This is a new series about tracks I loved on last.fm in the course of the last 13 years. Every post of the series will present three loved tracks, unless I serially loved umpteen tracks by the same artists, in that case all those tracks will be consolidated into one post. Of course my praxis of loving tracks on last has underwent continuous change within the years, with long periods of not using that option at all. During the time when last was also a streaming service that I used, my threshold of loving a track was lower as it was more easy to do so – now that I have to open my profile page to love a track, depending on my context, I’m not always willing or able to do that extra work.
Further, I tend to use the option for tracks I listen to for the first time, as a reminder that it’s a great track, while I sometimes abstain from using the option for tracks where their status as a favorite is a non-brainer. This actually means that I have a lot of loved tracks I played only one time, while I have tracks I played a dozen times without having marked them as a loved track. I will give the number of scrobbles for every track, but only if it is higher than one. However, since there are usually several versions of the same track or several ways to id3 tag the same track, I still may have scrobbled a track more than once, even if there is no indication of scrobbles.
Despite the limitations above mentioned, I believe that my list of loved tracks has some merit, after all – what’s to be said against a collection of good tracks, whatever the method of compilation?
The first track I loved, on 1st sept 2006, was Osborne’s In Gear, found on the Afrika EP which was released on Spectral Sound in 2004.
Five days later I loved a couple tracks, the first was Thomas Brinkmann’s Xenia 2, released on his own label Ernst.
The next track, while undisputable good, is probably not one I would still add to my loved tracks today. It’s Dominik Eulberg’s Der Zug der Kraniche: Boten der Veränderung. Certainly a great track name.