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ANDY WARHOL

COUNT BASIE COUNT BASIE (1955)

“This was one of Warhol’s first celebrity portraits and the only one from the 50s. His drawing was modelled on a photo, and he used his blotted line technique. He captured Basie’s oval face and casual air. This portrait contrasts with Warhol’s later works, which, derived from photographs that captured serious, fixed expressions, gave Warhol control over certain features, such as eyelids, lips or hair. This portrait of Basie heralds the cult of celebrity that would come to characterise his later work.”

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Long Live Vinyl
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News
The Who are back in the studio working on their first
Austin’s SXSW music convention is our columnist’s favourite week of the year, and he should know – he’s been there 20 times. Here’s his list of Dos and Don’ts
THE STORY BEHIND THE SLEEVE
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Record fairs. Are they due a 2019 reboot? Our founding editor thinks so. The first one he went to was in 1987, and the most recent was last month. And they were almost identical!
Incisive pop smarts with an unlikely list of influences from the Liverpool sci-finut
Berlin-based Norwegian songwriter Farao released her second album, Pure-O, at the tail end of last year, a shimmering mix of Soviet disco and 90s RnB influences. Here, she reveals 10 records that informed it…
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, November 1969
Regulars
The Skunk Anansie vocalist tells Gary Walker about
Drake’s distinctive debut is one of the most melancholy albums ever laid down on vinyl. Saying that, if you’ve got a first press you’ll be smiling
With the competition for precious vinyl raging, Mark O’Shaughnessy was forced to dig a little deeper
Thanks to the good work of this specialist label, many krautrock essentials are back within the reach of the average record collector’s pocket, as Chris Parkin discovers to his cost
The women of garage rock, grunge pop and indie have been busy. Chris Parkin celebrates a slew of tremendous new vinyl releases
He started out collecting hip hop and switched allegiances to classic rock. A loyal soul, Craig has been buying his vinyl in the same local record shop in Leigh-on-Sea for years
Features
The music landscape has never been a more diverse yet challenging place, with labels and bands fighting to sell their records on vinyl. Michael Hann meets five figures from different corners of the industry who are finding new ways to get heard
An ode to life in the Deep South, Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete was under-appreciated following its release in 1968. Five decades later, indie veterans Mercury Rev enlisted an all-star cast of female vocalists to revisit what has become a cult classic. Daniel Dylan Wray finds out why
The second album from Julia Jacklin, both a reaction to her personal circumstances and a method of dealing with them, is a huge leap forward. An impressed Jonathan Wright hears how it was made
As the charismatic Huey Morgan gets set to hit the road in support of his band’s long-awaited new album Another Mimosa, the multi-platinum king of cool talks to Long Live Vinyl about music, fame, fortune and why there’s no shame to his game. Words by Dan Biggane
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash’s duets album. The Who’s TV special soundtrack. Rare new music by George Michael and Kraftwerk… The history of officially unreleased albums offers a fascinating glimpse into an alternative universe. John Earls bravely ventures into the deepest valleys of cratedigging to tell the stories of the 20 unofficial releases we’d love to see on the shelves, and hears why some of them might be fools’ gold
Felix Rowe meets four DIY punk labels to discover the keys to success and the pivotal role that vinyl plays on the scene
The legendary producer and erstwhile Buggle casts a chronological eye back over the albums that made an indelible mark on his glittering career. Michael Hann listens in
With Gram Parsons at the helm, The Flying Burrito Brothers’ debut release unveiled a groundbreaking vision for a brand new hybrid called country-rock. Five decades on, as Neil Crossley explains, it remains a potent and hugely influential work
As the influential label turns 30 this year, Giacomo Lee looks back on the legendary Warp catalogue to discover it goes far beyond bleeps and brain-melting beats
One of the most famous post-war artists of all, Andy Warhol produced some of music’s most iconic album covers. Teri Saccone discusses his lasting legacy with Warhol expert Paul Marechal
“This was one of Warhol’s first celebrity portraits
Crash Records has been an important part of the Leeds music scene for over 30 years. In an extract from The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen Graham Jones meets owner Ian De-Whytell
The relentless pursuit of desirable vinyl takes avid collector Mark Elliott on another excursion to the capital
Reviews
With three of Prince’s mid-2000s albums being released on vinyl for the first time, it’s an opportunity to reassess the Purple One’s noughties legacy. John Earls parties like its 2004
The Two-tone legends’ first release with original vocalist Terry Hall since 1980 is a triumph. John Earls revels in its splendor
Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst get it together on a charming collab album. John Earls sees potential
With a limited-edition run of only 400, this stunning anniversary model celebrates 40 years of sonic excellence
Bridging the gap between turntable and amp, this feature-packed phono stage would be a worthy component of any vinyl lover’s setup. Jason Kennedy lends an ear
This high-end turntable’s thoughtful and intriguing design not only looks stunning, but it also enhances the sound quality to a remarkable degree, as a duly impressed Paul Rigby notes
Andy Jones tests a set of powerful Bluetooth speakers in an all-in-one package from respected German hi-ficompany Heco
These Hana cartridges couple high performance with value for money, meaning there’s very little for John Pickford not to like