THE JB HI-FI GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL VINYL, VOLUME 2 (2021): Another 101, and more, records in any serious collection

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THE JB HI-FI GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL VINYL, VOLUME 2 (2021): Another 101, and more, records in any serious collection

This time last year -- which seems a very long time ago now -- JB Hi-Fi published The JB Hi-Fi Guide to Essential VInyl Volume 1 which they commissioned me to write.

There were 101 main entries of essential albums to have on record, but with suggestions of where to go after that, and also some essay pieces picking up box sets and such.

So a great deal of vinyl suggestions by any measure.

It was so well received that we now return with Volume 2 because so many more vinyl albums have become available. Now, as you may see from my introduction, we are only talking about readily available albums, those which had a limited edition or require some serious seeking out won't be here.

jb_logoAnd I say, that means some of your favourite records and mine aren't in these pages.

But believe me, there are scores of other suggestions for you, some quite mainsteam (I make the case for Coldplay) and others I doubt you are familiar with . . . unless you read Elsewhere perhaps.

Once again the booklet has been designed by Murray Lock who has brought an artist's eye to the layout and elevated the words.

MLG_logoMurray is also a very talented photographer as well as a graphic designer and I commend him and his website to you.

I hope you enjoy going through these pages (actual hard copies are available at JB Hi-Fi stores) and of course you can order albums online through the JB website here.

You'll notice also that after every page where relevant I have added Elsewhere links to the artists and/or albums mentioned, just so you can lose yourself even more. 

Finally, I learned a long time ago that the only time I took myself seriously was when I thought others did too. Most often I was mistaken because  -- quite rightly -- they didn't, and that is why my "biography" at the end might raise a few knowing laughs.

Enjoy the ride.

(You can find out first Cornerstone CD collection from 2011 here, and the previous volume of this Essential Vinyl Collection here.)

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For more at Elsewhere on Frank SinatraJerry Lee LewisJohnny CashMiles DavisSonny Clark and Eddie Cochran

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For more at Elsewhere on Chet Atkins, the Louvin Brothers and Western Swing

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For more at Elsewhere on John Coltrane and the Beatles (and specifically the film of A Hard Day's Night and Rubber Soul).

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For more at Elsewhere on Bob Dylan, the Lovin' Spoonful, John Mayall (specifically the Blues Breakers album) and Otis Redding.

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For more at Elsewhere about Dylan's John Wesley Harding, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix (and specifically Electric Ladyland)

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For more at Elsewhere on Blue Cheer, Bobbie Gentry, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

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For more at Elsewhere on Abbey Road and Let It Be.

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For more at Elsewhere on Marvin Gaye, Maggot Brain, Harry Nilsson and Jethro Tull

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For more at Elsewhere on Steely Dan, Elton John (and specifically Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) and Space Waltz

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For more at Elsewhere on the Ramones, David Bowie and Television

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For more at Elsewhere on Talking Heads

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For more at Elsewhere on Miles Davis (and specifically Bitches Brew), Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Iggy and the Stooges, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Bowie and George Benson

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For more at Elsewhere on Bob Marley and Herbs

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For more at Elsewhere on Prince and Echo and the Bunnymen

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For more at Elsewhere on Headless Chickens' Stunt Clown

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For more ar Elsewhere on Lou Reed (and specifically the New York album), Cowboy Junkies, Sinead O'Connor, Public Enemy

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For more at Elsewhere on World Party, Crowded House, the 3Ds

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For more at Elsewhere on PJ Harvey, Pavement, Blur

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For more at Elsewhere on Nirvana, OMC (specifically the How Bizarre album)

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For more at Elsewhere on Nick Cave, Buena Vista Social Club

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For more at Elsewhere on Pitch Black (and specifically the Future Proof album), Darcy Clay

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For more at Elsewhere on Radiohead, Weta, Dimmer's I Believe You Are a Star

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For more at Elsewhere on Norah Jones and the White Stripes

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For more at Elsewhere on Gorillaz, Antony/Anohni, Lawrence Arabia

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For more at Elsewhere on the Beach Boys, Kate Bush, George Harrison (specifically All Things Must Pass), Prince, the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath

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For more at Elsewhere on Phoenix Foundation, Fat Freddy's Drop

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For more at Elsewhere on The War on Drugs, Avantdale Bowling Club, the Adults

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For more at Elsewhere on Michael Kiwanuka

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For more at Elsewhere on Coldplay, Mint Chicks, Harry Styles, Benee, Taylor Swift

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For more at Elsewhere on the Strokes (specifically The New Abnormal), Bob Dylan, (specifically Rough and Rowdy Ways), Devilskin, Nick Cave

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For more at Elsewhere on the Besnard Lakes, Sola Rosa (specifically Chasing the Sun), Jane Weaver, the Weather Station

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For more at Elsewhere on Dianne Swann, Teeks, Crowded House (specifically Dreamers Are Waiting)

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For more at Elsewhere on Kingfish, Lorde (specifically Solar Power), Reb Fountain (specifically Iris)

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And here, if care to look, is the serious CV-cum-bio. All true (much to my surprise).

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Finally, Elsewhere often singles out albums which are just so much better (in terms of value for money) on vinyl. They appear as a Recommended Record, and quite a few of the above are there . . . but also some others you may wish to explore.

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Rosco - Nov 5, 2021

Congratulations!
Well written, compiled and presented publication.

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