Saturday, February 21, 2015

knocked out in the semi-vinyls

Tonight's randomly-inspired music list of the day goes a little bit like this: the CD format gives recording companies a nice round blank canvas to work with, which you can fill in a whole variety of different ways. Back in the early days nobody really made the effort, since the little silver disc with just a bald track listing on it was novelty enough, but lately people have started trying to fill the space with something a bit more interesting.

So here's a couple of entries for a sub-genre of the CD decoration genre: CDs mocked up to look like LPs, or vinyl records more generally. I'm not going to claim that I've exhaustively scoured my own collection for every single example I own, but these three presented themselves, so they'll do for starters:

Ashes & Fire by Ryan Adams:

Superunknown by Soundgarden:

Deep Fried Fanclub by Teenage Fanclub:

I think, strictly speaking, judging by the size at which the central labels are rendered, the first and last are meant to be 7" singles and the middle one is meant to be an LP. You're probably not going to shell out for an album just because the CD looks like a vinyl record, so the potted reviews are, respectively: one of his best recent albums, one of the great rock albums of the 1990s, a fairly inessential B-sides and odds & sods collection.

I invite further nominations (with photographic proof, of course).

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