in this country.
Except for 'Powerage'.
I have no idea why this one got bypassed so hard in America. Sad really, as it's a great album; one of their most consistent from Bon's years. I'll take it over 'Let There Be Rock' any day of the week, and over 'Highway to Hell' most of the time too. I only knew about it b/c John Allinson, an oldschool metal vinyl dealer who had a thing for AC/DC, Venom, and Motorhead, mentioned the song, 'Gone Shootin'' to me at some point, and I almost went nuts trying to figure out which AC/DC album it was on because NO ONE KNEW 'POWERAGE' EXISTED. I FINALLY stumbled across a copy in the Imports bin in a small mom & pop store. having looked for it for years, I gladly plunked down the insane price for the import CD and I've loved it ever since. Soon thereafter i was talking to a guy at work who was a huge AC/DC fan claiming to have everything they ever recorded. I asked him what he thought of 'Powerage' and he just stared blankly at me. I proceeded to pop in the album and play it, and I thought he was literally gonna collapse at the realization there was an entire ACV/DC studio album he didn't know existed!
But even I had forgot about the files on my hard drive presenting the original version.
OK, two CD shelves and a handful of hard drive folders down, about 3,837 items to go.
"I'm sorry Sam, we had real chemistry. But like a monkey on the sun, our love was too hot to live"