Long Players: A loving look back at seminal platters that mattered

Fifty short but fascinating essays by artists and writers about the records they loved in their youth lay bare the importance of the album as an art form

A record stall on London’s Carnaby Street. Picture: Ted Spiegel/Corbis/Getty


Long Players: Writers on the Albums That Shaped Them

Edited by Tom Gatti

Bloomsbury, €14.99

It’s no exaggeration to say the Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul changed musical history. In the 1950s and early 1960s, singles had fuelled the explosion of rock ’n’ roll. Bands treated albums like commercial offshoots and crammed them with fillers, which is why record producer Phil Spector dismissed the format as “two hits and ten pieces of junk”.

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