As mentioned in my Near Vinyl Heaven post, I recently purchased a new turntable, a Sony PS-LX300USB, and have finally got chance to play my old vinyl albums for the first time since I moved to America in January 2014.
My new turntable enables me to transfer all my vinyl onto my computer, so for each album I do this, I’ll be doing a short post on the album. They’ll be transferred in no particular order, as following moves from Gainsborough to York, in England, from York to Columbus, Georgia and finally onto Cincinnati, Ohio, any order they were first in has now completely gone to pot!
The first album I’ve pulled out is:
Freedom at Point Zero by Jefferson Starship
I bought this album on the strength of the first single taken from the album, Jane, which I first heard at a dingy venue called the Porterhouse, at Retford, in England. This was a favorite haunt of mine in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was into heavy rock/metal at the time and often went to the Porterhouse for gigs. In between acts they had a “DJ” playing a combination of classic rock and new rock/metal tracks.
Looking at the album cover, it was released in 1979, so I’m guessing I would have bought this late that year or early 1980.
Jane kicks off side one of the album, but it’s the second track of the album, Lightning Rose, which is my personal favorite. Listening to the album again, side one is by far superior of the two, with the remaining two tracks, Things to Come and Awakening, still sounding great.
It was obviously the side I played most often, as I remembered all the lyrics from side one and none of the songs from side two!
Jane is a single I’d love to have on my jukebox, if I had one! In the absence of a jukebox, I’ve started a Spotify playlist called My Imaginary Jukebox and Jane by Jefferson Starship is the first track in there.