Last night I watched the always entertaining Danny Baker kick off a new television show ‘Great Album Showdown‘ on BBC4 and the first show was about Rock. This is where Danny is joined by three other celebrities talking about their first albums, in the era of the twelve-inch analogue plastic vinyl. The first panel consisted of Stephen Street (Producer), Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear) and Kate Mossman (Journalist). They talked about such diverse artists as David Bowie, The Clash, Kraftwerk, Supertramp, Led Zeppelin and The Smiths. What was apparent was the love they all had with those vinyl albums something that’s been lost with the advent of tasteless CD’s and now invisible downloads. They discussed how an album was put together including the order of the tracks and that there was the two sides to each disc. They then spoke about the cover artwork along with the credits which were clearly visible. I hope the rest of the series is just as good this opening instalment.