Vinyl love: Ride “Nowhere”

(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: Nowhere
Year released: 1990
Year reissued: 2010
Details: 180 gram

The skinny: A Facebook friend invited me to do one of those things where you post a picture a day for 10 days and then invite 10 of your own friends to do the same. Normally, I don’t go in for those things but in this case, I couldn’t resist choosing, revisiting, and sharing the pics of 10 albums in my vinyl collection that had a great impact on me and my musical tastes. So today was day ten and this album here is the final album cover I posted to my Facebook wall for this exercise: Ride’s “Nowhere”. It’s not very often that I agree with Pitchfork’s assessment of a song (see hype sticker above) and a band, but Ride”s debut and the single shared below are definitely amongst the greatest moments in the original shoegaze movement. This reissue was pressed by Rhino Records back on the album’s 20th anniversary and is of the original track list. Eight songs, all of them mighty.

Standout track: “Vapour trail”

Vinyl love: Oasis “Don’t believe the truth”

(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: Don’t believe the truth
Year released: 2005
Year reissued: 2016
Details: Gatefold, 180 gram

The skinny: Oasis’s sixth album is currently the final piece of theirs in my vinyl collection and is likely my favourite of their albums, outside of the first two of course. When it came out, I still hadn’t completely warmed to “Heathen chemistry” and upon hearing “Don’t believe the truth”, was immediately enamoured. It sounded to me like the band had been revitalized. There’s just so much energy in tracks like the one below, it felt like the boys were back. And not just in town.

Standout track: “Lyla”

Vinyl love: Oasis “Heathen chemistry”

(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: Heathen chemistry
Year released: 2002
Year reissued: 2016
Details: Gatefold, 2 x 180 gram, 45 rpm, 16-page booklet

The skinny: After all the excitement created by their first two incredible albums in the mid-90s, the shine started to fade and I began to grow disinterested with the music being slung by the Gallagher brothers and their friends, feeling that perhaps all the success was getting to them. I found “Be here now” overblown at the time and didn’t even bother listening to “Standing on the shoulders of giants” for many years. I have since gone back to find some pieces to like on both those two albums but that’s mostly because I enjoyed the albums they put together later on, like this one. More stripped down and to the point than its two predecessors, “Heathen chemistry” was also the first album to feature new members Gem Archer and Andy Bell. This reissue was pressed on to two slabs at 45 RPM and songs like the one below sound just fine to these ears this weekend.

Standout track: “Stop crying your heart out”