I have fond memories of browsing through physical music albums in major music stores. One importer allowed me to take CD’s home to evaluate and then buy what I want. Sadly the nostalgia is all that is left – the shops are gone.
Some years ago a colleague of mine asked me if I’ve ever heard about Stockfisch. He’s just returned from Germany where he heard Chris Jones’s “No Sanctuary Here” at a music event. I Googled, but could not find a South African importer [then] – so I torrented a few ISO’s which I Iso2DSD’d and of course the DMP did the rest. Long story short:- I very much enjoyed the music, finally found a supplier in Johannesburg and bought everything I liked: Chris Jones, David Munyon, Sara K etc. By that time though, I’d already cut one favourite disk from the 5 “closer to the music” volumes.
Seemingly unrelated: I stumbled onto a Gumtree Ad – somebody selling his entire CD collection of about 1400 disks. Bought the lot for the equivalent of about 670 USD. My initial joy was dampened when I started listening though – because 99% of the disks I ended up giving away. Musically, most were excellent – they just weren’t to my taste.
The above two experiences had unexpected side-effects. Despite me now being the proud owner of the original Stockfisch media, I kept returning to my compilation disk – the originals gathered dust. It didn’t stop there though: I suddenly realized that I always only listen to certain tracks on most of my favourite disks (classical and most piano being the exception) – while the majority of my collection gathered dust. Long story short: I’ve already given away at least half of my CD’s (and I’m not done) as well as all my DVD’s & BlueRays. I have to honestly say that I can’t hear the difference between the original Stockfisch and my compilation disk. But then again my ears are 63 yrs old.
I recently investigated Dancingsea’s 2019 post – where JeffofArabica converted Ronaldwanders’s Quboz lists to Tidal. I’ve never given streaming much thought, but suddenly it seems to make more sense when I look at Ronaldwanders’s compilations. And it seems Tidal is available in South Africa …