We’ve been watching the ludicrous yet fun Roman-Druid-historical-fantasy mashup, Britannia, which uses T.Rex’s “Children of the Revolution” as its theme tune.
And it reminded me that the first album I ever bought was “Top of the Poppers Sing and Play T.Rex’s Greatest Hits.” Glam rock massacred by a cover band. But the album sleeve looked cool. I promise my musical taste improved.
Listening to an album in full used to be an event. Many 70s and 80s musicians tried to craft a suite of songs or even made concept albums, akin to symphonies. This week the singer Adele made Spotify stop shuffling the tracks of digital albums, so music can be played in the order artists wanted. Hurrah!
As you’ll imagine, Claire and I have a house full of CDs, vinyl and now hard drives crammed with a wide range of music, including classical and orchestral, and we use digital streaming services (shuffling tracks can be especially good for the kitchen disco). But it’s been frustrating and infuriating to try listening to a classical album on Spotify and having it play the movements in a totally random order. No more!
Thousands of classical and orchestral music listeners have been begging Spotify to stop shuffling an album by default for years. So have many musicians. Adele’s done everyone a favour.
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