Category ART AND ABOUT

INCOMING [WINTER 2019 EDITION]

Having enjoyed a couple of recent posts where fellow music nuts share the, er, nuts they have gathered, I thought I’d join the party. Don’t know how it is in your neighbourhood, but in these parts the price of second-hand records has become so absurd that it is often better value buying new re-issues. Seems […]

TOMORROW AND TOMORROW

Prior to 2017’s Tomorrow Forever, the last Matthew Sweet album of original material was 2011’s Modern Art. In between was the third volume of Under The Covers, the charming series recorded by Sweet and ex-Bangle Susanna Hoffs. Matthew Sweet’s personal circumstances had changed considerably in the intervening years: he re-located away from Los Angeles to […]

DUNES #3.1

Final instalment of the desert album covers series. In this collection I was particularly struck by the human element, either overt or implied. Although the poor photograph makes the title of the third album impossible to read, it is actually Missing Persons. A prize for the best 100 word story linking all the covers. Afterwards, […]

DUNES #2

More album covers for your sandy enjoyment We’ll finish this three-parter with the remaining Vinyl Connection choices next time. Today, however, we are indebted to VC readers whose responses to part one included the albums you see below. Got a favourite? * CREDITS Sleep – Dopesmoker [1537, J.] Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle: […]

DUNES

Been an eternity since a cover art post. What better reason to dust off some interesting album covers than the current ‘Dune’ series? So don your hat and sandals, slop on some sunscreen and let’s get sandy! THE ALBUMS Gong — Shamal  [Virgin 1975] Helmet — Dead To The World  [Ear Music 2016] Uriah Heep — […]

VERTICAL OVERLOAD

The last instalment* of the series on gatefold album covers that open vertically. Enjoy. * Keef Hartley Band – Halfbreed  [Deram 1969] May Blitz – May Blitz  [Vertigo 1970] The Peddlers – Birthday  [CBS 1969] Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf – London Revisited  [Chess 1974] Queen – News Of The World  [Elektra (US) / EMI […]

YES, MR WILSON

After my first listens to Steven Wilson’s remixes of five core seventies albums from the Yes catalogue, I confess I was ambivalent. It was not easy to pin down what was preventing a full-hearted embracing of Mr Wilson’s work. Perhaps it was simply different, and I was uncomfortable with the changes to sounds I’ve enjoyed […]