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Vinyl love: Levellers “Levellers”

(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: Levellers
Album Title: Levellers
Year released: 1993
Year reissued: 2018
Details: 2 x LP, orange vinyl, includes bonus live disc

The skinny: After last week’s Vinyl Love post, this one seemed like a no-brainer. Levellers’ 1991 album, “Levelling the land“, resonated with me so deeply and became so ingrained in my soul that when a new album was released a couple of years later, in 1993, of course I was going to buy it. And it was love at first listen for me. It had all the hallmarks that made their previous record such a mainstay in my collection: the passion, the politics, and the fiddle. Levellers’ self-titled, third album is one my favourite out of all of the band’s releases and so when they decided to release a bunch of their albums on coloured vinyl back in 2018, this is the one for which I was on the hunt. Like last week’s focus, this reissue includes a bonus disc of a live recording of the album, though, it’s not as successful and likely won’t get very many spins on my turntable. Nonetheless, “Levellers” is a welcome addition to my vinyl collection, not just for the nostalgia but also for the interesting, alternate mixes to some of the songs.

Standout track: “This garden”

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Vinyl love: Bright Eyes “Down in the weeds, where the world once was”

(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: Bright Eyes
Album Title: Down in the weeds, where the world once was
Year released: 2020
Details: 2 x LP, indie exclusive, limited edition, red and orange vinyl, etched, die cut sleeve

The skinny: The 10th studio album by the indie rock trio led by Conor Oberst is the band’s first in nine years and it also happens to be their first album that I immediately liked and liked all the way through. In fact, I liked it so much that I managed to find a spot for it (at number eight to be exact) in my top ten favourite albums of the year. For me, it captured the mood and the uncertainty of the world and put it to music with which you can sing along. Multiple different pressings and presentations exist for this album. The one that I purchased has the die cut sleeve, a circle cut out of the cover and the insert to show off the fireball colours of the two discs, one red and the other orange. The second disc is also one-sided with the other side etched with the same falling stick man that graces the cover, arranged in spiralling concentric circles. Sweet stuff.

Standout track: “Mariana trench”