Vinyl is an underated and sadly disappearing art-form. My childhood memories are of record stores and beautiful abum covers of artists such as Abba, Neil Young and the Beatles. Thankfully a number of artists still release their new albums in vinyl format.
I recently purchased REM’s, Bruce Springteen’s and RadioHead’s new abums in this beautiful format. U2’s new album came through the letter box this morning, actually couldn’t fit through the letterbox the postman had to ring the door bell
Vinyl allows the artists to convey a different aspect of the music through the use of a large canvass which is offered by the double gate fold format. The artist can create a whole theme or mood around the album which U2 have done with the internal double gatefold photo of the band in Morocco. The sound is also warmer and also sounds more authentic.
I look forward to listening to this double album this evening and enjoying the luxurious visual and tactile experience.