Author Archives: Vinyl Connection

A DAY IN THE LIFE (OF A TURNTABLE)

Today I thought it would be fun to dig a little deeper into the collection and spin some albums that haven’t seen the turntable for ages. Years. In some cases, decades. The only rule was to wait until (at least one side of) the record finished before choosing the next. 8:30 am We had friends […]

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS YOUNG (JUST)

My niece is in the midst of her end-of-high school exams. She’s feeling pretty stressed, as can be imagined. Who doesn’t have clammy-palmed memories of the final secondary school tests? As I vaguely recall—and as vaguely recalled in a much earlier post about exams, Deborah Roberts and Suzi Quatro—my stress levels were variable, ranging from […]

OPERATION COVID

Whenever I come home with yet another compilation album, the Conscience Gnome who sits on the amplifier with his little legs dangling over the volume knob shakes his head and waggles an admonishing finger. He never speaks; he doesn’t need to.  Why do you do this? Back in the day, there were reasons. Not necessarily […]

BORN WHERE?

It wasn’t easy focussing on the album-book-of-the-week with the looming whirlwind of the election buffeting hearts and minds but we managed, after a fashion. After all, that’s the group’s raison d’être. Select the next volume of the 33 ⅓ monograph series and discuss. See also: dissect (respectfully); disagree (politely); digress (frequently). The album was Bowie’s […]

ALBUM COVER QUIZ #11 — THE ANSWERS

And pens… down. Here are the answers to Album Cover Quiz #11 — “Turn Off The News” Edition Comments, questions, complaints… all welcome

ALBUM COVER QUIZ #11 — “TURN OFF THE NEWS” EDITION

Scanning the Vinyl Connection stats, I noticed the quizzes were polling better than almost anything else. How odd, I thought, perhaps it’s an lockdown thing. Like jigsaws making a comeback. Regardless, the response was clear: Time for another quiz. Album Cover Quiz #11 Like a musical jigsaw, to keep people occupied a little longer, we’ve […]

007

The first film featuring Ian Fleming’s suave anti-hero was Dr No, directed by Terrence Young and released in 1962. The producers thought the plot of an Asian villain interfering with the US space program would resonate with escalating Cold War tensions and set about finding the right actor to portray the British spy. Albert R. […]

ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD—BRITAIN

The Rockin’ All Over The World series arose from the bar charts and little maps WordPress kindly provides to demonstrate how our blogs are far less popular than we dreamed. Yet they make fascinating reading when one disengages ego and enjoys the geographical variety. A while ago I decided to launch a project wherein an […]

MULTIPLE ALBUM COVERS

A cover-art post   Elvis  Presley — 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong  [RCA 1959]Stars — Stars  [Barclay 1975]Can — Unlimited Edition [Spoon 2014; Originally Limited Edition 1974]Yellow Magic Orchestra — X∞Multiples [A&M 1980]Jean-Michel Jarre — Equinoxe [Polydor 1978] Feature image: Eric Gale — Multiplication [CBS 1977]  Some excellent additions from readers in the comments below. […]

ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD #4

There will be a globe-straddling spread of ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD posts, as promised. But right now, with the USA teetering on the brink of collapse into a terrifying Idiocracy, I’m thinking of my US friends. So Edition 4 of the series inspired by the WordPress Map Statistics (WorMS) is dedicated to anyone, anywhere, […]