That shrink-wrap was never difficult to tear off. The sleeve would slide out next. The weight would be just right and the hope would be for liner notes. The first time, you would let it slip by itself from the sleeve, gravity its only motivation. You’d check the surface, turn it over in your hands and dig the reflection. There was no need to but you’d blow of the dust from Side One even though you hadn’t seen any. If you’d planned it right, all you needed to do next was place it over the spindle and let it drop down. If you hadn’t, you would need to hold it in one hand by the middle-finger-in-the-center-thumb-on-the-edge stretch grip while you got everything ready with your other hand. Once it was in place all that was left to do was turn it up to speed and place the needle down. The first thing out of the speakers was not the music, but a hiss a pop or a crack. That was just the thing.