Steve Forbert,
The TVD First Date

“Putting an LP on a turntable is, to me, a conscientious act of music appreciation—and a small, personal protest against the omnipresent, instantaneous, and disposable state of popular music around us.”

“And it’s typically a higher quality sonic experience than other mediums. I find that listening to a complete side of an album, maybe even both sides, or even playing a 45-rpm is best done alone. If I try to listen with a friend, we’ll likely start talking about the recording as it plays! This is fine and fun but, of course, not optimum listening.

I go way back with vinyl and have quite a collection (filed alphabetically by artist, side by side on several custom-made shelves). I’m now out of the habit of returning a record immediately to its proper place, so they tend to line up on the floor, back to front, staring at me, waiting to be filed again.

From my 2018 memoir, Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock:

Remember the 1966 hit “Snoopy versus the Red Baron” by The Royal Guardsmen? In 1967, The Royal Guardsmen were touring what are known as secondary markets. This brought them to the Junior College gymnasium in my hometown, Meridian, Mississippi. The Royal Guardsmen had long hair and wore brightly colored clothes. What a trip! I was thirteen.

After playing “Red Baron” and “Return of the Red Baron,” they paused and said, “We’d like to turn you guys on to a couple of new groups from England. Here’s a song called ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ by Cream.” They proceeded to play it. For some reason, I found it dizzying. Then the guy said something like, “Okay, are you ready for this? Here’s one by the Jimi Hendrix Experience called ‘Purple Haze.’” Just hearing their live version of it was an experience. The Royal Guardsmen (from Florida) were our self-appointed counterculture missionaries.

Within 24 hours my friend Clay Barnes and I were in the Singer Sewing Machine store, the only retail outlet in town that stocked rock LPs. We were thrilled to find they had both albums. We agreed that he would buy the Hendrix and I would buy the Cream and we’d share. Typical of 1960s Meridian, there was only one copy of each and I strongly suspect that we were the only two people in town looking for them.

Good ol’ plastic LPs and 45s were the only medium the recording industry had to offer for years and years. Of course, today turntables and physical albums are pretty much out of the norm. Ours is always a culture of convenience and speed. The only reason people don’t drive “virtual” cars around is that getting oneself from place to place just can’t be digitized.

Vinyl is still the wonderful sounding medium it always was and discerning listeners are paying higher prices to buy newly pressed LPs. They have to—some of these new pressings may sell in the thousands, but none will sell in the millions. Meanwhile, most people expect recorded music to be made available to them for free.

So, I commend those of you willing to spend your time and hard earned money to sit and listen to a vinyl record, I truly commend you. Enjoy!”
Steve Forbert

Steve Forbert’s 40th Anniversary Jackrabbit Slim remaster arrives in stores November 29—on vinyl.

TOUR DATES
Nov 17 – Hackettstown, NJ – NJ Vasa Park
Nov 22 – Old Saybrook, CT – Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Nov 23 – New Hope, PA – New Hope Winery
Nov 24 – Piermont, NY – Turning Point
Dec 5 – New York, NY – The Iridium
Dec 7 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Dec 8 – Memphis, TN – Lafayette’s Music Room
Dec 31 – Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash
Jan 10 – Evanston, IL – Evanston SPACE
Jan 11 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Jan 16 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
Jan 26 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
Feb 22 – Sarasota, FL – Fogartyville Community Media Arts Center

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  • Jon C Austin

    I love ya dude! But how did Goin’ Down to Laurel end up with Jackrabbit Slim album art? I sense a desire to educate. Let’s at least get it right on the large points; the small points we can take up later. God Bless!

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