April 17, 2010

Celebrating Record Store Day, April 17, 2010

For Record Store Day, I'm getting - actually I bought it already - the gorgeous vinyl version of Goldfrapp's new album, Head First. There is something so pleasing about the recent vinyl resurgence - even the HMV on Oxford Street has a nice collection of vinyl singles. My fondest memory of record stores is the exhilaration of great album sleeves - especially big displays. Anyone who experienced that era might recall how you'd thumb through the racks, looking at artists you already knew/owned, as if one day you'd magically find an album you didn't know existed. In the process, you'd gaze at the covers all over again.

Here are some favorite vinyl LP covers from over the years. These used to fight for "display" in my bedroom, versus being filed on the shelf.
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and my latest vinyl purchase, which works beautifully in 12" format...
 


I actually have Grace Jones and Missing Persons framed on my wall.



10 comments:

Paul said...

does that mean today is the day I can go and buy that new pet shop boys song they wrote for Alcazar?!

xolondon said...

Yes Paul, I hope you find it. I they pressed like... 10. ONLY the people who get the vinyl will ever hear it... ;)

Phil said...

I found 3 vinyl records shops near me and all they do is second hand. No new PSB. Boo!

countpopula said...

Thanks for mentioning RSD. My store participated on a limited level, but all the "classics" like Rolling Stones 45s, John Lennon 45s, Flaming Lips doing Dark Side vinyl--all gone within an hour (you gotta get goin early these days).

Wish I lived in the UK so I could at least have a chance at some of their (arguably better) records (of course, they also have volcano ash currently). Can you believe the Blur single is already selling near $250 on eBay? Yikes.

Really great images posted. I too bought the Goldfrapp on vinyl. What a package! I also hold the Arcadia remaster in my hands as I speak. The package is just OK--not as nice as the Rio remaster (small booklet, double plastic case), but the contents of the discs are wonderful! Thanks for giving So Red the Rose it's due. Definitely the best Duran Duran album that wasn't Duran Duran. Full length Rose Arcana in remastered CD quality!

phil said...

i am a day late but feel that record store day should be renamed buy some vinyl day! album covers are like art and when they are so good like Grace and Goldfrapp they are so worthy of being placed somewhere to be admired!
why is it that so many great album covers happened in the 80's?

xolondon said...

Count, I got Arcadia too and was surprised by the pkging. Hard to read the booklet. Am enjoying the DVD and marveling at the days when labels spent money on risky projects.

Phil, it seems that album covers are now 1) made for iphones and 2) ordered up by artless execs who just want a headshot so stupid people will know who the album is by.

A-Dolla said...

I think any artwork looks infinitely better blown up to vinyl size - just way more iconic - but the ones you showed as examples are absolutely beautiful. Head First looks like it could have been taken out of 1986.

countpopula said...

I was surprised with the Arcadia video, as I had never seen that director's extended cut of Election Day. A bit darker in some ways, plus more of Simon's odd dance moves, with less lip-synching.

Case in point for album art, have you seen the cover of the new Andy Bell album? While I may be interested in the music, the cover art is a bit shocking, if indeed that is the final artwork. I guess it gets the point across:

http://www.andybell.com/news/index.html

xolondon said...

The Goldfrapp cover is cool because it works as 12" vinyl AND on an iPhone etc.

Count, the Andy cover is shockingly bad. It should not be called album artwork at all. Strange considering the press photo is quite good. They could have done a Soft Cellesque job with the pic and neon lettering.

Aaron said...

I can only imagine exactly how gorgeous the Goldfrapp cover art as Vinyl could be....Lucky!