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The Spotlight Kid - track scheduling LP/Cd

PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:59 pm
by Chris P
A trivial point, in these days of Cd players, and a point that wasn't necessary in the days of LPs. I think it makes much more sense to start with Side 2 of the Spotlight Kid. I can see why they went for Side A of the LP for commercial reasons, but Side B is the best way in. Got to start with the wonderful title track, and let it unfold. I feel these CD copies of LPs are missing out on creative opportunities, when they opt to be LP simulcrums but clearly without simple side A/side B options as of yore, but then again, Cds are fairly easy to navigate. As I said, a trivial point.
Maybe a topic for a thread though - what albums are best played in reverse side order (B then A)?
Anyone?

Re: The Spotlight Kid - track scheduling LP/Cd

PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:26 pm
by john poole
Can't think of any examples at present but I recall that the cassette release of 'Loaded' by the Velvet Underground had the sides reversed, presumably by mistake
https://www.discogs.com/Velvet-Undergro ... se/1556274

And 'Get Happy!' by Elvis & the Attractions had a difference of opinion between the sleeve and the labels as to which was Side One
http://www.45worlds.com/vinyl/album/xxlp1

Re: The Spotlight Kid - track scheduling LP/Cd

PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:50 pm
by willvine
It's certainly hard to imagine well loved albums arranged in a different order. I have never made use of the shuffle function on the cd player.

Re: The Spotlight Kid - track scheduling LP/Cd

PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:14 pm
by alister prince
Uhmm Chris, an interesting point to ponder on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I recall hearing a radio 4 programme a little while back about the theory of how best album tracks were listed. If my memory is right 1, 4, 7, 11 were the important numbers. The problem is exacerbated by the subjectivity of people's taste in music. Let alone the fact an established fan of an act may well be looking for something very different from a newer listener. In Beefheart's case, The Spotlight Kid was a successor to Trout Mask Replice, and a tad different! And what about compilations? I remember being told how CG was a little distressed when an eager punter told him he listened to Charlie's wonderful comps on shuffle. CG having taken huge time and effort to get the mix just right.
Aly

Re: The Spotlight Kid - track scheduling LP/Cd

PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:57 am
by john poole
alister prince wrote:Uhmm Chris, an interesting point to ponder on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I recall hearing a radio 4 programme a little while back about the theory of how best album tracks were listed.

Here it is,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q95y6
but I lost interest once I heard the claim at the beginning that (the) Pink Floyd's best album was The Dark Side of the Moon ...