National Album Day

National Album Day announced for October 13th

The first ever National Album Day will be taking place on Saturday 13th October 2018 with a week-long build-up of activities and BBC Music editorial.

National Album Day is a celebration of the nation’s love of the album format – both new and classics and across all genres. Albums have been at the heart of our iconic music history for over 70 years this Summer. That’s 70 years of favourite new albums, favourite first albums, the albums that changed your life and the ones you just could not live without.

There are lots of ways to get involved from hosting album listening parties, going record shopping with friends, attending live album playbacks or just rejoicing in your album collection and sharing the albums that inspired you, the albums that changed your life and the albums you want the rest of the world to hear and love as much as you do.

Find out how you can get involved by visiting the National Album Day website and and stay updated by following National Album Day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and, if you’re sharing anything about the day remember to use the hashtag #NationalAlbumDay.

Pat Howe, our Head of Sales said about National Album Day:
“For the last decade the development of downloads and more recently the growth of streaming has had a major impact on the way in which we experience recorded music. The positive side of this has been a focus on individual songs or tracks and arguably a broadening of listeners’ musical experience. The negative side has been stepping away from listening to an album in the way in which the artist intended.

Either by accident or design, the great albums encompass ideas such as opening tracks intended to make a statement about, or providing an introduction to the rest of the music contained; they sequence songs to achieve a specific mood or to provide a structural narrative; and they are meant to be played in one sitting. On top of that you have the other elements that make it a unique and complete work – the sleeve and packaging. The aim of National Album Day is to get people talking about this, about the cultural importance of the album as more than a random collection of songs. We wouldn’t generally split a novel up and read Chapter 32 first, then the conclusion and then the first line, so why do that with an album?

I’m particularly pleased that the idea of National Album Day has been picked up so positively, having been personally involved in discussions since the earliest stages. To me the central thing is that this should be a week of talking about albums and about peoples’ individual experiences. This shouldn’t be a national poll to vote for the nation’s favourite, it should be a chance for music fans to tell each other what they like and to spread the word about lots of different albums, new or old that people might not know. It’s brilliant that Orbital are one of the ambassadors for National Album Day and we are very proud to be working on their new release ‘Monsters Exist’, scheduled for release in September.”

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  2. When the Reivers Call Sam Kelly, The Lost Boys 0:30
  3. Chasing Shadows Sam Kelly, The Lost Boys 0:30

  1. Palace of Memory Oysterband 0:30
  2. No Ordinary Girl Oysterband 0:30
  3. Call You Friend Oysterband 0:30

  1. Man, Friendship Kitty Macfarlane 0:30
  2. Starling Song Kitty Macfarlane 0:30
  3. Namer of Clouds Kitty Macfarlane 0:30

  1. Indigo Katherine Priddy 0:30
  2. Wolf Katherine Priddy 0:30
  3. Icarus Katherine Priddy 0:30

  1. I Want to Dance with Somebody (Bonus Track) Jon Boden 0:30
  2. Blue Dress Jon Boden 0:30
  3. Get a Little Something Jon Boden 0:30

  1. Angels Without Wings Heidi Talbot 0:30
  2. Dearest Johnny Heidi Talbot 0:30
  3. Wine & Roses Heidi Talbot 0:30

  1. Cloudbroke Georgia Ruth 0:30
  2. The Doldrums Georgia Ruth 0:30
  3. Supermoon Georgia Ruth 0:30

  1. Over the Fields (For John) Blue Rose Code 0:30
  2. Bluebell Blue Rose Code 0:30
  3. Ebb & Flow Blue Rose Code 0:30

  1. Byker Hill Broad Side 0:30
  2. Roll The Woodpile Down Broad Side 0:30
  3. 10,000 Miles Away Broad Side 0:30
  4. New York Girls Hedonism 0:30
  5. Yarmouth Town Hedonism 0:30
  6. Little Sally Racket Hedonism 0:30
  7. Vignette I Matachin 0:30
  8. Fakenham Fair Matachin 0:30
  9. Bruton Town Matachin 0:30
  10. London Town Pandemonium 0:30
  11. Cold Blows the Wind Pandemonium 0:30
  12. Prickle-eye Bush Pandemonium 0:30

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  2. Flirted With You All My Life Cowboy Junkies 0:35
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  2. Flirted With You All My Life Cowboy Junkies 0:35
  3. Cowboy Junkies Cowboy Junkies 0:35
  1. Bones Of Gilead Richard Thompson 0:43

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  1. Chasing Shadows Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys 0:35

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  1. Fade & Fall (Love Not) Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band 0:30

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  1. Man, Friendship Kitty Macfarlane 0:37

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