Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Top 6 Vinyl - My Picks

Trying to narrow over 200 LPs into just the top 6 to share with you today for record store day which is on Saturday (wup) was just a bit of a challenge, but here they are. These are my top 6 vinyls that either mean a lot to me or they get played a lot - others are representative of the band in general. These are all originals, no non releases here.

The Beatles "Blue Album" 1967 - 1970 - I grew up in a house that always had The Beatles music playing, my mam actually owned many of their vinyl records. So for me, it's only natural for me to want to collect The Beatles myself. This particular album was a Christmas present from Joe. I also own Sgt Pepper alongside some solo Paul McCartney and George Harrison LPS. 

Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds - This record is actually the first memory of music I have because my dad owned this album both on vinyl and CD. I grew up being captivated by the gruesome art work of the aliens taking over Earth and later the original book by HG Wells which is one of my top books of all time - hate the Tom Cruise movie of it though. It is an album you need to devote a good couple of years listening all the way, but it's still memorizing.

Doris Day's Greatest Hit - I love, love, love Doris Day films and musicals in general, so when we went to an estate sale which had five of her LPS I had to grab them all. We actually own more Doris Day vinyls over anyone else.

The Police - Synchronicity - I love the mix of post punk reggae rock vibe that The Police had and I did a backwards journey though finding them through first listening to Sting's solo work whilst in my teens. I'm on a mission to complete my Police collection - I additionally own Ghost in the Machine, a completion vinyl and some of Sting's solo work. 

Aretha With the Ray Bryant Combo - This is Aretha Franklin's rare debut album on the Columbia label (rather then the re-release from the 1970's) - we know it's rare as it has the infamous 6 eye logo on the record label. We scored it for $1 at an estate sale - it has been known to sell for over $100 but I refuse to sell it. We're on a mission to collect Aretha's vinyls too - so far we have three. 

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac's Rumours has to be one, if not their major famous release, it's timeless, moody and incredible especially if you know the personal back story to the band members. I have aims of collecting more of their LPs but we don't come over too many of them at sales.

So as you can see there's a bit of a link in a couple of these - music I heard growing up. But they are in music styles I listen to now and always have - rock, moody, loud, ya know. Later this week i'll be sharing with you Joe's top 6 picks so we can do some comparing and contrasting - he has a bit more of a superior and boarder music taste then I. 

If you had to pick your top six albums, what would they be? I'd love to know!


  1. I picked up the Mamas & the Papas california dreaming album and then I picked up the soundtrack to The Graduae another time. I wish I could find other albums, but by me albums and vinyls are hard to come across at sales. I would love a Leslie Gore vinyl or the Four Seasons. Those would be awesome! =)

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    1. Yeah we have to go through a lot of random vinyl and ones that don't interest us to find the ones we do want. There's so much more classic and choral and Christmas type music then say the rock and the blues, jazz etc that we collect. Plus some sales love to charge crazy amounts for them too. But the hunting is all part of the fun too!

  2. Omg, I can totally relate to war of the worlds. My dad had it too, and I too was in awe of that sleeve. I now have it on CD, and love the original old film. What a find. X

  3. ohhh aretha franklin, she really puts me in a dreamy sultry mood each time. i've been hunting for a record player for months now, this is just making me want to splurge on one and be done with it haha

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  4. Really great collection! Love Aretha and the Beatles :)

  5. ya, great collection. the future hubby just bought 50s vintage recordsn on the friday's flea market. sadly the record player is still missing a new needle!