I’m sure you know what I am talking about – those cherished LPs you still have in your collection or had traded away long ago because the major record labels once stated (and more than once): “Every LP will eventually be reissued on CD”. Little did we know that it was not to be.
I’m sure you have your favourites you want on CD and know lots of people who have theirs. I will tell you that I have replaced nearly all my old LPs with CDs, and many of those I have purchased more than once as the technology improved and remastering and remixing became better. I cringe at some that I have purchased 4 times (Ziggy Stardust is one offhand – by the way, the newest reissue is quite fine). And yet, there are those others that should have at least one crack at the digital format. So without further adieu, here are my top four LPs that I want on CD:
Glencoe – Glencoe
Released in 1972, this is one of my favourite all-time albums. At times Crosby, Stills and Nash-like, at other times touches of Wishbone Ash and Home, this collection of songs is some of the most satisfying I have heard on one LP. There’s enough rocking out too to keep you interested from track to track. I’ve sent emails to small labels, asked about it at Sony (who now have the rights to Epic, the original label), but until recently got nowhere. I even went so far as to order the CD from a vinyl copy store, got it, and wouldn’t you know it, the edit on the first track was wrong. “Airport”, one of their best singles, was recorded in one take, and at the end of the song, you hear conversation between the producer and the band – missing on this copy. But recently I have heard that Esoteric Records is considering remastering it – so fingers crossed. Glencoe made a second album as well, Spirit of Glencoe, which I hope to see released.
Tranquility – Silver
Some years ago, Rock and Groove Records released Tranquility’s first self-titled album on CD. They acquired the rights through Sony (again on Epic). They had every intention of releasing Silver too, but there was a problem over the cost of the rights and it was never released. Another major shame here. The first album is great, but Silver is exquisite. Absolutely beautiful layers of vocals on top of gorgeous arrangements, with one foot in the Progressive realm and one in folk-rock. As legend has it, they preceded Yes at one concert venue and were not allowed to leave by the fans, they were that good.
Buckingham Nicks – Buckingham Nicks
Before Mick Fleetwood asked them to join Fleetwood Mac, there was this amazing album. If you liked the first two Macs with Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, and there are probably 50 million or so of you out there, then this is a must for your collection. They own the rights to this, and just haven’t gotten around to releasing it on CD “yet”. By all accounts, this is the most requested LP to CD transfer IN THE WORLD!!! If either of you two are reading this, please get going – I ain’t gettin’ any younger.
Argent – Counterpoints
The last Argent album was very overlooked. If you liked Circus, then you will like this one too. Admittedly, not as strong as the early albums, but why in the world have there been multiple releases of each one of their other albums and not one crack at this one? I have to admit, too, that I am a bit of a completest so this just irks me.
So those are my top four. Interested in sharing yours?