I am trying to make some changes in my life. Typically, this is how The Monk rolls. A passing obsession with about 150 artists over time develops into a urge to make a BSOG. I then start buying every single in order to have every mix and stray track/B-side the artist generated. Since I am “working” dozens of potential artists simultaneously, this takes a lot of time. Years, in fact. I’ve discovered that the average timespan for this to happen is seven to ten years. I don’t do one artist at a time because some things just need time to bubble up in an available state. I’m actively collecting over a dozen acts at any given time. About 15% of what I am hunting takes years of patience to obtain. Do you have the “Baby Impossible” 12″ by Stephen Duffy? Drop me a line! So I work the action where it’s hot; striking in places it makes sense to do at the time.
The practical upshot of this is that I am collecting records that I never actually hear until I am “done” with collecting the artist and begin digitizing for remastering. Many years may pass when a record sought for a long time is finally found/purchased and on the racks, but still not listened to. This madness must end! Ultimately, I am spending my precious music dollars on music where years ultimately pass between the point of purchase and listening.
What I must do is try to digitize the records to the big hard drive o’music as quickly as possible upon receipt of the discs. I must also attempt to generate CDs of this material just to simply listen to, warts and all, until such time that I can devote the amount of time necessary to perform the painstaking manual noise reduction processes that are a hallmark of The Monk’s productions. The slippery slope that would manifest here is the possibility that with the tracks simply recorded, the impetus to clean it up right and design appropriate packaging with copious liner notes might diminish. The lure of lazy pragmatism might overtake my higher goals! Nevertheless, I can see that this is where I should be making inroads. I’m having cognitive dissonance in spending so much of my music dollar in chasing phantoms of perfection and not having anything to listen to in the meantime.
5/12/11 Addendum: Stop the presses!!! I just found the 12″ of “Baby Impossible” in my Discogs.com inbox – for $6.00 – domestic shipping!!!
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