Introduction: For those of you that have stumbled across this website and are interested in reading about my trek through the universe of the Tidal streaming service, let me tell you a bit about what I did. Back in 2016 I thought it would be kind of cool to listen to artist’s catalog from start to finish and rank them from best to worst. After all, who doesn’t like a good list? I thought I might do a few of them and see what happened, hoping it would introduce me to records that were foreign to me in the arsenal of an artist I was familiar with. I also though that it would be pretty cool to get out of the “one off” mode of listening to a new record, years after the previous one, in order to get a true sense of how the artist matured over time. Flash forward to June of 2019 and 250 catalogs later, I have ended the trek. I posted these all on Facebook over the years as they were completed but I’m going to move them all over here, starting with #1, in order to expand them out a bit more.
As with all my catalogs, to be considered in the ranking, an album has to meet certain criteria:
- The artist must actually perform on 80% of the tracks (soundtrack and rap provision)
- No compilations of previous released material will be included.
- The album must have been released officially and within the realm of the label that the artist would have been on at the time or official releases posthumously (normally applies to a slew of live records)
- Any EPs must contain new new music and be relevant to the catalog, not be more like a single with a b-side or two.
- Compilations of previously recorded material will be included if they are remixes, bonus tracks, outtakes… mostly music that hasn’t been part of a main release before)
Entrance Point: All the hits and early 80s records.
Summary: So this was the first catalog I aborted on my trek. I hadn’t set out planning to abort any of them obviously and I really thought I would just power through all of them but I quickly learned that if I hate what I’m listening to, then I couldn’t give it a fair shake. I actually got 11 records in before aborting this one, which might be the farthest I ended up while not being able to finish. And I’m really shocked I couldn’t make it through this one as I love funk and really thought I liked Earth, Wind & Fire but outside of the singles, I really hated a lot of the deep cuts on the records, so much so that I couldn’t bear to stick with the collection through to the end.