Damn you, Amazon MP3, damn you! Way too easy. Way way way too easy. You make it far too easy to feed my addiction to buy music. My credit card is melting, my wife is mad, and my hard drive is filling up. 1-Click buying and the Amazon MP3 downloader give instant gratification. In the last week, I've picked up four "CDs":
"The Spectacular Johnny Horton" - When I was a mere tike, staying a my grandparents house, I used to listen to this classic country music album all the time. Horton was killed all too young in an automobile crash a few years before I even began listening to this, and I had always promised myself my own copy. Click, click, done. Wow, talk about flashback city! Just hearing those songs brings me back to the days of hanging out at Grammie's house and getting spoiled. AllMusic might not have liked the album, but it sure struck home for me!
American Recordings by Johnny Cash - A friend and I got to talking about The Man In Black and I remembered how this CD "revived" his career. So I finally grabbed a copy of it. Click click done. It is basically just Cash on his guitar singing a bunch of songs, both old and enw, simply recorded and honestly felt. I can't say as too many of them struck me, but I sure loved the Loudon Wainwright song!
Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express by The Go-Betweens - reading Sixbucksamonkey's last.fm weekly top artists reminded me that I wanted to get some of the older Go-Betweens CDs, so I grabbed this one. It doesn't have the power pop hooks that 16 Lovers Lane has, so it didn't floor me like that one did, but it's still a really good album. Perhaps I'll try Before Hollywood next.
Anthology by The Clean - I'm just a huge Aussie/New Zealand power pop groupie, with artists like The Go-Betweens, The Chills, Goanna, Split Enz, etc among my all time favorite groups. Exploring these groups led me to The Clean, a pioneer in the New Zealand pop scene and this CD has been on my To Buy list for far too long. So Click Click done! Really nice slices of power pop heaven so far. Some really short, and some are long essays on power pop.
So it's way too easy for me to indulge myself with these high quality, carefully tagged, DRM-free MP3 downloads. And 1-Click buying give instant gratification. I burned the El Perro Del Mar CD I downloaded a couple of weeks ago and it runs great. By adding the text info, I even get a nice little display when I play it on my Sony SACD player, showing the song and artist.
So Damn You one last time!
PS: Oh, and I forgot about all the singles I bought too, including two versions of Hallelujah (one by Alison Crowe and one by Leonard Cohen), two versions of Tainted Love by Soft Cell (the Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go long version and the 12" Dub version), and Ankle Injuires by Fujiya and Miyagi! Ouch. Ouch.