Recordstore.co.uk are having a sale at the moment, including loads of LPs for £8 and vinyl box sets from £20. I just got the beautiful Georgie Fame 4LP box which also comes with over 100 download tracks including b-sides, outtakes and demos. Twenty quid!
My first sighting of Roxy Music was on Top Of The Pops in Autumn 1972. I recall being impressed with Paul Thompson’s beefy muscles, Bryan Ferry’s small microphone and unusually perfect teeth and Andy MacKay’s oboe. What a glorious noise they made! They didn’t look like normal human beings and they didn’t make normal human sounds. I didn’t buy the single because I bought the LP. Virginia Plain wasn’t even on it. It marked my final purchase of 1972, following on from Electric Warrior, Telegram Sam, Metal Guru, Slade Alive!!, Rock And Roll Parts 1 & 2, Sylvia’s Mother, School’s Out, Hunky Dory and All The Young Dudes, most of which were acquired second-hand from deals with friends or acquaintances. I felt I was becoming sophisticated.
Roxy Music, simply, got better. Over the years, they released sixteen singles in the UK, every one of which is pearl, all very different, yet recognisably Roxy Music. The quality never wavers below superb. Even the cover version, Jealous Guy, their only number one, exudes class, a fitting tribute to a fallen hero, with amazing whistling.
Virginia Plain Pyjamarama Street Life All I Want You Love Is The Drug Both Ends Burning Trash Dance » Continue Reading.
I don’t know who’s buying all this new vinly, but it ain’t me. Is you?
And yes, yes, the figure is a drop in the ocean compared to streaming, CDs, etc.
I keep reading about warped, and just this week I sold some vinyls on eBay and somebody has informed me the record they bought from me is warped. The record in question had never been played or left the sleeve in 20 years, so I don’t know if that is what caused it. What does warped mean and how can you tell when your record is indeed, warped?!
This 2LP set is to hit supermarkets (and online stores) later this month, no doubt aimed at the “What-can-I-get-Dad-for-Christmas?” market. It’s full of the usual suspects that fill Fathers Day CDs and will apparently retail at around £15-20 (or perhaps a fiver come Boxing Day). I don’t know whether this ad is to appear on TV, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I thought we’d reached Peak Vinyl with classic albums being sold at Sainsburys, but it appears there’s some way to go yet. What next?
I’ve just discovered the existence of a fourth Blood Ceremony album. The vinyl version (with MP3) is currently £10.70 on Amazon for the next two hours as a lightening deal. If I did vinyl I would have bought it. I haven’t heard a note so I have no idea how good or bad it is, but the previous albums are truly excellent. In the past they sounded like Black Sabbath meets Jethro Tull, but in a good way.
From the Amazon product description:
Taking it’s title from this fascinating slice of religious history, Blood Ceremony’s fourth album evokes pagan rites and the bizarre mystical underbelly of rural Britain. Embracing the psychedelic and progressive in their indelible songcraft, guitarist Sean Kennedy, bassist Lucas Gadke, drummer Michael Carrillo and triple threat vocalist/flautist/organist Alia O’Brien have created what Kennedy calls “a very English album,” despite the band’s very Canadian heritage. Recorded to analogue tape with producer Liam Watson at Toe Rag Studios in London, Lord Of Misrule possesses a timeless quality within the rock epoch: It could stand alongside a Shocking Blue or Deep Purple record as easily as it will take it’s place among 2016’s finest albums. Lord Of Misrule conjures a » Continue Reading.
The 4-disc Bowie Radio Sessions vinyl box set is currently at the bargain price of just £29.99 on Amazon UK. I snagged one a couple of hours ago with a gift voucher, and have just checked and it’s still the same price, so probably not a mistake, just a good bargain. It’s £75 on HMV!
Behold, a levitating turntable.
You can totally play records with them. Sounds terrible, and I need a bit of practise, but still… pretty cool, eh?
I tried to offload my vinyl, I really did. I bought rigid cardboard sleeves, intending to sell them on eBay, I carted some of the worst offenders off to the charity shop and invited one of those classified ad vinyl vultures around to pick and choose from my neglected collection (he gave me £50 for an embarrassingly small number of lps I’d bought second hand, ignoring altogether any album I’d bought new – 80s vinyl quality eh!).
Somehow I clung on. And like the pathetic late adopter that I must be, I eventually felt the tug of purity and the desire to feel my music as deeply as I once had – would it ever be possible to recapture that quadraphonic Who’s Next experience or the first time I heard Harvest on vinyl?!. And so I bought a new turntable, a Project Debut II (“great sound” – What HiFi. And I’ve even bought a few new things, dare I say, one or two at Sainsbury’s.
But – and it’s a big but – so far I’ve been underwhelmed. The scratches – even on brand new 180g platters (Revolver I’m looking at you) are hard to ignore, the phono stage buzzes » Continue Reading.
I follow a blog called Copycat Cover Records, and recently they’ve been posting about certain budget label releases pressed by Pye that in strong light appear translucent, usually red or dark pink in colour. I first noticed this myself when cleaning a recent car boot Kinks double (Spotlight On The Kinks, PRT – SPOT 1009), which in the photo here looks purple, but in reality is a dark, blood red. Since then I’ve been noticing this effect in loads of records, all listed as manufactured or distributed by Pye throughout the 1970s. I presume this has something to do with the oil crisis, but a search of the internets has been fruitless. So really this is a long-winded way of asking: what’s up with that? I’m sure someone at the Afterword has the answer – is it you?
Just taken delivery of the latest Peter Gabriel vinyl reissues of his albums ‘So’, ‘Us’ and ‘Up’. They are genuine things of beauty; I don’t pretend to know what a half-speed remaster on 180gram vinyl can truly offer. However it did get me thinking, if this level of sound quality can be achieved on vinyl, then is a great deal of the stuff we are spending our hard-earned on sub-standard? The albums were about the same price as any new vinyl release, but are very clearly superior in sound quality (at least on my system). Surely every record we buy now should be at this level?
I do love a monstrously bad eBay or Craigslist ad for records, and this one’s a doozy.
I’m considering various vinyl/CD/download code options for a project. Because I’m not really a music download kinda guy – I choose not have any gadgets for playing the stuff, so it’s not part of my own ‘lifestyle’ – I don’t have a well-informed sense of how used/how popular the combination of vinyl + download code is. Any of the AW massive have any advice on this?
The need for vinyl + ‘something’ (either download code or, slightly belt+braces, a CD inserted with the vinyl) is because I’m looking at a vinyl-length album but around 30-35 minutes worth of relevant additional tracks.
And what record sold the most ? Even in the world of hipster revivalist vinyl this behemoth still reigns.
Here’s an interesting article on the more extreme end of record collecting. The third guy in particular is very entertaining. And “Shitting Toadstools” is quite possibly the greatest made-up band name ever. TMFTL.
I suppose it makes a change from the usual ‘naked ladies holding records’ pics. But how are they holding them in place?
Hi chums, I wonder if you can help (course you can!). I bought a very nice copy of Carry On Up The Charts today – the single LP version as opposed to the 2LP. I looked it up on Discogs, and to my surprise there are absolutely none for sale, and none listed as having previously been sold. Further searching revealed zero copies elsewhere online. I know that this gazillion-selling comp probably sold most copies on CD, but the LP can’t be that rare, can it? And if it is rare, is it actually sought-after?
If you don’t know the answer but want to join the thread anyway, please post a joke or a funny picture. Ta.
Love, mini xx
Anyone seen this? Is it worth it? First issue £4.99, second £9.99, then £14.99 thereafter, 180g vinyl record with magazine. It’s tempting.
Following on from the recent ‘Peak Vinyl’ Podcast I was alerted to this: http://marketwatch.redbullmusicacademy.com – it’s tongue in cheek and a birrova laugh but also based on actual sales data from Discogs.com – want to know if if’s time to go ‘long’ on Dubstep or sell…sell..sell.. on Happy Hardcore? Look no further.
Nogbad the small has a home based vinyl disc cutting gismo.
If anyone has an old album / single which they’d like to re-cut, or a rare record which they’d like to have cut or an mp3 album which they want to have vinylated then pls let me know.
I’ve just had an album of Lou Reed stuff from his pre-Velvets song writing days done and It’s fab.
Do the Ostrich.
Staying overnight in That London? Don’t feel like going out or watching porn? One hotel is now offering a vinyl room service menu, ‘handpicked’ by Annie Mac and Lauren Laverne. Annie’s list of “vinyls” (yuk) is pretty good actually, although sadly you’ll be brought a Crosley carver to play them on.
I wonder how much they charge for this?
Apologies for repeating myself..but..
Last night in a local boozer, the Earl Haig Social Club in Crouch End, we held a Stylus Stories event.
( Link here…. http://www.stylusstories.co.uk/ )
The deal is you stick a turntable onstage, have a mike or two and people bring their vinyl along, tell a story as to why the song has some significance and then play it.
Last night we heard about a drunken 16 year old necking a half pint of bacardi, tearing up the dance floor to The Beat’s version of ” Tears of a Clown,” delivering Paul Weller’s child followed by “Going Underground, ” a tale of a disreputable dad preceded Mose Allison’s “Parchman Farm,” a childhood longing to become Baloo the bear was followed by Louis Prima’s ” Buono Sera,” along with half a dozen other really top-notch tales and tunes. I kicked things off with a quick public plug for the wonderful AED records pressings of the Linden albums, by Joe Mcalinden.Two albums of blissful pastoral guitar driven pop.
It’s a very Afterword event and incredibly easy to do in any venue. Works beautifully well with an audience of a certain age and ethanol helps.
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…beginning with Iron Maiden’s upcoming triple disc-er. Is this a good thing?