10 classic albums to get your Dad this Father's Day
- Craig Angus
- 29 May 2019
From The Smiths, to Van Morrison, to R.E.M your dad needs to unwrap one of these vinyls on Sun 16 Jun
There's no musical format quite like the resurgent vinyl record. Streaming has its pros and cons, but there's no ownership involved,and makes for a rather underwhelming gift; the much maligned CD is well and truly out of fashion, no longer needed for a road trip in a world of smartphones; and cassettes - while a fun, affordable option for DIY bands - aren't about to become a staple of every household in the country. So to vinyl, which offers music lovers the chance to own their favourite records on a high-quality format, enjoy the artwork on a larger scale and reconnect the listener with the album as an art form.
Whether you're looking to add to your collection, or want to pick up something for your old man ahead of Father's Day on Sun 16 Jun, we've picked 10 of our favourites albums your is going to love. See our full list of albums for Father's Day on Amazon and if you think we've missed any, feel free to add them in the comments below.
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
Morrissey's a boring git now, isn't he? One with more talent for thoughtless provocation (although he'd tell you he's one of our greatest thinkers) than writing music that's in any way memorable. It wasn't all this way, and as well as having some genuinely terrific solo albums under his belt, Moz has his legacy as The Smiths' frontman. The Queen Is Dead is a triumph, with some of our anti-hero's funniest, most poignant lyrics, as well asJohnny Marr's most creative guitar playing, and the underrated rhythm section of Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke both anchoring and propelling the songs. The opening title track is a masterpiece, and The Queen Is Dead also features some of the bands' best singles; 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side', and the stunning 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'.
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Nirvana - In Utero
After the polished sound of Nevermind, Kurt Cobain and his bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were determined to make an album of raw power and aggression. Their record label wanted another hit. Teaming up with engineer Steve Albini, who produced some of Cobain's favourite records including Surfer Rosa by the Pixies, the band got their way. In Utero is an often punishing listen, but on the likes of 'Dumb' and the classic 'All Apologies' a sensitive one too. It might not have sold as many copies as Nevermind, but makes a stronger case to be the best Nirvana album.
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Love - Forever Changes
1967 - the summer of love - was a big year for music. The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request and The Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday were all released, to name but three. Lesser known, but one of the best albums of the decade is Love's Forever Changes. Arthur Lee's documentation of the times is often bleak, an alternative take on hippie subculture for the most part. He meditates on his own mortality on tracks like 'A House Is Not A Motel', but there are beautiful moments too - the swooning 'Alone Again Or' and the thrilling brass lift-off in 'You Set The Scene' are standout tracks.
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Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Eighteen months after the massive success of the single 'Brown Eyed Girl' (still irresistible now, and a staple of karaoke and open mic nights everywhere), Van Morrison released Astral Weeks, an altogether different creation. There was melancholy in 'Brown Eyed Girl' and its nostalgic lyrics, but it was a jaunty pop song nonetheless. Astral Weeks saw Van Morrison work with a band of jazz players to create an eight song suite full of poetic, impressionistic lyrics that explored Morrison's memories, dreams and regrets; it's the sound of emotion pouring out from an artist and it's a classic.
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R.E.M - Out of Time
The moment where R.E.M got properly, massive. They'd had hit singles before, with 'The One I Love' and 'Orange Crush' from previous albums Document and Green, but Out Of Time has shifted 18 million copies to date andmade them one of the world's biggest bands. It's a doozy too: Peter Buck's mandolin riff is all over lead single 'Losing My Religion' and the album finishes on a strong note with the stream of consciousness brilliance of 'Country Feedback' showing Michael Stipe at the top of his game, and the power pop of the Mike Mills-led 'Texarkana' another melodic masterpiece.
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