Fun! Eccentricity! Experimentation! Swooshy noises! Unapologetic eclecticism! We could be talking about the wonder years of UK psychedelic pop, but we are not. Those descriptors, and more, belong to twenty-first century outfit The Claypool Lennon Delirium whose second album—South of Reality—was released in February 2019. And let it be known that this record is a […]

Following an orbit or two behind the album cover art posts Wot Moon? and Moon Wot?, here is the final installment of the satellite series. Of course there are countless albums with the lunar noun in the title, so I’ve just plucked half-a-dozen out of the shelves based on contrasting cover art styles. Feel free […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]