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Vinyl love: James “Millionaires”

(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: Millionaires
Year released: 1999
Year reissued: 2017
Details: 2 x LP (first time on vinyl)

The skinny: Much like the subject of last week’s Vinyl Love post, this week’s feature record was inspired by the weekly cover art collages I’ve been posting every Wednesday on my Instagram account. This week’s feature was focused on the 90s output of one of my very favourite bands of the era and is still quite a favourite to this day: Manchester, England’s magnificent, James. “Millionaires” was released in 1999 and is the only album featured in that aforementioned vinyl collage that hasn’t already received the Vinyl Love treatment on these pages. I clearly remember when “Millionaires” was released because I couldn’t easily find it here in Canada and when I did locate a CD copy at the Yorkville HMV, I had to pay exorbitant import prices to bring it home with me. And if I am going to be truthful, I was a bit disappointed at first with the album. However, over the years, I’ve come to appreciate so many of its songs. This is especially true of the standout shared below, which, two decades and seven days after the album’s original release, figured prominently in mine and Victoria’s wedding celebrations. A true love song.

Standout track: “Just like Fred Astaire”

5 replies on “Vinyl love: James “Millionaires””

Not overtly, no. I think the title in theme played on the fact that the album was recorded at the peak of the band’s critical and commercial success. They had just released their first “best of” and many of the songs on “Millionaires” were road tested while on tour for said best of. But yes, very artful. Who doesn’t love a good rump roast?

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