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OUT OF JUICE

Here are some albums I’ve been enjoying recently. * YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra) – After Service Alfa Records, Japan 1984 Live double LP set from Japanese electro-pop solid state survivors, featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto. * Hatfield & The North – Afters Virgin Records 1980 Odd afterthought compilation from Canterbury scene English proggers, featuring chunks of the […]

IT’S IN THE BAG! [QUIZ #1B]

Vinyl Connection acquired 12 albums this year (1) . Here you can find each one in its original carry bag (2). The simple task, dear Friend of Vinyl Connection, is to name the Artist and the Album. The albums span every decade from the 60s to the 00s (3).  * PLEASE DON’T post answers in Comments […]

OPEN SESAME [COVERART PAIR #33]

OST “Saturday Night Fever” [RSO, 1977]  /  Sesame Street “Sesame Street Fever” [Polydor, 1978] * Kool & The Gang “Open Sesame” [Saturday Night Fever, 1977] * Mr John Travolta, born February 18th, 1954 * The Heebeegeebees “439 Golden Greats” [RCA, 1981]

ASTRONAUT GODS

It is not easy to appreciate the interest – the fervour even – generated by Erich von Däniken’s book Chariots of the Gods? when it was published in 1969 (the year after the original German publication). Without doubt the excitement was fuelled by the Apollo 11 moon landing in July of that year. Anything seemed […]

THE WINDOW AND THE WALL

In the late 80s I was living alone in a small house in Footscray, an inner-west suburb of Melbourne nestling between industrial docklands and a waste management terminal. Bunbury Street was quite special not for any Oscar Wilde association but because a railway line ran underneath it, lengthwise. It was a goods line from the […]

I GOT THE NEWS [COVERART PAIR #29]

Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick [Chrysalis, 1972]  /  Frances Faye – Caught In The Act, Volume 2 [GNP, 1959] * Steely Dan “I Got The News” [Aja, 1977] * Settle back, folks. There are many column inches in this theme

VINYL HUNTER GATHERER’S SUMMER HOLIDAY

Being away from home and the comforts of one’s turntable could be considered a golden opportunity to disengage from relentless music acquisition. But for the dedicated Vinyl Hunter Gatherer there is no such thing as a holiday. There are Op Shops, there are Collectables Emporia and there are markets. The first two are very hit-and-miss […]

ETERNAL WARRIOR RETURNING

One of the tell-tale signs of the activated Vinyl Hunter-Gatherer is how their speed increases when they approach a Record Store. Up on the balls of their feet, there is a pronounced spring in the step as the shortest possible distance from here to the records is calculated with pinpoint precision. Breathing may be more […]

UP UP AND AWAY [COVERART PAIR #28]

The Flying Machine “The Flying Machine” [Janus Records, 1969] / Joe Walsh “The Smoker You Drink the Player You Get” [Probe/abc Records, 1973] * “Up up and away” by The 5th Dimension [1967] * To all Vinyl Connection followers and visitors: may 2014 bring you clear air and trouble-free aviation. * * *

THE MUSIC QUIZ IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: AN END-OF-YEAR REFLECTION

“What’s this?” says Uhg to Glurg. He purses his lips and trills a series of notes. Glurg frowns and puts down his club. “That’d be a Yellow-throated Warbler.” “Close,” says Uhg. “A Mountain Warbler. My turn again.” “Mammoth droppings! That was never a Mountain Warbler. Yer Warbler from the mountains has  more vibrato. Yellow-throated for […]