RECORD STORE TALES #924.5: Rippin’
It’s a long weekend here in Canada, and since we’re stuck in Kitchener instead of the lake this time, I spent my Saturday ripping music to hard drive. And then backing up that hard drive to about five other devices. I’ve been slowly but surely putting my collection on the ol’ PC for years now, in spurts. Huge catalogues of bands have gone un-ripped due to negligence. It’s fun to do when I’m looking for something to listen to that I haven’t heard in a while.
Right now I’m working on my Soundgarden. Most of my Soundgarden was sitting there on the shelves unloved until now. Before that, I updated my Nine Inch Nails folder with all my CDs. Apparently I was collecting NIN right up to The Slip (2008), although I missed a few albums like The Fragile and Ghosts.
I enjoy doing pretty mechanical tasks, like combining “part 1” and “part 2” of a CD single into one folder. Adjusting the id3 tags. For my “March of the Pigs” double CD, I added in an mp3 of the live music video as a bonus track. All the while, listening to this music I haven’t played in over a decade.
Remixes are not something I’ve derived a lot of enjoyment from over the years, but bands like Nine Inch Nails flood their singles with them. And I found myself enjoying quite a few of them. The nine minute version of “Wish” from the Fixed EP is awesome. Might even be my go-to version! The “Clay” mix of “Head Like a Hole” (which is on both the “black” and “pink” versions of the single) was quite enjoyable. And I have a lot of Nine Inch Nails it seems. Three bootlegs too, including Purest Feeling (early versions and unreleased songs), Demos & Remixes (which includes “Supernaut”) and Woodstock ’94. Diving back in is an adventure, listening to Trent Reznor evolve.
While I was grabbing my Prodigy Fat of the Land and “Firestarter” single, I lingered in the “P” section and pulled Elvis Presley, Praying Mantis, and Gord Prior. Praying Mantis with Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Stratton, in fact. A lot of Maiden covers that just remind me that nobody sounds like Iron Maiden. Nobody. I’ll probably get more enjoyment from the Elvis 30 #1 Hits. “Suspicious Minds” and “In the Ghetto”, oh yeah! I know the saying goes “There are only two kinds of people, Beatles people and Elvis people”. I’m a Beatles guy. That’s all the Elvis I need, I’m good with it.
Moving up into the “O” section, I realized I hadn’t touched any of my Our Lady Peace. I don’t have a lot. A couple singles, Naveed, Spiritual Machines, Gravity and Burn Burn Burn. Raine Maida is admittedly an acquired taste vocally and I won’t spend any time trying to convince you, or Kevin. Spiritual Machines is interesting for two reasons. One, it’s a concept album about artificial intelligence, and two, I have an early copy in the rare black jewel case in perfect condition.
One thing for sure I’m noticing about these pockets of my collection. I went big or I went home. I have the DualDisc versions of Nine Inch Nails albums, or the CD/DVD combo sets. I have the double CD of Badmotorfinger. I didn’t buy the basic version of anything. It looks like I also bought just about every single I could get my hands on. Most of this stuff was acquired back in the Record Store days, so I had access to the rare stuff in the best condition.
Soundgarden seem to be hit or miss as far as B-sides go. For every “Cold Bitch” there’s a “Jerry’s Garcia’s Finger”. I see there is a super deluxe of Superunknown out there with four discs of extras. I think I’d better just listen to what I’ve neglected before I worry about any upgrades.
Tangent: Speaking of super deluxes, this week we were given previews for new ones from Whitesnake (Restless Heart) and Black Sabbath (Technical Ecstacy). We have a 42 CD Judas Priest box set coming with oddles of unreleased live albums. A Metallica “Black” album box with 14 CDs, six LPs and 6 DVDs. There. Is. A. Lot. It’s getting harder to pick and choose. It’s also getting harder to find time to listen to it all. In particular, all that DVD content. There are not that many long weekends.
I know what my dad would say. “Don’t you have enough music?” Evidently!
A music collection is the kind of thing we justify by saying “It’s there for me to listen to on a rainy day.” A long weekend home from the lake is kind of like a rainy day, so here I am enjoying the very dusty corners of my music collection. Let’s see if these Soundgarden B-sides get any better!