Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Various Artists - MCA Master Series Sampler '86 (1986)
Back before iTunes, back before streaming samples on Amazon, back before Napster, if you wanted to hear new music that wasn't normally played on the radio or MTV, record companies would issue samplers of new music to help you out and, of course, to increase sales. This particular sampler is for music in the smooth jazz and new age genres that were becoming increasingly popular at that time. If memory serves, it was about this time that a radio station that played this type of music debuted in the Dallas area. KOAI 'The Oasis' at 106.1FM I believe it was.
Tracks: 10 tracks by 6 artists. Most is harmless new age doodling by artists I've never heard of before or since. I bought this for Larry Carlton's Smiles And Smiles To Go, so obviously I like that track. I also like A Month Of Seasons by John Jarvis. The country-new age fusion music by Jerry Douglas isn't for me. I can't figure out what Edgar Meyer is trying to do with his two tracks.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Even though this is a 1986 sampler, it reminds of student teaching in 1988. Those 4 months were exhausting and exciting. But I remember coming home from student teaching and listening to this CD because I thought I was stressed and needed to relax (I was 22 and had NO idea what stress was). Back then, of course, I couldn't listen to a CD in my '85 Olds Firenza so I had to listen at home on a huge component stereo system. I don't miss those bulky components a bit.
Because this CD was one I bought in the '80s, I'm sure it came in a longbox. Remember those? Longboxes were 12" tall cardboard boxes with the CD stuck in one end. These boxes allowed record stores to file new compact discs in the same bins originally used for vinyl LPs. Phased out in the early '90s, I'm sure they are collector's items now. The picture below is of some longboxes used for Madonna CDs (sorry, it was the best I could find). Here's an interesting magazine article from 1990 titled, "Trash the longbox?" It urges record companies to scrap the longbox for environmental reasons. It also calls the cassette tape "the best-selling music format by far."