LP sleeve art lovers: worth half an hour of your listening time.
You know Steve Lillywhite, we all know Steve Lillywhite, I’d even put a fair amount of cash down now and bet that every single person here has a record produced by Steve Lillywhite somewhere in their collection. I first came across his name when I started seriously buying records in the late ’70s, on records by Siouxsie, XTC, Ultravox, The Members, Psychedelic Furs, you name it. Later on he moved into the big leagues with Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Talking Heads, Morrissey, even the Stones, and though his workrate has declined over the years, he still managed to contribute to U2’s last album…
… but where do you think he is now, selling over 7 million albums a year? If it was April 1st I wouldn’t believe this story, but click the link and maybe you’ll be as impressed as I am.
Here’s a clue: Chicken.
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?
Peter Gabriel and Sting’s current mutual live mash up project has thrown up what must be the oddest segué in living memory. This isn’t my video by the way, so I take no responsibility for the poor quality.
Let’s have some good news for a change. Perhaps we should start 2016 all over again.
“We are pleased to announce that Peter Gabriel and Sting will tour together in the USA and Canada during June & July 2016.
The tour will be entitled Rock Paper Scissors.”