The Whole Thing

Remember a long time ago when I wrote about wanting a record player? Well, I finally got one and it only took me eight months (so maybe I have some commitment issues, what of it?). And after some hellish technical AV issues it's finally hooked up and working. And it sounds effing fantastic. Quick side note: about the only time I miss my ex is when I am faced with a huge electrical/technical project with lots of cords and plugs and stuff. I hate it! That's men's work! I'm always half-tempted to call him and ask "now, where does this one go?" But, I am pleased to let you know that I figured out my new stereo equipment all on my own. That's right - no man needed. Boom. Anywho, this new owning a record player portion of my life is all very exciting. I have a total of four records!

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oldsweetsong_firstalbums

{The new Mumford & Sons which is PHENOMENAL btw, a lil' Gladys because I need it in my life, some Marvin for good measure and the lovely Bon Iver. And I'm delighted to announce that the very first song I played on my record player was none other than "Midnight Train to Georgia." Ain't that nice and fitting?}

My new hobby is leisurely browsing record shops. It's been so long since I've bought music in any form other than an mp3 and it's so refreshing to hold something physical in your hands. Tactilely pleasing with liner notes, to boot. Long live records, I say.

I was never one of those whole album purists. You know the ones, who insist that you listen to a record in it's entirety, start to finish. Some of the really extreme ones don't even believe in greatest hits compilations. Now, I think that's a bunch of crazy talk. But owning a record player means paying attention to whole albums and there's something nice and pure about that. It's listening to the songs as the artists intended rather than shuffling all over the place like I usually do with Pandora or my iTunes playlists.

I've always found that it's somewhat rare to find an album that you love all the way through. I guess that's what makes them so special. Here's some of my absolute favorites from my younger years although they mostly stand up to the test of time. And here's to discovering some new gems. Any suggestions, my lovely and smart pals?

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wholealbums_oldsweetsong