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Vinyl Record Day
“Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, “Listen, mate, life has surface noise.”
~ John Peel ( the longest serving of the original BBC Radio1 DJs)
78, 33 1/3, 45 ... If those numbers mean something to you, do you still have your record collection? Perhaps you remember having steady hands and sharp eyes for placing record player needles, being shocked by an ungrounded record player chassis, or even scratching your favorite song and putting up with the skips? And we won't even talk about listening for secret messages hidden in "backmasking" ... . Well ... vinyl, according to audiophiles, is having a revival! Album Cover art in its heyday provided reputation making opportunities for artists and photographers as well as providing iconic images that defined each music-loving generation. This tartan was inspired by a kilt worn by lady dancer appearing on cover of an unknown vintage LP. According to a recent poll, the world's most recognized album covers include the following: 📻 🎤 🎶 🔘
The Velvet Underground and Nico, 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' (1967)
The Beatles, 'Abbey Road' (1969)
Patti Smith, 'Horses' (1975)
The Notorious B.I.G., 'Ready to Die' (1994)
Led Zeppelin, 'Led Zeppelin' (1969)
Pink Floyd, 'Dark Side of the Moon' (1973)
Nirvana, 'Nevermind' (1991)
Cyndi Lauper, 'She's So Unusual' (1983)
Public Enemy, 'Fear of a Black Planet' (1990)
Elvis Presley, 'Elvis Presley' (1956)
This fashion tartan was inspired by the kilt on a lady dancer on an LP cover.
Although the original cover is not known to us, we have from the international flavored Fiesta Records, a 1972 colour complementary album cover with one of f the great Pipe Majors of all time, Iain McLeod.
Born in 1931, McLeod served as head of the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band from 1959 to 1976, winning five World Piping Championships along the way. Not much is known about his police record, but is is noted that he held very controversial views on pipe judging, making him a polarizing figure in competitive circles. He passed away from an undisclosed illness in 2017.
Album cover art serves as a historical record of many fine pipers, dancers, and dance bands. For some of the most recognized album covers of all time (in the rock and roll genre), click the dance album!