Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vinyl Records - Playing Them 40 Years On!

By James Chesser

Finding Your "Aladdin's Cave" of "Golden Oldies" in the Loft ...

Records still remain "sacred" within many people's hearts, even after the onslaught of digital media. The pure love of vinyl records and music is what keeps our "Golden Oldies," alive and well.

I have loved music from the moment I was born! ... Wait a minute, how can I say that? ... Well, ever since I was born, mum and dad would place me in my cradle, next to their old gramaphone record player. I can still remember the "His Master's Voice" record label at the age of about five, with the very distinctive little dog beside the gramaphone record player. That label seemed to be on quite a few of their old vinyl gramaphone records. I was told that, even when I was "very girny" the music appeared to have a "magical," soothing effect and calmed me down almost instantly, every time, leading eventually to sleep and a bit of deserved peace for mum and dad.

The gramaphone record has been around for over 150 years and although extinction due to digital media, has loomed, records just "Won't Go Away!" 78 rpm records usually came with brown paper or cardboard sleeves that were sometimes plain, and sometimes printed to show the producer, or the retailer's name.

Music is, for me, about the entire unforgettable experience of the "mystical and magical properties". I have a love for vinyl gramaphone records and believe the good old fashioned LP vinyl record will never be threatened by the latest fad or trend in the endless "new and next" musical devices. Gramaphone records have an endearing quality that makes them real and relatable. It's this love, respect, and admiration between musical device and listener that will always keep them "Alive and Kicking!"

Vinyl gramaphone records have a certain "earthy" and "real" quality that simply cannot, nor probabnly ever will be, duplicated by any other media. Enthusiasts just love the snaps, crackles and pops of records, which retains their endearing earthy quality for ever. The sound quality of digital media just cannot compete with the earthiness of vinyl gramaphone records.

Some personal favourites, among my "Golden Oldies," include the following vinyl LP records:
  • Neil Young - Harvest:
  • A massive hit and "Heart of Gold" became a US number one single. It remains the only No. 1 hit in Neil Young's long career. Another of my personal favourites and notable song was "The Needle and the Damage Done."
  • The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed:
  • This was the eighth album by The Rolling Stones, released in December 1969 by Decca Records. It is the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones.
  • Fleetwood Mac - The Pious Bird of Good Omen:
  • The Pious Bird of Good Omen is a compilation album by Fleetwood Mac, released in 1969.
  • Medicine Head - Dark Side Of The Moon:
  • Medicine Head were a British blues-rock band, active in the 1970s. Medicine Head came to prominence when championed by influential DJ John Peel, who signed them to his Dandelion record label. Dark Side of the Moon (1972), was released the year before the Pink Floyd album of the same name.
  • Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel - The Best Years of Our Lives:
  • The Best Years of Our Lives is an album by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel released in March 1975. It was their first album that used Harley's name ahead of the band (the band was previously known simply as Cockney Rebel). The album contains the band's biggest hit, the million selling "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)". It's my "All-Time" Favourite Track. The Best Years of Our Lives was the most successful album of his mid 1970s heyday.
  • The Doors - L.A. Woman:
  • The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. They were among the 1960s most controversial rock acts.
  • Jethro Tull - Aqualung:
  • This is one of my personal all-time favourite albums. Among my favourite tracks are: Aqualung, Cheap day return, Wond'ring aloud and Slipstream. Aqualung was released in 1971.
  • Splinter - The Place I Love:
  • On this, their splendid debut album The Place I Love, the duo got a big boost from George Harrison, who produced and played guitar on all the songs (the harmonium and Moog synthesizer on certain tracks are credited to P. Roducer; guess who that is?).
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