In case you haven’t heard, for the last five months, we’ve had a members-only side-subscription up and running called Vinyl Me, Please Classics. In addition to our Record of the Month selection, Classics members receive an album in the classic genres of jazz, blues or soul. Want a crate-digger soul classic? Want to have a blues night with the bros? Then this is the subscription service for you.
Every month, we send you the Classics selection, pressed on 180g black vinyl, with the original cover art and remastered from the highest quality audio we can get our hands on (most often, the original master tapes). In addition, our Classics albums come with an exclusive Listening Notes booklet. These titles are only available through the Classics subscription, and won’t be available in the store. Our first four releases were, Archie Shepp’s Attica Blues, John Lee Hooker’s It Serve You Right to Suffer, Ollie & The Nightingales’ self-titled debut, Alice Coltrane’s Journey In Satchidananda, and Carla Thomas’ Comfort Me.
Our Classics release for November is Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba, which despite its title, is a classic in the bossa nova genre. Bossa Nova became the premiere party music in the late-‘50s and early ‘60s, a Brazilian-tinged vision of jazz that perfectly soundtracked cocktail hours around the world.
You can stream it below:
In December, Classics is featuring Waiting for Little Milton by Little Milton, a Stax soul-inflected howler from an unsung blues great. In January, we’re featuring Max Roach’s cracking and bopping masterwork Percussion Bitter Sweet.
So now you’re wondering how you get signed up for Classics. If you are already a Vinyl Me, Please member, all you need to do is log into your account, click Memberships, and you can add Classics for $23 a month.
Not a Vinyl Me, Please member, but want to sign up for Classics and for the club proper? You can sign up for Vinyl Me, Please, and then add Classics (by following the directions above) by going here.
But wait, there’s more: later this year, we’ll be opening Classics to the general public as a standalone subscription separate from Vinyl Me, Please. If you’re interested in Classics as a standalone, and want to be notified when spots become available, enter your email address below.