Friday September 10th 2010, 6:37 pm
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. This week we are focusing on artists that haven’t aged quite as hiply as they might have done*. Don’t get me wrong, I adore all of these musicians (seriously, adore them)…but until I had the chance to go back and really dig into their early music,  I wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to them (“Can You Feel The Love Tonight?,” anyone?).  That said, they all made ridiculously good records for a period of time, and today’s Vinyl Picks will pay tribute to a couple of those albums. First off, we have Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection, which is a bit of a fall masterpiece. Inspired by The Band’s Music From Big Pink, Tumbleweed was born out of John and lyricist Taupin’s fascination with Americana. Ebay has the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $5.00. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Elton John- My Father’s Gun

Next up, we have Rod Stewart’s 1971 record Every Picture Tells A Story. It features hits like “Maggie May” and “Mandolin Wind” plus covers of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” and Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.” The record also boasts some incredible musicians, including Stewart’s former Small Faces bandmates Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Lane among others. Ebay has the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $2.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Rod Stewart- Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Lastly, we have Donovan with his second record, 1965’s Fairytale. The record contains “Colours,” “Sunny Goodge Street,” “Summer Day Reflection Song” among other classic Donovan songs. This appears to be the US release, which contains a cover of the Buffy Sainte-Marie tune “Universal Soldier.” The UK version, on the other hand, has a cover of Bert Jansch’s “Oh Deed I Do.” The auction is set to end tomorrow, September 11th and currently has zero bids at $9.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Donovan- Ballad of a Crystal Man

* I feel I may be creating quite the controversy with this statement. Feel free to tell me I’m wrong in the comments after the jump, but before you do, view this and this.

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I think Rolling Stone once called Rod Stewart “the greatest waste of talent in rock and roll history.” I love his early albums, especially with The Faces. Love this site too! Will have to check out the Donovan album.

Comment by alex 09.11.10 @ 7:59 am

I’ve owned the Rod Stewart and Donovan LPs for years. I can’t even begin to count the times I’ve played “Every Picture”. As far as “Fairytale” it’s been years since I’ve given it a spin. Believe it or not (someone call Ripley!!!) I’ve never owned or listened to “Tumbleweed”, BUT I’ll check it out on your recommendation.

Comment by B. Goode 09.11.10 @ 3:24 pm

Approved. An NRBQ record is also a necessity, from the viewpoint of the Ego!

Comment by Icky's Ego 09.11.10 @ 6:47 pm

Jody: great calls here. I have the Rod & Elton albums. Yes, agreed that now they are a Vegas act. They took the easy money with cheesey hits. Yes, agreed that these albums are rich and rewarding.

There is something special about each of these two: the musicians, the songwriting, the 70’s production. Whew…classic albums on THE classic format.

Make sure you pick up Elton’s “Honky Chateau” and Rod’s “Gasoline Alley”. They are excellent compliments.

Never really been a Donovan fan. Will have to give this album a try.

Comment by judd6149 09.12.10 @ 11:48 pm

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