I wasn’t going to post today. Not the least of which because I’ve got stuff to do, but I was over in the library just now and they had a pile of records which they’re giving away. Now, I just love the thought of records, albums, LPs, 33s & 45s, vinyl, whatever you want to call them. To me, it’s like going into an old library or an antiquarian bookstore and just breathing in decades of history. Vinyl records conjure up yesteryear; they create an ambiance which soothes the soul. Hearing the smooth rushing hiss of a needle as it glides on to the record is like turning the pages of an ancient atlas and discovering old worlds that you never knew.
Of course, since the library is giving this stuff away, it’s probably not anything you’d want to hear anyway. But here’s a sampling of what I picked up today:
- Mediterranean Cruise – Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
- Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra playing Respighi’s Birds: Brazilian Impressions
- It’s A Big Wide Wonderful World – Roger Williams
- Gaité Parisienne and Les Patineurs under the direction of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra
The selections were heavy on the Boston Pops, so I got several of those. But one of the big things I noticed was the album covers. Beautiful women lounging on sofas with their assumed husbands or boyfriends holding martinis and turning on the hi-fi in their suits and skinny ties. I miss the days of heavy Impact fonts and full color photos of an evening at home scene. These days you get some weird art or a photo of the band where nobody’s looking at the camera. Not that it doesn’t work, it’s just not elegant. That’s what I miss…the elegance of vinyl.
There are probably hundreds of links to vinyl album covers out there…but here are a few:
Enjoy, check out a once again updated movie page, and I’ll see you in the funny papers!