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“My dad was the collector.”

“I have been obsessed with music for about as long as I have had any kind of awareness. Records are as much a part of my childhood as the Muppets or Transformers. My dad was a guitar player first, a music journalist second, then a pioneer of music video production in the 1980s and ’90s. So by the time I was born, the house was basically wall to wall with vinyl. He had everything… and I mean everything. I grew up with Spotify before there was Spotify.

As I discovered music, I would just move through bands and genres almost chronologically. Chuck Berry to The Beatles and Stones, Zeppelin and The Who, Dylan and Derek and the Dominoes. And as I got to high school, Miles, Coltrane, and Chick Corea.

The obscure finds were the most rewarding. If I wanted to dig into drummer Steve Gadd’s deeper catalog of session recordings, I could almost always find that random album I had read about somewhere.

There were no greatest hits records. Just full collections of original albums. I had no sense of which songs were famous… I just knew what I liked. And of course, the artwork and liner notes were such a part of the experience.

When friends came over, the record collection was one of the first things I would show off at the house. When I’m on tour, more often than not, we make a pit stop at my folks as they are about an hour from NYC. Of course, musicians lose their minds.

It is a collectors goldmine. As everything is original, and in perfect shape; except for the ones I personally destroyed before I knew any better. I did learn that records warp in the sun first hand. Good thing my dad was also patient.

There is so much history in this collection. And like libraries as a collection of historic record, it might not be the envy of the neighborhood anymore, and its value is more limited to the vinyl obsessed and the readers of this site. Yet vinyl will always make me think of my dad, and I feel extremely thankful that I grew up with the complete experience that vinyl has to offer.”
Dan Epand

“In This Rough” and “Phoenix” are taken from TWO’s debut EP “Pull The Knife Out” which arrives in stores tomorrow, July 17.

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