On their 1986 compilation album, The Pink Opaque, Scottish band Cocteau Twins deliver an otherworldly sound combining elements of goth rock and ethereal wave. For the seventh entry in the vinyl vault, we spoke with our friend Molly "Mitch" Mitchell on the haunting beauty of this album, plus the importance of not dating people with shitty taste in music.
Everywhere at the end of time is a project by The Caretaker that consists of six albums recorded over three years, with the goal of exploring the concept of dementia. This gargantuan project is a harrowing conceptual journey carried through dark ambient soundscapes. For the fourth entry in the T&E Vinyl Vault, writer and photographer Noé Loyola reflects on the deeply emotional themes of this record, as well as the abstract artwork featured in the gatefolds.
Everyone remembers their first record purchase, and for this Vinyl Vault entry, T&E writer Alex explains how Black Sabbath's Paranoid sent him down the vinyl rabbithole. He also discusses the quirks of the Korean pressing, and how this seminal rock 'n roll album captured the cultural zeitgeist of the early 70s.
Vinyl Vault Entry #4: Storybook & Prog Rock Adventures with The Hobbit Complete Original Soundtrack (1977)
There's something special about listening to a storybook on vinyl, and The Hobbit (1977) soundtrack is no exception. The record features the entire audio from the film, including the killer folk-infused prog rock musical score. For the 4th vinyl vault entry, T&E founder and wizard Parisa Eshrati discusses her nostalgic love for this soundtrack, the incredible inserts included in this pressing, as well as her appreciation for working at a local record store.
For the third Vinyl Vault entry, T&E writer Ronny Kerr talks about the newest addition to his record collection -- Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978 - 1984, a compilation of disco, soul and jazz hits from composer Patrice Rushen. He discusses the legacy of Rushen's disco era, favorite memories of DJing this record, and his newfound love for compilations.
T&E writer Brian Denton honors Stevie Nicks' birthday by writing about her legendary '81 debut solo album, Bella Donna. He discusses the brand new 2020 all-analog remastered pressing on blue marble vinyl, and finding serenity in his favorite song "Outside the Rain".
For our first entry in the Vinyl Vault, T&E writer Andrej Simeunović discusses his favorite record in his collection - Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. He discusses the legacy of this record, the elaborate packaging of the 40th anniversary pressing, and much more.