December 16, 2016

hmv's Vinyl Gift Guide 2016
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hmv's Vinyl Gift Guide 2016

So, you’ve got a vinyl lover in the family but you have no idea what to get them? Don’t worry, help is at hand with our handy vinyl gift guide and whoever you’re looking to buy for, we’ve got a few suggestions to get you started…


For your dad...

It’s been quite a year on the vinyl front for the veterans of the rock scene, with lots of reissues, new releases and tasty box sets that would make excellent gifts for your dad. Bruce Springsteen released both an autobiography and an accompanying career retrospective collection named Chapter and Verse, which is available on black vinyl. If your dad is more of a Rolling Stones type of guy there’s a new album of blues covers, aptly titled Blue & Lonesome, which should tide him over nicely while we await the new album they are understood to be working on for next year.

David Bowie and Leonard Cohen both sadly left us in 2016, but each of them also left us with some parting gifts. The vinyl edition of Bowie’s excellent album Blackstar has a beautiful die-cut sleeve and it has been our best-selling vinyl LP this year, while Cohen’s final album You Want It Darker is a powerfully moving album available on black vinyl.

Pink Floyd also released plenty of vinyl this year, including a huge box set collection The Early Years, which features some faithfully reproduced 7” singles from the Syd Barrett days, amongst plenty of other goodies. If your budget won’t stretch that far then don’t worry - all of their albums are now available on 180g heavyweight vinyl, including their latest and final album The Endless River, so there are plenty of other options to choose from.


For your mum...

Now, we’re not suggesting that every mum likes clean-cut, wholesome pop music, but that said we’ve yet to meet a mum that doesn’t like a bit of Bublé, so that’s always a good place to start. His new album Nobody But Me arrived in October and it’s available on black vinyl from our online store.

If your mum is more of a rock ‘n’ roll type then there’s the brilliant album featuring Elvis Presley with the Royal Symphonic Orchestra. If your mum is a bit younger however and likes a bit of 80s pop then it’s also worth mentioning this reissued classic from Adam Ant, or for a 90s feel you could go with the comeback album from All Saints, Red Flag, which arrived in July this year.


For the hip-hop fan...

This year saw the return of two heavyweights from New York’s Native Tongues collective, with new albums from De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest both arriving this year. While the latter is still very new and not yet available on wax – hopefully that’ll come early next year – De La Soul’s album …and the Anonymous Nobody is very much turntable ready, you can find the vinyl edition here.

Drake’s Views was another album to get a vinyl release this year, but for our money it’s the new album by The Avalanches that really deserves your attention. There are two vinyl editions available, both double-gatefold and both including a CD too, but an extra few quid also nets you a poster featuring the album’s artwork.


For the indie kids…

If you’re buying for someone who’s into the more mainstream side of the indie spectrum, then we’d recommend any of the new albums by Kings of Leon, Radiohead or Catfish and the Bottlemen, all of which are available on black vinyl.

If you think they’ll like something a bit more offbeat then you could try the excellent new album from Angel Olsen or the equally brilliant sophomore offering from Car Seat Headrest, both of which are available on wax.


For the metalheads...

This big news on any metal fan’s lips this year is probably the return of the mighty Metallica, back with a new double album Hardwired... To Self-Destruct that's full of the towering riffs and powerful grooves you’d expect. There’s a standard two-LP version that comes with a download code, or if you’ve got a little more to spend there’s also a deluxe three-LP version on coloured vinyl.

Elsewhere there’s a coloured vinyl edition of The Deftones 2016 album Gore, a Motorhead live album Clean Your Clock and a new album from the entirely terrifying Babymetal, Metal Resistance.


For the pop lovers...

One of the best pop albums to get a vinyl release this year has to be The 1975’s I love it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Ignore the silly title, this is an album full of big, shiny choruses and filled with unashamed 80s pop references, you can find the vinyl version here.

You might also want to consider the new album from Bruno Mars, who has followed up his hit with Mark Ronson on ‘Uptown Funk’ with a whole album full of retro-flavoured pop delights. It’s called 24K Magic and you can find the vinyl version here.


For the ravers...

This year saw the return of Cassius, the ‘French Touch’ pioneers who served as an inspiration to Daft Punk and countless others. If the dance music fan you’re buying for is a bit of an old school raver, their new album Ibifornia will be right up their street. The album includes guest appearances from Beastie Boys’ Mike D, One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, Cat Power and Pharrell, among many others. The vinyl edition is available from our online store.

As for other new arrivals, Kaytranada’s debut album 99.9% blends electronica, dance and urban vibes, so that might be a good bet for more eclectic types, plus there’s a greatest hits collection from another legendary French duo, Air, who released Twentyears on vinyl back in June.


For everyone else…

If none of the above seems right for the person you’re buying for, how about something a little different? One of this year’s biggest TV hits was the Duffer Brothers’ 80s nostalgia-fest Stranger Things and the acclaimed soundtrack has been released in two volumes, both of which are now available on vinyl as a result of popular demand. While we’re on soundtracks, if you’re looking for something a bit weird and wonderful then you might also want to check out these collections from the Mondo and Dealth Waltz labels, both specialists in reissued soundtracks from sci-fi films and other classics.

If you’re buying for a jazz fan then we highly recommend the new album from Gregory Porter, or if they like a bit of soul then there are great albums available on vinyl from both Michael Kiwanuka and Charles Bradley. Finally, if all else fails and you have a Star Wars fan you need to get something for, these soundtrack editions on gold and holographic vinyl can’t fail to impress.


Mad about vinyl? Then head to our vinyl records nerve-centre right now!

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