Vinyl love: Frightened Rabbit “The midnight organ fight”

(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: Frightened Rabbit
Album Title: The midnight organ fight
Year released: 2008
Year reissued: 2018
Details: Heavyweight vinyl, 10th anniversary edition

The skinny: Here’s another record, along with the Ride record I featured last weekend in this space, that I purchased during my Boxing Day sales exploits. There’s not a lot of photos to share. It’s a pretty bare bones release but a great one nonetheless. In 2018, Frightened Rabbit released this 10th anniversary pressing of their critically-acclaimed, second album, “The midnight organ fight”. They had also arranged a tribute recording of it by friends of the band (later released the following year) and were also in the midst of celebrating the anniversary with a tour when frontman Scott Hutchison went missing. Unfortunately, he was found the next day drowned. The hype sticker on the cover of this release has the NME claiming the album as “utterly beautiful, scathingly honest, darkly hilarious, and impossibly grandiose”. It is all that but like all of Frightened Rabbit’s music in hindsight, it’s all quite heartbreaking.

Standout track: “The modern leper”

Vinyl love: Ride “Going blank again”

(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: Ride
Album Title: Going blank again
Year released: 1992
Year reissued: 2012
Details: Double LP, 150 gram, gatefold, 45 rpm

The skinny: I just got back from Toronto a few days ago, where I was visiting family and friends and celebrating the holidays. As is my new-ish tradition, I went out to the record shops a couple of days after Christmas to take advantage of the “Boxing Day” specials. Did I find anything you might ask? The answer is: Yes, I sure did! In fact, I had to put a few records back on the shelves for my next excursion! This reissue of Ride’s second album, “Going blank again”, was one of four that I held  on to, each one was most definitely a necessity for my collection. This particular album was the first I had heard from Ride and is probably still my favourite by the band. All you need to do is listen to the ‘standout track’ below for an excellent reason for why it is still so relevant.

Standout track: “Leave them all behind”

Vinyl love: Vince Guaraldi Trio “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

(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: Vince Guaraldi Trio
Album Title: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Year released: 1965
Year reissued: 2012
Details: Green translucent, Remastered

The skinny: Well, I guess this had to be done. I was out at Record Centre, one of my local shops in Ottawa, perusing the Black Friday sales last month and saw this gem for a measly $16. I actually put it down, thought better of it, and went back for it. This classic is now the lone Christmas album on my vinyl shelves and really, the only jazz one there so far as well. This green ‘special’ pressing is one of many remastered pressings this soundtrack has seen over the years and I’m imagining most self-respected collectors have a copy or two of it. Listening to it puts me in the spirit, much like watching Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” does, and reminds me of so many years of watching Charlie and his pals learn the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy the holidays folks! Cheers!

Standout track: “Linus and Lucy”