Editor's Picks: Vinyl Edition
Any vinyl collectors out there? Because this week’s editor’s pick is themed for music lovers especially. Now I don’t need to be another voice in millions telling you that A Night At The Opera or Hunky Dory are masterpieces. Instead, I hope that my recommendations are novel and niche enough to spark your intrigue and truly inspire new additions to your library.
1/5Voyager Golden Record 3 LP Box Set
In 1977, NASA deployed two spacecrafts mounted with golden phonographs playing our message to the extraterrestrials who might be out there to discover it—even if in billions of years. The message contained various sounds of life on earth, from Chuck Berry and Bach to bird and baby cries and greetings in 55 different languages. You can now own this two-hour message of humanity in three golden vinyls, beautifully packaged with a hardcover book full of photos and essays.
2/5Isaac Gracie – Isaac Gracie (2018)
When I first heard this young man’s voice, it was for a Burberry music series in 2016 and I remember being in disbelief about how someone so young could translate so much emotion and experience in his voice. Isaac Gracie is the definition of old soul if you needed one, and as his first album transpired over the last year, it is just an album that feels like it needs to be relished on vinyl.
Available at Amazon.
3/5H.E.R. – H.E.R. (2017)
If you’re looking for a smooth R&B record, H.E.R. by H.E.R is it. This four-disc LP will fill your 90s R&B deprivation and induce dancing all night long. Here’s a great go-to soundtrack for mellow house parties or even a date.
Available on Amazon.
4/5Toto – Africa 7” Picture Disc (reissued 2017)
I’d buy this picture disc mainly to have as a conversation piece in my house. No doubt someone will see it on a wall and feel the urge to put it on the turntable and jam out to Africa by Toto. (Rosanna is on the B side.)
Available on Discogs.
5/5Ray Parker Jr/Run-DMC – Ghostbusters, Stay Puft Edition (2014)
A collectible for 80s cinephile everywhere. This Ghostbusters movie soundtrack record comes in a cute marshmallow-like gatefold, a nod to Stay Puft, the fiend in the 1984 film. The inner gatefold features a photographic collage of Stay Puft's New York City raid, and the disc itself is an eye-catching all-white vinyl, which rumour has it is marshmallow scented! Get out!
Available at Amazon.
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