The Pros and Cons of The Style Council’s Long Hot Summers

Setting out to be a “definitive career anthology,” Long Hot Summers: The Story of The Style Council is out now and we’ve been listening to it all weekend. It’s a three-LP set, on either coloured or black vinyl and – like anything of this stature and ambition – there’s a mixture of pros and cons to the finished product. Overall, the pros far outweigh the … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of The Style Council’s Long Hot Summers

Headphone Brand Ausounds Arrives in the UK

Now arriving online and on the high street – at the much-loved and ever-resilient Richer Sounds – are a new series of headphones and Airpod-competing earphones from new LA-based business Ausounds. They’re a new name to us but their pedigree includes the engineering team behind products from Beats, JBL, Bose, and Sennheiser, as well as a former Rihanna… Continue reading Headphone Brand Ausounds Arrives in the UK

Paul McCartney: Six before III…

McCartney III, Paul’s “rockdown” project, is set for release on 11 December. But how will it rank alongside such a rich and varied back catalogue? Let us know your views of the album and where it would sit alongside these: Long Live Viny’s ‘six of the best’ selection from McCartney I to the present day, via Wings, Costello, Godrich, and all points in between… 1. … Continue reading Paul McCartney: Six before III…

The Top 10 Releases of Record Store Day Drop 3

Masks at the ready? Today’s the final Record Store Day Drop of the year and, we have to say, we’ve really enjoyed the spreading out of releases, queuing and shopping. Even if the world is spinning normally in 2021, we’d like to see the multiple drop approach continue next year. By the time you read this the RSD hardcore will be back home playing their … Continue reading The Top 10 Releases of Record Store Day Drop 3

Spandau Ballet’s new red double vinyl to include Simon & Garfunkel cover

A year since the ‘coral-coloured’ edition of Spandau Ballet’s Parade, we have news of a forthcoming vinyl compilation from the group, 40 Years. This new Best Of set will include a previously-unheard version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic ‘The Boxer’ and has 19 tracks across a double, ruby-coloured vinyl. Ruby as in the 40th anniversary of the group, of course. There’ll be an accompanying … Continue reading Spandau Ballet’s new red double vinyl to include Simon & Garfunkel cover

John & Ringo – Voiceover Pals

Back in July, when it was Ringo Starr’s birthday, we got a great response when we posted the original TV ad for easily the campest Ringo album of all time, Goodnight Vienna, to the Long Live Vinyl facebook. John Lennon helped Ringo out by doing the voice-over for that one. So, as part of our ongoing celebrations of Lennon’s 80th birthday, we thought we’d go one stage further and post the ad where Ringo returned the favour, for John’s Walls & Bridges LP… Continue reading John & Ringo – Voiceover Pals

John Lennon Solo – Six of the Best on Vinyl

How do you follow an act like The Beatles? In typically unpredictable fashion, the former Fabs served up primal scream therapy, soul-searching, spliff-fuelled DIY homemade efforts, Spectorised epics and much more besides. As we celebrate John Lennon’s 80th birthday, join us for dip into six of his best post-Fabs works… Continue reading John Lennon Solo – Six of the Best on Vinyl

John Lennon & Yoko Ono ‎– Life With The Lions

To kick off our celebrations of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, we’re going where no other music magazine has ever been before: on a deep dive into one of his most inspired and challenging albums ever: John & Yoko’s Unfinished Music No.2, Life With The Lions. Perhaps the highest-selling Avant-Garde album in music history – Lennon claimed it sold 60,000 copies in the US alone, versus 25,000 for Two Virgins – drop the needle on a copy and join Ian Peel for a slice of life with the Lennons… Continue reading John Lennon & Yoko Ono ‎– Life With The Lions

Long live Vinyl Website (2020 Remix Edit)

Welcome back. As we’re writing and thinking every day about “the second coming of vinyl”, we’ve now gone live with “the second coming of the Long Live Vinyl website”… Remixed, remodelled and revitalised. What’s new? First up, we’ve completely simplified the main menu – up there on the top of the home page, and every page – and distilled it down to the five things … Continue reading Long live Vinyl Website (2020 Remix Edit)