Vinyl love: James “Laid”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: James
Album Title: Laid
Year released: 1993
Year reissued: 2015
Details: Double LP, Black vinyl, 180 gram, Remastered

The skinny: Pretty much everyone knows the title track, if not by name, then recognizing it within a few songs of pressing play, but it’s not even close to being the best song on the album. “Laid” was the Manchester-based James’ fifth album but their first working with uber-producer Brian Eno. It’s a beautiful atmospheric record that begs for earphones and candlelight.

Standout track: “Sometimes (Lester Piggott)”

11 replies on “Vinyl love: James “Laid””

They received some airplay in Toronto but it was limited to 102.1. I also remember seeing some videos in MuchMusic’s alternative music show on Friday nights. Give them a chance now!😜


I recently had a listen to this one and, well, it was okay. I definitely wouldn’t have liked it back when it was released, but I can appreciate some of it a little better now.

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You bet; I would have been right into GNR at the time this was released… just starting to hit the likes of Rage Against The Machine and such.

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To be honest, I’m not sure of the original source. It was remastered, that I know, and it sounds great. Don’t know if that helps you though.


“Say Something” was among my favorite radio-play songs of that album’s year (a very timely track, lyrically matching a situation I was having in my own life with someone back then).

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Another great track from the album. This one’s pretty solid all the way through for me but I do enjoy singing along with “Say something”.


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