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Jonathan Wright listens in as Gruff Rhys discusses his new album Babelsberg, an orchestral pop piece charting our edgy times…

At Kellys Records in Cardiff, a debate is taking place. Its subject is a white-label single unearthed in one of the store’s bargain bins. It appears to be, Gruff Rhys and Long Live Vinyl helpfully point out, a Welsh-language version of (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden, singer-songwriter Joe South’s country standard and a huge 1970 hit for Lynn Anderson. Job done, mystery solved… except even in a store staffed by native speakers, where the combined knowledge of Welsh music is formidable, nobody has any clear idea about the identity of the singer.

Rhys, best known as the frontman of Super Furry Animals, looks at ease in this cratedigger’s paradise, a spot where he played a DJ set on Record Store Day. Similarly, when we stop at Hard Lines, a coffee shop that also sells vinyl, Rhys chats with co-owner Matt. This part of Cardiff, home to atmospheric shopping arcades and close to the castle, is home territory.

But there are times when you need to leave the comforts of home behind, and Rhys is back in the game with a fine new solo album, Babelsberg. “It’s probably one of the most unprocessed records I’ve ever made,” he says. “there’s some overdubbing, but it’s quite a straight-up record, played by a simple live band – then an orchestra recorded on top of it…”

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The Godfather, Super Fly, Blade Runner, Purple Rain, Clockwork Orange, The Graduate, The Wicker Man, Pulp Fiction, Help!… In issue 17 of Long Live Vinyl we salute soundtracks, round up 50 of the greatest film classics ever committed to vinyl and talk to the good people at Invada Records, who brought us the Stranger Things and Drive soundtracks. Elsewhere this issue, in our packed interviews section we speak to Creation Records founder Alan McGee about the albums that shaped his incredible career in vinyl, working with an astonishing array of bands that included Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Oasis and The Libertines. Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reflects on travelling the world to write the band's best new album in years, Islands, and Gruff Rhys tells us about his own new record Babelsberg. The ever-outspoken John Lydon completes our artist line-up, telling us why he's happier in Public Image Ltd than he ever was in the Sex Pistols. You'll also want to dig into our feature on Grime, arguably the most exciting and fresh musical movement to emerge from British shores since Lydon's punks shook up the 70s. The Trip pays a long-overdue visit to the record shops of Birmingham, while we wish Kate Bush a happy 60th birthday as our Classic Album series turns the spotlight on her 1985 masterpiece, Hounds Of Love. The Who fans, meanwhile, are in for a treat as our Essential feature rounds up the 40 records by Townshend, Daltrey, Moon and Entwistle that every collector should own. We meet the people behind Hypergallery, visit Newport's Diverse Vinyl and, if all that's not enough, you'll find the widest range of new release, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand, plus essential hi-fi buying advice. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers! Enjoy the issue.