In the past, I would try to write about every album I encountered. These days, I listen to a lot of stuff, but I’ll only post an entry if something sparks a memory.
As these statistics demonstrate, I’m leaving a lot out of this blog.
First and last purchases of the year
- First purchase: Glenn Gould, Bach: The Goldberg Variations (1955) on vinyl.
- First purchase of a 2016 release: Henryk Górecki, Symphony No. 4 on CD.
- Last purchase of a 2016 release: Meredith Monk, On Behalf of Permanence on CD.
- Last purchase: George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 on CD.
Purchases by format
|Total items bought||41||42||188||271|
- New release
- Initial release within the calendar year.
- Originally released prior to the calendar year but reissued within the calendar year.
- Initial release prior to the calendar year.
Top catalog release years
|Year||Number of items purchased|
Single titles purchased in multiple formats are counted individually.
|Artist||Number of items purchased|
|Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet||4|
|Dolly Parton / Linda Ronstadt / Emmylou Harris||3|
- These number pretty much bear out that I’m pretty much out of touch with anything new happening. Catalog purchases took up 70% of my purchases in 2016.
- The death of Prince sent me on a mission to catch up with his work.
- The news of a new album from Sting gave me a chance to reconsider his work from the late ’90s onward. Cheap CDs from the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Thrift Shop allowed me to save on Internet bandwidth.
- Madonna’s presence in my collection grew due to a combination of a vinyl reissue campaign and some lucky purchases from Lifelong AIDS Alliance Thrift Shop.
- In fact, encountering the Lifelong Thrift Shop stall during Gay Pride had an outsize influence on my purchases. From street level, the shop looked like it sold only vintage clothes. I didn’t realize the lower level had a room of CDs and vinyl.