The turntable you’ve been wanting has now been purchased. You have probably listened to the one (and only) record you purchased ten times while relaxing at home with your headphones plugged into the sound system. You rapidly discover that you’ve developed a record-collecting compulsion at this point. And before you know it, you’re back at your neighborhood record shop or staying up late to order albums from a website. Any vinyl collector will tell you that different collectors have different must-have recordings. When it comes to collecting vinyl, various criteria, like musical preference, worth, scarcity, and listening habits, come into play. While some of you might enjoy rare first pressings that have never seen a needle drop.
Others might choose to spend their workdays browsing new releases from their favorite contemporary artists on Rough Trade’s website. Each listener’s relationship with music is entirely unique, but we have to be honest with you. Not all of the greatest vinyl records are first-edition collectibles or prized finds from garage sales.
Although assembling a record collection is a very personal activity, we’ve done our best to compile a list of recordings that we believe should be included in every collection. Regardless of your audiophile preferences. Some are timeless classics, some are party albums. And yet others are for letting spin while you look up at the ceiling and consider how absurd life can be. This collection is a good place to begin if you’re new to the vinyl scene or looking for a gift for a turntable enthusiast in your life. Here is Best Vinyl For Your Collection!
There is no better way to end a dinner party than by asking which of the Beatles’ albums is the finest. To be honest, we aren’t here to decide that controversy. However, we do believe it is imperative to purchase at least one of their incredibly significant albums. The selection is Abbey Road, the band’s final album. You may understand how these four captured admirers all over the world by listening to this album from beginning to end. Even though the record’s cover image is frequently mocked and many of the songs are a little too sweet.
Yes, “Stairway to Heaven” is the reason we listed this album. But if that’s all you get from it, you’re doing yourself (and LZ) a grave disservice. There is plenty (a whole lot of love) to be had in this album. From the ferocious opening of “Black Dog” to the somber reflection of “Going to California.” Despite the fact that Led Zeppelin was always more popular than their biggest hit. It’s simple for fans to overlook their depth in the streaming era. Every track on Led Zeppelin IV demonstrates why the band deserves to be at the top of the Rock ‘n’ Roll hierarchy.
Are we the only ones who think Robert Plant is completely enamored with The Lord of the Rings? I’m not passing judgment; I’m just saying.
With an artist’s extensive discography, how could we pick just one album? It’s a difficult decision, but we went for one of Prince’s more approachable albums as a convenient compromise. Purple Rain, one of Prince’s best records, is a rich, opulent pop album. Its historical significance alone merits a place on our list.
Prince’s sixth studio album, Purple Rain, is the first to include credit for his band The Revolution. Prince’s debut album, Purple Rain, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The fusion of electronic elements with organic instrumentation, full-band performances, and innovative and experimental aspects of the music have all drawn praise from critics.
Any record collection must have Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. We call that synchronicity. In addition to having songs about every facet of life (time, money, death, love, etc.). You can play it while viewing The Wizard of Oz. A record that has not yet been broken, Dark Side remained in the Billboard top 200 charts for 15 years straight after its release. As an album, Dark Side develops nicely, delving into universal subjects and weaving a tale in a way that few other albums have been able to match.
Despite the fact that Hotel California was the band’s debut album without founding member Bernie Leadon. We feel compelled to recommend that you add it to your collection since it so deeply touches our emotions. It shouldn’t be surprising that we included “Hotel California” on our list because it is one of their singable songs to date. Whatever the outer temperature, the entire album conjures up a lighthearted, carefree summertime mood. The atmosphere in the room will drastically improve as the needle lowers. Bear with us.
As a best-of collection, Legend is a fantastic place to begin learning about the origins of reggae and the numerous genres that are closely related to it. The best-selling reggae record of all time, it’s the kind of music that makes you feel good no matter what you’re doing. In order to find a copy of Legend, get up, stand up, and go to your neighborhood record shop.
Nobody needs an introduction. Many people believe that Sgt. Pepper’s marked the start of the era of the album as a work of art. The Beatles “played” a fictitious marching band from the past, bringing the world to a whole new, twisted, psychedelic picture of popular music. It was the first concept album, the first to connect music, track sequencing, and album art all into one continuous theme. In addition, it was the first album to include a “hidden track”—a vocal sample with a wigged-out beat that continued to play after the album had ended on vinyl. The track was painstakingly recorded in the studio, just like the rest of the album, and was never intended to be performed live.
In actuality, The Beatles never performed any of the album’s songs live. The album was intended to be a voyage unto itself, one that many others have since taken and imitated but very seldom if ever, replicated.