What's So Great about Vinyl Records and the Great Vinyl Era?
That's a question I get asked a lot. Another is "Why don't you put all those vinyl records onto CDs? Or just download the music, it's all online!" Online? Are They Kidding? So, I say "Why Should I?...... I love my vinyl !
And think YOU do to, that's why you are checking out this site!
Ah, do you remember saving up all your pennies, going to your fave record shop to grab LP that you have been saving to buy for months? Looking through the racks of albums, having a listen in the shop, then parting with the cash? I certainly do!
Remember rushing home, holding said vinyl record close to your chest? As soon as you walked through the door, out it comes from the Record Shop Bag, the delicious smell of new vinyl, plastic sleeve clinging to the disc!
And, what about those fold out covers? You do not get those with a CD, or on Spotify or any downloads do you! Sleeve notes with print large enough one could actually read! Exclusive to....., yes, vinyl records!
Remember?..... How exciting was THAT!
It is about the great music and great music makers that we can still appreciate on good old vinyl. It is certainly not a concise encyclopedia of the music of the times, but it is a bit of a trip down memory lane, the music that I and my friends enjoyed. We were lucky enough to witness the two biggest events in modern music, the start of Rock and Roll, and the Beatles
It's all about the music and those artists that made the 60's and 70's so unique and exciting. A new great new, exciting band emerging, just about every week! But it is not just about the bands that were huge. We will also talk about the other, bands from that era they you may have forgotten .So...whatever era you are from......
So....check out the site, enjoy it!, contribute to it!
Together we will enjoy the music from the best music era!
So, which band was you're fave back then?
Maybe The Beatles, who started the British Invasion? When did you first hear them? Did you get to see them live? Which one was you're Fave Beatle?
Check them out HERE
Or maybe that superb group of musicians The Hollies, one of the few British Invasion bands to not only survive, but prosper. never trendy, always tight harmonies and great musicianship.
Read all about The Hollies HERE
And Manfred Mann gave us an early taste of Rhythm and Blues. who else could get away with a song titled 5-4-3-2-1?
And, while you are here.....check out......
....the Animals, the gravelly vocals of Eric Burdon! What was the song the record company did not want to release, because it was slow and boring? And later became a HUGE hit. Who did the bass play player discover that became a guitar legend? Find out HERE!
the tragic band from Wales, and early Apple discovery
the exciting band that went from glam to funk
Or check out the British Blues Scene, where it all began. John Mayall, Alexis Korner and the founders of the British Blues.
What was happening in the America. Check out the U.S. scene. See how they replied!
A few weeks ago, in April at the Morristown Performing Arts Centre, Mike Love and eight other musicians took the stage for almost three hours performing 38 songs. At almost 80 years old Mike Love is still able to carry that patented Beach Boys sound. Opening with” Do it Again,” it felt like the 70s all over again.
Remaining popular, even during the British Invasion, it was 1966 “Pet Sounds,” where Paul McCartney realised, they must do something special to compete with the Beach Boys.
Also in the set were the Mama’s and the Papas ” California Dreaming”, a slower gut felt version and ” Wish They All Could be California Girls”, a great choice. Ending with “Kokomo,” “Barbara Ann” and “Fun Fun Fun,”. How lucky were we to grow up with bans like Thee Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Stones and all the other great sounds of that era.
Where many band’s in the 60s and 70s were raunchy, the Beach Boys sound was more about innocence and the pure American lifestyle and it was great to have that back again, if only for awhile.
Tell us your Vinyl Record experience from those great days!
Which bands did you love?
Which ones could you not stand?
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so, here is a book to get you started on what to buy. In 100 Greatest Albums You Should Own On Vinyl, they have collate the greatest albums to have ever been pressed and then sold on vinyl since the '50s.
From the bands and solo artists that made the music possible, to the sleeve art and limited edition extras of the records themselves, take a trip back in time to discover the ultimate artists and their best records for the definitive list of vinyl that should be part of any collection!
Most Popular Vinyl so far for 2022
Thriller, Michael Jackson
Still selling well since its release in November 182, this album, his 8th is arguably his best.
And of course, "Voyager" by Abba, their 9th album coming out in November 2021. Their first in 40 odd. 10 new songs written by Bjorn and Benny.
A consistent seller, the Nirvana classic received a boost in the last couple of months. Check it out.
The latest Paul McCartney, McCartney 3 is now available on vinyl, still selling well. Can't keep him down.
Dark Side of The Moon
The Pink Floyd classic
continues to be a consistent best seller.
David Bowie, "Low"
David Bowie, his "Low" album has gained popularity recently. A January 1977 release Low features Bowie's first explorations of electronic and ambient music, the songs featuring tone and atmosphere, rather than guitar-based rock.