I'm Just a Solid Mass of Contusions

3620. Hoagy Carmichael: From "Star Dust" to "Ole Buttermilk Sky" 3621. Bing Crosby: The Crooner: The Columbia Years 1928-1934 3622. Duke Ellington: The Blanton-Webster Band 3623. Keith Jarrett: Solo-Concerts 3624. Leadbelly: The Library of Congress Recordings 3625. The Nixon Interviews with David Frost 3626. The Sun Box 3627. The Motown Story 3628. The Birdland Story 3629. Collector's History of Classic Jazz 3630. CFCF Radio Golden Anniversary 1919-1969 3631. Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time 3632. American History in Ballad and Song Vol. 2 3633. First Commercially Successful Recordings 3634. A Treasury of Gregorian Chants 3635. Robert Stoltz: Im Zauberreich der Wiener Walzerkönige 3636. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites 3637. Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber of Seville 3638. Das Schönste von Julia Migenes 3639. Henry "Red" Allen: Giants of Jazz 3640. Sidney Bechet: Giants of Jazz 3641. Bix Beiderbecke: Giants of Jazz 3642. Bunny Berigan: Giants of Jazz 3643. Duke Ellington: Giants of Jazz 3644. Benny Goodman: Giants of Jazz 3645. Billie Holiday: Giants of Jazz 3646. Jelly Roll Morton: Giants of Jazz 3647. Red Norvo: Giants of Jazz 3648. Bessie Smith: Giants of Jazz 3649. Jack Teagarden: Giants of Jazz 3650. Charlie Barnet: Big Bands 3651. Tommy Dorsey: Big Bands 3652. Harry James: Big Bands 3653. Artie Shaw: Big Bands Mixworthy: "Transfusion," Nervous Norvus, #3631; "I Can't Get Started," Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra, #3642. I've got to go back and do a lot of cleaning up, but basically this is it--if I were Jean-Luc Godard, I'd call this the "End of Vinyl" entry. One idea I got a while ago, and which I'd still like to follow through on over the summer, is to finish with a few photos of whatever currently resides where all my old record haunts were. I took the preliminary step of spending an afternoon in the library last summer looking up addresses in old Toronto phone books. I'd even like to get a few words with the two people who run Around Again on Baldwin Street, the one used store that I know is exactly where it was 25 years ago...The mixworthy list above sums up how frequently I've listened to my box sets over the years: 75-100 LPs' worth of music, two songs. Most have been played once in their entirety, none twice. The Sun Box is probably the only one I paid full price for (around $20 at the time, I remember), and it's also probably the first one I owned--if not that, one of the Elvis boxes listed earlier. I bought The Blanton-Webster Band on a staff discount while working at Sunrise, which wouldn't have been all that much below what it would have sold for on the floor, and I bought it--bizarre; the details are lost to me--largely to help a co-worker smooth over some botched transaction of his own. Everything else I got on the cheap, some of it ridiculously so: the Bing Crosby and Keith Jarrett titles were part of a big Boxing Day haul from a Brampton store that was charging $1 per LP whatever the configuration, so they each cost three or four dollars. Thirty-seven boxes (including the two Elvises and the Springsteen) out of 3600+ LPs amounts to 1%; not sure if that'd be about normal for a collection my size or not, but they've never been more than coffee-table afterthoughts for me, bought because they were cheap and they were big and they were there. Any one of the Time-Life Giants of Jazz sets (a relatively modest three LPs each) is more than I can process as a listener, so the practical value of something like the Funhouse CD box mystifies me. Needing an mp3 player with 5,000 songs on file is another kind of overkill I don't understand. Some- one else might say the same thing about keeping 3,653 pieces of dead software around the house.

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