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At the end of October 2008 my digital music collection took up 656GB with 137,300 files. I came to realize that I couldn't even name half of the bands I had in my collection, so I decided to weed through and get rid of what I didn't need and/or didn't like. It was an off and on project the last few months, but Thursday I finally finished the purge. Now I'm down to 360GB with 76,269 files.

While digging through the files, I had to ask myself a question I haven't asked for awhile: is it better to have the actual albums, or are greatest hits acceptable? Granted I like to listen to the original works as put forth by the artists, but then some bands were capable of great singles and a whole lot of filler. What about you all? Do you err more towards full albums, or do greatest hits float your boat?

I ended up re-doing my entire "best of 2008" post from a few weeks ago, mainly to fix some sequencing, replace a couple of tracks, and just to make it a better mix overall. I like it a-lot more now, so give it another try if you have already.

Here's another question to throw at y'all: given a choice between seeing the Killers or Colin Hay on the same night, who would you go see? For me I've already seen the Killers once, but that was back in 2004 during the first tour. Colin Hay I have never seen before, and I've come to enjoy his music quite a bit in the last year. Thoughts?

Date: 2009-02-01 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodonmyfangs.livejournal.com
Wow, congrats on finally finishing that project. That's a lot of music to wade through...

Personally I like to have the full studio albums from artists I really love. Just the greatest hits are acceptable to me for artists that I might have only a passing fancy for, or only really know a few songs from.

No clue who Colin Hay is, so I'd probably pick the Killers, even though I'm not particularly into them.

Date: 2009-02-01 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] when-i-go-deaf.livejournal.com
Thanks! It ate up way too much time, but at least I feel like I know my music collection again. "Getting to knoooow youuuu..." *twitch|sorry*

Colin Hay was half of Men At Work, an Australian pop group in the 80's. "Land Down Under" was probably their biggest American hit, right up "Who Can It Be Now". I really fell in love his solo work after seeing this clip from Scrubs. My favorite song of his has to be "Waiting For My Real Life To Begin", which was also featured in the Scrubs episode

Date: 2009-02-09 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodonmyfangs.livejournal.com
lol, I love Scrubs. Ah yes, Met At Work. Honestly, "Land Down Under" is the only song I know of theirs.... But now I know who Colin Hay is, thanks.

His music sounds pretty nice. Amending my choice, I'd probably go check him out instead.

Date: 2009-02-10 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] when-i-go-deaf.livejournal.com
*heh* I dig the icon. Very nice.

Date: 2009-02-01 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaylyne.livejournal.com
And here I thought I was doing good with 140GB of music! LOL

I agree. For artists that I really enjoy listening to, I usually get the actual albums. For any others, it's usually just Greatest Hits. Also, I find that (except for a certain few) I have mostly GH albums for artists from the 1990/2000 decades, and full albums from artists of 1980s & earlier. It seems that the older artists had much better full albums with less 'filler' material.

Date: 2009-02-01 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] when-i-go-deaf.livejournal.com
You know, that's fairly true. There seemed to be a higher value on actual musicianship and songwriting back in those days versus today, though there are a few exceptions that pop up (thankfully).

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