The 60 Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time

Some artists develop their sound over the course of a long career, working gradually towards a creative peak, while others hit the ground running and deliver a fully realised masterwork at the first time of asking. And it’s the latter group we pay tribute to here as  Gary Tipp names vinyl’s greatest debut albums… Debut albums have several advantages over what follows in a band’s … Continue reading The 60 Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time

Genre Hopping: Female-fronted pioneers

The women of garage rock, grunge pop and indie have been busy. Chris Parkin celebrates a slew of tremendous new vinyl releases. There’s only one rule concerning album announcements: don’t do it on the same day that Sleater-Kinney reveal to the world they’re recording a new album with Annie Clark (aka St Vincent). At least that’s the “note-to-self” that Mary Timony – Carrie Brownstein and … Continue reading Genre Hopping: Female-fronted pioneers

Prince – Originals

Prince gifted songs lesser artists would kill for, and here are 15 of those covers (only one previously released) performed by the great man himself.    When Prince’s vaults finally opened last September, Piano And A Microphone 1983 was an adept introduction. It suggested the team in charge of selecting which material to put out really do share Prince’s ethos: it was sublime, it was … Continue reading Prince – Originals

Skin Skunk Anansie

Why I Love… Songs In The Key Of Life – by Skin from Skunk Anansie

The Skunk Anansie vocalist tells Gary Walker about singing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela with Nina Simone, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder – and why she loves Songs In The Key Of Life. There’s a reason Songs In The Key Of Life is one of the most popular records in the world – it’s because it’s an incredibly stunning record. You start off listening to … Continue reading Why I Love… Songs In The Key Of Life – by Skin from Skunk Anansie

Limited edition Prince vinyl announced

The next wave of releases in The Prince Estate’s definitive catalogue project has been announced, and concentrates on his pivotal millennium era of music. The Prince Estate, in partnership with Sony Legacy Recordings, have announced the next round of physical titles set for release as part of the ongoing and definitive Prince catalogue project. Next up will be Ultimate Rave on Friday, 26 April. Both Rave Un2 The … Continue reading Limited edition Prince vinyl announced

Keep On Keeping On: Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970-1974 release

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Mayfield’s prolific solo career start, and to celebrate Rhino will release newly remastered versions of the first four studio albums the legendary artist recorded between 1970 and 1974. Curtis Mayfield recorded a string of hits with The Impressions before leaving the influential soul-gospel group to embark upon a solo career that began 50 years ago and produced some of his … Continue reading Keep On Keeping On: Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970-1974 release

No. 23 — Motown cover story

In issue 23 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate 60 years of Motown. Get your copy in-store – use our storefinder. The single issue is available here. Alternatively, you can buy the digital edition here. Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, The Supremes… over 180 No.1 singles worldwide… In issue 23 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate 60 years … Continue reading No. 23 — Motown cover story

Frank Ocean – Blond, 2xLP black vinyl

Frank Ocean’s 1,000-limited run of his modern R&B classic, Blond, is a dream find for record collectors and a rewarding listen to boot… Rarely do albums become worth 10 times their retail price within a matter of days, but such was the case with Frank Ocean’s 2016 release Blond. Also styled as Blonde, it was the songwriter’s first album since Channel Orange in 2012. After … Continue reading Frank Ocean – Blond, 2xLP black vinyl

Three full-length Prince albums to be released on vinyl for the first time

The Prince Estate, in partnership with Legacy Recordings, will release Musicology, 3121 and Planet Earth for the first time on vinyl on 8 February 2019. The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are pleased to announce the first round of physical titles set for release as part of the ongoing and definitive catalogue project first announced in August. Three essential full-length albums, Musicology, 3121 … Continue reading Three full-length Prince albums to be released on vinyl for the first time