To Alphabetize the Entire LP Collection Regardless - Or Not? So, here is the dilemma which is currently rocking my world. Doubtless y'all will be hanging on every word, and your advice will be critical to me at this important crossroads in my life. Do I alphabetize all my LPs in order, regardless of whether I've listened to them yet? See, I've always had this thing, ever since I started buying music. Bordering even on a superstition I've held for 30-odd years. If I buy a new record it goes into my "not listened to yet" pile. First listen is supposed to be straight through start-to-finish. Then, and only then, it can get alphabetized into the main collection. Which (by the way) is A to Z by artist with no regard for genre, then by original release date within that artist. At this stage I am in the (somewhat embarrassing) position where the "not listened to yet" pile is far larger then the alphabetized section, and has its own sorting rules. Sometimes I discover stuff down there I didn't even realize I owned. Multiple copies, even. Now, just yesterday, I leaned on one of the shelves in my custom made oak bookcase where the LPs live, pulling out one of the little studs that holds the shelf. So, I had to take all the LPs off, and move each shelf up a notch higher. Not a big problem really. Except, now all my LPs are scattered in little piles all around the apartment waiting to be put back. If you're curious this is roughly 700 LPs. Maybe half 50's jazz. The rest 70's rock, with a fair amount of 80's & 90's alternative sprinkled in. If I really get down-and-dirty sorting and cataloging the 50's stuff I do get a mild allergic reaction, sometimes a small rash. I should put them back soon, you know that smell old LPs have. But, what do I do? Put them back as they were? Or alphabetize them all as one collection? I'd think I'd prefer it all together, easier not to lose stuff. But, it is a 30 year old tradition I'd break. I know, I know, the obvious solution is to listen to them all straight through. There are just so many. What with cleaning, and there being multiple copies of the same titles, might take me a year. I think, at this point, that would hamper my musical enjoyment more then enhance it. Further ramifications exist of course, over on the (not custom made) oak CD rack. If I break with tradition, I'll obviously need to in the digital domain as well. Situation is not so dire over there however. I am happy to report that my RAID array of ripped digital music is thoroughly sorted and organized already, so no issue on that end. How do you folks handle new acquisitions and alphabetization? I'm sure there are a variety of solutions in use here?