Albums bought April 2 – June 30, 2016

This quarter, Aggie and I finally completed the restoration work on our Thorens TD 165 MKII turntable, so I’ve been buying a lot of vinyl to play on it (as well as digging through both my old LPs and the ones I bought in the past few years but hadn’t got around to open yet). Before that, he passing of Prince in April was an occasion to revisit some of the records from his imperial phase. A record store in Groningen had them on discount before the great man died, and still does. I don’t know the reissue history of Prince’s classic records, but the ones I bought turned out to be identical to the original CD releases from the 1980s, complete with blurbs about what a great new format CD is. Here’s how things shook out:

ELO – Xanadu (vinyl, used)
Eric Bibb and North Country Far With Danny Thompson – The Happiest Man in the World (CD, 2016)
King Crimson – Toronto, November 20, 2015 (download, DGMLive, 2016)
Bert Jansch – Avocet (vinyl w. download code)
Bert Jansch – From The Outside (vinyl w. download code)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears (vinyl w. download code, 2016)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Euclid (vinyl w. download code)
Linda Perhacs – Parallelograms (download, Qobuz)
Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (vinyl)
Prince and the Revolution – Around the World in A Day (CD)
Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain (Hi-Res download, Qobuz)
Prince – 1999 (CD)
Prince – Sign of the Times (CD)
Steeleye Span – All Around My Hat (vinyl, used)
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (CD)

Bert Jansch – Black Birds of Brittany (vinyl single, RSD, with download)
Janelle Monáe – Heroes (download, iTunes)
Linda Perhacs – The Dancer (download, iTunes)
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox feat. Nicole Atkins – Heroes (download, iTunes)

I’ve made a Spotify playlist of albums I enjoyed in 2016 so far which will be updated regularly. It includes reissues and a few of the singles to mix things up. It is very rare for an album of synthesizer-based music and two country albums to be among my favorites in any given year!