Here’s some fun I had last night. Not a totally new paradigm but a great way to create a kind of grand playlist out of a long-time favorite. This could be done with any beloved movie soundtrack or compilation album.
Anyone around my age who got into punk in the 70s or 80s knows the compilation album Burning Ambitions. This was the full treatment: buy this double album, read inside the gatefold while you listen to the album 100 times, and you’re a punker. One of the best and most meaningful compilation albums of all time (what’s your fave?).
So I took the idea and Tagged it as a “Group” (my designation for a collection of artists or albums that meets a certain criteria, as follows):
Then I went through and added each artist that was represented on this fantastic compilation to the Group Tag:
Then I went through Tidal and added every (desirable) title from each artist as a favorite and into my library:
Voila. Nearly 400 albums. It’s as though Burning Ambitions wasn’t just a little punk hors d’oeuvre anymore, but you get the entire discography of each band in it! In the right mood, I’ll listen to this for years. Like reliving the first time I ever heard that compilation but now it goes through many tracks, etc.
I’ve done this also with the Repo Man soundtrack (also really excellent, although my collection is a little Iggy Pop heavy and dominated by this artist) and the Valley Girl soundtrack (classic!).
I had this in Foobar too. But adding the capability of Tidal, I can access content I don’t think I’d pay full CD price for (would I really have the UK Subs discography otherwise? Maybe not entirely) and there is also the instant gratification of creating a whole new dive into a beloved record in about 30 minutes.
Bravo Roon, thanks for the memories!
(I should add, resolving from Artists to Albums within the Tag shows the same database slowdown problem I’ve had with complex tag queries. I am becoming convinced this problem relates to “indirect” tags - i.e. tags applied to related object, like viewing albums under an artist tag).