Vinyl love: Oasis “The masterplan”

(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: Oasis
Album Title: The masterplan
Year released: 1998
Year reissued: 2016
Details: Gatefold, double LP, 180 gram

The skinny: So here’s one of my more recent purchases and having it pretty much completes my Oasis vinyl collection. Not that I have everything they ever released, but I think I have the ones now that really matter. When I brought the disc up to the counter at one of my favourite local shops, the clerk mentioned what a great album it was as he put it in the bag. To which, I agreed and commented on the fact that it was likely one of my favourite B-sides compilations ever. The clerk’s response: “It just speaks to how prolific they were at the time.” And he was so right. This amazing collection of songs were “throwaways” from the short period around the recording of just their first two records. It’s definitely worth a spin if you haven’t heard it and you love yourself a bit of early Oasis.

Standout track: “The masterplan”

Vinyl love: The Lowest of the Low “Shakepeare my butt”

(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 Lowest of the Low
Album Title: Shakespeare my butt
Year released: 1991
Year reissued: 2010
Details: Gatefold, double LP

The skinny: Yesterday marked Canada’s 152nd birthday but I kept things low-key around here. In the past, I have acknowledged the day with special Canada-themed posts. And I had thought about posting about this, one of my favourite ever albums by a Canadian artist, yesterday, but I was a bit busy fiddling with my new charcoal BBQ, so instead you’re getting it today, on the morning of my country’s collective hangover. The Lowest of the Low’s folk-rock heavy debut album, “Shakespeare my butt”, for a short time held the sales record for an independent release in Canada (being beaten a few months later by Barenaked Ladies’ yellow tape). It is considered by many, including myself, to be their best, two of its songs appeared on my Best tunes of 1991 (at numbers eleven and five) list but there could’ve easily been more. It is a desert island album for me, which is why the moment I saw this vinyl reissue in one of my locals, I grabbed it up. And wouldn’t you know, it might just be the the album I have spun the most in my collection since its purchase.

(Oh and happy belated to all those out there still partying, I know some of you are.)

Standout track: “Henry needs a new pair of shoes”

Vinyl love: Doves “The last broadcast”

(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: Doves
Album Title: The last broadcast
Year released: 2002
Year reissued: 2019
Details: Limited edition, reissue, 2 x 180 gram, orange vinyl, numbered 0177

The skinny: My first words of the year on this blog was care of a post counting down my top 5 Doves tunes. I was fresh off the excitement generated the previous month that one of my all-time favourite bands was putting an end to their hiatus and getting back to performing live. Back in January, we didn’t know if this meant anything more but the success of the first spate of live shows and the interest generated with the buying public has got them talking and working on new material. And yes, they have reissued their first three albums as 180 gram, double LP, numbered, and coloured vinyl. You can be sure I jumped on those pre-orders as soon as they became available and now I’ve got them in my grubby hands. Their sophomore album, “The last broadcast”, is my favourite of all their albums (though the debut is a very close second) so it had to be the one to first hit my turntable on Friday and yes… once again this morning. Can’t wait to spin the others…

Standout track: “There goes the fear”