Author Archives: Vinyl Connection

DREAM OF HADES

How many times have you bought the same album? I don’t mean by accident—that’s simply forgetfulness, a free giveaway from Universal Ageing Inc—but because some new and improved whiz-bang re-issue of one of your favourites has appeared. Of course there’s always a sweetener. The lure of restored artwork, a promise of revelatory sound, alternate versions, […]

MOON WOT?

rappin’ flower germs lake man gas safari dawn Moon Rappin’ Jack McDuff [Blue Note 1970] Moonflower Santana [CBS 1977] Moon Germs Joe Farrell [CTI 1973] Moonlake Klaus Schulze [SPV 2005] Moon Man Charles Lloyd [Kapp Records 1970] Moon Gas Dick Hyman / Mary Mayo [MGM 1963] Moon Safari Air [Source 1998] Moondawn Klaus Schulze [Brain […]

WOT MOON?

thirsty havana new harvest marquee banana pink The fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing. Wot an excuse to post some album covers! But we did space a while back, twice in fact. So this collection presents albums from the VC collection having two-word titles ending in MOON. * Thirsty Moon Thirsty Moon [Brain 1972] Havana […]

JAZZ DAY

Although quite a lot of jazz is played at Vinyl Connection headquarters, I rarely write about it. There are a couple of reasons. Firstly, I am less confident writing about America’s contribution to world music; it somehow seems harder to capture in words than rock. Perhaps the language of jazz is less comfortable, less familiar. […]

EMBRYO—STEIG AUS

More a collective than a formal band, Embryo were formed in Munich in 1970 by keyboard player Christian Burchard. It is as impossible to define their music as it would be to list all of the hundreds of musicians who have contributed to the Embryo story over the decades. However it is the early albums […]

I NEED DIRECTION

A Catholic Education Bandwagonesque Thirteen Grand Prix Songs From Northern Britain Howdy! The millennial year was a challenging one. Having formed a strong and passionate connection with a new partner, I was dismayed to hear that she was decamping to her English homeland for an indeterminate period. This was not my fantasy of how the […]

IMMUNOLOGY REPORT

Is a world of hardening national borders an expression of a global hardening of hearts? UK based multi-national group Vanishing Twin hope not, and on their 2019 album The Age of Immunology invite us to open our ears and minds to a vision of music sans frontières. Formed in Britain in 2015 around the talents […]