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does anyone else compile their own cd's?

Started by subarucure, June 24, 2015, 06:11:21

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some cds i can listen to the whole thing, but others (mainly talking about non-cure cds) i tend to put on the shelf for YEARS because i like so few songs or its a pain to skip around all the time, or everything from that era is spread apart across 4 different cds.  being a cd nut and refusing to use an MP3 player unless i am at the gym or beach, i tend to make my own cds with just the songs i want - in the order i want so i can put a disk in and have 80 min of solid uncompressed music.

here is my latest cure one: 4:13 dream.  i took off the 3 hard/loud/scream-y tracks that really turned me off to this cd, as a result i stopped listening to it sooner than normal when i first got it.  'dream' was not exactly a long cd to begin with and without the 3 tracks it made room for LOTS of other interesting stuff.  now with the loud ones out and the b-sides in, and slightly re-arranged...... i find this to be a much stronger cd with a more consistent ''feel'' and is much more easy to listen to.  i also edited a few spots like the end of 'hello goodbye' where they repeat the end 50 times, and the very end of 'perfect blue sky' with the computer talk.

i have done the cd printing part 2 different ways now and liked the first one i did better i think.  i didnt use any red, or the names of the b-sides and all the ''solo stuff'' names fit on there without touching the face.  i used an ink-jet printer and used water proof cds. (segues = 5 seconds of silence)


other ones i have done: (ported over from a different thread)

here are some pics of the (printed) cds of the above track listings.  outer jackets to come.  all are from official cds (wav_>wav) except for 2004demos, spilt, ching chang, heavy, everything and dragon. self edited, and (tried) remastering the 2004 demos to reduce the static and enhance the sound which i think i did when i compare new and original. -- on blood flowers i dont care for 'TIN if' and i really struggled with leaving off 'loudest sound' as i like it especially the guitar melody but when playing the cd i always want to skip ahead half way through to get to '39'.... so i took it off to make room for the rest.  i know 'cut here' came after, but i think it has lyrical and musical ties to spilt milk, and ching is like sister song to spilt milk or at least an alternate version of it, so i wanted to give 'cut here' its place here. and i think the 2 instrumentals are quite good and interesting so i had just enough room (with editing) to fit them in and put them into rotation. 'heavy' has a very abrupt cut off so i did a fade out on that.  and 'everything' just goes on and on and on with the same rif so i chopped it in half to be able to make room for it and it would be enough to ''get my fill'' of it and not get sick of it.  i originally chopped off the last half, but after several experiments and trial and error chopped off the first half as that is where most of the repetitiveness is. i put the only 2 b-sides (from the blood flowers era) directly after the main cd for sound quality continuity as the unreleased stuff is much more harsh sounding in comparison.  --  for 2004: i had a hell of a time trying to get everything to fit. originally putting in 'strum' and tacking on 'boy' and 'please' at the end of blood flowers to be listened to as a whole but that didnt seem right either and then everything wouldnt have fit on blood flowers either.  i replaced 'taking off with the full version of 'dragon hunters' which is essentially the same song,  i have never liked 'never' and i like 'anniversary' and its lyrics.... i just want to skip ahead half way through on that one as well, leaving it off makes the cd as whole have a more consistent feel. and yet it still didnt all fit!!?!? so i looked at 'the promise' and ended up making it the first 5 minuets with a slow fade out of about 20 seconds before the main angst part changed back.... (i had to keep it no more than 5min to cram everything onto 1 disk - total track time 79:53.  it actually didnt burn at first so i chopped off some empty space (about 5 seconds of silence) at the end of 'going nowhere' and that did the trick) anyway looking back i probably should have saved the middle of the promise with a fade in/out, but its on the finished disk now. it has a slow build up, and when it does pay off has that ''wall of sound'' mix that is a bit much for me for 5 min of wailing...... but yet i definitely wanted it on here but HAD TO edit it to make everything fit.  there is enough there to get it out of my system, and all the (best of the best) 2004 songs are in their proper home.

(a special thank you to my old friend on youtube 'FENNER1976' for the B.F. demo tracks)

(i am a 99% 'cd man' in the car or at home.  i only download things unavailable on cd. when i do use my sony walkman i use WMA@192kbps.  walkman doesnt support FLAC but it has the best sound quality - player wise.  i listened to the same track in WMA and WAV and there is VERY little difference.) FLAC just doesnt have the support for me, and i am mainly playing a cd anyway so....


I haven't done such a cd yet, but I used to do similar things on tape(s), back in the days when I still had them (for the car, mostly)...
Can't you see I try? Swimming the same deep water as you is hard...



I copy my favs to a USB and play off that, I have every Cure release on the USB plus a number of
others that come from LP's/CD's where I like some but not all the tracks (like you).




4:13's a good one to re-compile because whoever sorted the running order got it badly wrong, i re jigged mine with switch opening, side two as side one, only on cd, then three b sides, (erm, not ny trip i think), then back to the lp from 'stars', and missing off freakshow. = 1 very consistent cure LP.
didn't make such an effort as printing the discs or ought though, very nice.

Fabien G

I used to do tapes, then cds, now mp3 because it doesn't fit on one cd only
-first track of albums
-last track of albums
-title tracks of albums
-slow songs
-pop songs
-VA songs
-unavailable b-sides
I like cds, I want an actual object in my hands to go with the music, so I have cd-size print even for my mp3 lists.


Back in the day I did a "best of post-Disintegration years" mix I was rather proud of. In general, I believe they were a great band during their first decade, but there's the odd good track after that too (except maybe on Wish). It would have been best, I remember thinking, if they'd broken up after Disintegration, maybe put out Friday I'm in Love as the new single with the greatest hits collection, and made a triumphant return sometime in the early noughties (keep forgetting how Americans refer to the last decade. The aughts?) with an album containing more or less the following:

Out of This World
Purple Haze
Cut Here
This Is a Lie
Love (the Lennon cover)
The End of The World
Strange Attraction
Harold and Joe
Labyrinth (produced by someone else than the nu metal guy)
Lost (produced by someone else than the nu metal guy)

Can't remember what else I had there. If I could be bothered to do this today, I'd include Freakshow as well, cause from the selection of the songs it's clear I was dabbling in this about 10 years ago, before the last album came out.