Vinyl Vlog 139

Vinyl Vlog 139

Thursday, 19 May 2016

A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Vinyl Me, Please reissue of Paranoid by Black Sabbath.

Ever since I “got into” metal through the likes of Motorhead and Mastodon, I’ve been trying to fill in the holes in my musical brain with all the awesome metal I’ve missed out on over the years. Unfortunately, I’ve been getting more and more disappointed with what I’ve been finding. Albums from Metallica, Kylesa and Baroness are fine, but I’d much rather listen to the metal punk thrashings of Propagandhi if I’m the mood to let my head bob. Nonetheless, my search for great metal albums continues as it looks to albums of the past.

Of course, Black Sabbath is a great place to look and Paranoid is arguably the best in their catalog. So much on this album is done right: the production still sounds great, the songs are classics, and it’s impossible to grow tired of these riffs. Paranoid basically gives me hope that my search for good metal will not be in vain. This record is a great addition to any record collection.

So, with that endorsement out of the way, let’s talk about Vinyl Me Please who has pressed the edition that we are reviewing here.

Vinyl Me Please is a monthly record collecting club. The rub? You don’t know what you’re going to get. That ‘great unknown’ quality might be a bit worrisome at first, but the upside is that you know you’re going to get an exclusive pressing on colored vinyl. All the albums they’ve put out are classics in their own right and span a large cross-section of popular music so far; they’ve done Dub, R&B, Rock and Metal. Rest assured the ones we’re reviewing on Ground Control receive our endorsement, but I am still unfamiliar with some of the records Vinyl Me Please has put out. And that’s exactly the point. Vinyl Me Please will expose you to some stellar records that undoubtedly received critical acclaim or have withstood the test of time. They’re all albums you need to hear.

I gotta say, I like how these guys do things. All their records arrive in a black mailing package, and the records themselves are housed in a Vinyl Me Please white sleeve which one can only imagine makes for some great archiving. Also in this white sleeve are some notes on the album and a matching cocktail you can make for yourself to enjoy your record.

So, with Vinyl Me Please, you get good music, on cool vinyl, you learn something and have fun doing it. So what in God’s name are you waiting for? Start your membership now! [OLLIE OTTOMAN]


For more information on the VMP release of Paranoid and other titles, check out their website.

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