The Essential Pink Floyd – Part One

Our exploration of the vinyl catalogues of the most important artists in the history of music continues with a band that, we feel, everyone should own at least one record by – the legendarily innovative Pink Floyd One of the most inventive and groundbreaking bands in the history of popular music, Pink Floyd’s output has frequently sought to challenge established musical norms and explore high-concept, … Continue reading The Essential Pink Floyd – Part One

Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal – The Essential Covers

To complement our interview with the legendary Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal we take a look at 8 essential covers from his back catalogue… Guess Who – BB King 1972 O’Neal brought the blues legend to ground zero, flat on his back. You can’t get more salt-of-the-earth than this shot: “We rented a car and picked him up at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas,” remembers O’Neal. “He was a Southern gentleman. … Continue reading Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal – The Essential Covers

The Essential: Northern Soul Records – Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of our rundown of the essential 40 Northern Soul records, where we complete our essential 7″ singles. Make sure to read part 1!  Yvonne Baker – You Didn’t Say A Word Parkway, 1967 The intro bears a striking resemblance to John Barry’s original James Bond Theme and, as a result, this is fondly referred to as such. As part of … Continue reading The Essential: Northern Soul Records – Part 2

The Essential: Northern Soul Records – Part 1

With obscure imported vinyl as its life blood, a group of DJs ushered in a musical movement that spread like wildfire across the north of England and beyond. Join Rik Flynn as he enters this curious world of enigmatic artists, reissued gems, and some slightly nefarious bootlegs. Northern Soul is a music scene like no other… Northern Soul is a truly life-affirming musical movement and … Continue reading The Essential: Northern Soul Records – Part 1

The Essential David Bowie – Part Two

Our exploration of the back catalogue of one of the most pivotal artists in popular music continues with the top 20 David Bowie records. Here’s we’re getting into the really essential territory for those just getting into collecting his work on vinyl… 20: Let’s Dance – 1983 The 1983 Nile Rodgers-produced juggernaut was another successful transition for David Bowie, musically at least, from the edgy … Continue reading The Essential David Bowie – Part Two

The Essential David Bowie – Part One

Since his untimely passing just days after releasing his final album, Blackstar, the music world went into mourning for David Bowie. Andy Price presents the first of our essential vinyl-collecting guides to the key artists in music history – and as far as he’s concerned, no artist is more important than the Thin White Duke… One of the earliest additions to 2016’s regrettably long list … Continue reading The Essential David Bowie – Part One

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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 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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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