I’ve just discovered the wonders of music streaming through Spinnr, Spotify and Vintage 24-K Radio. I love driving, and it’s made more pleasurable when careening through the streets of Manila comes with musical scoring. All the new apps save me the hassle of downloading and creating playlists.
But I miss vinyl. This is a cue to wax nostalgic again about the 70s and 80s. Those who grew up in the Digital Age must be tired of hearing how life was simpler but more fun in the 70s and 80s. How there weren’t much distractions. How Baby Boomers and GenX’ers were more disciplined and more diligent to learn new things that weren’t easily accessible. How there was more time for real social interactions. Blah blah blah. Of course, there was also too much cultural homogeny. We watched the same TV shows. We listened to the same music. There weren’t much alternatives. Society was intolerant of behavior and choices outside the norm. We lived through a dictatorship. Blah blah blah.
I just miss vinyl. That, the younger ones would never have. The joys of going through scores of “long-playing” records at the music store. The tactile, textural sensation of holding a large format fresh off the music press. Reading liner notes and finding freebies inside the package. Most of all, the art of album packaging.
Here are some of my favorites.
I bought this album in Unimart Greenhills in the 70s, not knowing what the genre was. The design was intriguing. It turned out to be a seminal work from one of the greatest bands from that era. Their music hasn’t aged at all. “Deacon Blues” is a sad and beautiful track.
I wasn’t a big a fan of the Beatles back then as I am now. I preferred the Monkees as a kid (their music sounds silly now). But I just had to buy this record for its artful abundance.
In 1985, Grace Jones came out with this album. I loved her cover of “La Vie en Rose”. I loved as much design icon Jean Paul Goude’s art-direction.
Joe Jackson was one classy act during the New Wave years. The album art had to be as sophisticated.
I bought this album because Jingle Chordbook Magazine said I ought to. I think Madam Joni designed this herself. One of the greatest covers, I must say.
I remember the year. 1977. It still is one of the biggest selling albums of all time. How could you go wrong with such drama?
The first album my father bought for us siblings.
The first album I saved up for. I think it cost 12 pesos. James Taylor’s JT.
And this is my fave of all time. I never had the vinyl. But I can keep staring at it when the pic comes out on Spotify.