The Power of a Tweet

I just happened to be on Twitter at the right time the other day to see this tweet:

Which promptly made me jump on Amazon and order a record hadn’t known existed on vinyl two minutes prior. A record that I am currently sitting and listening to for the first of what will inevitably be hundreds of plays. Trust me, I don’t even want to check my iTunes to see how many times I’ve played that version, because it would be too embarrassing, even for me.

In addition to being one of my favorite albums, it also has one of the best creation stories I’ve ever read. You can read the whole thing here, but the gist is they dumped about $13,500 on the board and said, “How much time can we get for this.” They ended up with a record that went on to be one of their biggest commercial successes to date. Just goes to show you don’t necessarily need a lot of money to make a good record, just the talent.

(In contrast, Garth Brooks’ 1999 album as “Chris Gains” cost $5 million to produce. And was terrible. Other insanely expensive albums can be found here. It’s pretty interesting.)

This is one of those albums that has the ability to put me in a great mood no matter what. Except “Hear You Me.” That song makes me cry most of the time. I am so excited that it is now part of my “favorite albums” collection I’ve started with vinyl records. I’m the kind of person who still sits and listens to albums all the way through, in order.


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