Monty’s top vinyl picks

Monty is the library’s music selector, so he sees everything that ends up on our shelves. He also instigated the revival of the library’s vinyl collection, so it’s well worth taking note of his top picks from the collection.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for our launch party! Check out all the details here and you can be one of the first to borrow from our new vinyl collection.

Live at Carnegie HallLive at Carnegie Hall.
Bill is personable, cool and soulful at the helm of this 2LP live set from 1973. Songs like ‘Grandma’s Hands,’ and ‘Let me in your life’ are hopeful and touching, ‘I can’t write left handed’ political and angry and ‘Harlem’ and ‘Let us love,’ stomping R&B gospel with audience. An amazing live album from one of the best and housed in grand gatefold package.

After the Gold RushAfter the gold rush.
Remember that distinctive LP cover, and Neil Young walking in trench coat past iron railings? Well, that image perfectly encapsulates the yearning heart of ‘After the gold rush.’ Songs like ‘Oh, lonesome me’ ‘Only love can break your heart,’ and ‘Don’t let it bring you down,’ distil the experience of breaking hearts into music. Ditties like ‘Till the morning comes’ and ‘Cripple creek fairy,’ break that spell a little and ‘Southern Man’ is thumping, angry and awesome.

I can’t ignore Tapestry by Carole King. That LP lingered in almost every bed-sit, bedroom and lounge of suburban New Zealand, and helped herald the 70’s phenomenon of the singer songwriter. So, it’s doubly important as a kind of relic and touchstone, but is also filled with immaculate song-craft and mood.

If You're Feeling SinisterIf you’re feeling sinister.
The second release of Belle and Sebastian is full of distinctive, sophisticated pop and after their first album ‘Tigermilk,’ provides a real sense that they’re an especially talented, unique group. Title track, ‘If you’re feeling sinister’ characterises the ease with which they achieve atmosphere, lyrical poise and is superior, winning chamber pop. The cover image blows up a treat in LP too.

Abbey RoadAbbey Road / The Beatles.
My brother had a very large collection of vinyl and we would play Duran Duran, The Police and other 80’s records, but occasionally we ventured further into the dark past. At the back of his collection were the complete Beatles. Mysterious and in full colour – to browse all the covers, inserts and liner notes just made you more curious – the Beatles were changing before your eyes. I played the long, manic medley on side 2 of Abbey Road often, and it changed my (musical) life.