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Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E074
Coffee, Smoke, Van Morrison.
I’ve never heard “Veedon Fleece” before just now. Turns out it’s a perfect Monday album, that first spin of the week that eases you in slowly. Side A is one big suite of songs, easily my favorite side. Side B is a bunch of Van Morrison songs I’ve never heard on the radio so that’s good. As great as it is, I didn’t wanna be hit with current rock radio pablum to start the week. I don’t need to hear “Brown Eyed Girl” anymore…radio killed it for me long ago.
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Caetano Veloso: Caetano Veloso (1968)
VMP Exclusive #148/500
The box arrived, happy dance! I’ve been wanting this Caetano Veloso album since I first started collecting psychedelic Brasilia. Third Man Records remastered this from the oriiginal mono source tapes and made sure every aspect of the vinyl experience was done right. If you like druggy 70′s music from Brasil or the idea appeals to you, you’re gonna wanna listen to the music link provided below. Those looking to own a copy can look forward to enjoying a marvelous vibe. The molecules in your listening space will expand appropriately, the vinyl will provide all that extra awesome that Spotify can’t replicate. Spotify is drive-thru, vinyl is a sit down meal.
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BEST OF VINYL 2018
Caroline Rose – Loner
New West Records – NW5230
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Numbered, White/Red Marbled
Released: Mar 2018
I love Caroline Rose. She sings about douchebags and douchebag behaviour in the most disaffected, catchy way possible. She makes me think of all those high school memories of cool kids who tried too hard.
“Put on this bikini and DANCE DANCE DANCE!”
There’s a sarcastic edge to each of these electro pop-punk ditties, delivered with as much sugar and meh as I’ve heard in awhile. She calls bullshit, while getting you to sing along. I don’t usually listen to enough of this kind of thing to draw any Pitchfork-worthy comparisons but when Blondie starts coming to mind, it’s time to add a good handful of these songs to my ever-ongoing Spofify Summer Mixtape. The thought of me and the sarcastic ladies in my life, singing “Bikini” in unison, while sipping poolside umbrella drinks. This must become a thing next year.
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Mavis Staples – Mavis Staples
Volt – CR00146
Remastered, Stereo, Orange/Black/White marble, 180 Gram
1969 (Dec 2018
VMP’s been going deep into the Stax/Volt catalog for awhile now. It’s proven a great way to fill out the holes in the VJ Archive. Mavis Staples was a great interpreter of the soul standards of the day; had she stuck to her solo career I feel she’d have received a fair bit more recognition. The string and horn arrangements on this album are among the best I’ve heard on any Stax recording, including those of Isaac Hayes. They’re not quite as drawn out as Isaac’s but it’s not the same vibe either. Strings make everything sound better.
Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C019
Muddy Waters – Fathers And Sons
Chess – LPS 027
Released:01 Dec 2018
Coffee, Smoke, Muddy.
Two spins. This was a most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday morning. That little note booklet that comes with each VMP Classics release is pure pleasure; this one may be the best one of all. Very comprehensive, well researched and well written. The words paired perfectly with the music, fully immersing the listener by providing context and knowledge. Vinyl Experience: 9.7/10
The music? It’s Muddy Waters. Listen for yourselves; your opinion matters most.
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Queen – A Night At The Opera
Hollywood Records – D000262001
Series: Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E071
180g Vinyl, Remastered, Stereo, Multi-Color Galaxy
Released: (Nov 2018 Reissue)
I’ll post it too. I’ve heard the song way too many times but I’ve never owned “A Night At The Opera”, on any format. So I turned down all the lights, smoked a joint and listened to “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the first time, on vinyl.
It. Was. AWESOME!
Context is everything.