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By Travis Elborough

VINYL will be ultimate NAIL IN CD’S COFFIN ran the headline in a Wired journal article in October 2007.

Ever because the arrival of the long—playing checklist in 1948, the album has acted because the soundtrack to our lives. list collections—even on a CD or iPod-are own treasures, revealing our loves, error in judgment, and lapses in taste.

In The Vinyl Countdown, Travis Elborough explores the way specific albums are deeply embedded in cultural background or so ubiquitous as to be nearly invisible. whereas tune itself has skilled numerous varied hobbies during the last sixty years, the album has remained a continuing. however the means we hearken to track has replaced within the final ten years. within the age of the iPod, once we can obtain an enormous variety of unmarried tracks without delay, does the idea that of the album suggest anything?

Elborough strikes chronologically via suitable classes, letting the tale of the LP, convinced genres, early life cults, and issues like sleeve designs, outlets, medications, and schooling unfurl as he is going alongside. The Vinyl Countdown is a superb piece of renowned background, an idiosyncratic tribute to a much-loved a part of our shared cognizance, and a party of the enjoyment of records.

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