|Posted: 21 June 2010 at 11:32pm | IP Logged
This raises an interesting point - the link between vinyl and nostalgia. Many CDs I now have, I originally owned as LPs in an earlier life. The CDs don't really replace the tactile vinyl with covers like works of art - they are more like reminders of the original - and in many cases the covers are hopelessly compromised and unreadable. And of course, you don't get the crackles, and the hum of the needle in the groove.
The recent SOC CD, however, is lovingly recreated as far as possible, and almost allows for a waft of nostalgia, with its black, grooved appearance, and racing car to boot. The cover is thoughtfully made, with some historical notes, and full lyrics - even if I have to reach for my reading glasses.
I'm glad to say that I too got to know SOC as 12" 33.3 RPM, scratchable vinyl back in the early 80's, but I'm also willing to embrace the advantages of CDs without too many tears, because I still have the memory of it.
A parallel e.g. would be the Beatles Red double Album. It was great when you could turn the left/right balance button, and just listen to the voices, or just the instruments. Those days have gone - for me anyway, but I'm not too sad.
Of course, these young wippersnappers like Halligan have no vinyl knocking around the second hand shops anyway, so nostalgia is not an issue - we can simply enjoy. If you want the crackles, you can see him live!! (no offence Rob!)
Now I've lost my track (do I need to point out the unintentional pun?) so I'd better finish before I get stuck in the groove...
... need some time to think.