It’s been the worst kept semi-secret on Vinyl Me, Please these last two months: we’ve launched a new side subscription called Vinyl Me, Please Classics
. Every month, current members of the main Vinyl Me, Please club, can sign up to receive an album in the classic genres of jazz, blues or soul. Want a crate-digger soul classic? Want to have a jazz brunch? 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. Here’s some pictures of our first two releases, Archie Shepp
's Attica Blues
and John Lee Hooker’s It Serve You Right to Suffer
Our Classics release for August is Ollie & The Nightingales
, the self-titled debut of a forgotten-to-history gospel group signed to Stax records in the ‘60s. Originally a gospel group doing non-secular music in Memphis, they were convinced by Stax Records’ head Al Bell to go secular, and record loverlorn songs like “You’ll Never Do Wrong” and “Broke-In Love.” It was the only full-length album the group recorded before breaking up. Their music isn’t on Spotify—with the exception of some singles—so we’re psyched to be presenting this album with our Classics treatment.
That’s not all: in September, we’ll be featuring Alice Coltrane
’s Journey In Satchidananda
as our Classics album. Recorded with Pharoah Sanders
, the album was recorded after Alice’s time with Swami Satchidananda after her husband, John Coltrane
, died. In October, we feature Comfort Me
, the second album from Carla Thomas, the Queen of Memphis Soul, long out of print.
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 here
, 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 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, scroll to the bottom of this page