I’ve quite enjoyed rediscovering some old favourites on Freegal since we got it. Freegal gives us access to the “complete catalog of Sony Music Entertainment, in your home country, on the day of release”* as well as music from thousands of other record labels.
Shriekback - my colleague Donna’s fav album was Big Night Music, but the one we were all dancing to when I was young(er) was Oil and Gold (1985) – “Shout, push hammerheads!” They’re both ‘out of print’ and so not available on Freegal, but try Glory Bumps (2007) if you were a fan back in the day.
I just finished downloading Vs. from Pearl Jam (1993) which was stolen from our first house along with the best toaster we’ve ever had. That goat with its face pushed through the wire has always freaked me out a little. Freegal has several newer Pearl Jam albums as well.
Plus one for the hubbie – Angelic Upstarts, them of the 2,000,000 voices, Solidarity (2010) which turned out to be a concert album but I think proved acceptable. I’m currently grabbing Reason Why? (1992) for him too.
And last, but by no means least, Mr David Bowie. I hit Bowie in the disco phase, in fact downloading his latest album Reality for free via Freegal prompted me to grab Let’s Dance off the iTunes. Yeah, I’m a bit tragic that way but I find favourite old albums are like comfort food and I’ve had the flu.
You’ll find in some cases Freegal has a fair number of older titles if you’re looking to fill a few gaps, plus the more recent releases for an artist or band fondly remembered. I struggle mostly with weeding out the albums from the singles, compilations and other people’s covers – although they can be quite entertaining if you’re in the mood.
- David Bowie: Reality (Special Package with Bonus Disc)
- The Offspring: Days Go By; Ixnay On The Hombre