While a lot of people may be surprised at the resurgence of vinyl, and some wouldn’t know what to do with it if someone didn’t show them, some of us are old enough to remember when vinyl was king the first time around. It was a time before CD’s, waaaaay before the internet. Nowadays, you can bring up your favourite album at the touch of a screen, but there’s something special about taking the record from its sleeve and hearing the hiss and crackle before the first bars of music start. With that in mind, and with Record Store Day looming, I decided to take a look at the five records you need to hear on vinyl.
This one is timely, as it’s around this time of the year when Kurt Cobain is remembered most as is anniversary occurs on the 5th of April. Listening to this record, it still sounds as vital and fresh as ever. Each instrument in produced to perfection, and the album is loaded with one belter after another.
Every once in a while, a film comes along that captures the public’s imagination in a way that nobody thought possible. “The Greatest Showman” is one of those films, and a massive part of the success of the film was its fantastic soundtrack performed by the whole cast.
While I was mainly sticking to LPs, this Greatest Hits is absolutely vital to your collection as it’s hard to think of any artist who experimented most with different sounds as Bowie did. From his early days of “Starman”, through stuff like “Fame”, and then his really radio friendly 80s hits like “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance”, Bowie always seemed to be pushing the boundaries of sound and this compilation is a testament to that.
A stone cold classic, this one. From its iconic cover art, to its inspired musical content, this record has everything. While it isn’t loaded with a bunch of radio friendly singles, the album is more of an immersive experience that you’ll get the most out of if you have a great set of headphones to go with it. And sure, if you want to really see if it synchs up with “The Wizard of Oz”, you can try that too!
The soundtrack for one of the most popular films of the last year features the Academy Award winning song “Shallow” among a lot of other tracks from the film like “Always Remember Us This Way”. It’s a brilliant soundtrack that features songs written by Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Mark Ronson among others.
These are the clear and talented words and critiques of our Kevin Dillon, @kevinwritestuff.
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