My record collection is definitely not the largest or the most diverse, but I’m still proud of it. Each record I have is meaningful to me. Most of the records I have were passed down to me from my parents but a few were gifts and some I bought myself. Here are a few great albums from my collection:
1. Olé ELO Electric Light Orchestra (1976)
I love ELO’s music and their style. There is something really cool about their combination of classical and rock music. Since it’s a compilation you can listen to it straight through (flipping over for Side B of course) because they’ve selected all of their good music from their early years. I got this album as a hand-me-down from my Dad. I still think Electric Light Orchestra is one of the best band names I’ve ever heard.
2. Classics RATATAT (2006)
I first overheard RATATAT on a snowboarding video and then later stumbled upon them at Coachella Music Festival in 2007. RATATAT is an electronic music duo from NYC with a very distinct sound. Their music videos are really bizarre but I really like their music so I bought this album for myself. I love the wildcat art on the album cover: ROWR!
3. The Best Of The Band The Band (1976)
This album has some great storytelling and beautiful music. It has some of my favorite songs like “Up on Cripple Creek”, “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. If I ever learn the guitar, this is the music I want to be able to play. This is another record that my parents passed down to me.
4. Halloween Mix Unknown (????)
This album is one of my prized possessions! I went in to Goldy Music Shop in Victoria BC looking for some vinyl to play at my Halloween party. I already had Michael Jackson’s Thriller and I had made a mix tape with The Monster Mash on it. After about a half hour the sales clerk found this little gem for me! I still have no idea who made it, but it’s an awesome remix of “Thriller”!
I stopped adding records to my collection about two years ago when I stupidly recycled my old receiver. Since then I have not had a receiver that will properly connect to my record player. I’m hoping to find an adapter for the little guy and to get back into listening to my records.
I think only audiophiles and hipsters listen to records now but I don’t really classify myself as either, maybe somewhere in the middle! My iPod nano from 2005 is under worldwide recall from Apple already and CDs could start to rot after a few years but my vinyl collection could last well over 40 years. It’s definitely easier to listen to music on an mp3 player, but I think vinyl records are more substantial and meaningful.