For my first album for January 2016 I will start with a classic.
I have only recently discovered the joy of a Pink Floyd album and I’m working my way through their back catalogue on Spotify. The Wall was always on the expensive side as it’s a double album and usually sells new for around £35, however Amazon.co.uk had it on for £20 (if you are quick you might be able to pick up a bargain).
Once the album arrived and I ripped open the shipping box I was very impressed with the presentation of the album. It’s a double album in a gatefold sleeve on 180 gram vinyl. It comes with a large sticker and a huge poster with all the song lyrics on. Each inner sleeve has the tracks listed with the lyrics for each song. Plus a download code for the full album. It’s a very good package and you certainly get your moneys worth even if you pay £35 for the album.
This is an epic album and upon first listen I got a better sense of why albums like this are best listened to on vinyl, on a decent sound system without any other distraction. Do yourself a favour put this album on, turn the sound up and just sit and listen to it!!! You will be blown away by a deep multi layered listening experience. You will be picking out bass and drums like never before and when you reach the guitar solos you will be treated to something very special.
If like me you are just getting into vinyl and want to get a feel for an album that is not track based but feels more like one continuous, organic flow of music this album and many of Pink Floyd’s other albums are well worth investing in. Sure there are stand out tracks such as Another Brick in the Wall Part 1 and 2 and Comfortably Numb, but this album is best served by listening from start to finish as was originally intended.
This truly is an experimental album and certainly not like anything within mainstream music. In parts it feels like its a West End musical and then shifts to operatic before moving into personal agony. You will go through the mill. There is no shiny happy pop songs hidden within. But it is all the better for it. The wide variety of genres within the album means it demands repeat listening, each track has no defined structure so you never know what is coming.
Before buying this vinyl record I had only listened to it via MP3 on an iPhone using half decent head phones. After my first proper listen on vinyl I have begun to realise why this and most of Pink Floyd’s album’s are held in such high regard. They are not records made up from a collection of songs, they are a full composition to be enjoyed in full.