Greg: About five years ago I was having a bit of a sort-out and decided it was time to consign some of my LP’s to the local charity shop. If I’d had any uncertainty about letting go of part of my once expansive collection, I dismissed it when my kids (then 11 and 12 years old) had a look through the pile of stuff which was likely to be going to the shop, picked up some of the LP’s and asked me, in all seriousness, what they were.
The LP was, clearly, passing into history and it was time to move on.
The more time I spent sorting through my LP’s the longer I found myself pausing to look at each cover, open up the gatefolds and read the lyrics. Many of the albums held memories and others were simply beautiful things (for example: Peter Hammill’s Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night and Anthony Phillips’ Wise After the Event.)
So, in the end, most of my LP’s ended up back on the shelves and, this time, not hidden away. They were just too lovely and too important to me to let go of.
And now, some time later, I find myself dusting off my old Acoustic Research turntable and waiting to lower (gently…gently) the stylus onto English Electric, the first Big Big Train album to be released on LP. It’s a moment that, a few years back, I never thought could happen.
Comparing the CD (or the downloaded music file) to the LP..well, it’s like comparing a diesel train to a steam engine. And we all know that it’s the steam engine that sounds and looks right, and is the thing that will stop you in your tracks.