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Complete Cover Art BMG Playlist Compilation
This is the complete cover-art of the 15 track BMG compilation "The Best Of Elvis Presley" in the "Playlist series.
John - there is still considerable debate whether the "non-physical" form of the industry as a model will ever again create the number of hits and stars we once had. It's just a deluge of choices (on the surface, great) but it's hard for an act to break through that today.
Some big name acts are now dropping their record labels but how new stars can get a foothold is anyone's guess. After all, it's all beng given away for free in too many cases. It's never been easy to be a musician in the pop/ rock world but it's as hard or perhaps even harder today than 40 years ago. The sense of liberation may just be an illusion.
You also say nothing of the diminished sound quality of compressed MP-3 files. That's a major demerit for the download era as well as the end of distinctive artwork that you can hold in your hand, etc. It's a familar argument and I dont mean to sidetrack this too much, but there's something to be said for the charms of a physical collection of discs with artwork, liner notes, etc (be it vinyl or digital discs.)
It's hard to stop this new techology and it's here to stay but here's hoping it improves the sound and can produce as loyal a generation of music fans as record buyers were from the '30s up until a few years ago.
The music industry for far too long 'screwed' musicians and artists taking far too big a cut and dictating what they should record. Downloads offer a greater choice - just go on to myspace - the vast array of music is overwhelming - artists who in a million years would never have got a record deal are able to showcase their music and make a living from it. Their overheads are minimal and just think of the environmental benefits. It's a pity that some of the FTD are not downloadable, i would only get the tracks i needed rather than buying the same old stuff over and over again...
So I guess we are saying we will never see another Elvis CD boxset from BMG again? Remember just a few short years ago how every artist was having a boxset retrospective of their career? I have the Everlys, Ray, Fats, Ricky, SUN, R&B, 4 Seasons, etc. I enjoyed them all. How truly sad this is.
I'm with you, guys, but as you know, I think we're becoming as defunct as the 20th century---and I'm just on the cusp of Elvis' age in 1975. I think I'm the last of that generation and I agree that the CD era was a short, and in effect, false shot in the arm of the record store, for as soon as each song was converted into x's and o's and numbers (whatever it is they do), it was a matter of time before someone said..."hey, why the cd case..why the cover art..why the *disk*...!
I actuallly picked this up cd up this weekend (full title if inaccurate title? "The Very Best of Elvis Presley" for $6 and change knowing I can swap with a collector friend or two overseas.
I'll save my comments for the review (it's an interesting mix of songs for a budget comp in an attractive, unusual digipak ) I should probably write here for EN but let me say that there's more evidence even within this CD that the CD era is *over*.
Our nephews and nieces, children and grandchilden will (if they don't already and I've experienced it) look at out collection of records and Cds as if we are Rip Van Winkle. Ten years from now, if not five, I don't think we'll see any sort of retail CDs in stores in the US. And that's too bad.
We like to think it's all progress but it's not...As mentioned, even this CD seems to acknowledge this but I'll save it for now.. Thanks for your comments, gents.
I almost wish cd's hadn't been invented. The record companies wouldn't have disappeared and would still be cranking out vinyl that sold in massive numbers. We could go into stores and buy 45s. The vinyl records I have still get more action from me than the cd's. The cd's printing is too small to read...the pictures are small...everything is small. The FTD 7" series is a great format...bigger pictures, bigger print...and it reminds me of the 7" ep format that I love so much. Ahhhh for the good old days!
I don't own an I-Pod or an MP3 player and never will. I don't download and never will. Sadly it seems to me that a great part of the "younger" generation has little appreciation for how the music sounds. They only care that they can listen to it. The art of collecting is totally lost on them.
How right you are, Marty! With an MP3 file you can never get the feeling of holding an original vinyl LP copy of the album in your hands. Not even the CD releases can match that feeling. With the MP3 files, the songs just get spread all over the internet with no feeling of connection to a certain product or time period. Owning a record collection either on vinyl LP / EP / 45 or CD is something to look at, to listen to, to cherish. I will never part with my record collection! The death of music albums and record stores is really sad. You get a much wider selection through the net, but you'll never get the feeling og excitement when finding an album you want when browsing through albums. The shops still operating are sad sites to visit. They only sell 'best of's' and big chart sellers. They have almost nothing which can expand my appreciation of music! The pros of the internet is you can discover obscure music you'd otherwise never find. There are very fine music being produced today on independent record labels. Sincerely, Even B, Norway (28 years old, male)
The sad thing is that the younger generations rarely appreciate music as much anymore. Not just the music itself but the joy of owning and collecting albums, singles, cd's etc. As the liner notes to a recent cd pointed out, we (the collectors) fondly remember the first vinyl record we bought, will the youngsters remember as fondly the first track they downloaded? Highly unlikely! All this takes some of the magic away. Today you can just copy a hard disc with tens of thousands of songs in a few hours! And then you don't really appreciate it...
How true - my son doesnt even want his CD player anymore. He got an I-Pod for his birthday and that was that! Sad. I wont convert!
It seems the whole I-Pod / download phenomenon has trickled down to CD's themselves: references to "playlists" and computer-oriented artwork. More evidence that the CD era is ending....
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