I don't like vinyl.
I LOVE  IT.
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I started buying records in January 1967.  I was five years old.  I'd love to be able to tell you that my first purchase was by The Velvet Underground or The Mothers of Invention.  Or Jimi Hendrix.*
 
I'm still buying records.  Oh, and compact discs, cassettes and even mini discs.  There's never enough music.
 
I've got some nice hi-fi gear.  Well, I think so.  I'll bore you rigid about my audio set-up later.  I've learned how to rip vinyl to a hard drive and how to do it properly.  I don't have enough life (or marriage) left to rip my entire collection.  And I like playing records.
 
* I wanted Hey Joe.  The Experience had been on TOTP that week - Jimi had been playing the guitar with his teeth.  But I didn't know what the record was called or who it was by (a common dilemma faced by record shop staff).  So I chose Pamela Pamela by Wayne Fontana.  Which turned out to have a b-side that was later to be  "covered up" by northern soul DJs.   Wayne had also been on the telly that week singing Pamela, Pamela.   I remembered the name of his record, and bought it the same Saturday. 
 
I have another another anecdote regarding Pamela, Pamela.  I'll save that for later.

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Willard's Wormholes
Fabulous rarities & dreadful B-movies.  Sadly defunct - I (and thousands of others) are hoping for a revival. 

Big O Worldwide
A remarkable selection of Recordings of Indeterminate Origin

Albums That Never Were
Meticulous reconstructions of unfinished/unreleased albums

The Daily Beatle
Thankfully re-named superb blog covering all things Beatle

Neptune Pink Floyd
Everything Floyd

Dusty Groove
Inspiring selection of reissued & second-hand CDs and vinyl

Japanese Paper Sleeves
Wallet-worrying selection of Japanese mini-LP CD facsimiles

What-Song
Comprehensive database of music used in movies, TV and games

Burning The Ground
State-of-the-art 12" single rips

Never Enough Rhodes
Rare soul jazz vinyl rips

Museum of Bad Album Covers
Album sleeve hell

Riffstation
Guitar chords animated in time with music videos. Strum along...

The Oldies Project
Highly addictive oldies radio.  A perfect mix of the familiar and obscure

Filter Music
Eclectic selection of online radio

Who Sampled?
Pop, hip hop & R n' B samples identified

WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Huge archive of truly bizarre recordings

The Wonderful and the Obscure
Remarkable items found during 40 years of record collecting

Kenny Everett's World's Worst Wireless Show
Great archive of Everett's Capital Radio bottom 30 programmes

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
High quality half-speed mastered vinyl records

Super Deluxe Edition
The most up-to-date news on deluxe vinyl & CD reissues

SiteBuilder
The software used to build this web site

Pandora
Fabulous personalised radio player. Doesn't work in the UK.  Or perhaps it does




Promises, promises...
I hereby solemnly promise that if I help myself to any of the music on this site...
 
  • In the unlikely event that said music ever appears on a legal* download, vinyl album or compact disc then I will show my appreciation by paying for a copy
  • If I learn of the existence of such a legal reissue, I'll let The Vinyl Curator know straight away so he can remove the music in question from the site
  • If I listen to something and don't like it it's going straight into the file shredder
  • I won't upload anything to another site
 
* That's LEGAL.  CD rips or downloads of vinyl albums offered for sale on dodgy labels do not count as legal.
 
 
Formats

All music is ripped to FLAC. 

The cleanest obtainable vinyl copies have been used.

Files are zipped. 
I recommend WinRAR 32 bit / 64 bit or 7 Zip.

Album sleeve artwork and record labels are included.