I love this new genius bar functionality in the new iTunes. I've been having a lot of fun generating playlists from it and everyone so far has been pretty spot on. I have over 21k songs in my iTunes collection and one of the biggest problems with that many songs is figuring out a way to listen to them in a way which makes any sense at all. Bravo!
I'm thinking very seriously about selling all of my LPs. I know I have some that are worth something base on rarity etc. I know I have some that are worth something based on a simple cheese factor. I have long held that I should hold on to stuff because "someday it might be worth something" but now I'm thinking that I could hold on to this stuff forever. Maybe it would be better to just start going through it and selling it on eBay.
So I guess I should first determine whether I can actually listen to it again if I so decide. That will be my criteria: if I can get a digital version of the LP then I will sell the LP.
First up: The Cult - Love Removal Machine.
Love Removal Machine is a specially priced Maxi Single in the LP format from 1986. It includes the LP version of "Love Removal Machine" as well as "Wolf Child's Blues" and the extended version of "Love Removal Machine".
This song was the first single off The Cult's album Electric. Here's the video.
Now I must admit I really didn't get into this album. It's good. I'm not here to slag it. But prior to this I discovered this band through "She Sells Sanctuary" which is a single off of the album "Love" which is by far the most amazing piece of Cult you can hear. "She Sells Sanctuary" was revelatory for me. Absolutely astounded I was when I first heard this song. Here's the video:
In the end the song "Love" became the anthem for this period of my life. Such an amazing song. Here's the video of a live performance of the song from 1985:
The "Love" album is an amazing piece of sonic wonder. I wore out 3 copies of the cassette tape back in the day when I listened to them regularly.
Here's a recent video of them performing the song "The Phoenix". I swear Billy Duffy is like the Hendrix of my day:
I became such a fan due to these songs that I ended up seeing the band at the Rainbow Theater in Denver and came away even more convinced of their skill and mastery of rocking out. In fact the tour I saw is the same as the video above. As a consequence I ended up delving into their back catalog as "The Southern Death Cult" and became even more of a fan.
Unfortunately by the time "Electric" came out I really detested what they had become. For some reason they had jettisoned the hippy vibe which drove so much of their music in tandem with the gothic elements and went full-bore into what I saw as metal silliness. Now I was and am a huge metal fan but what the Cult did with "Electric" struck me as terribly derivative and hopelessly stale by the time it was released. Now I know the band went on to greater peaks of popular stardom and sales but at the end of it all I was burned out by anything beyond "Love". I ended up getting both "Electric" and "Sonic Temple" (cringed when I saw the cover) but as much as I liked it in theory it wasn't what I loved about the band and seemed to be veering off into Sunset Strip decadence and bother so I left the cult.
So now I am faced with this LP containing "Wolf Child's Blues" which is apparently not available anywhere in a digital format. This would seem to indicate I could get quite a bit for this on eBay but then I'd likely never here that song again. And I like the song. How can I get rid of it if that's the case? Anyone have a digital copy of these songs? Let me know.