Albums bought January-April 2015

The pace of my record-buying slowed down in the first trimester of 2015 as I focused on putting back more money to pay down my mortgage. Alsom I went on a physical media fast after I put my CD collection and my books into storage in preparation for a move. However, the budget did allow for a few purchases here and there, and now that tax refund/vacation allowance time is coming, I’ve loosened the restraints a little. Here’s my list for the first few months:

Deep Purple – Stockholm 1970 (Vinyl)
Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca – At Home Live in Marciac (CD)
Ian Gillan – Access All Areas (CD)
Zoe Keating – Into The Trees (Bandcamp)
King Crimson – Live at the Orpheum (iTunes)
Richard Thompson – Strict Tempo (CD). Strictly speaking, I ordered this from Bol.com in late 2014 but it only arrived early in the new year.
Tuner – Totem (Bandcamp). This one was technically free to download, but I dropped in a few bucks because I could.
Rokia Traoré – Bownboï (CD)
Stephen Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase (iTunes)

But that wasn’t all the new (to me) music I added to my library. I also acquired the following releases through the Bowers and Wilkins Society of Sound, which I became a member of last year:

9Bach – Tincian
Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet – Antonin Dvorák – string Quintets
Edwyn Collins – Studio Live Session Liechtenstein
Samantha Crain – Kid Face
Sir Colin Davies, LSO – Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and Pohjola’s Daughter
Valerie Gergiev, Marlinsky Orchestra – Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 1 & 15
Valerie Gergiev, Elena Mosuc, Zlata Bulycheva, LSC, LSO – Mahler Symphony No. 2
The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble – Undercurrents
Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra – Bruckner Symphony No 9
Ethan Johns – Live at Kings Place
Kalbata & Mixmonster – Congo Beat The Drum
Bernie Krause – Particles of Dawn – Scenes from the Great Animal Orchestra
Radiophonic Workshop – S/T
Roller Trio – Tracer
Roman Simovic, London Symphony Orchestra – TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade, BARTÓK Divertimento
Three Cane Whale – Holts and Hovers
Universal Togetherness Band – S/T
Samyel Yurga – Guzo

All of them digital downloads in CD quality (Higher resolution available but I haven’t bothered with that). It should be obvious from the length of that list that it is the Society of Sound that, for a subscription price of EUR 40/year, supplied me with a large and incredibly diverse selection of music in a wide, wide range of genres. Several of these titles could be qualified as ‘a bit quirky’ and one of the things that I enjoy most about this is that month by month, you never know what you’re going to get. Is it a band playing classical tunes on old monophonic synthesizers with only some of them having prior experience as keyboardists? Is it a bunch of old geezers recreating the creative milieu of the BBC studios in the 1960s? Or a carefully restored 40-year-old tape from a hot dance group that was tied to a school at the time of recording and was not intended for commercial release? I look forward to being surprised every month, even if not everything makes it to the regular rotation.