Paul - who brings friendly nonsense (blur_kiwi) wrote,
Paul - who brings friendly nonsense

A simple question, I think

I don't know about you, but when I'm going through a bit of a 'catch-up' phase with my music collection (which already runs into literally thousands of CDs) I sometimes buy compilation albums. And very often I'm disappointed by them.

So often a compilation CD will have a load of great music on it but it's been put together without much thought for the feel of the whole thing, and seems disjointed and clunky when you listen to it. To use a bit of a tired and worn-out phrase, the whole never quite matches up to the sum of the parts.

I think I have a bit of a talent for putting compilations together and making them work. Sometimes I like to make them tell a story, or have a theme beyond the music itself. Then, getting them to work well is a real labour of love for me, and when it comes off, it's great. I like to even go to the level of keys, instrumentation and rhythms to make sure that one track follows another fairly seamlessly, yet subtly changing and progressing them so that it all still sounds interesting.

I have a friend (who knows who she is) who I've been putting some CDs together for. I've covered various topics, told stories, travelled the land and done musical styles. But it has become obvious to me that there's also a bit of a case for taking a simpler approach. So, I've decided to take, for example, a musical decade and create a 'Paul's best of...' from it. I think I know, however diverse the music, or dissimilar it might be, I'll still be able to make it work.

I suppose an obvious place to start is the 1960s. I know it's a long time ago now, but so much of the popular music that has followed still owes its existence to, and is influenced by, the music of that incredibly creative and innovative decade. And much of the music of the '60s still stands up, even if you're a long way from having been around at the time and, therefore, have little or no nostalgia for it.

Now, it became apparent to me very quickly that one compilation CD would never do the '60s justice, and that thought opened up other ideas and possibilities, and we'll see how they develop. But, dear friends and readers, just for fun I have a question for you. It's a simple question and I'd love to know your answers and what you think. I have my own ideas, and quite a lot of choice, but I could be missing something really obvious, so...

If you were putting together one or more compilation CDs of music from the 1960s, what songs would you have to include? (As many or as few as you like.)

Tags: music, questions

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