I bought this sampler back in 1981, when I was 13 years old and had a paper route. It was a double vinyl LP for $2.99, which was quite a steal.
In retrospect, it was a pretty much all over the place musically, but then, so was I.
Someone mentioned this comp on Facebook a few months ago and I ended up looking it up on Discogs.
I decided to try to see how many of the tracks I could track down, 35 years later, and was pleasantly amazed to find that, with only a little work, I was able to find that every track was legally streamable. (Re-assembling this on Spotify, Tidal, or other services is left as an exercise for the reader.)
When you think about it, that’s pretty incredible: a compilation of new artists, selected specifically for their relative obscurity, and 35 years later all of the songs are easily available through the mechanisms most used by modern listeners to play music in their homes and on the go. What are the odds that a slate of 22 catalog artists from 1946 would have been available in 1981?
I don’t know if this is useful at all if you don’t subscribe to Apple Music, but I wanted to see how their new(ish) embedding/linking tools work. It’s also an excuse to share a few songs from what has been my favorite record label for a few years now, Ghost Box Records.
Unfortunately I’m not sure if this is useful at all to non-subscribers, but I put a few minutes into compiling a playlist on Rdio this morning.
The idea behind it its simple: songs that get in and get out in less than two and a half minutes. No flab, no self-indulgence, not many solos. 😃
The embedded iframe is currently a Flash wrapper. (sigh)
Maybe they fix that someday...
One day this guy is finally fed up with his middle-class existence and
decides to do something about it. He calls up his best friend, who is a
mathematical genius. “Look,” he says, “do you suppose you could find some
way mathematically of guaranteeing winning at the race track? We could
make a lot of money and retire and enjoy life.” The mathematician thinks
this over a bit and walks away mumbling to himself.
A week later his friend drops by to ask the genius if he’s had any
success. The genius, looking a little bleary-eyed, replies, “Well, yes,
actually I do have an idea, and I’m reasonably sure that it will work, but
there a number of details to be figured out.
After the second week the mathematician appears at his friend’s house,
looking quite a bit rumpled, and announces, “I think I’ve got it! I still have
some of the theory to work out, but now I’m certain that I’m on the right
At the end of the third week the mathematician wakes his friend by
pounding on his door at three in the morning. He has dark circles under his
eyes. His hair hasn’t been combed for many days. He appears to be wearing
the same clothes as the last time. He has several pencils sticking out from
behind his ears and an almost maniacal expression on his face. “WE CAN DO
IT! WE CAN DO IT!!” he shrieks. “I have discovered the perfect solution!!
And it’s so EASY! First, we assume that horses are perfect spheres in simple