Harry and Meghan continue tightening their vise-like grip on the entertainment ecosystem, with the announcement that classical label Decca Records will be releasing their royal wedding on vinyl, as well as CD and streaming platforms. What, no Tidal exclusive?
“This will go down in history as the first time a Royal Wedding can be re-lived within hours through the world’s streaming platforms; every word and every note of music,” enthused president and CEO Dickon Stainer, reported Billboard. For those willing to wait a few days, until May 25, physical formats will include a special collector’s booklet.
Featured artists will include cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, the Choir of St George’s Chapel, and gospel group The Kingdom Choir, as well as an orchestra with musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia, as well as State trumpeters. Coming soon to a festival near you, probably!
Of course, if you spend much time browsing used record stores, you are likely already familiar with the delightful “random-ass spoken word recordings” category, full of collections of Kennedy speeches from the days before YouTube. The royals have always had a good ground game here: Browsing Ebay uncovers a live soundtrack to the 1973 wedding of HRH The Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, as well as multiple versions of the wedding of Charles and Diana. And, naturally, you could get an album of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
Decca in particular has released several records in this line already: A press release proudly noted that they did the weddings of Charles and Di and Will and Kate, plus Princess Diana’s 1997 funeral. “Decca is hugely proud of its historical connections to The Royal Family and is very much looking forward to recording, and making available within hours, this truly special event,” said president Rebecca Allen.
A nice souvenir, and a great way to troll every record store dude vinyl enthusiast you’ve ever met in your life.