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

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

Pacing the house like a mangy old bear. It was a hot windy day yesterday. Today it’s cold and  miserable. Welcome to Melbourne Spring, where blossom comes and goes on the whim of Aeolus. Go for a walk, instructs Ms Connection. I should. I’ve become indolent; flabby of mind and body. Getting frustrated with… everything. […]

Vinyl Connection readers stepped up once again. Your suggestions made Part II inevitable. It’s Harvest Festival Time! Fruit   Vegetables   FRUIT Shellac — Excellent Italian Grayhound [2007]Deep Purple — Bananas [2003]Strawbs — Best of Strawbs [1978]Nina Simone — Forbidden Fruit [1961]   VEGIES Baby Grand – Ancient Medicine [1978] Can — Ege Bamyasi [1972]Al […]

Vinyl Connection has been to a Farmer’s Market and brought home a basket of fresh produce.  Part One Part Two   FRUIT Jeff Beck — Beck-OlaGrapefruit — Around GrapefruitLana Del Ray — Violet Bent Backwards Over The GrassChuck Berry — One Dozen BerrysB B King — Indianola Mississippi Seeds    VEGIES Cream — Best of […]

There is a myth that no worthwhile progressive music came out of Australia during the 70s. This furphy needs addressing. There may not have been much ‘Prog’—in the sense of rock bands influenced by the Western Art (aka Classical) tradition—but there was an abundance of adventurous, innovative music. I can think of no better place […]