I went through my music collection at home. I now have the final list of artists, albums and songs I am going to look for on all the music services. Here’s the list with comments on some of the choices at the bottom.
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits 1969
Billy Joel – Songs In The Attic
Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits
Cream – The Very Best of Cream
Electric Light Orchestra – All Over The World: The Very Best of ELO
Elvis Presley – Elvis #1 Singles
Harry Chapin – Greatest Stories Live
John Melloncamp – The Best That I Could Do: 1978-1988
REO Speedwagon – The Hits
Squeeze – Singles
Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver
U2 – Best of 1980 – 1990
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran
Barret Strong – Money
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
Brian Setzer Orchestra – Jump Jive An’ Wail
Brownsville Station – Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room
B.J. Thomas – Hooked on a Feeling
Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
C. W. McCall – Convoy
Glenn Frey – Smuggler’s Blues
Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Man
Looking Glass – Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)
Marty Balin – Hearts
Nena – 99 Luftballoons (English)
Robbie Dupree – Steal Away
Then Dead Milkmen – Bitchin’ Camaro
The Box Tops – The Letter
Three Dog Night – Shambala
As you can see my tastes are not too out there… and this was as out there as I could get. Granted, some of these are here for comparison purposes. Billy Joel’s Songs in the Attic is one of my all time favorite albums. I want to see if they have it, but more importantly how much it costs.
Bob Seger is listed as an artist because I noticed Yahoo had only one or two songs from him… and none of his classic stuff. Sounds like a chance to check out something easy there. This may be like The Beatles who have never given permission for their songs to be sold on any service (I think this is still true, but I will check that out).
Badfinger is going to be a cool test. Does anyone remember them? Badfinger was a band created by The Beatles. They put the band together in their later days as another “boy band” to put on their Apple label. Paul McCartney wrote most of their early songs, and they sound a lot like him (or The Beatles). Will The Beatles lack of support for on-line music carry over. We will see. The Smithereens was about the least know album I own. Starship is on the list because they changed their name so many time I am curious how they will be listed.
The albums are nothing special, I was just getting a reasonable sample. However, I would like to take this time to mention that Steve Winwood‘s Arc of a Diver is arguably the first truly solo album. Why? Because he made the album in his basement studio… by himself. He played every instrument, wrote all the lyrics, and sung all the songs. A true solo effort.
As for the songs, this started as a list of singles I bought on 45s. I know, I am dating myself here. The rest just kind of evolved from songs I downloaded during the heyday of Napster. However, Boomtown Rats’ I Don’t Like Mondays is off the beaten path. This was there only hit… and it has a story. The song in about a teenage girl that shot up an elementary school across the street from her house. When the police captured her, her only explanation for why she did it was that she didn’t like Mondays. Now for the twist… the event happened in California, but the Boomtown Rats are from Ireland. The song was released about two months after the incident and they tried to ban it in this country (or in California, my memory is a little weak).
I will look for all of this stuff on each music service. If anyone has some unusual or mainstream stuff they think would trip up the music services, please send it my way and I will add it to my testing.
I am going to start looking at my first “free trial” this weekend. Hopefully I will have the time to make this effort worthwhile.
Until next time.