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Vinyl-a-Day #5: Mary Hopkin - Postcard (Apple, 1969)

Vinyl-a-Day #5: Mary Hopkin - Postcard (Apple, 1969)

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Produced by Paul McCartney, the folk-rock debut album by Mary Hopkin contains the international smash-hit "Those Were The Days." I was initially drawn to it by the three Donovan covers "Lord of the Reedy River," "Happiness Runs (Pebble and the Man)," and - a personal favorite - "Voyage of the Moon." I wish they had eschewed some of the standards like "There's No Business Like Show Business" for Hopkin's version of "Turn, Turn, Turn," the non-album B-side of "Those Were The Days." Nevertheless, it's cute, sweet, and like a soundtrack to a Welsh fairytale. 
Vinyl-a-Day #4: Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show (RCA, 1967)

Vinyl-a-Day #4: Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show (RCA, 1967)

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Nilsson’s second album is definitely a departure from his more straight forward debut album, Spotlight on Nilsson (1966). In a year dominated by Sgt. Peppers imitators, this concept album stands out, and Nilsson even managed to make the two Beatles covers (“She’s Leaving Home,” “You Can’t Do That”) his own. 
Vinyl-a-Day #3: White Fence - Is Growing Faith (Woodist, 2011)

Vinyl-a-Day #3: White Fence - Is Growing Faith (Woodist, 2011)

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A solo outing from neo-psych/rock’n’roller Tim Presley (Darker My Love, the Strange Boys), the indie critics largely praised the album but called it a “solid-but-sometimes-unfocused tour through the artist's mental Rolodex of influences and flights of fancy” (Pitchfork). For me, the frenetic genre-hopping and self-indulgence is exactly the appeal.

Vinyl-a-Day #2: Ted Hawkins - Happy Hour (Rounder, 1985)

Vinyl-a-Day #2: Ted Hawkins - Happy Hour (Rounder, 1985)

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An enigmatic character to say the least, Hawkins received high praise from critics for his original songwriting which combined country, folk, southern spirituals and soul.
Justin's 2021 Vinyl-a-Day Series - Day #1: The Mystic Astrological Crystal Band - The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band Featuring Steve Hoffman (GET521)

Justin's 2021 Vinyl-a-Day Series - Day #1: The Mystic Astrological Crystal Band - The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band Featuring Steve Hoffman (GET521)

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Day #1: The Mystic Astrological Crystal Band - The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band Featuring Steve Hoffman (GET521) - Originally released on Carole Records in 1967, this is the 1998 Italian reissue by Get Back. A little less freaky than their name suggests, this record still hits all its baroque, sunshine psych marks.
An Alternative Christmas Mixtape For An Alternative Christmas Holiday

An Alternative Christmas Mixtape For An Alternative Christmas Holiday

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Fed up with listening to the usual Christmas (s)hits? Well get some of this festive finery into your face and have yourselves a fun old feast of foolery! Just forget about the world burning down around us - it'll be fine.

A HALLOWE'EN HORROR MIX!

A HALLOWE'EN HORROR MIX!

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Fancy winning some rare Ship to Shore PhonoCo. test pressings? Then read on...
We May Be Losing The Cinema Experience But We'll Still Have The Soundtrack

We May Be Losing The Cinema Experience But We'll Still Have The Soundtrack

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Is it the end of the world for cinema? Was cinema already dying? What's this got to do with movie soundtracks? Our very own "Patty Hearst of the office" Mark Anthony Finch answers these questions (or does he?) in our latest blog. Oh and there's also a rather spiffy free digital mixtape of movie soundtracks you can listen to while you read...
The Beyond: Composer's Cut and other Fabio Frizzi titles & merch available!

The Beyond: Composer's Cut and other Fabio Frizzi titles & merch available!

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Top 6 Best Vinyl Collectors on Instagram

Top 6 Best Vinyl Collectors on Instagram

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12 Ways To Raise Money For Expensive Vinyl

12 Ways To Raise Money For Expensive Vinyl

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Collecting vinyl can turn out to be a pretty expensive hobby, particularly when shopping for older, rarer items, but luckily our office gimp Mark Anthony Finch has some fantastic tips to help you raise the cash you need to buy that record you desperately want!
MARK MALKOFF'S 'THE CARSON PODCAST' SPOTLIGHT ON TINY TIM

MARK MALKOFF'S 'THE CARSON PODCAST' SPOTLIGHT ON TINY TIM

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The Carson Podcast, hosted by comedian Mark Malkoff, today released an interview with Justin Martell, co-author of the 2016 book Eternal Troubadour: The Improbable Life of Tiny Tim, discussing 60s singing sensation Tiny Tim's relationship with talkshow legend Johnny Carson.