I think that the very first vinyl record in my life was a Ray Conniff and The Singers album titled Alone Again (Naturally). I was about 4 years old, I think, and I already had my own turntable which was looking like a shoe box and was made of wood. It was a mono one, of course, Soviet record player named Caravella. Now I really can’t imagine I was using it, but back then I could not even dream about something else.
The album I’m talking about originally was released by Columbia Records in 1972. The Soviet pressing did not have the originally designed sleeve, it was a plain white one with the hole in its center, kind of looking like many internal sleeves of 70s. I very liked the record and was listening to it pretty often, especially while going to sleep. As far as I remember, that LP was very popular in former USSR. Both my uncles had it and some of my parents friends had it as well. That’s why, listening to it now brings me a lot of childhood memories.
I was growing up and my musical tastes moved to a different direction. At some point I lost this record, probably when immigrated from Soviet Union. Have not listen to it for maybe 20 years until my first daughter was born. I purchased a CD and was surprised on how she liked it as well. Now, I have two daughters and both of them prefer to listen to that album in a car. The oldest one likes the “Song Sung Blue” track and the little one likes “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast”. They even fight sometimes on what song to listen first, in that case I play “The Candy Man”, which they like both. Personally I prefer “Alone Again (Naturally)” and “Run To Me”.
Two weeks ago I was able to get the original 1972 pressing on Ebay, which came brand new and even sealed.
Yesterday I had a chance to listen to it and I can really say it sounds fantastic on my new turntable. Check it out below and let me know what you think.