There always seems to be an underlying idea that I must take everything with me. When I moved to
I continually return to the idea that I have a paired-down “Perfect Collection”, like I am preparing for a journey (my own death?). What gets on the list? Did I choose correctly? Who cares? So, what makes it on to these lists?
Not compiled to be representative of anything other than my own personal interests, my lists lean towards music from the year of my birth forward (1958 to the present, with emphasis from age 8 to age 30, apparently). 18,250 titles for 50 years – and I figure I’m at 2/3 of my journey – with 22,528 in hand. Never going to get to everything one more time before I shuffle off.
To make the theoretical possible, let’s imagine that someone gifted to me the highest-possible capacity iPod. What do I put on it? What am I going to want to listen to, for the rest of my life until I croak? (Or after I croak?)
My interaction with pop music has been nearly a life-long pursuit. How to pick a limited amount of material from a lifetime of listening? And wouldn’t it change? Well, at some point – it will no longer change. You discover my body on the floor of some
When I have posted playlists on my other blog, that’s not what’s on my eternal iPod playlist. That’s just me listening to my record collection. And my eternal iPos selections will be selfish, too. Not trying to impress anyone else, I just want what I want to hear…again and again. Nice (of me) that I seem to think I will fill an iPod and then get to listen to it eternally! Boy, I sure hope it sounds good. I will miss my vinyl records and compact discs.
How much Elvis? What Beatles to leave out? Only 60’s Stones? First 3 x Magazine albums? How much Hermeto? Tachibana “H”, of course. Monochrome Set. And these are just what I thought of in the first 10 seconds! Dylan. Dury. Celentano. But it’s serious business deciding. I mean, I’m going to get to take it with me when I go!
Shame I never got that big Sony hard-drive recorder. That would’ve been awesome. But – my luck – the thing would’ve needed servicing about 5 minutes after Sony no longer supported it. So, iPod it is – for 2009’s rumination.
OK, what’s the biggest, baddest iPod I can get? Do you think I could get them to cook one up for me special – with even more bytes? I don’t really want to go for more tunes at a lower ‘rate’ – I want ‘perfect’ audio! That’s right, I want to dub my Elvis Presley “Shake, Rattle & Roll” RCA 7” EP right to my iPod! It’s gotta sound like that!
So, armed with my favorite reference works (almost any Joel Whitburn book and the Guinness LP/45 charts), let’s begin. What goes on my eternal iPod, henceforth referred to as “The Book”? And, like being specific with George Spiggott with ‘what you want’ – and, no, I won’t be using iTunes. I already have all of this stuff on CD / vinyl. That’s a whole ‘nother topic – what my perfect collection would cost on iTunes!
MAINFRAME – Five Minutes (Polydor
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND – Born In Chicago (Elektra US 60’s album track, either the regular album track, or the version Paul A. Rothchild uncovered recorded earlier) (note: I am playing a Paul Butterfield CD in my car at present, hence him cropping up so early in the process – RK) “Paul Butterfield Blues Band”
MAGAZINE – Definitive Gaze (Virgin
MONOCHROME SET – Fun For All The Family (Cherry Red
ROLLING STONES – Dandelion (Decca
DONOVAN – Epistle To Dippy (Pye
BOB DYLAN – Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (
RONNIE ROSS – Cleopatra’s Needle (
HERMETO PASCOAL – Little Cry For Him (Warner Brazil 70’s album track) “Slave’s Mass”
FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION – Hungry Freaks Daddy (Verve
So, those are the first 10 tracks on my heavenly iPod, “The Book”. I’m not even sure if all of those are on iTunes or not, as of this writing. I am willing to keep all of these songs. Let’s have another go!
CHARLIE RICH – Mohair Sam (Smash US 60’s 45)
ELI – Never Mind (Parlophone
YELLO – Goldrush (Vertigo / Mercury DE 80’s 12”)
SPLIT ENZ – Maybe (White Cloud NZ 70’s 45)
LUCIO BATTISTI – L’Interprete Di Un Film (Numero Uno IT 70’s album track) “Io Tu Noi Tutti”
JIM PEMBROKE –
ASTRAL BODIES – Bad Vibrations (Megadisc NL 80’s album track) “Astral Beat”
THE NITS – Hook Of
LIO – Amicalement Votre (Ariola FR ’80 45) also on her debut album “Lio”
LES DRELLAS – Serenades (Philips FR 90’s CD Single)
Wow, I got hung up on European music in the 2nd set, didn’t I? This is going to be an interesting process. Maybe I should restrict how quickly I add 10 titles at a time...?