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Living To Music 33⅓

By Greg Wilson on May 24, 2013 in CD’s / Digital , Hear , Living To Music , Records

33⅓

Following a run of 2 years 9 months I’ve decided to wind things down with Living To Music, making it an irregular feature of the blog from herein. Up until now it had been a monthly series, but something has to give and, as I’m currently stuggling to fit in all the things I need to be doing, I can’t maintain this commitment, although I don’t want to stop the series completely.

With this in mind I’ve decided that 33 (and a ⅓), the speed at which a vinyl album rotates, is a fitting number to complete this first phase, for this is the amount of albums that have featured to date. Further to this I’ve recorded a podcast in which a track from each of these 33 albums (in the order of their selection) is played.

13 selections were from the 1970s, 7 from the 1980s, 5 from the 1990s, 4 from the 1960s, 3 from the 2000s and 1 from the 2010s. 15 acts were from the UK, 13 from the US (plus 1 combined UK / US), 3 were from Jamaica and 1 was from Iceland. 19 were recorded by groups, 9 by male artists and 5 by female artists. 30 different artists featured – Pink Floyd, David Bowie and The Beatles providing 2 albums apiece (John Lennon appearing on 3 albums overall – 2 Beatles and 1 solo). 2 of the albums were live recordings. The selections spanned 47 years, 1963-2010.

Even subjectively, this is nothing like a definitive list, there are plenty of artists who could just as easily featured – greats like The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Dusty Springfield, Sex Pistols, Sly & The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Lou Reed, Jimi Hendrix, Public Enemy, Massive Attack, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Carole King and Kraftwerk all spring to mind for starters, not to mention a number of further albums by the artists already featured. By the same token, it’s too simplistic to see the Living To Music 33⅓ as my favourite tracks from each of the albums – some might be, but others were chosen because they were perhaps the most representative in this context. Whichever way, these felt like the right tracks to illustrate the rich history of recording Living To Music has encompassed.

As one door closes another opens – I’ve been thinking of how I can better employ my Mixcloud account, which is currently housing a selection of my radio mixes and turntable edits from the early ’80s (stuff I’d recorded on tape in the first few years I got into editing), and, given that the service is stream only, I thought it would be an ideal abode for compilations I’ve put together of individual tracks (rather than DJ mixes, which I’ll continue to upload to SoundCloud). I’ve done a number of these comps down the years, both for my own personal enjoyment, as well as friends’, so it would be good to now share them from time to time as ‘cloudcasts’. I’ll also look to upload the Random Influences and Time Capsule series’ when time allows.

Classic Album Sundays

With Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy’s ‘Classic Album Sundays’ continuing to go from strength to strength, I feel the baton has been successfully passed and the most important thing in all of this, that people take the time out to really give their full attention to the listening experience, is a message that has been considerably spread since the first Living To Music session, Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’, was held in July 2010. You can find out more about ‘Classic Album Sundays’ here:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/about/

In this age of information overload, the difficulty of getting people to stop what they’re doing for an hour, once a month, in order to experience an album they may, or may not have previously heard, has proved to be a difficult commitment for all but a small, but dedicated hardcore to sustain. Big thanks to all who have contributed, both by participating in the sessions and adding comments beneath the accompanying posts here on the blog – hopefully, one day, your example will be followed by larger groups of people, who will find the necessary space in their lives to link up globally for similar communal audio happenings, in the spirit of the original post, taking the idea to its full potential. That’s my hope.

Happy listening!

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http://blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music/

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5 Responses to Living To Music 33⅓

  1. L’ange bleu
    May 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm
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    Thanks, Greg.

    I have enjoyed the journey (so far), and I’m sure the seed is sown.

    Best wishes

  2. Phillipa
    May 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm
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    Hi Greg just wanted to say what a great pleasure it’s been re-living classics and being introduced to classics I’ve missed. My only negative ..which isn’t one really…is that listening with others i haven’t been able to leap about scream and shout sing along or play table percussion..in my appreciation of what i’m hearing:-)) And i just love the 331/3 compilation…i’ll be playing that often XXX Phillipa

  3. Lou Lou
    May 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm
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    This idea really excited me when you first spoke of it. Apart from all the other reasons for doing it, I loved the fact that we did it together (if not in each others company) and that felt magical to me. Especially the Pink Floyd album when I read the comments afterwards.
    Thanks so much for your time and effort. Onwards and upwards 🙂

  4. BrianE
    May 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm
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    Well it’s been a pleasure to be involved with ‘LTM’ and I have enjoyed re visiting old classics as well as being introduced to albums I hadn’t heard before. All good things come to an end and it’s all positive because LTM will be held still, but less frequently.

  5. Tall Bobby
    May 29, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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    Wow , Listening to the radio 1 mix , and my friend Greg saw you at some club in london with Afrika Bambartaa, I said I would buy you a drink , the tall guy with the Elvis Cosstello glasses ! but I think you were too busy with the set …. Listen mate bring back the classics in a club in London , oLd SkooL is the best and especially when you mix them …. respect to you …:-)

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