When an album evokes memories of childhood, relieves stress, or simply makes you want to jump up and shake your butt, it probably deserves a place in your vinyl collection. Presented below for your aural enjoyment are five fun records recently uncovered at a local music shop. After checking out the albums below, please feel free to leave a comment describing some of your favorite albums that met the “fun factor.”
5) Oscar Peterson, Skol
When you put together such jazz virtuosos as Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Stéphane Grappelli, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, the results are bound to be phenomenal. Recorded at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, Skol is an album that even non-jazz fans can dig thanks to the melodic violin, soothing guitar, and swinging piano and bass featured on each of its tracks.
4) Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night
If you have been collecting vinyl for some time—or even if you are new to the hobby—there’s a good chance you already have some Fleetwood Mac in your collection. (Rumors in particular seems to be on many vinyl junkies’ shelves). Released in 1987, Tango in the Night was recorded by the band’s most popular lineup of all time: Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. I’ve enjoyed this album since childhood, but don’t just take my word for it; over 15 million copies have been sold worldwide.
3) Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughn, In Session
Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn are two of the finest blues guitarists to ever bend a note. Originally recorded for live television in 1983, In Session was later released as an album on August 17, 1999. Throughout this album, the two inimitable guitarists showcase not only their prolific playing abilities, but also their sincere admiration for one another. The recording is intimate and immediate, allowing listeners to feel as though they’ve been given front-row access to a private concert.
2) The Beatles, Revolver
Among The Beatles’ immense musical catalog, Revolver, their seventh studio release, has always been one of my favorites. Maybe it’s the cover, maybe it’s the songs, maybe it’s just the kooky sound effects on “Yellow Submarine,” whatever it is, the fun factor is in ample supply on this album, originally released in 1966, now celebrating it’s 50th birthday.
1) Biters, Electric Blood
Thundering drums, pounding bass, anthemic vocals, twin lead guitars . . . yes, Biters have bled new life into the realm of rock n’ roll with their 2015 release, Electric Blood. Part of this Atlanta-based outfit’s magic is an ability to draw upon such influences as AC/DC, Kiss, Free, Thin Lizzy, and others, all while imprinting their own unique and revitalizing stamp on the classic rock cannon. As exclaimed by RockRevolt, “Biters are a band to keep an eye on, and Electric Blood is definitely an album you should sink your ‘teeth’ into.”
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