When my father bought a radiogram in the early 1970s, my sister and I were able to buy records for the very first time. Not that we could buy many, as we had little money. But I remember quite clearly our first prized LPs, mostly released in 1970 and 1971 — such wonderful years for music: John Lennon's Imagine, Carole King's Tapestry, Sweet Baby James by James Taylor, Relics by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin III, Emerson, Lake and Palmer's eponymous first album, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967). We played them over and over again on what was a ridiculously poor sound system. Radiograms were meant as furniture, not hi-fi, and the whole fake-teak structure vibrated alarmingly even at moderate volume. I could have chosen any of these records, but I've picked Tapestry, which is for me one of the most iconic pieces of vinyl ever — perfect voice, perfect songs, perfect arrangements, perfect piano, perfect production, perfect cover design. This album is emblematic of an era.