What took me ten thousand words and countless images to say, Sean O'Hagan manages to say in a few good paragraphs:
"The Proustian power of a piece of black vinyl, a beautiful sleeve, even a label name - Studio 1, Verve, Transatlantic, Imperial, Regal Zonophone, Postcard ('the sound of young Scotland') - can be intense and, at times, almost overwhelming. ... Can a downloaded album, floating free of its artwork, its context, its paraphernalia, ever contain that sort of mystery? Can a song bought from iTunes, and nestling somehow intangibly on your iPod, condemned by a whim to the cosmic meaninglessness of the 'Shuffle', ever carry the full weight of its own history? I think not. People need things."