While it's definitely true that quality tunes seems to be more and more rare nowadays, it could also be said that we don't give whats out there much of a chance anymore either. Music is infinitely more disposable now with multi-gig mp3 players and the ease and availability of the mp3's themselves - if we don't like a song or if it doesn't grab us right away, then we (or at least I do anyways) delete it off and never think about it again.
Back in the day before mp3's and even burnable CD's we had tapes and CD's and were pretty much stuck with whatever crap they put on the albums and singles. But the funny thing is, a lot of the crap out there had the tendancy to grow on you the more you listen to them. I wonder how many cocooned tracks I'd skipped out on over the years coz I just coz I didn't like the intro or I found the beat initially annoying... Meh.
When CD-R's and MD's came out - we began to have more control over what we could easily take with us in a hurry on the move. Yet we were still limited to 74mins of actual track time. Ya know what? I actually miss this limitation.
Being able to carry your entire music collection with you is a nice thought - but for me - I find I spend too much time trying to find the right track for the moment, while in the past, I'd let the track set the moment for me.
Plus, building a truly great compilation mix is an art form. High Fidelity is a great film in its own right, but I always remember it coz of the truth it says about mix tapes; Start with something noticable, sometimes take it up a notch, but not too much, sometimes cool it down a notch, but not too much, there're a lot of rules. It takes a lot of thought. More than you might expect.
The great thing is, you actually tend to treasure the songs more.
I think I used to be pretty good at making compilation MD's... at least I and the people who rode in my car used to think so anyways...
One of my favourite types of compilations were cruisy chillout collections. I wonder if I can still do it...
1. Akia - California
2. Tamia ft Fabolous - Into You
3. Jay Chou - 我不配
4. B4-4 - Endlessly
5. Bobby T - I'm Missing You
6. R Kelly ft Jennifer Lopez - Baby I Love You
7. Petey Pablo ft Timbaland - I
8. Nelly ft St Lunatics - Batter Up
9. Kelly Rowland ft Nelly - Dilemma
10. Baby Bash ft Frankie J - Obsession (Si Es Amor)
11. Jimmy Lin - 不喜歡看妳流淚
12. B2K - BabyGirl (2004 version)
13. Lloyd ft Ashanti - Southside
14. m-flo loves Kahimi Karie - COZMO-NAUGHTY
15. Carl Craig - Future Love Theme
16. Omni Trio - Trippin' On Broken Beats