August 14, 2011

So, what's in your CD collection?

I love music music music... almost all kinds almost all of the time. And I collect music like crazy.

As we finish unpacking and settling in, we have finally reached the boxes bags and totes of books and CDs, and after not touching this stuff for months it is like rediscovering old friends all over again.

My music collection is huge, hundreds and hundreds of CDs, and wide-ranging, with pop to country to soundtracks to jazz to blues to disco. Lots of disco!

Lots of my music is what you'd expect from any pop culture vulture or gay guy ----- every single Madonna album, The Bodyguard soundtrack, Grammy collections, Aretha Franklin, lots of Streisand, Bette Midler overload, every possible combination of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, 14 Cher CDs including 4 different greatest hits albums (hey, I BELIEVE).

In rediscovering my collection, I found lots of country --- Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, a Barbara Mandrell tribute album, 14 Reba McEntire albums.

I found some old favourites I haven't listened to in awhile --- ELO, Patti LaBelle, Elvis, Nina Simone's Baltimore, every single Pat Benatar album spanning 30 years.

And I found some wonky stuff that even surprised me -- when the hell did I buy Paula Abdul's greatest hits, a full album of covers of Carole King's Tapestry, the soundtrack to the movie Circuit (uh... there was a movie called Circuit?)

The best redisoveries were these favourites which I am loading into my car, and bopping along to them now and forever...

1- Bonnie Tyler's bombastic 80s rock opera, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.

2- The Best of Quarterflash --- 80s pop perfection: Harden My Heart, Find Another Fool, Talk To Me...

3- Rosanne Cash, The Wheel --- maybe my all-time favourite album.

4- George Michael, Older --- mature music past his teen idol peak, this is still pop perfection.

5-Linda Ronstadt, Winter Light --- her early 90s new-agey pop album was a commercial bomb, but stands as her best with not a single dud; rock, pop, great production, great vocals. Listen to Heartbeats Accelerating and be in awe...

So... what's in your CD collection?


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