To C what he could C

Following the lead of Xrlq, who did this with his B list, here’s a list of the artists in the C section of my CD tree. (This does not include classical stuff, which is filed by composer, and which would be tricky, what with all the compilations and such.)

  • Glen Campbell
  • The Capitol Steps
  • Captain and Tennille
  • Kim Carnes
  • Carpenters
  • Johnny Cash
  • Charly Cazalet
  • cc: Diva
  • Ray Charles
  • Catherine Marie Charlton
  • The Charms
  • Chicago
  • Susan Christie
  • June Christy*
  • Suzanne Ciani
  • Circus Maximus
  • The Dave Clark Five
  • Petula Clark
  • Marc Cohn
  • Natalie Cole
  • Sam Cooke
  • Jonathan Coulton
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Julee Cruise

* Includes one set with Stan Kenton.

Incidentally, said tree looks like this, except mine has the cherrywood finish.





12 comments

  1. Lisa Paul »

    15 June 2009 · 2:27 pm

    I would have expected to see Count Basie there. Unless you’ve filed him under Basie, Count.

    I started to snigger at the Captain and Tennille. Then I took a quick look at my collection and found the Carpenters.

  2. CGHill »

    15 June 2009 · 2:35 pm

    Basie is under Basie. (Next to Basia.)

    And there are a lot of C acts for which I have vinyl, but no CDs: Cream, the Coasters and Nat “King” Cole come immediately to mind.

  3. fillyjonk »

    15 June 2009 · 2:53 pm

    I’m just happy to see Sam Cooke there. So many people I know have never even heard of him.

  4. unimpressed »

    15 June 2009 · 2:55 pm

    I’ve heard that some people prefer the vinyl because of the warmth of the pops and hisses that come along with the needle.

    I wonder if the vinyl could be recorded and burned, thereby having those “extra” noises there for the added warmth–just digitally reproduced.

  5. Lisa Paul »

    15 June 2009 · 2:56 pm

    [Raises hand and waves her Sam Cooke anthology.]

    Of course, if you are using iTunes, your music collection is filed with Buck Owens under B. The only way to change it is to laboriously, entry by entry, retype everything to Owens, Buck.

  6. CGHill »

    15 June 2009 · 3:04 pm

    Which, of course, I did; Buck Owens now falls between the Outsiders and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

  7. CGHill »

    15 June 2009 · 9:24 pm

    I wonder if the vinyl could be recorded and burned, thereby having those “extra” noises there for the added warmth — just digitally reproduced.

    It can. I spent part of the evening comparing an MP3 from a CD track to a vinyl rip of the same song.

    (For the curious: “All Mine,” by Fanny, from their LP Mothers Pride. Amazon.com carries the Fanny box set — somehow that looks funny, and I’m not even British — and sells the individual tracks, like this one, for 69 cents each.)

    The digitized version is a little bit brighter sounding, and the vinyl has an occasional low-level click, but they’re quite similar; the jury’s still out (after three plays) on the question of warmth.

  8. unimpressed »

    17 June 2009 · 12:43 am

    Maybe “warmth” isn’t the right word, I’m just repeating what I’d heard it called, maybe they meant “nostalgic” because it sounds like they originally heard the tracks….

    I know a couple of audiophiles that have gone totally digital and prefer the DDD disks (where available) to the AAD disks of the older media.

    Personally, I prefer the CD for reproduction, even for the analog recorded and mixed older stuff, on multiple levels: size, portability and accuracy of reproduction.

    BTW, what tag(s) do you use to quote like that?

  9. CGHill »

    17 June 2009 · 7:03 am

    That’s the blockquote tag.

    My own tentative conclusion is that the digital versions, stripped of background noise and such, tend to sound somewhat sterile — which makes the vinyl sound richer, even warmer, by comparison. Still, this is based on a very small sampling and should not be taken as gospel. Even as epistle.

  10. unimpressed »

    17 June 2009 · 7:27 am

    Well, that’s half an answer on the blockquote thing. I can see it, I don’t know how to pull it off. :)

    Your definition and/or description of “warmth” makes a great deal of sense but I think that “richer” is probably the better term.

    I can even understand why they would prefer not to have a DDD recording for just those reasons. Still, I’d think that an AAD or ADD recording would give them that warmth or richness back without having to rip and burn using vinyl as the starting point. Apparently I don’t have a discerning-enough ear or my equipment is sub-par or my listening conditions are less-than-optimal to tell the difference. It’s most likely a combination of all of the above.

  11. CGHill »

    17 June 2009 · 10:34 am

    It’s like any other tag: you enclose it with angle brackets.

    <blockquote> begins it; </blockquote> ends it.

  12. unimpressed »

    17 June 2009 · 4:37 pm

    My mistake. I had assumed that “blocktag” was the name of the function and it never even occurred to me that your answer was literal.

    My knowledge of .html is limited to knowing where and by whom it is used and virtually nothing about how to actually use it.

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