The Album 1967-2006 R.I.P.
So the latest edition of Spin magazine has all but
pronounced the album dead. They are probably right. Most youngsters have
embraced the digital download world and pick and choose the songs they want
rather than take the whole package they are supposed to be wrapped up in. MP3's
are still pretty shitty in terms of quality but no one seems to notice and
considering that Intel just unveiled their "Tetraflop" chip (a microchip that
can process a trillion equations in one second) it won't be too long before
iPods can play music superior in quality to our present day CD's (which are
pretty shitty too....).
Even I am caught up in this new trend. Mostly I listen to a random jukebox of music. It is rare that I put a CD on and listen to the whole thing. I like it when Cesaria Evora follows Jim White who is followed by Ali Farka Toure. It is a kind of jukebox heaven you can't find in any diner or tavern. Who can blame us for giving up on the album?
Still, I miss those few albums that really stood out as a piece of art. The complete and beautiful record. A rare thing. Most of the time albums were nothing more than haphazard a collection of singles but sometimes they were so beautiful you had to listen to them all the way through until they wore out....
Sgt Pepper's, The Doors, Are You Experienced?, Highway 61 Revisited, Pet Sounds, Strange Days, Bringing it all Back Home, Axis Bold as Love, Abbey Road, Zeppelins I through IV, Who's Next, Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Pink Moon, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Never Mind the Bullocks, Hotel California, Rumors, Small Change, Breakfast in America, Eat the Beat, London Calling, Fear of Music, Marquee Moon, The Wall, Remain in Light, Synchronicity, Born in the USA, Rain Dogs, Speaking in Tongues, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Violent Femmes, Crowded House, Bone Machine, Nothing's Shocking, Louder Than Love, Pretty Hate Machine, Paul's Boutique, Gish, Nevermind, Dummy, OK Computer, Wrong Eyed Jesus!, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.....
Ah... yes... I do wax nostalgic... and why not? Beautiful... so beautiful... may the album rest in peace.