As I have said before, me and Sam are big music fans. Sam did Audio Music Production at uni so we have a pretty snazzy sound system, and a record player. There is something so lovely about listening to vinyl, the crackles, knowing that the order you are listening to was thought up by the band 20, 30, 40 years ago, hearing a whole album through. I was chatting to Sam’s 13 year old cousin a couple of weeks ago and he thought that albums were completely pointless, he said why don’t you just download the song you actually want. But that isn’t the point. I think it’s sad that my generation doesn’t get the buzz of tracking down a record you really love (I found Simon and Garfunkel’s debut Wednesday Morning 3am from a charity shop last week – and then listened to it about 15 times, bliss!) and don’t get the concept of sitting and listening to an album just because it is awesome, not as a background. The album art, the lyrics booklet, the information about the band on the back of the sleeve – it’s an experience.
So there is my ode to vinyl albums, now which to purchase… we are very lucky as my father in law has awesome music taste and gave us his hi fi and the records we wanted (Thanks Steve!), we also live in an awesome city which has some great record shops, like Probe Records near the Bluecoat, Cult Vinyl in Grand Central Hall and a pretty awesome Oxfam on Bold Street.
Here are some of my favourite records – Led Zeppelin Destroyer.
This is a bootleg of a Led Zeppelin gig in 1977 and it is awesome, the improvisation, the endless guitar solos, the way each song blends into the next. Led Zep are a band I will forever wish I could have seen but this is pretty much as close as you can get in 2014!
Paul Simon – GracelandI love, love, love this album. My dad had it on tape when I was little and we would listen to it in the car. I managed to find it in the Music Consortium Vinyl Emporium which has unfortunately shut down now, but it really is one of the best records. The african rhythms, the incredible harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the amazing lyrics. We also were lucky enough to see Paul Simon play the whole album through in Hyde Park for Hard Rock Calling in 2012 – awesome!UFO – ObsessionThis album is great, Sam listened to it when he was younger and remembers it from when he was a kid. The songs are catchy, almost poppy but it is still a great classic rock album.
ABBA – The Best of ABBAEverybody loves ABBA, I don’t care whether you wear a suit, a leather trench coat, orange overalls, tie dye harem pants, there is no human out there who won’t smile when Dancing Queen comes on. It’s cheesy, it’s poppy, it will always put you in a better mood and this is the ultimate collection (I nicked it off my dad).
Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Souls For Rock N RollSam loves Black Sabbath and this record has a lot of their really good songs in one place. It is a good looking album, it has artwork inside, you can flick through and read about them, which is what records are all about.
Simon and Garfunkel – The Concert in Central Park
You may have noticed I’m a bit of a Simon and Garfunkel fan and this is one of their best albums. Again, it’s a gig I would have loved to go to (unfortunately I wasn’t born) and it is just incredible, their harmonies are stunning, their song writing is amazing, and it is one of those albums you can listen to again and again.
Rainbow – Down to EarthThis is one of Sam’s choices. It has a really good selection of songs, it is catchy and has awesome riffs . It is one of the rare albums where every song is good – you know them all and they are brilliant.
The Beatles – 1967-70We couldn’t have a list of records without the Beatles. This collection is amazing, in only three years some of my favourite songs of all time were written and performed by the Fab Four.
So there we go, a tiny selection from our extensive collection. Music really is amazing, and listening to vinyls is an experience that not enough people enjoy, so have a rummage through your parents records and buy a cheap record player.
Love Mrs Gardom