Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Have you replaced your LPs with CDs?

Back in '66, my parents bought a GE record player. It was a big deal for our family. It gave us an excuse to buy our first singles and LP.

The five singles, or 45s, were "Nowhere man" by The Beatles, "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys, "At the scene" by The Dave Clark Five, "19th Nervous breakdown" by The Rolling Stones and "You are she" by Chad & Jeremy.

A few days later, we bought our first LP "Greatest Hits" by The Dave Clark Five.    You can replace this one with the CD Box "The history of the Dave Clark Five".

I sold the 45s to a collector in Mexico.   However, we still have the LP.

Over the last few years, I have been replacing my old LPs with new CDs.

My first choices were:

1) "Rubber Soul" by The Beatles (US version). What else can you say about an LP that includes "Norwegian Wood", "Michelle", "Girl" and "In my life"? Add "I'm looking through you" and its almost perfect. The UK version, which included "Nowhere Man" was actually the first one released as a CD. Yet, they recently put out the US version, which is the one that I grew up listening to.

2) "High Tide and Green Grass" by The Rolling Stones. This is a collection of the Stones' 1964-66 hits. You can replace this one with a box set called "The London Years", which includes every single, including a lot of B-sides. Some of the Stones' B-sides were excellent, such as "We love you" (B-side of "Dandelion"), "Child of the moon" (B-side of "Jumpin' Jack Flash") and "Sad Day" (B-side of "19th Nervous Breakdown").

3) "First" by The Bee Gees. As the title indicates, this was the first US release. It included "New York Mining Disaster", "To love somebody" and "Holiday". It also includes "Turn of the century", which should have been released as a single.

4) "Horizontal" by The Bee Gees. This one sounds better on CD than just about any other pop album.

5) "This is The Moody Blues" (Double LP). Again, this one sounds great on CD. I love "Tuesday afternoon" and "Isn't life strange".

6) "Revolver" by The Beatles. I think that 1966 was the best Beatles' year. This one includes "Eleanor Rigby", "For no one" and the unusual "Tomorrow never knows". My favorite is still "Taxman"!

7) "Main course" by The Bee Gees. This is the LP that included "Jive Talkin" and the wonderful "Nights on Broadway". It also has two of the Bee Gees' best songs--"Come on over" and "Baby as you turn away".

There are others but I can't buy them all at once! 

More on this later.   It is an ongoing project!




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