Bob Dylan covered by ANOHNI for new 7″

Following up yesterday’s announcement of ANOHNI’s Secretly Canadian 7″, out 02 October, here she talks us through how and why she chose to cover Bob Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue for the A-side: “I recorded It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue with Kevin Barker one afternoon a few years ago. I listened to it recently and it reminded me of Now, a nausea … Continue reading Bob Dylan covered by ANOHNI for new 7″

ANOHNI covers Nina Simone for Secretly Canadian 7″

ANOHNI has today shared two new songs: versions of ‘It’s All over Now, Baby Blue’ by Bob Dylan and ‘Be My Husband’ by Nina Simone. The songs are available now, digitally, with a 7” following on 2nd October via Secretly Canadian. And she’s explained the background to this bewitching recording to Long Live Vinyl… “I saw Nina Simone perform at Carnegie Hall in 1991 while … Continue reading ANOHNI covers Nina Simone for Secretly Canadian 7″

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman – “why I love Randy Newman…”

As the Mercury-nominated folk songwriter releases a new record commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America, he tells Gary Walker about a special album…   This album was lying in my dad’s extensive vinyl collection when I found it. He was a big fan of Randy Newman, and along with Chris De Burgh, I really consider those two the ‘soundtrack to my … Continue reading Seth Lakeman – “why I love Randy Newman…”

Father John Misty MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Father John Misty album supports MusiCares

With the cancellation of all major music festivals and live performances, the help MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund provides members of the music community will be crucial in the coming months… Father John Misty’s new live album Off-Key In Hamburg is now available via Bandcamp and all proceeds are going directly to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Misty’s new album was recorded live at the Hamburg … Continue reading Father John Misty album supports MusiCares

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

The distinctive Nick Drake debut is one of the most melancholy albums ever laid down on vinyl. Saying that, if you’ve got a first press you’ll be smiling… The 1969 UK first press 10-track stereo vinyl LP of Nick Drake’s stunning debut album, Five Leaves Left, was released on Island’s pink ‘block’ label. This label design was short lived, with only two albums having their … Continue reading Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

The Essential: Samplers

Despite often costing far less than a regular LP, many samplers have become highly collectible. Surely a definitive list of 40 is impossible? Step forward Mark Sampson… The birth of the sampler album is generally attributed to Jac Holzman, the head of Elektra Records. With no budget for advertising, he looked for other ways of promoting his catalogue (then) of folk and world music. Always … Continue reading The Essential: Samplers

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

Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution

Bill Fay’s introspective, biblically themed 1971 classic was all-but ignored on release – but its reputation and collectability have risen ever since… Bill Fay joined Deram in the late 60s, and released two albums: in 1970 and 1971, respectively. Time Of The Last Persecution was the second of these but did not sell well, resulting in the label dropping the singer-songwriter/pianist. Over the years that followed, the … Continue reading Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution

Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid/Planet Waves/Street-Legal

They may not be acclaimed Dylan landmarks, but these three reissues of albums released between 1973 and 1978 reveal some often-overlooked gems. Bob’s gradual reconnection with his muse via first soundtrack album, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid has an understated charm. The Spanish guitar-flecked acoustic instrumental Main Title Theme (Billy) sets out Dylan’s stall before the tumbleweed atmospherics of the sleepy Cantina Theme. Turkey … Continue reading Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid/Planet Waves/Street-Legal