Adventures in Music Collecting: End of an Era


The world as I knew it has changed.  It is not like I did not see this happening I just did not experience it firsthand yet.  At least not in the way I did today.

Walking back from my lunch break I decided to walk into the local used everything store “Out of the Closet.”  Did I mention I work in South Beach, FL?  I went in to kill time and peruse the used CD’s and vinyl records.  Before I even got to the used music section I saw CD binder on a used coffee table.  As I looked through a very decent collection of music I could not help and wonder if someone had stolen this and donated it?  As I came to the last page I came across the last page which indicated the whopping of $8.99.

I could only assume this was the value of the binder and not its contents.  So I approached the cashier I asked how much this classic collection was and sure enough it was $8.99!  I told her that I only wanted to binder and not the music.  Her response was “You have to take it the way it is or put it back.”  I was floored.  So I negotiated everything for a flat $8 fee.  I was happy and sad.  Happy to have made such an amazing purchase sad that CD’s really have no value anymore in this digital age.


To think of all the physical music I have and still purchase has only value to me.  I am a collector nothing more nothing less.  I am a dinosaur wandering in the ruins of the past. To think I still have and collect vinyl.  I have come to a cross roads today.  I am questioning why I collect music? Is it for the love of the art or am I trying to fill some void with stuff.  On a lighter note I want to share my bounty, because in the end this was one hell of a purchase!

Oasis – Be Here Now      $3.96
Office Space – Burnt CD      $0.00
Charlie Parker – Ultimate Charlie Parker    $15.06
Pearl Jam – Jeremy Single     $9.99
Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever     $4.99
Tom Petty – Wildflowers      $6.99
Phish – Junta       $5.99
Elvis Presley – 30 #1 Hits     $11.99
Elvis Presley – 2nd to None     $12.52
Queen – Made in Heaven      $12.98
Ramones        $7.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik   $7.80
Otis Redding – The Very Best of     $6.99
Reservoir Dogs – Soundtrack     $8.24
Rock Remixes       $0.00
Run DMC – Raising Hell      $6.99
Saturday Night Fever – Soundtrack    $11.88
Simon & Garfunkel – The Best Of     $11.45
Paul Simon – Graceland      $8.99
Paul Simon – Rhythm of the Saints    $8.99
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness $19.99
Snatch – Soundtrack      $12.99
Spinal Tap – Soundtrack      $10.49
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.    $6.99
Cat Stevens – Greatest Hits     $6.99
Steve Miller Band – Greatest Hits 1974-78    $9.00
Sublime        $8.49
CD-R        $0.00
James Taylor – Greatest Hits     $12.78
George Thorogood – The Baddest Of     $39.99
Trainspotting – Soundtrack     $8.49
U2 – Joshua Tree      $9.49
Van Halen – 1984      $6.99
Van Halen       $6.99
Van Halen – Diver Down      $4.99
Van Halen – Live: Right Here Right Now    $13.18
Steve Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live: In The Beginning $17.62
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Texas Flood   $6.99
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – SRV Bonus Disc  $6.99
Weezer        $8.49
Paul McCartney and Wings – Complete Discography (Promo’s)  $220
Bill Withers – The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me   $3.90
Luscious Jackson – Fever In Fever Out (Promo)    $11.70
Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing     $5.66

So in the end paying $8.00 for $627.68 is not bad business!

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