Vinyls are back!
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Vinyl Records are becoming all the ‘rave’ again and believe it or not they are just as easy to purchase as downloading a track to your phone. Large supermarkets like Sainsbury’s even have their own vinyl revival section in the music aisle. Not only are record players being sold again, but modern artists are releasing their music on vinyl records as well as the traditional method of online and on CDs (and thanks to Kent-life.co.uk new vinyl records outsold CDs last year for the first time since 1986!).
For music lovers there’s something magical about listening to a record – new, second hand or old – maybe your parents or your grandparents? It’s that slightly crackling vintage sound and the timeless precious quality it has. So for you keen collectors dig out your 78’s or 45’s or if you are just getting into the vinyl revival as here are some amazing tracks we think YOU should be playing on vinyl right now, as they hit all the right notes, and some!
1. – Rumours – Fleetwood Mac – Songbird
“This track holds special memories for us as it is one of the tracks our parents would play to us when we were younger” Adel says. “Its lyrics are beautiful, and its soaring melody really sets off the piece. We often take inspiration from Fleetwood Mac’s effortless way of combining genres in our own composing.”
2. – The Sound Of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
This track is a legendary song that reached the number 1 both in the US and England. The harmonies show how well this duet works together and it adds a dimension to the piece that only group singing can capture. The unusual lyrics can be interpreted in many ways and it is very relatable. Karina says, “I love the close harmonies and how the group manage to create such interesting texture in their music – it’s ‘ear candy!’”
3. – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John and RuPaul
This remake of the hit track is super fun and upbeat. Adel and Karina agree “We love this track because it’s about trust and making sure that everything is all right. The lyrics are well written, and the backing is young”. The duet is very buoyant which makes this song so special and unique in that era of music.
4. – Magical Mystery Tour – All you Need is Love – The Beatles
The lyrics are so true, and so many people can relate to the song. It was written by one of the most iconic and well-known English bands in history. We say, “As sisters we understand the bond that the band created, and we aspire to show that when we sing.”
5. – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
In this famous duet, nothing is impossible if you try hard enough. This is the message we both want to spread to other young people out there like us. Karina says, “We love the vibe that this song gives to its listeners and it’s one of the greatest Motown Hits of all time.” The strong harmonies in this song show the perfect power duet.
6. – Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie
Who doesn’t love listening to a good record by Queen, especially on a rainy day? We both agree with that. This “duet” highlights the pressure of modern life. The catchy bass line and melody makes it one of the greatest toe-tapping anthems to listen to. Karina says, “Almost everyone has felt this at one point in their life, which is the thing that makes the song so relatable.”
7. – Barcelona – Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé
This is one of the song that it really close to our heart. It inspired us to learn classical singing, because we fell in love with the really unusual fusion of rock and opera that this song has in bucket loads. Montserrat Caballé’s flawless vocals are a beautiful way of representing classical music and bringing it into the mainstream chart list. Adel says, “The determination that Freddie Mercury showed when wanting his own style of music to be signed is something that we take with us in our musical journey and we will be taking inspiration from when we next go into the music studio.”
8 – Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Tug of War
Karina says, “I love this song despite its double meaning as it is a salute to music and the way that something beautiful can come out of, when people work together.” Despite its reception from critics at the time of its release, it is still in the top best duets of all time. Adel says, “It carries an important message that everyone should be treated equally regardless of what background they have”.
9 – I’ve had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
What would this list be, without a movie soundtrack? Karina says, “We love the energy that this piece has. We feel this – knowing that we get to do something that we love as our career every day.” This is an ideal pick-me-up track that is guaranteed to get everyone in a good mood at any time of the day.
10 – Beautiful People – Ed Sheeran and Khalid
This is a really great example of current charting artists releasing their music on vinyl. Their vinyl is being sold at major retailers such as Amazon and Sainsbury’s. This song talks about the issues of being rich and famous and what society’s expectations are of music icons. Adel says, “It’s important for us to be down to earth and always approachable. No amount of popularity or fame should change that. Nothing can change who I am, I realise the opportunities that I have had to get to this point in my career and long may it continue.”
If this has got your toes-tapping and you know someone like minded, then please share – after all its National Record Store Day on the 18th April 2020 and you can help grew the resurgence of vinyl!
And, if you fancy a trip out to an actual record store here are some of our favourite local stores:
Plus, don’t forget your local charity shops – every so often a gem will appear.