Category: Tunes

Vinyl Destination – Coventry’s Finest Record Shop

Vinyl Destination is situated in the heart of Coventry Market (Stall 93). I was so impressed by the pun in it’s nomenclature that I knew I had to buy something from them. Ian runs the joint. What he doesn’t know about music isn’t worth knowing. Over the last few months, I have visited his shop numerous times. Ian does not only sell vinyl; he also runs a secret underground business of cleaning vinyls. I brought him two copies of my Album of the Year. Both skipped at the same place: Side two, track two Aqua. He cleaned my record...

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Album of the Month: Hollie Cook’s Twice (2014)

February has been a discovery month of great and deeply moving music. With so much choice, it was difficult to choose only one album to laud. However, needs must. Hollie Cook deserves all the praise in the world for her masterful second album TWICE, originally released in May 2014. Combining new reggae, dub and violins creates a seamlessly rich soundscape. The balance of bass, percussion and strings in reggae style makes for a listening experience which goes beyond anything I have experienced before. When you listen to Twice, you will be overwhelmed by the imaginative but subtle blend of...

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Album of the Month: January 2018

That’s the Way of the World was released in 1975 and is Earth, Wind & Fire’s sixth studio album. It’s my firm belief that the world’s greatest music was created between 1974 and 1989. Earth, Wind & Fire’s name originated using their founder, Maurice White’s, astrological sign. It has┬áprimary elemental quality of Fire and the seasonal qualities of Earth and Air. I’d like to say it speaks for itself but then I’d have nothing to write about. Honestly if you want to have a serious boogie, listen to this album. I’ve listened to it in every situation: on vinyl;...

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My Album of the Year: Touch by The Eurythmics (1983)

Allow to open 2017’s Album of the Year post with a quote from Alan Partridge: “Now, who is this beautiful blond man with a lovely voice? It’s Annie Lennox.” In their third studio album, Annie Lennox and Dave A. Stewart created something majestic. It does not surprise me that this was UK number one and in the US top ten. Then, as now, it was difficult for any regional act (be it a band; actor or comedian) to cross their national borders. It would be no understatement to say that this propelled the Eurythmics to stardom. Their previous album,...

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