The Top 40 Nick Cave Vinyl Everyone Needs

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are an unusual band in that they don’t have one essential classic album that defines them. Or even a classic period. There is no one must-buy album of theirs that jumps out above all overs. Instead, what they have created is an eclectic yet coherent body of work that is almost unfathomably consistent in its greatness, innovation and sense of evolution… Continue reading The Top 40 Nick Cave Vinyl Everyone Needs

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The Top 5 Nick Cave Collaborations on Vinyl

1. PJ Harvey – Henry Lee, from Murder Ballads A duet from the Murder Ballads album, that’s a coming together with an artist who would soon become Cave’s partner. The chemistry between the two in the video is as palpable and intense as the vocal delivery in the song itself. 2. Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow, from Murder Ballads A pairing that … Continue reading The Top 5 Nick Cave Collaborations on Vinyl

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The Top 5 BC Camplight records you need to get

For vinyl enthusiasts who want to hunt down BC Camplight releases, one issue is that his first two LPs – Hide, Run Away (2005) and Blink Of A Nihilist (2007, both One Little Indian) – date from the noughties, or the time of CDs, when albums by new artists often weren’t released on vinyl. However, early singles Couldn’t You Tell (2006), Blood And Peanut Butter … Continue reading The Top 5 BC Camplight records you need to get

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The Top 5 Essential Radiohead Solo Vinyl

1, Thom Yorke – The Eraser (XL Recordings, 2016)Yorke’s first solo album was a chance for him to throw himself more into his love of electronic music, channelling Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and Autechre, along with some more post-rock leanings. 2. Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch, 2019)Jonny Greenwood’s primary solo output has been via his hugely influential film score projects, and … Continue reading The Top 5 Essential Radiohead Solo Vinyl

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The Top 40 Essential The Clash Vinyl

The Clash’s brief and unlikely trajectory from the crucible of punk to mainstream burnout spawned a range of curious collectibles. Sean Egan digs out the rarities… The Clash were never supposed to be about anything as precious or retrograde as collectability. Punk being a musical movement that toppled idols and railed against rock-aristocracy materialism and avarice, it initially seemed unthinkable that anyone might one day … Continue reading The Top 40 Essential The Clash Vinyl

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The Top 45 7″ Singles That Changed The World!

The 7″ single is popular music’s most magical artefact, possessed with a power that far outstrips its modest physical dimensions – Johnny Marr described 45s as “absolutely powerful, possibly otherworldly objects”. Gary Tipp salutes this most enduring format… In the eternal debate about the vinyl format of preference, the 45 is often dismissed – too easily – as the starter to the LP’s main course. … Continue reading The Top 45 7″ Singles That Changed The World!

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The Top 40 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl

From block-party origins to multi-millionaire empires, no music quite represents the ‘American Dream’ (and nightmare) like hip-hop. Michael Leonard digs through 40-plus years of LPs from wildly differing styles of urban music born of vinyl itself… In August 1973, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the west Bronx, there was a party: 25c for ‘ladies’ and 50c for ‘fellas’. And that, says legend, is when hip-hop … Continue reading The Top 40 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl

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Good Times/Bad Times: The Led Zeppelin Story

Matt Peters looks at some pivotal highs and lows from half a century of one of the most influential bands of all time… Whether they admit it or not, legacy is the Grail most artists are chasing. But it’s one of the great human quandaries; what do we leave behind of ourselves? In the case of Led Zeppelin, it’s one of the greatest catalogues in … Continue reading Good Times/Bad Times: The Led Zeppelin Story

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Peruvian Blend: Peruvian Rock Records

Peru’s homegrown rock soon evolved beyond its revolutionary mid-60s beginnings into a unique and fiery sound. Russ Slater charts its history… Forget the panpipes – when it comes to music, Peru has an illustrious history packed with many musical detours and movements, but never did it hit its stride quite so well as when it embraced rock in the 60s and 70s. From setting a … Continue reading Peruvian Blend: Peruvian Rock Records

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The Top 40 Essential Metal Vinyl

Fifty years young, and as loud and obnoxious as ever, the world of metal remains a true musical phenomena. Michael Stephens turns the dial up to 11 and beyond. For the full top 40, get your hands on a copy of Issue 36 of Long Live Vinyl…  10 Rage Against The Machine  – Rage Against The Machine ‘Rap metal’ threw up a lot of garbage, but … Continue reading The Top 40 Essential Metal Vinyl