Yet it is organized enough for me to be able to find what I need fairly easily. The shows are listed in Excel. My main "library" consists of several hard drives filled with shn/flac. When I want to listen to something I can either move the files to iTunes for iPod listening or I'll convert to wav and burn CD's. I gave up trying to store the CD's all nicely in jewel cases since frankly I ran out of room!! Now when I purchase a reel of CD's and/or DVD's I keep the empty reel (they empty quickly =) and store burned CD's in those. You can hold over 100 CD's per reel. So far, a couple of reels per decade has been working out. If I convert a shn of flac to wav or mp3 I note that in my Excel spreadsheet so I do not do any repeat burnings. It works for me!!
"It's got no signs or dividing line and very few rules to guide"
got one wall unit that holds close to 900 - Stones/Zeppelin/Hendrix/Dylan fill up the top two shelves
(clapton bands and the who fill up the 3rd row)
as mentioned below - the dead collection exploded so I cant keep them anywhere but in a box haha (a nice box tho - CDs fit 3 wide)
- a couple other racks that hold ~200 - one filled nearly by just female artist....
no way I give up my jewel cases tho - I even try to hang onto the stickers that they put on the cellophane - remember the long (cardboard) box CDs used to come in? - I got an old Jack Daniels case full of them. Not the common box but the ones with nice artwork.
If you think I'm a pack-rat - guilty.
'stache, your trick of inserting a piece of paper inside the sleeve so you can put two in one sleeve. Brilliant!
" Where does the time go? "
Oh, if you are talking about storage, I switch over to sleeves a while back. If you are a serious collector, you listen on CD, and you don't have a lot of space, you have to switch from jewel cases to sleeves. I have my entire collection (over a 1000 shows if you count JGB and related configurations) in a library card catalogue-style cabinet. The link will take you to what I have:
I don't know if that is where I got it from. It says it holds about 450 CDs, but if you use sleeves rather than the jewel cases, it must hold at least 2000 CDs, if not more. It is getting pretty full though :)
is whatever happens to work for you. It's your "file," right? So it only has to work for you. I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to find that someone who requires a little adventure in their music might completely eschew the notion of any "system" at all. Nothing like blindly sticking your hand into the pile and seeing what fate has in store for you right now.
Conversation is always more interesting than recitation, so speak your mind and not someone else's.
Sorry dstache, I should perhaps have asked how other people "store" their C.D's. i.e on their shelves or C.D. racks. I have tried various options but as SimonT states sometimes the problem is the different sizes of the boxes which often makes things look untidy. I suppose I was just thinking out koud but nice to hear other viewpoints.
are all in one box (another box of Jerry and related dead CDs)
I have the Picks sorted by volume - I maybe missing one or two - plus the fact that 2 or 3 are only in digital on my computer
as for all the live dead albums/shows I have on my computer I basically have folders based on the year recorded. this is a work in progress with my recent additions from the archives and vines.
I ponder how to file and have changed the shelves over the years, but here's how they now stack:
The studio CDs are together, then Dick's Picks in chronological order. The Road Trips are together in order of release date as I tend to listen to most recent first .... then a big shelf has all the main releases chronologically.
My logic is this. The size and style of the releases all differ, and being a former storeman I like things to look 'ordered' - and there's something magic about seeing a row of DPs and Road Trips all happily living side by side.
This does mean that particular eras are not together, but I tend to play more decent purchases and so Road Trips are now in their own section.
Do you mean "file" as in "list in a word or excel document"? I go in chronological order and have a column where I can put the source ID or other info such as "Dick's Pick # 14." Enjoying it is most important though!
Just out of curiosity how does everyone else file these releases? Never sure what's best do I go, official, Dicks Picks, Vault, Road Trips, or do I file according to date of gig or release date, or do I just need to chill and enjoy!!
Think I'll go and lie in a dark room.