Happy birthday Thelonious Monk (1918), playwright Harold Pinter (1930) and 2 members of Procol Harum, Keith Reid (the lyricist) (1946) and Alan Cartwright (1945) – Nothing much else to say about them. Also, “Hot Rats” by Frank Zappa is released today in 1969; an album that I have loved since it was released.
At present, I have something like 34,800 albums in my collection. Yes, at times it is overwhelming. When I see good titles, I usually buy ‘em. However, if I got rid of all other titles that I already similarly have – I could easily say that I see 35,000 as being the maximum number I require. Yes, I have over-collected. So, how do I say when I am done collecting something? In the 70’s / 80’s, it used to be if I found a Japanese LP or German LP. Since the advent of SA-CD, I lean towards having an SA-CD of a title, and usually an “original” LP (for the packaging). This is because of such care that goes into the mastering of any given title, for the SA-CD.
So, if I limit myself to 35,000 titles, I’ve got about 200 left before I have to do anything. And if I want, all I would have to do is “make room” for a newer title by eliminating an older title. Just formulating this idea, so we’ll see.
It is physically massive, owning almost 35,000 titles – at least 3 rooms of my home are nothing but phonograph record shelving.
So, I will try to keep my collection down to just 35,000 titles. I bet I can do that!