Does anyone remember the days of vinyl records? Today I found a couple of albums that brought back memories from the days when I listened to them being played on a record player.
One record is by the American pop singer Andy Williams and on this album he sings the song Love Theme from The Godfather released by Columbia Records on March 21, 1972. The album cover looks well-worn but the record inside is still in perfect condition. When I first looked at the cover and saw those beautiful blue eyes, I thought it was Old Blue Eyes. But, then I remembered it was Frank Sinatra that had coined that name.
The other vinyl record called “Moonlight and Keyboard” is one that I have always liked. There’s something classic about the cover of this album with a photograph of a girl sitting on a sofa with the moonlight shining through the window. I remember listening to the works of some of the nineteenth-century composers like Claude Dubussy and Frédéric Chopin along with other composers like Schumann, Liszt, and Rubinstein recorded on this album.
Greensleeves, a traditional arrangement by Lewenthall, is still one of my favorites pieces. Perhaps because it’s one of the first compositions I learned to play on the piano a long time ago.
These are only a couple of the vinyl records from the days of the 33 1/3 RPM moments for LP albums. Some still believe the vinyl record is a better quality recording. The answer lies in the difference between analog and digital recordings. A vinyl record is an analog recording, and CDs and DVDs are digital recordings.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, September 4, 2013