It is a terrible shame but quite a large number of Gigliola's albums are not available on CD, so I took a chance and ordered a 1972 LP of Gigliola Cinquetti Su e giu per le montagne pressed on 6/10/72, that's about 47 years ago. Quite weird when it arrived, was it just in one owners possession, was it loved, was it hated, if only it could tell the story of where it has been and what it has witnessed in those last 47 years. It was well cared for, plays all the way through with no skips or jumps and just a little light crackling. The separation of sound between left and right speakers is quite extreme, you don't get that on cds these days. So I dug out a 1976 turntable that has not "turned for years" the auto lift off was stopping the arm travelling right to the last track so I took the platter off and yes the drive belt dropped off into the grease of the mechanism underneath, no problem a little warm water and soap sorted that out, next remove the auto lift off mechanism and re lubricate the platter spindle, a cork through a hole in the platter to hold the drive belt in place while it was re fitted, belt back on the motor, clean a little corrosion off the contacts in the pickup stylus headshell and we have both channels working. I wanted to record the album through to the computer, so I played it right through on both sides three times in one sitting just to get the levels right, I had forgotten how good an LP can sound, this one of Gigliola's is a wonderful recording of some beautiful songs I have never heard before in my life, so much very intense pleasure at both the quality of the recording and Gigliola's very young and beautiful voice from 47 years ago, a little bit of heaven. Oh and the pleasure of a well handled gatefold sleeve with a bit of a whiff of Italian food and splash marks on it, all the lyrics in Italian across a 24 inch wide by 12 inch high spread of print big enough to read without a magnifying glass. All I need now is a glass of Chianti.
The LP can be heard HERE I don't know who runs this site where you can hear lots of Gigliola's albums free, I don't fully condone that music can be gotten for nothing, I have been buying LP's since the late 60s and believe that this is how you pay the artist for the music, by buying their albums. I can understand it for albums that are out of print or no longer available in any format ie. CD or mp3 download.
I'm going to place this video here in the proper thread :
I have been having a grand ole' time collecting Gigliola's back catalogue of music some on cd box sets or single cds, many are only available on vinyl lp format which gives me plenty to do when they arrive from Italy usually in pizza boxes believe it or not. Recording lps track by track to the computer and indexing the recordings is a time consuming job, but it is a better alternative than mounting a turntable on the dashboard of the van. It is such a pleasure to be hearing material for the first time, that "getting to know you" experience of hearing them the first few times is just thrilling, that hitting the repeat button phase, majik..