This post was originally posted on 14/02/2013. It has been updated in places for accuracy and points of interest.
The BBC has celebrated The Golden Age of the Album with a season of programmes across BBC Four, Radio 2 and 6 Music. They’ve identified the mid 1960s to late ’70s as the golden age of the vinyl long player.
By modern standards, the LP is a physical format rendered archaic, nay eccentric – but music existing as 12-inch black platters in fusty cardboard sleeves makes more sense than invisible digits stored in an ephemeral cloud.