The Vinyl Me, Please – “Piece De Resistance”

Vinyl Me, Please believes that an album isn’t something you simply own, and their mission is to turn music listening into an immersive sensory experience.

One way they seek to carry out that aim is with the book, Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need In Your CollectionA vibrant visual guide to curating must-have records for any music lover’s shelf. Each entry includes an album’s artwork, a short essay from a contributing music writer, and further suggestions to help you expand your taste and build your collection. Standard fare for most album reviews.  Unique to their menu are the recipe suggestions for possible cocktail pairings to complete your listening experience.

Note to my readers in the NYC Metro area, on Wednesday May 10: 7:30 PM 8:30PM ,there will be a related event at The Strand Bookstore.

Music fans of all ages are invited to a panel moderated by Vinyl Me, Please co-founder Tyler Barstow and Vinyl Me, Please senior editor Andrew Winistorfer, and featuring book contributors Eric Sundermann (Editor in Chief of Noisey), Gary Suarez (VMP Electronic Columnist and freelance music writer), and Drew Millard (freelance writer for Noisey, Vice, Spin, and more). Panelists will discuss the albums they covered for the book, albums they wished had been in it– and debate their choices–with a Q+A and book signing to follow.

Wish I could attend…Sigh

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Elton John Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day

To commemorate the 10th Record Store Day, Elton will serve as the first-ever worldwide Record Store Day Legend and release an expanded, double-vinyl version of his first live album.

Happy 10th birthday to Record Store Day. I love record stores, I can go to the record store in Vegas and spend three hours in there. Just the smell of it, the looking at it, the wonder of it, the memories. I love vinyl so much; the tactile nature, the ritual of it, looking at the sleeve…especially with the old albums and the liner notes – who played on them, the process of putting it on, the needle going on and the sound coming out. And it DOES sound better, I know it does! It’s just the wonder of having vinyl. – Elton John

17.11.70+ has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and will be released as a two-LP set on 180gsm vinyl exclusively through independent record stores on Record Store Day, April 22.

17-11-70+ reinstates seven further songs from the concert and thus it is, at last, the most complete edition of the show available in any format. The version of Amoreena  has never been released on vinyl. See the full track listing below.

17.11.70+ track listing:
A1   Take Me To The Pilot
A2  Honky Tonk Women
A3  Sixty Years On
A4  Can I Put You On

B1  Bad Side Of The Moon
B2 Burn Down The Mission (Incl. My Baby Left Me / Get Back)

C1   Indian Sunset*
C2  Amoreena**
C3  Your Song*

D1   Country Comfort*
D2  I Need You To Turn To*
D3  Border Song*
D4  My Father’s Gun*

* Previously unreleased bonus track
** Newly remixed bonus track

Procol Harum -50th Year Anniversary

Procol Harum is the eponymous debut studio album by the English rock band. Originally released in 1967 it now celebrates its 50th year anniversary.  Though the album was recorded on multi-track, it was issued as mono-only in the U.K.

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All songs were originally credited written to Gary Brooker (music) and Keith Reid (lyrics), except “Repent Walpurgis” written by Matthew Fisher, after works by French organist Charles-Marie Widor and German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Procol Harum’s lyricist Keith Reid told Songfacts that the music for “Conquistador” was written before the lyrics. He added that this was unusual as “99 out of 100” of the band’s songs, back then, “were written the words first, and then were set to music”. The track “Salad Days (Are Here Again)” is credited as being from the film Separation.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Includes replica of original promo poster
  • 50th year anniversary debut album
  • Re-mastered mono audio

The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl By Jenna Miles

A more focused vinyl experience is my New Year’s resolution.

I have been conducting research how to increase the aesthetics of vinyl audio listening. I’d like to share a book I have found invaluable in that context,  The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl  by Jenna Miles.

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The author, Jenna Miles is a subject matter authority on vinyl collecting and selling. She is the President and co-Founder of SRC Vinyl, a company specializing in vinyl records. In addition she is the co-owner of Vinyl Collective, an online vinyl news site and community with more than 20,000 registered users.

Jenna Miles shares her vast vinyl expertise with the reader in an easy discernible manner. I considered myself a knowledgeable person in vinyl audio until I consumed the pages of her guide. I was further enlightened by the many in-depth vinyl resources that populate her chapters. Her writing method is suited to crate digging for that vinyl treasure you are always search for in life.

Jenna’s keen sense of customer satisfaction, coupled with her thoroughness makes this an essential read for the vinyl connoisseur.

Two Thumbs Up!

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Vinyl Street Cafe, Black Friday, Record Store Day

My son and I have a tradition on Black Friday, Record Store Day. We visit a record store in Connecticut and purchase vinyl Record Store Day recordings. We have done this for five years now. Its a fun hobby that we like to share together.

This year we plan to visit Vinyl Street Cafe, 1895 Post Road, Suite C, Fairfield, CT. This is a new record store for us and we want to support their business. I have been reviewing the store’s Web site and Facebook page in anticipation of the shopping experience. I like that they are very honest with the inventory representation on hand. They have an eBay store which lists their entire inventory saving guess work.

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I’m motivated to see a music retailer specializing in vinyl (and other media) open a store front in these times. Its a bold and respected move. Vinyl sales are trending upward and today is an important selling day in that trend line.

Years back I ran a books and record department for Caldor Inc., a discount department store chain. I enjoyed working with book publishers and record company representatives who called at store level. I used to receive free recordings from Capitol Records, CBS Records and other perks. I sure do miss those options. They included free concert tickets and record company events. CBS Records took my wife and I to see Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band for “The Darkness on the Edge of Town” tour at the New Haven Coliseum in 1978. Bruce and the band played for 4 hours that night.I heard he went over to Toads Place after the show and played til closing. It was without a doubt, the best “free” concert we ever witnessed.

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I’m in the hunt for several of this year’s Record Store Day Exclusives, Limited Run and First Run recordings. We’ll be shopping later in the day and coping with what is left. We have gotten up super early in the past to get on line to purchase but that experience has typically been unruly and unrewarding.

The store was tucked away in the alley off of US 1. Parking was convenient and adjacent. I loved the serene atmosphere of the store. The record crates were accessible either waist high or kneeling pads were provided for the lower level ground floor viewing.  The second half of the store contained a listening room with two different turntable models for sale. We were served hot cider and given fresh dinner rolls made by the owner’s Mother.

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My son and I had a nice conversation with the owner, Josh Wright. Our discussion ranged from Chess Records, to the pricing of today’s vinyl market. He showed us the video projector and screen that launches from the ceiling where movies can be shown.

We vowed to return again as we liked the shopping experience a lot.

I scored the RSD Exclusive:

and this “RSD First” Release

Angelo Badalamenti, Twin Peaks Soundtrack (180G, Colored Vinyl)

Here’s another cool collectible from one of my favorite stores in the East Village, The Turntable Lab.

I love this television show. One of these days I will own the Blu-ray series of Twin Peaks.

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One of the greatest scores ever recorded is finally back in print for the first time in 25 years!

Death Waltz Recordings went all out with this beautiful pressing of the original Twin Peaks Soundtrack giving it the super-deluxe reissue treatment featuring 180 gram “Damn Fine Coffee” vinyl, 425gsm die-cut sleeve with spot varnish text, lyric sheet + liner notes from the composer Angelo Badalamenti, top-loading obi strip, and David Lynch-approved artwork by Sam Smith.

I’m glad that after 25 years, Death Waltz Recording Company has re-released the original soundtrack for Twin Peaks for a new audience to enjoy. This is my defining work as a composer and I’m happy it will get a fresh listen” – Angelo Badalamenti, 2016.