One Year of TheVinylPress.com
Self-congratulatory pieces are usually distasteful to me. But, I wanted to mark the first anniversary of TheVinylPress.com for several reasons. This all started rather innocuously- and for entirely selfish reasons. I got serious about hunting for the best sounding vinyl LPs- “ordinary” records, not necessarily “audiophile” releases — of hard rock, folk, psychedelia and offbeat stuff that didn’t always make “best of” lists, wasn’t necessarily reissued or remastered and in many cases, might prove to sound great on older pressings. That eventually led to this site, which is mainly about records, but also about the people who made the music.
The writing, research, listening, the comparisons, interviews, and technical details–from the mind-numbing minutiae of deadwax to those glorious moments of musical transcendence — have been enormously gratifying. As I work on articles, I quickly learn the limits of my own knowledge. The writing process is a real education for me—it focuses my research and thinking in a way that idle reading or casual contemplation cannot.
The volume of material published here in one year has been achieved almost entirely through the generosity of others- artists, producers, engineers and scholars who have willingly answered my questions and contributed their time, knowledge and experience.
The real pay-off for me in publishing TheVinylPress is the chance to document pieces of our musical legacy that deserve further exploration or recognition. I’ve made an effort to include practical articles as well, to appeal to the neophyte LP enthusiast as well as the more seasoned record collector/audiophile. In the process, I seem to have found some kindred spirits among readers. For that, I am grateful because your support encourages me to continue.
I thus want to thank all of you– contributors and readers alike, for the opportunity to explore the rich terrain of these creative arts.
What follows is a select bibliography of pieces that have been published in TheVinylPress during this first year, beginning in February 2015.
Articles, Essays, Features and Interviews:
Some Notable Records (Capsules/Reviews):