John Gould, the MC for many of this year’s Shrimp Festival events and contests such as the Coldstone Ice Cream eating contest and the Searchamelia sponsored Best Pirate Dress Contest, came up with an interesting and kind of unique form of commercial entertainment. As DJ JG WORLD, John and partner DJ Jim Johnston started a vinyl record night every Tuesday at the Dog Star Tavern on 3rd Street north, across the street from the Palace Saloon.
Now if you’re like me, a true vinyl lover with a 10K plus collection (which I gave to a friend in St.Martin when I left), there is nothing better than the sound, feel and looks of vinyl when it comes to music. The Stones’ Sticky Fingers album cover featured a working zipper and mock belt buckle that opened to reveal cotton briefs, Velvet Underground and Nico’s debut album featured Andy Warhol’s famous banana that could be peeled and the Flying Pig over London’s Battersea Power Station, was specially constructed for the Pink Floyd concept album “Animals”. There are numerous pieces of art on album covers that has been lost in the technology translation from vinyl to discs.
As kids, we used to read every word printed on an album cover and stared for the duration of listening to the songs at pictures and art. It took me 30 minutes to scan Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band cover for all the people and details in the picture.