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Sea Change of Beck

Beck’s seventh studio album, Sea Change, is regarded as one of the greatest breakup albums of all time. The album came on the heels of a split with his fiancée on the evening of his 30th birthday. Produced by Nigel Godrich, the album not only includes some of Beck’s best work but also features a clarity of sound that really brings shivers down the spine when being listened to on vinyl record. Packing the studio with a great musician, the instrumentation has the tightness that can come about in the flow of veterans who apply their craft to a project which they feel lucky to be a part of.  Holding this album in your hands makes you feel lucky to be a part of it as well.

The Flying Club Cup of Beirut

A band like Beirut’s one of the biggest advantages is their ability to create beautiful music with traditional instrumentation that you can’t get in many other places. Zach Condon is the artist who can create an album incorporating instruments such as the flugelhorn, ukulele, cello, trumpet, accordion, trombone, melodica, tuba, upright bass, and glockenspiel but doesn’t sound like circus music. Inspired by a turn-of-the-century Parisian balloon festival, the second album of Beirut is a musical masterpiece that will remain a timeless value in your vinyl record collection.

Thickfreakness of The Black Keys

The Black Keys’ second album was a tongue-and-cheek reference to the old, junky analog recording equipment used to record the album and their studio was drummer Patrick Carney’s basement. Thickfreakness was recorded in a non-stop 14-hour session. It is the Akron duo stripped down to dirty blues core. Dan Auerbach’s voice is 23 going on 60, full of cigarettes while Carney bangs the drums like a floppy-haired Thor. In other words, it is perfect for a drool-worthy vinyl record.

Here is a list of top albums that we consider essential to own on vinyl because of a variety of factors, including sound, production, album artwork, mastering, special features, and much more.

Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique

Arguably, the Beastie Boys’ sophomore follow-up to Licensed to Ill is their best work. The 20th anniversary pressing of the album is also incredibly well done.  Triple gatefold with amazing album and a much-improved remastering means you will get one of the best hip-hop albums that have ever been made.

Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion

Listening to Animal Collective is a great experience.  The best album to date from the collection of musical safari guides is their most accessible and unique for those who want to see or hear what all the fuss is about. It is of the moment, feels new and striking in its immediacy, as well as comes across friendly and welcoming.  It is really a complete album with one of the most recognizable vinyl record jackets recently.

The Beatles, Revolver

Revolver should be the best Beatles album to own on vinyl since it is the best Beatles album period. The technical and artistic innovation having been made during the 300-hour studio time for the Fab Four is so astonishing. That took place while the band was really in its prime.

After George Martin, their producer, created his own label, The Beatles had time to develop the album at their own speed without anxious record execs breathing down their necks. Each member contributed to the lyrics while Eleanor Rigby features a string octet – very much an example of Paul McCartney’s genius. Tomorrow Never Knows, the final song of the album is considered a forerunner to the psychedelic rock movement and also reveals how far ahead of the times the group was, utilizing automatic double tracking for Lennon’s vocals, multiple looped tape effects, and reverse guitar.

The FIFA World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sports events. Every tournament generates a wide range of music recorded to celebrate the event and to support the teams. Now let’s have a look at ten of the best FIFA World Cup songs of all time, whether your favorite team wins or loses.

1. Hot Hot Hot, by Arrow (1986)

Adopted as the theme song of the FIFA World Cup 1986 in Mexico, Hot Hot Hot stretches out for seven minutes but never overstays its welcome. The reason is that the energy is so contagious, from the bass-driven groove and the punch-drunk horn charts to the oft-repeated chorus hook. It makes all the people feel hot.

2. Three Lions, by Baddiel Skinner and the Lightning Seeds (1996)

Three Lions is a great song with classic Britpop sound, including the wistful pining of the vocals and a bass-line echoeing the mid-‘60s Kinks.

3. La Copa de la Vida, by Ricky Martin (1998)

La Copa de la Vid was a proper international phenomenon. It spent six weeks at No. 1 in France, Australia, and Sweden, four weeks in Germany, and two in Spain. Martin even did perform it at the Grammys, which Billboard credits with having started the Latin pop explosion. 

From the groove, the energy, the Latin percussion, the horns, to the sound of people cheering, all are designed to get the party started.

4. Samba e Gol’, by Bellini (1998)

Originally named Samba de Janeiro, this song sounds like the soundtrack to a football version of the Rocky franchise.

5. El Rock del Mundial, by Los Ramblers (1962)

El Rock del Mundial is the first official World Cup song that starts with a Chuck Berry lick. Los Ramblers are Chilean. In this song, the only words they sing in English are “rock and roll.” But it doesn’t prevent the song from becoming famous around the world.

People love the sound of music being played on a vinyl record.  There are so many audiophiles who love collecting vinyl records and even spend a ton of money for that.  But do you know how vinyl records got their start?

Back to 1857 when Edouard-Leon Scott, a French inventor, invented the Phonautograph, which was a device with a vibrating pen would graphically representing sounds onto small paper discs. The Phonautograph was used to help people get a better understanding of how sounds work. Later in 1878, Thomas Edison took this device and created a way to hear the music actually. The device used a stylus to cut grooves into tinfoil in order to record and replay the sounds.

In 1867, Emile Berliner, also an inventor, patented the gramophone – the first vinyl record player which had to be operated by hand and could play seven inch rubber discs. In 1901, the Victor Company introduced a record player named the Red Seal, which could play ten inch vinyl records. 

In 1948, Columbia Records released their 33 ⅓ RPM made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride. It recorded the sound in the grooves in the vinyl. When the record spins, the needle runs along the grooves at the same time passing the information to the electromagnetic head. 

In 1982, Sony invented the compact disc, making vinyl records obsolete. The CD could play the music without the pops and scratchiness of the vinyl so they were easier to carry around than the large records.  Most major labels turned to digital downloads instead of producing records. Although this was popular with the mainstream, DJs and music aficionados still prefered the vinyl record sound. 

Due to the collectibility of the vinyl record, many record labels started to bring back vinyl and sales have been incredible. Some people claim the sound is incomparable if you hear music on vinyl. The fact is that they are back and bigger than ever, no matter what your views are on vinyl records.

Step Six: Archive Storage

If you are looking to store your vinyl in an archive for long term storage and stacking where quick access is not a priority then a top down box (as opposed to a side storing shelf) is the answer. Cardboard boxes are not strong enough. Heavy duty plastic is the answer. The Really Useful Box range is ideal. This illustrated 19 liter model stores around 50 records, making easy transport possible. Vinyl can become too heavy for safe lifting beyond that. The handles are strong with a pattern on the lid that allows for sturdy and stable stacking with other boxes of this type.

Step Seven: Mobile Vinyl Box

Storage doesn’t have to be for static purposes. You can store records for mobile reasons. What happens if you want to transport vinyl? How do you protect them? This Citronic box is just one of many ‘flight cases’ out there. You may have your own favorite. This example is a strong, aluminium variant that holds up to 50 LPs. It arrives with internal padding while, on the outside of the case, there are chrome plated steel corners giving additional strength and protection. You also get a padded carry handle and lockable lid catch.

Step Eight: Vinyl Bag

The record bag is another type of mobile storage but is distinct from the flight case type. This example provides a main compartment which can handle 40 vinyl albums. It’s useful for vinyl fans or DJs who might want to keep their precious or valuable discs close to them at all times or for transporting discs to a friend’s house, for example. More expensive models feature additional pocket and storage options, while their larger wheelie bags for DJs with more time to fill are also a solid choice.

Athletes are always searching for ways to improve their performance. The desire to run faster, jump higher or lift more lets them search for the next edge.

Many swear by listening to music while in the gym to help them achieve this. But does music actually help athletic performance?

Feel Fitter

Research shows that listening to music at the same time exercising can reduce your rate of perceived effort by up to 12% and improve your endurance by up to 15%.

However, it is worth considering the tempo of the music, since recent research from Liverpool John Moores University gives more nuanced findings. It found that slowing the tempo of the music decreased the participant’s heart rate and distance covered on a bike, while quickening the tempo increased heart rate and the enjoyment of both the music and exercise.

Stops Negative Thoughts

Listening to music improves the performance of athletes by distracting them from the negative thoughts that may consume the mind and hinder performance. Recent research has showed that basketball players who had to performing under pressure converted more free-throw shots when they had listened to an upbeat piece of music beforehand, because this distracted them from the pressure of performing in front of a crowd.

Activates Autopilot

Listening to music can encourage athletes to operate on autopilot, outside their conscious awareness. Having elite athletes operate on autopilot is beneficial, according to a recent study which found that when elite golfers were asked to take a putt as fast as possible, they had a higher success rate, compared to when they took their time.

High pressure situations might lead to overthinking, but as an athlete operates on autopilot, this doesn’t occur and movements are naturally performed.

Controls Emotions

Research has shown that athletes can use music to manipulate their emotions before a competition. Athlete Dame Kelly Holmes said she listened to Alicia Keys ballads as part of her pre-event routine for the 2004 Olympic Games, which relaxed her and allowed her to peak her performance.

Step Three: Vinyl Bags

We have talked about the outer plastic sleeve for your record protection in the part 1 of this article but we haven’t mentioned a new variant on that theme: the vinyl bags. You should choose bags made from high quality materials and fitting snuggly like a standard outer sleeve with a large flap and an adhesive strip on the top of the bag. While a standard plastic sleeve remains open on one side, the high-quality bag can protect the record as well as keep the air and airborne rubbish out.

Step Four: Shelving

Now that you have encased your record, but where do you put it? A shelving system is essential. Here we recommend the IKEA KALLAX, in budget terms and flexibility. It can be bought in different sizes and variants have insets so that it can hold baskets and boxes and even have space for a TV. So it has great value for money. However, don’t pack it full of records since the accumulated weight may make it lean to one side and collapse. Consider investing in metal brackets to firm up the overall structure.

Step Five: Record Dividers

When you have stuffed your IKEA shelving with records, perhaps you won’t have a clue where each thing is. The classic solution to that problem is to use cheap plastic record dividers which can help you scribble the alphabet or music genres, in order to make a sense of cataloging. It is cheap but messy and definitely tacky. American designer Kate Koeppel has created a collection of high quality, restrained, laser cut wood record dividers as a better alternative. The collection of wood panels include: two tab styles, vertical tabs for record boxes, and horizontal tabs for shelving; two lettering styles: engraved or stenciled; two typographical versions; two sizes for 12” and 7” records; a panel A–Z set for large record collections; and an abbreviated six panel set for smaller collections.

In spite of being one of the most durable physical music formats in the world, vinyl record encounters the top issue of making noise, such as the snap, pops, crackle, the clicks, the background hiss, and more.

If you are a fan of the vinyl record and sometimes pay a lot of money for a new piece of vinyl, try to take care of it and it will reward you with long pleasurable use. There are 8 steps suggested by tech guru Paul Rigby to store your vinyl record collection properly.

Step One: Inner Sleeves

The inner sleeve is the only item that will come into contact with your precious vinyl regularly. Therefore, it is absolutely essential as a storage medium. The worst kind of storage is made from pure paper. If you move your vinyl record in and out of a paper inner again and again over the years, it will act like a fine grain sandpaper piece that adds more surface noise to your record. There are two recommended inners that are flavored, including a round-bottomed plastic-only variant and a delicate plastic liner within a paper inner. The first is more useful since you don’t have to try to get the paper inner corners into the card sleeve, which might cause folding and creasing.

Step Two: Outer Sleeves

In order to accompany the inner, you will need an outer covering. This will protect the vinyl’s card sleeve and also prevent dust from finding and abrading the record over time. But remember not to buy the heavy gauge plastic samples and then feel smug about it. Make sure to choose the soft, roomy and much cheaper sleeves. The advice is that thick plastic covers can stick to the vinyl record sleeve eventually as well as pull the artwork right off. There are outers for both 10” records and 7” singles for you to choose.

Here are the 5 turntable systems from the most famous audio brands today. Without them, the success and foothold of these brands in the audio market could be very different.

Rega Planet (1973)

Roy Gandy, founder of Rega, in 1973 once had a very strange thought: The sound quality of a turntable system is secondary, the main design of it. Gandy wants to create a durable turntable system with time and design must be equally unique. And so the idea for Rega Planet was rekindled.

Fortunately, the sound quality aspect soon became a target soon afterward, and Gandy brought the first turntable test versions to potential manufacturers. The official version of Rega Planet was born with aluminum and steel wheels with a unique design, using the Acos Luster tonearm.

Linn LP12 (1973)

LP12 is Linn’s first tuntable designed by founder Ivor Tiefenbrun, who said that “music is the most important thing in any sound system”. The first version of LP12 was designed without a stand, but was later replaced by a more complete version. This is also considered to be the best quality turntable from Scotland.

Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic (1977)

Michell may be better known by users through the turntable signature GyroDec launched in 1982, but its first turntable, Reference Electronic, is also worth mentioning. Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic is inspired by the Transcriptor’s turntable Hydraulic Reference model featured in Stanley Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange.

Starting from only processing hardware for the Transcriptor, Michell then opened his own brand and launched the Reference Electronic, which owns a version with a mirror or marble base.

Wilson Benesch Turntable (1989)

In the first year of appearing in the audio market, Wilson Benesch researched and developed his first turntable model, simply called Wilson Benesch Turntable.This turntable possesses two designs never before seen in any other product such as the sub-frame made of composite carbon fiber and tonearm also made of carbon fiber (A.C.T. One). High-strength carbon fiber helps reduce vibration better and is available in all of Wilson Benesch’s most recent product lines.

The success of Turntable also helped Wilson Benesch expand its investment and distribute more other products, including specialized high-end speaker models today.

Pro-Ject 1 (1991)

Pro-Ject 1 was originally developed and modified from the Tesla NC-500 to create a low-cost turntable distributed in the Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Pro-Ject founder Heinz Lichtenegger made several Pro-Ject 1s and sold them in his small shop in Vienna. Having achieved certain successes, Heinz Lichtenegger decided to restart the production line in the Czech Republic and continue to operate until now.

Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the coal disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in the past year, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

It is worth noting that, of the 10 best-selling vinyl albums, only 3 new albums including Tranquility base hotel and casino (Arctic Monkeys), The greatest showman (many artists) and Staying at Tamara’s (George Ezra), the rest are old albums.

Talking about the attraction of the old values, Jon Tolley, Banquet Records, explains: “The sales of coal discs are constantly growing because people are slowly abandoning modern lifestyles, where things are always in a hurry and nothing makes sense.”

The vinyl record had a period of great development before the advent of the CD and later, both the CD and the CD were in a poor state of consumption when the trend of digital music came to the forefront.

Now that the vinyl disc has been “revived” through impressive growth figures, the CD has remained “at the same level”, although the number of CDs sold is still higher than that of the vinyl disc, due to its lower cost (on average). a single album costs $ 30, while a CD costs only $ 10). Following that momentum, experts predict that, by 2020, sales of coal discs may account for more than half of sales of the physical music market.

The fact that vinyl discs are more popular than CDs is not difficult to understand. Compared to vinyl records, the CD lacks originality, sound superiority and historical value. Compared to digital music, CDs are not convenient in terms of storage and use.

As can be seen, the revival of vinyl disc among music lovers has recently risen up. Hopefully, this hobby can still maintain its great attraction among music lovers.