to the ears CDs may sound, vinyl remains the perfect medium to listen to music'
is what I initially wrote when I started this section a few years back. I don't
want to launch again into an audiophile dissertation here and readily agree that we, old
vinyl collectors, will remain a bit biased each time the subject is tackled
because we also love the artwork of the record labels and the pic sleeves, the general
'feel' of the platters, etc. True, there was a time, in the early digital age,
when these ears would feel the warmth and dynamics that were generally missing
from most CDs ; they were also able to count the clicks and pops that appeared
even on vintage unplayed albums or on more recent high definition virgin vinyl
! Still, there was music which sounded, if not better at least as good, on CD
(The Beach Boys for instance) but it seemed to me that vinyl always had the
As of this writing (April 2019), things have changed considerably. While there's more vinyl available than ever and top quality pressings from established companies like Mobile Fidelity, Sundazed, Speaker's Corner, Ace, Classic Records, Analogue Productions and others keep pushing the already high standard of analog to even greater heights, digital mastering has come of age, producing shiny discs which reach another level of brilliance culminating with the arrival of XRCDs, SHM-CDs and SACDs (not to mention DVD-As). The sound is now generally so good that the question of 'what's better' is not so prominent as it used to be. BUT, at the same time, analog equipment has improved considerably and, to these ears, vinyl still has the edge !
Having said that, those old 78's, 45's and LPs from the forties, fifties and sixties will simply keep blowing your mind - if in nice condition and pressed without too much hiss or other defects. True enough, no piece of vinyl can be quite perfect, however even in lesser condition, there's still so much SOUND to enjoy inside those grooves ! Especially in 45's as far as I'm concerned (but it would be the same with 78's which I do not especially collect), hence these pages. I will list (alphabetically by artists) and discuss many of the singles and EPs that grace my collection - outside of those by artists who are already featured elsewhere on my site. For each of'em, one or more pictures are displayed, sometimes linked to 30 seconds of music to savor.
Of course, picture sleeves and/or other inserts will be shown when available.
A special section dedicated to original company sleeves will appear under the letter 'X'.
Matrix numbers and other useful information for serious collectors will be included.
John Tefteller, one of the top US collectors & record sellers, once said :'The great music is on 45s !'.
I think he's right.
Click the letters in the columns on the left and right sides and have fun !!
© Paul Vidal * Privas, France * Spring 2019