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Old 04-23-2015, 08:59 PM
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Do you complete discographies?

Usually if I like a band, I feel the need to own all of their studio albums. Luckily, most bands I like are in the 5-8 album range. Other bands like Motorhead, KISS, Judas Priest, Rush etc. have a ton.

While I do enjoy most of them, some of their albums just end up collecting dust on the shelf, only to be spun maybe once or twice a year. I've even bought albums (mostly used) that I don't like, just for the sake of completing the collection, such as Van Halen III.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:10 PM
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Not really. There few "full discographies" I own are from bands that have like 2-3 albums so far. I would never think of owning the complete discography from a band that's been around for over 20 years. Especially if I don't love each album.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:36 AM
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I usually do. But with older bands I'll sometimes stop towards the beginning of their recorded career since I often don't like the albums. Usually due to a lack of experience and resources. With newer bands they usually only have two or three albums so it's not much of a discography.

It depends too on what you consider a complete discography? I usually just stick with studio albums. I avoid b-sides albums because b-sides are b-sides for a reason. And I don't like live albums or demo albums.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:32 AM
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If the album sucks, I'm not buying it. Period. Granted, that's easier for me to say since I have no issue downloading an album before buying it, but still. There was a time when I didn't think there'd be a Korn studio album I didn't own. Now there are like, three that I don't own.
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I usually just stick with studio albums. I avoid b-sides albums because b-sides are b-sides for a reason. And I don't like live albums or demo albums.
Sometimes b-sides are fucking amazing though.
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I used to, for rather a lot of bands. Until I decided taking up space with albums you just never, ever listen to just for the sake of completeness is utterly pointless. There's too much great music and too many other great bands to be wasting space and money on things for no actual reason. Because in reality, very few bands actually have a discography that's really great from start to finish.

So most of my complete discographies have now been broken up. There are still a few quite big ones, like Sabbath, Maiden, Thunder, Cathedral, Candlemass, etc., but just studio albums and live albums. Occasionally rarity compilations if they're actually worth it.
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b-sides are b-sides for a reason
Not always a good reason though.
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Used to try, but now I only collect stuff I really enjoy. When I was a teen and into my early 20s, streaming/downloading hadn't fully become a thing for me, so I more or less had to just buy each band I liked's discography to find out if I really dug everything they did. Now I can sample first, and buy it if I deem it worthy.

I have quite a few CDs that I'll neither ever listen to again, nor will I find a home for. It's irritating.
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Sometimes b-sides are fucking amazing though.
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Not always a good reason though.
I'm trying to remember the last B-Side album I bought. I believe it was Sonic Youth's 'the Destroyed Room'. There was one or two gems hidden in there, a bunch of stuff that should have stayed in a box and the extended version of the Diamond Sea, which made the whole purchase worth-while.

Steal This Album! from System of a Down was a good B-Side album. Beck, Sigur Ros and Nine Inch Nails have some good B-Sides but they've never put out full compilations as far as I know. They were just scattered on singles back in the day. In this digital age the B-Side has sort of gone the way of the dinosaur.
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For me I enjoyed completing full discographies before mp3 and digital came around. I think physically owning a band's entire work on CD was fun, but I didn't go too wild, the most complete discography I think I owned physically was Metallica.

Now that I don't really do CD's anymore collecting whole discographies isn't at the top of my list. Since I have spotify and the internet I generally will not collect unless something isn't available digitally (example AC/DC isn't on the major streaming services)
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