CD Vs Digital: Are CD’S a thing of the past?

Ever wondered where that favourite CD of yours disappeared too? Surely it’s not just me, that misses the era of buying a shiny, circular disc I could see my reflection on the back? I remember the first CD I ever bought. It was a Destiny’s Child album and although I was twelve, I officially became an adult that day. So to speak. It went straight into my yellow Alba, all in one stereo. There was a 2 tape-deck, followed by a CD insert that sat right on top. I loved it. 

This article was long overdue! I look back and think why I put this off; maybe because we live in a digital age and my nostalgia about the good old days would somehow mean I’m not in with the times. Well, to hell with the times! The near ‘death of the CD’ has left my once collectable, non-scratched discs with the case still in-tact, worn out with Mariah’s album cover missing. Sorry, Mariah, I’ve been travelling a lot recently. Still, I want my CD’s back. The eclectic near-perfect album collection I almost convinced myself to do a boot sale over, was how good of a collection I have. 

 

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The light-bulb moment of figuring out exactly what happened to my CD’S, along with the news of HMV’s return set to open its biggest store in Birmingham – UK to add to the fact it was National Album Day yesterday, was all more than just a coincidence. Still, this post couldn’t be rushed.

While it all made sense, I sympathised with the chain with their eventual closure of stores here in the UK. Still, they had their glory days. I remember taking my time, hours in the store trying to find the right album to add to my collection unless I knew exactly what I was looking for. Sometimes I’d look around and not buy anything, then look around only to not find my favourite artist, and settle for a DVD. Sometimes I discovered something new. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve legally downloaded tunes in my time, had the iPod and engage with most things Mp3; of course the digital age is here to stay. But I miss the ‘CD.’

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Still, CD’S give you that collectible items feel…

When I’m on the go, listening to music via digital download is also ideal for when I travel. Still, the last CD I think I bought was Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, in Chicago at the time. The excitement around the album and finally getting my hands on the CD in the middle of Chi-town as a tourist, is a buzz you can’t get online. The sleeve notes, the lyrics, album cover and the actual CD to put in my CD player; there’s fun in nostalgia. I’ll even buy a vinyl of an artist I’m less passionate about just to prove my point, that physical and original, is where it’s at! Nothing beats that quality sound.

The concept of buying a CD in droves may be somewhat “gone” but not forgotten. To pay tribute, here’s my top 20 album playlist (10 was impossible) in no particular order. 

  1. Destiny’s Child –Destiny’s Child 
  2. Michael Jackson’s –Thriller
  3. Usher – My Way
  4. Beyoncé – Crazy in Love
  5. Shola Ama Much Love. UK R&B crooner of the 90’s!
  6. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
  7. Oasis – What’s the Story Morning Glory? If you’re like me and grew up in the 90s in the UK, this was it. (You know who you are).
  8. Aaliyah – One in a Million RIP.
  9. Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales. The original blue-eyed Soul singer, yes. Thanks mum! 
  10.  Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now ^
  11. Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi…
  12. Notorious BIG; Ready to die
  13. BIG –Life After death RIP.
  14. So Solid Crew –They Don’t Know. If you’re like me and went to school in the 2000s; this was the soundtrack of my childhood & possibly any Rap/Urban act from the UK today!
  15. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.
  16. Nas – Illmatic 
  17. Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number
  18. Usher – Confessions 
  19. 2Pac All Eyes on Me. (Would I be cheating if I say pretty much anything he released? RIP 2Pac. 
  20. A Tribe Called Quest – The Anthology!

That wasn’t as easy as it looks. Now for the Honorable Mentions..

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(Artist or Albums’ respectively).

  • Brandy. ‘Vocal bible’ all Brandy.
  • Aaliyah ~ AALIYAH. Rest in Peace.
  • Usher – 8701, Raymond V Raymond, Here I Stand & the list goes on..
  • Jodeci – The Show, The Party, The After Party. PS: I had no access to Jodeci’s album being a kid when it came out. I’ve got my digital favourites now. Too many options I wonder; exactly why albums should pretty much make a full comeback & Stay, I want to Touch the sleeve..
  • Lil Wayne – The Carter 2 (Too many Carters’ he more than made the list)!
  • 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin
  • Jon B – Cool Relax. The original blue-eyed crooner no, yes! 
  • Kirk Franklin – The Rebirth.
  • Destiny’s Child: The Writing’s On the Wall
  • 2 Face- Face 2 Face
  • D’Angelo – Brown Sugar. Again, like Jodeci, there are some albums I want to see and not stare at the song titles before checkout. 
  • Funky Diva’s 90s compilation. Yes, we’re squeezing that in too. From Whitney, to Mariah vocal legends and epitome girl group’s too. (The first CD I ever owned, long before I was old enough to by a CD). RIP to the Legend Whitney Houston!
  • Bob Marley RIP. (Too many hits)
  • Prince alone gets a shout out bar none! RIP and both Great Legends. 

There we have it. My album playlist collection, with the odd 1 or 2, maybe 3 CD’S “passed down” into my teen years. What are siblings for! 

Are CD’s a thing of the past or will it be one day seen as a prized possession? What albums would you include in your playlist?

Happy Listening! 

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