Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 And Nothing Less

2016 is on it's way out, and while many people are going to remember it for the shitty year that it was, I'm giving it a gold star in regards to its impact to my record collection.

I know that I've talked a lot in the past years about focusing my attention, and concentrating more on records that I consider classics. While buying 12 copies of the new Orchid album in 2013 was a lot of fun, a few years down the line, it feels like a waste when I'm still missing hundreds of records in the collection. Looking back at the list of records I bought this past year, I feel really good about the direction that my buying habits took me...a fine balance between hunting down old records, and checking out some new releases.

Somehow my post count is up from last year, but my total number of records hit an all time low at 179. Damn! I was so shocked, I had to check and double check those numbers. Compared to previous years, the numbers just don't seem I've missed a month or something in my calculations. Nope. I guess that is just the end result of no longer trying to keep up with every new pressing from every Hardcore band.

The numbers continue to drop, but 2016 was more about quality, and not quantity. Even though I purchased less records this past year, when I compare dollar totals, I find that I didn't really spend that much less. So I'm buying less records...but they are more expensive. When the end result is that I have original pressings from Agnostic Front, Negative FX, Sex Pistols and The Heartbreakers, I can live with buying less records each year.

Okay...that brings us to the top 5 records that I bought this past year.

I'm going to pat myself on the back here, and say that I bought a lot of great fucking records in 2016. I try to be humble, but we all know that these purchases make me better than you on some level. Suck on these, ya losers.

1. Black Sabbath 'Black Sabbath' Vertigo pressing - The debut Black Sabbath record was the final Vertigo pressing that I needed for the collection. It took me months of wringing my hands and trying to find the perfect copy to buy, and in the end it was a great feeling to cross it off the list.

2. Agnostic Front 'Victim In Pain' Ratcage pressing - When I reorganized my record collection this year, and I saw the three Bridge Nine pressings for Victim In Pain one the shelves, I felt like a chump for still not owning an original pressing. While they were great for what they were, those reissues weren't cutting it for me anymore.

3. Mindset 'Nothing Less' RSD pressing - Mindset's swan song...with a special cover for Record Store Day...from a good dude that picked up a copy for me, so that I didn't have to spend crazy money to get one into my collection. Chris from over at Unwavering Spirit is one of the best.

4. UK Subs 'Another Kind Of Blue' original UK press on blue vinyl - I'd never heard the UK Subs prior to this year, and once I'd heard their debut album from '79, I was hooked. Once I found that there was an original pressing on blue vinyl, I knew that I needed a copy. They aren't very rare, but it still felt great to add one to the collection.

5. The Adverts 'Crossing The Red Sea' UK press on red vinyl - The Adverts were another early Punk band that I'd never heard before this year. I had a fever, and the only prescription was more late 70's Punk on colored vinyl. The tone was set with the UK Subs record, and even though the UK pressing on red vinyl for The Adverts was considerably more rare, and therefore expensive, I couldn't allow myself to go cheap.

Yikes. I didn't buy many new Hardcore/Punk releases...I only picked up around 15 or so, but the ones that I did buy were great. Every once in a while, I'd feel guilty for neglecting some new Hardcore bands, and I'd check them out...but for the most part they failed to move me. What the hell did I miss this year?

As we worked our way through the year, I felt kind of underwhelmed with Metal's newest offering. There were a few albums that I really liked, but overall, it seemed that things just didn't hold my attention. As I started blasting through the Metal playlist for 2016 to close out the year, and pulling records from the shelves to get the end of year money shot photo, things started clicking with me. Damn...I didn't even see it coming, but there some really good records that were released.

So there it 2016 year end recap. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the end result. I've been doing this blog thing for nearly 11 years, so if you are still hanging around and digging the music, thanks for sticking around. If this is some kind of stand off, I guarantee that I've got more stamina for this nonsense than you do. Let's see if you've got another year in you.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Getting A Little Stiff

Okay...I'm going to try and blast out one more post before we get to the year end recap. This puts me at 18 posts for the month, which is a pretty solid number. Typically I'm scrambling at the end of the year because I've allowed my backlog of records to get out of control. This year, however, I'm hitting record highs on posts because, well, I've just bought a ton of records lately. I figured I might as well close out 2016 with a bang.

While the Stiff Little Fingers album, Nobody's Heroes, was released in 1980, I'm still going to lump it in with my late 70's punk obsession. While it seemed like that early Punk sound was dead by the end of the 70's, this album still carries forth that same kind of spirit. Nobody's Heroes may very well be the big kiss goodnight from 70's punk. It seems like once we rolled into the 80's, Punk and Metal got a lot more volume, and that 70's sounds faded away or got lame with New Wave.

Unlike some of my recent late 70's discoveries, I was already familiar with the first couple of Stiff Little Fingers albums...I just only owned them on CD. During a recent Discogs binge, I was buying a couple records from a UK seller, and figured that I might as well add Nobody's Heroes to the order as well.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Motorhead Of Spades

For the past couple of years, I've been toying with the idea of starting a collection for the UK Bronze pressings of the early Motorhead records. I've already spread myself pretty thin trying to chase UK pressings for Thin Lizzy and Budgie, plus I still have work to do on those silver label Megaforce pressings that I'd started a few years ago...and don't get me started on the daydreams that I have for UK Neat, green label Combat records, and Aussie pressings of AC/DC. My mental Want List is always growing and shifting in priorities.

One year ago today, Lemmy passed away. As he was approaching 70 years in age, Lemmy was still on the road and touring with Motorhead. It almost seemed as though he was immortal...destined to keep playing Rock N Roll until after the rest of us succumbed to death. The realities of Nature meant that this could never happen, and on the 28th of December, 2015, we lost Lemmy.

With Lemmy's passing, I figured that my dreams of owning those early UK Bronze pressings were dashed. I was certain that prices of those classic records were going to skyrocket, and I would be kicking myself for not making a move sooner. Since I was already picking up something from a UK seller on Discogs, I checked what else they had for sale...and given the opportunity to pick up an original pressing of Ace Of Spades at a reasonable price, it was happy to also add it to my cart.

Man, you drop the needle on this vinyl, and the songs just hit you. I don't know if this UK Bronze pressing has a better sound or not, but I can say this piece of vinyl sounds amazing. Every song on here is a winner.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Blue Dickies

As we close in on the end of the year, I find myself suddenly scrambling to pick up the vinyl for some older records that I had just discovered in 2016...albums that I'd downloaded and enjoyed the hell out of, but haven't had the chance to buy yet.

I really dove into late 70's Punk during this past year, and I discovered a ton of cool albums that I'd never heard before. I literally downloaded around 15 punk records that were released during the span of 1977 through 1979, and I was blown away by how great some of them were. I'd seriously been missing out on some great shit.

One of the bands that I'd discovered during this late 70's punk obsession was The Dickies. I've never bothered with the band, and even though I'd never really listened to them, I always considered them kind of a goofy joke. Sometimes I struggle with that kind of thing, so I always steered clear of them.

In a moment of desperation to check out something "new" from those early days of Punk, I finally made the move and downloaded the Dawn Of The Dickies album. It definitely had that frantic energy I was looking for, and while it was still kind of silly, it eventually won me over because it was so damn infectious.

These days you can't buy a new record without being inundated with colored vinyl options...but back in the 70's and 80's, colored vinyl didn't show up very often. You took your black vinyl, and you were happy with it. So when I was looking to pick up a copy of the second album from The Dickies, and I saw that part of the initial '79 UK pressing was on blue vinyl, the choice was obvious.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dixie Wrench

During the Summer and Fall of this year, I was balls deep into my 1996 playlist. I couldn't get enough of those records, and I was spinning them continuously. '96 was the year that Avail released their 4 AM Friday album. While I'd occasionally pulled it from the shelf, and given it a small handful of passing listens over the past ten years, submerging myself back into 1996, it reminded me how great this album really is. I'd forgotten how much it had ruled my CD player back in the day, but hearing it again, it all came back to me...and once again I was listening to it over and over again. This was a nice reminder of how great Avail were.

Oddly enough, when I finally made a move for some Avail vinyl, neither one that I walked away with was named 4 AM Friday.

Dixie was where it all came together for Avail. The Satiate record was good, and the Attempt To Regress 7 inch showed some real signs of potential, but with Dixie, Avail nailed it. They truly found their sound. Their shows were always the best...everyone loved Avail.

Nothing but black vinyl for the original pressing of Dixie. Sure Jade Tree did a color vinyl reissue back in 2006, and while it is tempting to chase those as well, for now, I'm happy with my original Lookout pressing.

From 1992 through 2002, Avail consistently released an album every two years. I remember being surprised when Fat Wreck released One Wrench in 2000. At that point it felt like the band had been around forever, and I wondered if they were able to continue with that same level of consistency. I kind of considered them to be a 90's band, and as we were moving into a new decade, I wondered if they would still hold up. Very quickly, any question of doubt was squashed. The band could still get me bouncing around like a fool.

Look, I know that vinyl was considered a dead format when One Wrench was released back in 2000, but I was still surprised to find that Fat Wreck Chords only pressed this on black vinyl. No colored vinyl here...and because of this, I was able to pick up a copy rather cheaply.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Metal Savior

I'd never heard Iron Savior before, but I'd been riding a high with Power Metal this year, and somewhere along the way, their name came across my radar. Seems as though they put out a few albums in the late 90's, which was right at the time that I was pretty much ignoring all Metal at the time, so it was no surprise that it took me so long to check them out. With a new album on the horizon, I headed over to youtube to check out their video their first single off Titancraft, Way Of The Blade. The song hooked me instantly...even though the video was cheesy as hell...and I grabbed a free download to check out the whole album once it was available.

I didn't really spend much time with new 2016 releases this year. Even the stuff that I bought, only got a few listens before getting filed away on the shelf, as I focused on records that were much older. As we approached the end of the year, and I started thinking about End Of The Year posts, and Top Ten lists, I had to scramble in a desperate attempt to try and get my thoughts in line to recap this shit. As I was queuing up and listening to newer albums, trying to rank them, I came across the often ignored download of the new Iron Savior album.

I approached it with a "hot or not" approach. If it didn't hold my attention, I would dump it...but as I settled in and listened to the entire album front to back a few times, I found that I quite enjoyed it. With so much Black and Death Metal around, I found Titancraft to be a refreshing dose of straight up traditional Metal. It isn't making my Top Ten, but I'm still happy to pick up this Metal record.

500 pressed on clear vinyl.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Vice Of Black Friday

In addition to the Iron Maiden record that was being released on Black Friday, Anthrax also pushed out a 7 inch single for the song A Monster At The End, from their newest album, For All Kings.

After slagging the new Anthrax album for a couple of months, I had a change of heart when I really sat down and gave it an honest listen. It grew on me, and really surprised me with how strong it actually was. By the years end, I may be rating it higher than the new Metallica...which is a total shocker.

Had I not already been in the record store for the new Iron Maiden vinyl, I probably wouldn't have given the Anthrax single much of a thought, but I figured "Hell, I'm already here, so I might as well grab it as well". The b-side, Vice Of The People, was an bonus song for the Japanese pressing of For All Kings CD, and it is good to see it released for the rest of the world on this single. Great song.

1,500 pressed for Black Friday Record Store Day.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Brave New Black Friday

When Iron Maiden reunited with Bruce Dickinson back in 1999, I don't think that I was even aware that Dickinson had even left the band. That's how out of touch I had become with Metal. Around that same time, I was starting to get the itch to see what was happening in Metal again, and started checking out all kinds of modern heavy bands. I don't think a single one of them stuck with me, but it did trigger me to go back and dust off some of those old Metal CDs that I grew up with and it kind of rekindled that spark. Soon, I was hitting whatever fileshare program was popular at the time, and downloading those albums that I'd missed during my 10 year Metal hibernation. Inevitably, I downloaded the newest Iron Maiden album, Brave New World.

At the time, I was content with my free download, but over time, I figured that I liked the album enough that I could spend the $10 to pick up the actual CD. For years I was content with this, but as a couple of years passed, and I started to get deeper and deeper into record collecting, I found that I wanted Brave New World on vinyl as well. The going rate for this album in 2005/2006 was around $60, and that price was way too steep for me at the time, and I walked away. At that time, I found the price to be ridiculously high, and there was no way I was paying that. Of course, over the following years, the price continued to climb, and I wanted it more and more. Things came to a head a couple months ago, and even though the vinyl was fetching closer to a $150 to $200 price tag, I couldn't wait any longer. I needed a copy in my collection now.

I mentioned to Doug how I was getting ready to pull the trigger on this record, and he told me not to cheap out by going for the Black Friday Record Store Day pressing that was coming out. Wait. What? I had no idea what he was talking about. Apparently I was one of the few that was uninformed, because suddenly, Discogs was flooded with original pressings of Brave New World, as sellers were looking to cash in out of fear that the reissue would drive down the price of their records. With sellers still looking to cash in, I decided to save a few dollars, and get the black vinyl pressing on Black Friday.

While as a general rule, I avoid Black Friday Record Store Day, I was going to have to make an exception in this case. With the record store only 5 minutes from my house, I was out the door at 7:45 the morning after Thanksgiving, so that I could be there when the records hit the floor at 8:00.

I still kind of what the picture disc first pressing, but you know, for now, I'm satisfied. Who knows, maybe that pricing will drop to a more reasonable price and I can pounce then.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Remember The Pusher Man

I don't pay much attention to Uncle Acid these days. Their albums are good, but not something that I return to very often, and it had me thinking that I might just let their next full length record pass me by. I've got other things that I'd rather spend my money on, so why chase this band when I listen to their new stuff a handful of times before shelving it?

When Rise Above released the Pusher Man single, I promptly ignored it. The track was pulled from Uncle Acid's 2015 album, The Night Creeper, and while it is a pretty good song, the album, as a whole, didn't rate too high on my list. Therefore, I had no interest in chasing the single.

Then I saw that they covered Iron Maiden's Remember Tomorrow on the b-side. That I needed to hear.

Wow, this version is great, and Uncle Acid give the song a great creepy vibe. Buying the purple vinyl for the US pressing for Rise Above releases still feels like dirty hobo sex in the back of a burned out station wagon, but hey it only cost me a few dollars, and in the end the urge is satisfied.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

No Rest

I spent a bit of time over this past Fall out on the roads, racking up miles and making some progress in my goal to run 1,000 miles before the year's end (mission accomplished, by the way). I had a New Model Army album loaded up on my running playlist, and I found myself getting a charge whenever one of the songs came up in the shuffle. I really looked forward to having one of those songs give me a boost on the roads, and finally I just took all the New Model Army songs that I had on iTunes, and loaded them into my running playlist. There were a couple of the early NMA albums, that I wasn't really familiar with, and it was great to have them keep me company while pounding out the miles.

One of the songs that I didn't know that well, but really caught my ear, was the song No Rest. My New Model Army record collection is weak, and desperately needs attention, and after hearing that song a few times while out running, I figured that I really should finally track down the No Rest For The Wicked album on vinyl.

I didn't immediately find one in the condition, or at the price I wanted, and my attention wandered over to the No Rest single.

The big draw for the No Rest 12 inch single was the exclusive b-side song, Heroin. If you dig early New Model Army, this song is a must.

The No Rest single comes on a few different pressings. There is the 7 inch version (with different cover art), the regular 12 inch press, and then the double 12 inch single with the bonus record containing three live songs from '84. I wanted the most bang for my $3.75, so I grabbed the double 12 inch off eBay.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Operation: Mindcrime

We've reached the end of my $60 shopping spree at Moody Lords. Some days the used bins just give and give and give...and this day was a great one for record shopping. One more slab of 80's Metal.

For me, Operation: Mindcrime marked the end of Queensryche's greatness. Nothing after this album even comes close. The band rebounded from the slightly weird and awkward Rage For Order album with this excellent Heavy Metal rocker...and it may have been one of the first concept records that I heard as a kid. Well done all around.

Fun fact: Seeing Queensryche open for Metallica on this tour in March of '89 was my first time getting into the mosh pit. When Queensryche kicked in with The Needle Lies, a few people started to move and push, overcome with excitement, I jumped in and thrashed around with 15 other kids for about 30 seconds. Hey, what more do you want from some sheltered kid from Maine? Considering that I used to cower at the back of the stadium during concerts, afraid to make eye contact with anyone out of fear that I was going to get beat up by some drugged up hooligan...I'd come along way.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Symphonies Of Steel

For me, there is something endearing about those smaller, more unknown 80's Metal bands. Bands that slugged it out in clubs, recorded an album or two on some small independent label, and then gets buried by time and dust. Sure, they aren't going to come close to the top tier bands of the time, but if they were flying the Metal flag in the 80's, chances are that I'll be down with it.

I'd downloaded the Symphonies Of Steel album about 10 years ago, but I'd really only listened to it a handful of times. Still...when I stumbled upon the Exxplorer LP in the used bins at Moody Lords, I didn't hesitate to add it my growing pile of records that I would be buying that day. The album isn't going to knock anyone on their ass, but this is still a good dose of traditional Metal.

Symphonies Of Steel was originally released independently in '84, then received a reissue on the Black Dragon label out of France in '85, and then Metal Blade reissued it again in '86. Each pressing got new art for the album cover. I think the Metal Blade one looks the best.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Restless And Wild

The vinyl shopping spree continues at Moody Lords, as we move into the 80's.

There was a January Record A Day thing on Instagram last year, and for Day 1 the theme was "Best Opening Track", I ended up going with Screaming For Vengeance from Judas Priest, but that was only because I didn't own a vinyl copy of Accept's Restless And Wild. I remember hearing Fast As A Shark for the first time as a kid...starting with the German children's song...the screech of the needle across the record, Udo's scream, and then that ripping guitar riff. It melted my face. I'd never heard anything so vicious and fast.

Adding Restless And Wild to the collection completes my run of classic Accept records from Breaker through Metal Heart.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Who Do We Think We Are more record to quiet the 70's Rock monster that demands to be fed, then I'll move on to the next decade. I promise.

There are five mandatory Deep Purple albums...the first four with Ian Gillan, plus Burn with Coverdale. Beyond that, there are some good albums, but nothing that really reaches the highs captured on those records. Of those five, the only one that I was missing in my collection was Gillan's last with Deep Purple in the 70's, Who Do We Think We Are.

This is quite possibly the most overlooked and underrated Deep Purple album...I know that I didn't pay much attention to it when I first heard it, but my appreciation has grown quite a bit over the past couple of years.

While I would have preferred to hold out for a UK pressing, the price was right for this US first pressing that included the lyric sheet insert. Maybe I'll chase the UK pressing at a later date, but for now I'm content to just have the vinyl on my shelf.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Nantucket Sleighride

Filling the day with record shopping, after the fair was was cancelled, I wanted to make sure that one of the stops was Moody Lords in Portland. This store can be hit or miss with their Rock and Metal sections, but today was a definite hit. I'm going to break my shopping spree down to separate posts, because they all deserve an individual spotlight.

I spent some time this year with my playlists heavily leaning on those albums from the early 70's. The first Mountain album, Climbing got a fair bit of play, and I added it to my collection over the summer. Seeing their follow up from 1971, Nantucket Sleighride, in the bins for under $10 was an easy pick up.

Over the years, I've been up and down as to if I even enjoyed Mountain. I like 'em, I don't like 'em...oh wait, I like 'em. Their albums aren't straight up rippers from start to finish, and it has taken me some time to get my head around them, and appreciate all the textures and layers they have to offer. I get it now. Great stuff.

I've always loved the cover art for these Mountain records. It just seems like a lot of thought and care went into the design of this thing. In addition to the booklet insert, one of the big draws for me to pick up this copy of the record was the two additional photos that were included. I'm fairly sure that these weren't a part of the regular packaging, so it was a cool bonus.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Rock The Nation

A few weeks ago, I got news that there was going to be a Record Fair in town. I was really looking forward to a day out, stuffed into a room with other smelly record nerds, and flipping through the bins hoping to find some gems to add to the collection. The day before the fair, I discovered that it had actually been cancelled. Okay...change of plans. Let's hit the record stores instead.

The day got off to a slow start, stopping in at Electric Buddhas and scoring only one piece of vinyl.

I'm generally not a big fan of Sammy Hagar. I've tried over the years, but the only things that have stuck with me have been his Heavy Metal single, and the first Montrose record. It is really strange too, because the self titled Montrose album is an absolute monster of 70's Hard Rock...yet nothing else that has Hagar's name on it can even come close this debut. Looking through my collection of '73 albums, Montrose easily takes one of the top spots. Underrated classic!

Fact: If you were a dude in the 70's, you had no need for a shirt.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Hardwired...To Self Destruct

Is there any band that is slower to get a new album out than Metallica. We were first teased about a new album in the works a couple of years ago, and then we got the Lords Of Summer 12 inch as a teaser for Black Friday 2014. Yes...two thousand fucking fourteen. At the time, it seemed like the album must be just around the corner. Two years later it finally drops.

By the end of Summer, the Metallica machine started to build up steam...first releasing the Hardwired video, and then a month later they hit us with the Moth Into Flame single. Both songs sounded amazing, and I was really looking forward to the new album, even though the record cover may be one of the worst ever. When the band came around again a month later with Atlas, Rise, and it got a bunch of positive reviews, I was like "Fuck it. I'm not going to listen to this song.", and instead, I decide that I'll let the excitement and anticipation build until the record hits the stores.

As soon as release day arrives, I've got the album queued up and ready to go. Four songs in and I'm loving it, but like most albums that exceed the hour and fifteen minute mark, it starts to feel a little attention lags, and I start thinking there is some filler here that I can do without. Christ. I wish that the band was a bit more focused and maybe instead of waiting 8 years to release an album and shoving 80 minutes of music at your fans, perhaps it would be better to just release 40 minute albums every four years or so. So anyway, by the time I reach the end of the record, I feel like it's too much, and I have zero desire to slog through it again until a week later. my initial irritation has subsided a bit since that first listen, and the album as a whole has started to grow on me. I'm still disappointed with the Lemmy tribute song, but overall, the album is better than I first thought, and some of these song are damn good.

Green vinyl only available through the Metallica store, and limited to approximately 2,200 pieces.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Not Dead...Just Damaged

Is there anything more disappointing than buying a record online, only to have it arrive packaged in nothing but a bubble envelope. No cardboard reinforcement...nothing...just your vinyl stuffed into an envelope with no protection. Seriously. What kind of person would think this is acceptable?

Needless to say, when my Punks Not Dead record arrived on my doorstep, the corners were pretty well crushed. It wasn't damaged beyond recognition, but it was still heartbreaking.

Buying that GBH EP opened the punk floodgates, and within two days I'd also sent payments for the Barmy Army 7 inch, and The Exploited's first LP, Punks Not Dead. Once I started buying old punk classics, I was on a roll, and couldn't stop hitting that Buy It Now button.

Punks Not Dead is an absolute classic. The record is 35 years old, and still does not fail to get me moving as soon as those riffs kick in.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Achilles Last Stand

Over two years ago, I started collecting the super deluxe box sets for Led Zeppelin. These things cost a good bit of spending money, so it has been a slow process. I get nervous with these things...afraid that now that I've started down this road with the super deluxe box sets, that I'll fall behind, and they will start to become more and more difficult to find. With the Presence box hitting the stores in the summer of 2015, it was good to finally add this one to the collection.

I seem to find a reason to get excited over each Zeppelin box set that I purchase. Whether it is my favorite (IV), or one that I wasn't really familiar with (Houses Of The Holy), or one that I'd never owned on vinyl (Physical Graffiti)...with Presence, it was the album that turned me on to the band.

I grew up hating Led Zeppelin, and thought of them as music for old men. I was too busy finding heavier and faster music through the 80's, and anything from Zeppelin was met with the angry sneer of youth.

As I started to roll into my mid-30's, I discovered that some of those 70's Hard Rock bands that I'd hated as a kid, were actually quite good. For Zeppelin, all it took was for my friend Jeff to sit me down, and play the opening notes of Achilles Last Stand. That was it. The hook was set, and as I started to check out their early albums, I was completely reeled in.

Yup...I still love the negative image for the bonus LP containing a handful of alternate mixes and outtakes. Nothing really new, and probably not something that I'll listen to very much, but still a great addition.

The super deluxe box set wouldn't be complete with out that nice hardcover book. Chock full of live photos, old ads and newspaper clippings, these things are a great way to fully immerse yourself in the album. Drop the needle and flip the pages showcasing true musical history.