A couple of months ago, I posted about my ten all-time favorite books. Today, I thought I'd shift the focus to music and share some of my favorite records. This is slightly different than my book list - I'm only including albums from my vinyl collection, and unlike my book list which has stayed fairly consistent over time, these favorites are rotating. Regardless, right now there are twelve particular records that have been on my regular listening schedule pretty incessantly lately.
1. Blood On the Tracks, Bob Dylan // 2. Revolver, The Beatles
3. True Stories, Talking Heads // 4. American Beauty, The Grateful Dead
5. Harvest, Neil Young // 6. Pearl, Janis Joplin
When my husband and I first started dating, we discovered that we were both avid vinyl collectors. Many of the records we each owned were passed down from our parents. Others had been thrifted or gifted. And a handful were new and had been purchased. We knew that we had a lot of records between the two of us, but it wasn't until we first moved in together that we realized just how many. We ended up having to take a day to go through them and decide which ones to fit on our entertainment/book shelves so the rest could be stored or given away. (And for those that were no longer listenable, we later did this.) That day is actually one of my favorite memories from the time when we first shacked up. It was fun to see how many overlaps we had, and also to unearth and listen to old records we'd each forgotten about. It was a bonding experience for us, and it was awesome.
7. Europe '72, The Grateful Dead // 8. The Band, The Band
9. Now Here's Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash // 10. Autoamerican, Blondie
11. Rubber Soul, The Beatles // 12. Bare Trees, Fleetwood Mac
You always hear people say "vinyl just sounds better than digital" - to the point that it's become almost cliche. But for me, there really is something extra special about listening to music via a good old fashion record. The sound that vinyl produces actually is more authentic and does more closely resemble the original, real-life sound (that's analog for you!). And although vinyl gets scratches and heat damage and just generally breaks down over time, the warmer, more weathered sound that comes from vintage record albums is very appealing for some (myself included). Really, there's nothing like it.
Any other old vinyl record lovers in the house?
P.S. I can't thank you guys enough for the comments, emails, tweets, etc. in response to yesterday's post. For those who have emailed, I promise I'll do my best to respond to each of you by the end of the day today. We really are all in this together. xo