I've always loved music (who doesn't, right?) but was originally slow to rebuild my album collection from LP to CD. I had a large collection of mostly Classic Rock with material like Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Genesis, etc at the top of my play list. Modern music (as I knew it) was basically crap with all of it sounding pretty much the same to me. The only exception was an amazing band called "Tool" who had a quite unique style I liked.|
I had been introduced to Amazon.ca as a good source for finding older CDs. One day I decided to follow a recommendation Amazon made and bought an album by a band called "Symphony X" (The New Mythology Suite). About a year later I decided I really liked this band and should see what else was in their discography. Again, Amazon made some recommendations and again I decided to take their advice and purchased music by two other bands called "Dream Theater" and "Kamelot". Wow! This was modern music - and its good! Where was all this stuff coming from? A little more searching around the now familiar Amazon web site shows this material to have a genre of its own called "Progressive". And look at that, my old favourites also fall under this category! So, it seems, there is still good music being made - a LOT of it. Its just not the crap you hear on the radio - go figure.
Although I still buy the albums (CDs), once I get them I immediately rip them to my workstation both as a 320k MP3 and now also as an Apple Lossless. They are then imported into iTunes where I add my own cover art from a scan of the CD insert. Bonus tracks are separated from the original material and given their own artwork (often the back of the album). Double albums have the tracks renumbered and are listed as a single recording. The CDs then join the others in a huge stack in the basement of my house (should take a pic of that some day).
Anyway, since I'm enjoying myself so much, I've decided to post my collection. At the bottom of this page are links to alphabetical listings including album art and track listings. Here are some highlights of my favourites. (Note that I'm a technician and not a musician so I'm afraid I'll not be able to put into words what makes them so great):
I'll stop there before this page gets too long but check out the alphabetical links below. Lots of great tunes!
Note: I have now made the album track listings clickable for a 600x600 copy of the album art (opens in new window).