(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: The Beautiful South
Album Title: Welcome to The Beautiful South
Year released: 1989
Year reissued: 2018
Details: black vinyl, fluffy toys cover
The skinny: If you missed it, I started a new series back on Monday – I’m counting down my 10 favourite albums from 1989. That first post gave a taster – albums 10 through 6 – and in a couple days I’ll unleash my fifth favourite album from that year. The Beautiful South’s debut album, “Welcome to The Beautiful South”, hit the number eight spot for me with their dichotomy of bright sounding alternative pop, complete with mind-blowing vocals by Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway, against dark lyrics and heavy subject matter. This reissue of that album came out two years ago and was a no brainer to snap up. However, I had no idea when I pre-ordered it that I would get this updated cover art. The CD I had back in the day (see Monday’s post) was the Canadian version that was already scaled back from the original, somewhat controversial cover you can see in the video below. The ‘fluffy toys’ cover is almost too cute for words… but I kind of think that’s the point.
Standout track: “Woman in the wall”