The Rise and Decline and Rise of Compact Discs

Like many people I made the switch from Vinyl to CD’s when I was told that vinyl was dead, this was a mistake, however, as I played CD’s less and less and used MP3’s and eventually streaming music services as a replacement for those CD’s, I put them all away in boxes, or gave them away because I didn’t need them anymore. I hadn’t played a CD in years until a few months ago.

Like many people I made the switch from Vinyl to CD’s when I was told that vinyl was dead, this was a mistake, however, as I played CD’s less and less and used MP3’s and eventually streaming music services as a replacement for those CD’s, I put them all away in boxes, or gave them away because I didn’t need them anymore. I hadn’t played a CD in years until a few months ago.

I have a long commute to work and playing music via Bluetooth from my phone was becoming tiresome, mostly because I needed to pick my phone up while driving to do anything like select an album or skip a track, but also because Apple music hates me. The main point for me of Apple Music was not just the wide selection of music available, and there is a lot, but that I could download it for the journey and did not have to stream it and use up all my data plan. For some reason Apple Music chooses to randomly un-download albums and tracks and I have no idea why. If I download an album it will be there, but the next time I go to it, whether it is the next day or the next month, there is only a 50% chance of it still being downloaded. I’ve googled it and been to Apple support and there doesn’t seem to be a solution. As a result I opened one of those boxes of CD’s and took them with me in the car. The results surprised me.

For some reason when listening to a CD I am much more likely to listen to the whole thing without needing to skip tracks or change albums. In fact, I may very well just let it go around again, more than once. I have no idea why this is and can only offer up the possibility that this is how I used to listen to Records and CD’s and am, well, sort of trained to do it that way. 

Now I only had a moderate CD collection left, a couple of hundred or so, and soon ran out of having something I wanted to listen to which, via a circuitous route, led me to wander into a charity shop. I walked out with 30 CD’s. They were 3 for £1! That’s £10 for 30 CD’s, how could I not? At those prices I am not a very discerning buyer, if something looks even moderately interesting there’s a good chance I’ll buy it and get £0.30 of entertainment out of it. 

For the past couple of months I have been making weekly visits to charity shops near work and have been spending an average of £0.38 per CD. I made a list of some, not all of them, but some. Not all of them were for me (Buble’s Christmas Album, for example, is not mine, honestly, it’s not). So the following list of CD’s cost about £53. 

Michael BubleChristmas
Ray LamontagneTrouble
The StreetsA Grand Don’t Come For Free
Plan B (4)The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
SupertrampRetrospectacle (The Supertramp Anthology)
Sheryl CrowThe Very Best Of Sheryl Crow
EminemThe Eminem Show
EminemThe Slim Shady LP 
OutKastSpeakerboxxx / The Love Below
Whitney HoustonThe Greatest Hits
The KooksKonk
Paolo NutiniThese Streets: Festival Edition
Billy TalentBilly Talent
Phil CollinsThe Singles
OasisHeathen Chemistry
Norah JonesNot Too Late
St GermainTourist
DidoLife For Rent
Jack JohnsonTo The Sea
Jack JohnsonIn Between Dreams
Dean MartinThe Very Best Of Dean Martin (The Capitol & Reprise Years)
Red Hot Chili PeppersMother’s Milk
Fun Lovin’ CriminalsCome Find Yourself
The Ting TingsWe Started Nothing
Kula ShakerK
Primal ScreamDirty Hits
FugeesThe Score
Johnny CashThe Essential Johnny Cash
RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad
The ZutonsTired Of Hanging Around
The CoralThe Coral
Gerry RaffertyBaker Street
Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand
Elliott SmithXO
Charles BradleyChanges
David GrayWhite Ladder
FeederEcho Park
FeederComfort In Sound
Jet (2)Get Born
Fun Lovin’ Criminals100% Colombian
The Beach BoysThe Very Best Of The Beach Boys
BlurThe Best Of
Jack JohnsonBrushfire Fairytales
Manic Street PreachersEverything Must Go
Finley QuayeMaverick A Strike
Paloma FaithDo You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
ElbowThe Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Jesus JonesDoubt
The Chemical BrothersPush The Button
The Chemical BrothersBrotherhood
Rufus WainwrightRelease The Stars
The Beautiful SouthCarry On Up The Charts
Kings Of LeonYouth & Young Manhood
The Magic NumbersThe Magic Numbers
Damien Rice9
Jill ScottBeautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2
The VerveUrban Hymns
The VerveUrban Hymns (yeah, I bought it twice by mistake)
David GrayA New Day At Midnight
No DoubtThe Singles 1992 – 2003
Mumford & SonsSigh No More
KeaneHopes And Fears
U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind
New OrderLow-life
MadonnaSomething To Remember
Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill
MadonnaRebel Heart
MadonnaRay Of Light
MadonnaGHV2 (Greatest Hits Volume 2)
Blink-182Enema Of The State
Lynyrd SkynyrdThe Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd
J.J. CaleNaturally
Judge Jules & Tall PaulThe Annual 1999 – Millennium Edition
Depeche ModeThe Singles 86>98
SuedeComing Up
AthleteVehicles & Animals
SupergrassI Should Coco
Norah JonesCome Away With Me
Jose GonzalezVeneer
Scissor SistersTa-Dah
James Morrison (2)Songs For You, Truths For Me
Ms. DynamiteA Little Deeper
Scissor SistersScissor Sisters
James Morrison (2)Undiscovered
Eagle-Eye CherryDesireless
Crash Test DummiesGod Shuffled His Feet
Foo FightersWasting Light
Lily AllenIt’s Not Me, It’s You
KT TunstallEye To The Telescope
Barenaked LadiesStunt
Ani DiFrancoReprieve
Kanye WestGraduation
Kanye WestThe College Dropout
Foo FightersThere Is Nothing Left To Lose
Foo FightersEchoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
The Long BlondesSomeone To Drive You Home
The StrokesIs This It
Bright EyesI’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
Fatboy SlimYou’ve Come A Long Way, Baby
JamiroquaiTravelling Without Moving
AIRMoon Safari
Jack JohnsonOn And On
Graham CoxonHappiness In Magazines
Zero 7Simple Things
StereophonicsJust Enough Education To Perform
StereophonicsBest Of Stereophonics (Decade In The Sun)
George MichaelOlder
RoyksoppMelody A.M.
AIREverybody Hertz.
Professor GreenAlive Till I’m Dead
The ThrillsSo Much For The City
Soul II SoulVolume IV The Classic Singles 88-93
Manu ChaoClandestino
The KooksInside In / Inside Out
Professor GreenAt Your Inconvenience
Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili PeppersOne Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili PeppersGreatest Hits
a-haGreatest Hits (Headlines And Deadlines – The Hits Of a-ha)
Red Hot Chili PeppersBy The Way + Bonus
Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication
Bloc PartySilent Alarm
Bloc PartyA Weekend In The City
Craig DavidSlicker Than Your Average
The White StripesGet Behind Me Satan
Basement JaxxRooty

No need to count them, there are 140 there, many of which I would never bother with but many I’m glad I did. One example would be Suede, I’ve really never bothered with them much but these are two fabulous albums, £0.60 well invested. Also Jose Gonzalez, I really enjoyed that. So if we take an average new price of £9 that would have been a total spend of £1260.00. When I look at it that way it’s crazy. I have about another 150 charity shop purchases that aren’t in the above list so that would have been £2610.00 and I haven’t spent as much as £100.00. To be fair there are a load of albums that I just wouldn’t have bought at full price, but still, it seems like such a bargain. 

I haven’t played them all yet but the ones in Bold are the ones I have and really liked. 

I include the above by Wolfmother because I really liked it. 

4 thoughts on “The Rise and Decline and Rise of Compact Discs”

  1. There are some nuggets in that list. Gerry Rafferty is a classic…and I want to buy Graham Coxon off you, as I only have it as a copy…I will give you £1 for it.
    Love and light


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