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The Completist

Unencumbered by the weight of history, our columnist’s record collection is a level playing field where Big Log is every bit as valuable as Stairway To Heaven

There’s a new Vampire Weekend album out and you’d think they’d be taking every available chance to promote it. Yet, a few weeks ago, when they were invited onto the Jimmy Kimmel show, they covered a Bob Dylan song. And, in doing so, they made me want to buy their new album even more than if they had played one of their own.

Theres a new Vampire Weekend album out and youd think theyd be taking every available chance to promote it. Yet, a few weeks ago, when they were invited onto the Jimmy Kimmel show, they covered a Bob Dylan song. And, in doing so, they made me want to buy their new album even more than if they had played one of their own.

The reason for that? Of all the Dylan songs they could have covered, Ezra Koenig’s returning New Yorkers plumped for Jokerman‚ a song taken from Infidels‚ the 1983 album which, by most estimations, has long languished in the relegation zone of the Dylan album rankings. And yet, I’m absolutely with Koenig on this one. Jokerman was the first Dylan song I heard. It received an airing on an all-night BBC Two music broadcast called Rock Around The Clock‚ and at 2am in a sleepy Birmingham cul-de-sac, the sight of this inscrutable troubadour reeling off quasi-religious imagery in a manner that could keep Dan Brown on Pro-Plus for the best part of a month, held me rapt.

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Issue 29 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Unknown Treasures! This issue's bumper cover story is a definitive list of 150 albums you need to discover. We've recruited 30 of the most well-known, passionate record collectors in the country to bring you their list of the hidden gems missing from your collection. From record shop owners to label bosses, bands and festival organisers, your collection needs their recommendations. Elsewhere, we speak to Ride about the second album of their incredible comeback, This Is Not A Safe Place, find out why Hot Chip's A Bath Full Of Ecstasy is already one of the most positive records of 2019 and meet a true modern folk hero, Jake Xerxes Fussell. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, we speak to some of the key figures behind Prince's new Originals collection, salute a pair of female punk pioneers, celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Order's Technique and tell the story of Fierce Panda, the indie label that discovered Coldplay. With the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand, Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.