RAINBOW VINYL — PURPLE

“There’s gold at the end of them there vinyls” *

Hope you’ve enjoyed this rainbow vinyl trip.

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TAME IMPALA “CURRENTS” [2015]

I recall being quite excited when I heard the first Tame Impala album back in 2010. Kevin Parker seemed to have reinvented—or at least re-invigorated—psychedelic rock for the 21st century and it was good. The follow-up album added more Seventies touches and was even more accessible. So when Currents came out, I stumped up the substantial pile of folding required to purchase this coloured vinyl treat. And a treat it is, with the design of the cover flowing through the entire package and each of the two LPs picking up one tone. There was even a set of fancy square postcards. What a shame, then, that the music is so unmemorable. Parker has thrown all his influences into a digital blender and produced a sonic smoothie that is pleasant but bland. Apparently this was a very successful album, but not with me I’m afraid.

I would, however, recommend Innerspeaker or Lonerism.

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DEEP PURPLE “IN ROCK” [1970]

Released in early June 1970, In Rock was, in fact, Deep Purple’s fifth album. So perhaps the hubris of portraying themselves as the Mount Rushmore of rock music did have some validity. Certainly this was the LP where the famed Mark II line-up came together with a resounding CRASH! to create the hard rock blueprint for the rest of the decade. Opening with the adrenaline rush of “Speed King”, the record climaxes with “Child in time” at the end of the first side, but still manages to deliver a very solid second side. The Purps were on a roll: In Rock was followed by Fireball then Machine Head.

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SUNN O))) & BORIS “ALTAR” [2006]

Releasing their first slab of uncompromising drone metal in 2000, Sunn O))) churned out albums at an alarming rate. This collaboration with Boris, a Japanese “sludge/doom metal band” (I’m quoting Discogs, here) came out in 2006 and was about their dozenth album. And what an album it is from the “powersonic drone throners” (I’m quoting the Allmusic Guide, here). A three LP slab that came in a plethora of versions (see below) for obsessive collectors everywhere. I have one of the 500 purple copies, which is good because everyone knows that the colour purple is the heaviest shade of all (I’m quoting Whoopi Goldberg, here).

I confess to scepticism when I first approached this massive LP, not believing that there would be enough to retain interest across two sides of vinyl… let alone six. But I am happy to admit I was wrong. This is quite extraordinary music. Played at high volume it will remove whole sections of your brain with a blunt scalpel, while the same track offers a kind of calming subterranean ambience at lower levels. All unfolds, slowly; like lava scorching earth while simultaneously creating the bedrock for new formations. There are seven pieces, two a side long, one two sides long. The other four play ogre doubles across the remaining space. Although this music is entirely unsuited to the limp mp3 format and is most certainly not going to be everyone’s cup of molten lead, I’d encourage a headphone listen to some of Altar; it’s pretty amazing stuff.

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* Said no-one, ever.

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That’s the seventh of seven rainbow vinyl posts. We have reached the end of the yellow brick road. But do not weep grey tears. Next up will be the executive summary where you will find all the albums in a rainbow cascade. It was the command of the Wizard of Oz that it be so.

 

21 comments

  1. pinklightsabre · · Reply

    Gosh what an amazing series here Bruce. I didn’t know Tame Impala have been around so long! I own a live album by way of my daughter Lily and the two of us have enjoyed that together. Too bad that one here is a disappointment though I’ll explore the others you mention. And SunO)))). Anthony “exposed” me to that years ago but it didn’t stick, perhaps glad it didn’t. Thanks for sharing this super original series with us.

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    1. Thank you WP. As I know you know, this one was a labour of (vinyl) love, and though the numbers are a bit lower than usual, those that stayed the rainbow course seemed to enjoy it, which is just lovely.

      I have that live Tame Impala, but don’t know it that well. Reckon you and Lily might enjoy the two earlier studio album, and perhaps don’t take my work on ‘Currents’; its poppier sensibilities might really connect.

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      1. pinklightsabre · · Reply

        To hell with the numbers!

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          1. pinklightsabre · · Reply

            So tempting to think that more is better and I can’t loose myself from that mindset either. But it’s really not the case. Go deep and narrow, as you’ve done. I think, at least. Talking more to myself in a sense too. But I never look at my stats! That much is true. “Ba ba ba ba…I know this…much is…true”

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            1. …but extra points for a Spandau Ballet reference!

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            2. pinklightsabre · ·

              Yeah I’m out of words on that.

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  2. Really enjoyed this series, Bruce. And I smiled to see the appearance of a conventional, i.e., black, vinyl LP in the lower left hand corner of the post’s thumbnail photo. I admire your ability to come up with engaging themes for your posts and wonder what’s next in store at VC…? Before starting to read the post I thought, “I’m going to be surprised if Deep Purple doesn’t have an offering here…” and, natch, they did. The band provided some of my earliest rock music memories, as my oldest brother (12 years my senior) was spinning their LPs when I was 6 and 7 years old.

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    1. I wish I’d thought of placing a trad black LP in the bottom left of the final feature image, JDB. It’s actually indigo!! But there’s an ‘executive summary’ post on the way which does make use of a ‘putting it all together’ device. (Sunday arvo, your time).

      I smile to think what your grade school (is that correct?) self made of Deep Purple, but I imagine you accepted it with the insouciance of childhood. I also smile to imagine the current version occasionally bopping r’ound the lounge room to ‘Smoke on the Water’. Bet you play a mean air guitar. 😊

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      1. I do, indeed! 😉

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  3. Some really nice shades of blue and purple. Kind of surprised T-A-F-K-A-Prince didn’t show up, and Barney the Purple Dinosaur, with studio albums in English, Spanish, Afrikaans, etc. “Smoke on the Water” has to be one of the Top Ten most recognizable openings. And surprisingly few tunes written about burning casinos (have you done a “Burning Down the House,” “The Roof is on Fire” post? “Fire,” “I’m on Fire,” “Play with Fire,” “Beds are Burning,” etc. I guess just unmanageably long.) Really enjoyed this color series, extremely palatable.

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    1. And you have delivered a rich palette of entertaining responses, Robert. Thank you.

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  4. This was a fabulous series of serious eye candy and vinyl fetish mayhem. Loved it!

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    1. Thanks Aaron. I know it won’t surprise you to learn that I’ve prepared a ‘compilation’ post for (your) Sunday arvo. Can’t quite let it go yet!

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      1. I will assume arvo is a good thing and look forward to Sunday!

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        1. Ah, and Australianism. Arvo’ = afternoon. 🙂

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          1. Ah, thanks! I love learning new colloqualisms!

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          2. *colloquialisms

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  5. Nice one Bruce, Altar is an incredible LP (as they all are). It is just immense, in a black holey type way.

    Plus any Deep P on purple just rules!

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    1. Immense, ‘black holey’… perfect. 😊

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  6. […] Red — Orange — Yellow — Green — Blue — Purple […]

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