I used to spend countless hours every week at the record store. I would rifle through artist after Artist, genre after genre, looking for the right album to bring home that week. I’d make my way around the corner to used record store just a few blocks away. If I did it right I can get twice the music for the same money – maybe more. Sometimes I would scout titles at the ‘new’ record store, then see if I can find them at the used store – not because I needed to save the dollars, but because I wanted to maximize the amount of music I could take home.
The stores usually had “staff picks” on display, so I could but the album recommended by Mark or by Sally. I didn’t really know Mark and Sally, not did I trust their taste in music just because they worked at a record store.
What if a bonafide music industry legend hand picked an album for you? And what if your record came with a commentary written by said legend, and a list of their “Top 10 of All Time” list. I would probably be interested in the offer.
So, for about $30 a month, Elton John, Quincy Jones, or George Clinton will send you their favourite record, with commentary, and top 10 lists. It’s going to be like listening to the music with these folks sitting beside you. The service is called “Experience Vinyl” and it’s a subscription based record club.
I’d love for Elton John to tell me what he thinks about the songs I’m listening to.
“Experience Vinyl” is supposed to launch in April, according to Rolling Stone.
“It’s a record club where artists handpick not only the records they love, but the ones they couldn’t live without.” ~ Experience Vinyl founder, Brad Hammonds
I thought it would be fun to share my favourite songs from these initial curators …
Honky Chateau is probably my favourite Elton John album, and while it’s difficult to pick just one song, I’m a big fan of the violin work in Amy – honestly, I’m a fan of having a violin in the band at all.
With Quincy Jones, I could easily go into the Michael Jackson catalog. For this one, instead, I want to touch on his jazz roots. He conductyed the orchestra during this performance with Miles Davis at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991.
And then there’s George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic. I don’t know what I can say other then it’s so weird that I love it to tiny space bits – and is still hear the influence everywhere in popular music.