Random Vinyl Review

A look into the world of vinyl records, one record at a time.

Category: rock

Donald Fagen // Sunken Condos

Today we take a look at Donald Fagen’s 4th solo LP, Sunken Condos.

Artist: Donald Fagen
Album: Sunken Condos
Year Released: 2012
Label: Reprise
Vinyl Color: Clear
Packaging: 2xLP gatefold
Discogs Link

Why I love it: There’s a certain level of studio perfection that I’ve come to expect from Steely Dan, and thus Donald Fagen and with Sunken Condos, this tradition continues. The sparse vinyl packaging coupled with the clear vinyl and muted artwork accentuates the closed-in, intricate sound. Whether listening on headphones or through a stereo, every instrument and note is clear, crisp, and in its own space ready for you to find. While this album probably could have been release on a single LP, they chose to go for the double LP with a blank D side, giving plenty of room for the songs to breathe, despite the look of being underwater. You can pick up your own copy here. 

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Sun Kil Moon // Ghosts of the Great Highway

For my first post, I give you Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts of the Great Highway. 

Artist: Sun Kil Moon
Album: Ghosts of the Great Highway
Year Released: 2003
Label: Vinyl Films
Edition: 300 (my copy is 49 of 100 signed and numbered by Mark Kozelek)
Vinyl Color: White Marble
Packaging: 2LP gatefold
Discogs Link

Why I love it: I first came across this album via a burned copy of the CD given to me by a friend. The intimate sound, carefully crafted lyrics, and overall sonic aesthetic struck me instantly, and subsequently lead me down the rabbit hold that is the full Mark Kozelek catalog, of which I remain enthralled with to this day. To me, this is Mark Kozelek’s best work and pairs nicely with a cold day and a warm stereo. While this edition is long out of print, it was just recently reissued on vinyl.

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