SPINNING OUT: Jonesy's top 9 essential records to own on vinyl
There's a cartoon on the internet that does the round among music aficionados: one man is showing off his record player and collection to a friend, and proudly intoning “There's two things that attracted me to vinyl: the expense, and the inconvenience”. It's much beloved among people whose disposable income on mostly re-buying records they already have on CD, or can get on streaming services for peanuts. The question is, why do it? Well, sure there's the snobbery factor of owning vinyl, but there's more to it than that. As lovely as the access to unlimited music is, there's nothing quite like a physical product you can hold in your hands and pore over in every detail. The excitement starts before the music; studying the artwork, the liner notes and every detail hidden. Try getting that from a streaming service from a postage stamp on your phone. Then there's the soothing look of the record, as it goes spinning round and round on the platter, the rustle of the needle, then the music bursting into life and then the rustle of the run out as the side ends and you need to flip it over. You don't move near the player in case it skips, and you don't skip any tracks to your favourite; you absorb the album as the artist intended. Every groove etched in your memory as you sit back and let the player do its work. Every record is special and unique; it might be a mass produced record or a limited collectors' edition, but no record will sound the same as it ages with hisses crackles and pops lining each groove.
In today's world, with the disposable nature of being able to switch from track to track in the swipe of finger, there's something very collectable about vinyl. Record fair do a roaring trade, and modern releases get the best of both worlds, with a download code slipped into a gorgeous vinyl package, where they have the space to realise their vision. I've loved the format since I first had enough cash to spare for it, short of making it to a live show there's no better way to show your appreciation for the band. So here is a selection of my favourite vinyls from the world of metal. A honourable mention must go to my edition of Black Sabbath's debut album, that would have made the list but due to a mistake at the pressing plant decades ago, has a Mannfred Mann album on side A instead of Sabbath. These records have everything they say on the label and so much more.
The London rockers hark back to an earlier age, so no surprise why this is such a triumph on vinyl. This was a landmark album in my burgeoning taste for extreme metal and having it on blood and ash vinyl makes perfect sense. The band in their fine suits on the interior artwork and a lady in her birthday suit from the back sums up how grandiose this album is; wicked sinful indulgence in every vice on every level of Hell.