There is something special about the crackling rawness at the beginning of a record, nothing can come close to it’s unique sound. Now for some reason our society is craving for this physical interactive form of listening to music as the vinyl record sale industry has been on the rise for a few years. In 2014 The BBC Reported in an article which you can find here that record sales were at an 18-year high with selling over 1 million records in the UK alone. Martin Talbot sums this up perfectly within the article:
“In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautifully physical artifacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic.”
Now what drew me to start collecting vinyl is the sense of community that comes along with it. You go to a record store and can easily start talking about what your looking for and what interests you, it’s a friendly community that is very welcoming. And for me, it’s helped me develop a better relationship with my Dad, we both share a love for vinyl and music in general so we have something we can talk about, and we can go record shopping to try and find hidden jems at markets and so on. It has become a nice way for me to reconnect with him as I’ve got older.
Now to the exciting part of this post that I was working towards, a first impressions look at the amazing 40th Anniversary Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Vinyl! Get ready for pictures overload…
As you can see from the first two images the sleeve is said to be the same as the original, with the iconic triangle prism cover. The price was £24.99 from HMV, here is what that includes:
- 180 gram heavyweight vinyl
- Pink Floyd Stickers
- Three Posters – one which is a new exclusive
- Online code to download the album digitally.
For the price, I think the amount that you get is incredible, and is very high quality. When I was looking to buy I rang the expert (my Dad) and he told me that it’s difficult to find the album on vinyl second hand for that price, therefore it is definitely worth it. These are the three posters ( the first one is my favourite – and is also the exclusive) :
The album is one which is very iconic, and if you are someone the respects all music being mixed and jumbled together to create something strange, quirky but more than anything beautiful, you will love this. I made myself not listen to the full album digitally before I got the vinyl and I’m so glad I didn’t. The rawness and echo from the record player gives the album an almost ominous and magical element too it, and you can’t help but become fully emerged within music. I can promise you will never here something like this again, as no one would dare to try and recreate it. It’s a true landmark in music.