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Collecting Vinyl Records

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Vinyl Record Collecting

Vinyl record collectors come in as many shapes, sizes and generations as the vinyl records they collect. For some, collecting records is an obsession, a lifelong journey to obtain hidden masterpieces locked away in the attics and basements around the globe. For others, just owning a few selected gems from their favorite band or recording artist is enough to satisfy their collecting palate. Then there is the thrill of the chase, scouring online web sites and auctions looking for a rare or collectible record for their collection. For the adventurous, there are the numerous garage sales, rummage sales, flea markets and the like, that dot the countryside in small town U.S.A., where vinyl collectors can search through the dusty boxes and bins for their next special addition to their already growing vinyl record collection. There is almost a sense of pride, self-worth, if you will, in finding what you are looking for, if only to be satisfied for a moment, until you realize you must find another rare treasure to add to your collection.

Ray Charles "Ray Charles" Atlantic Records 8006 12" LP Vinyl Record (1980 re-issue) US Pressing

Ray Charles "Ray Charles" Atlantic Records 8006 12" LP Vinyl Record (1980 re-issue) US Pressing

50's Rock N' Roll on Vinyl

In its purest form, Rock & Roll has three chords, a strong, insistent back beat, and a catchy melody. Early rock & roll drew from a variety of sources, primarily blues, R&B, and country, but also gospel, traditional pop, jazz, and folk. All of these influences combined in a simple, blues-based song structure that was fast, danceable, and catchy. The first wave of rock & rollers like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, the Everly Brothers, and Carl Perkins, among many others set the template for rock & roll that was followed over the next four decades. During each decade, a number of artists replicated the sound of the first rockers, while some expanded that definition and others completely exploded the constrictions of the genre.

Little Richard "Here's Little Richard"

Little Richard "Here's Little Richard" Specialty Records SP-!00 12" LP Vinyl Record (1957) US Pressing

Little Richard "Here's Little Richard" Specialty Records SP-!00 12" LP Vinyl Record (1957) US Pressing

Bo Diddley "Have Guitar Will Travel"

Bo Diddley "Have Guitar Will Travel" Checker Records LP 2974 12" LP Vinyl Record (1960) US Pressing

Bo Diddley "Have Guitar Will Travel" Checker Records LP 2974 12" LP Vinyl Record (1960) US Pressing

Ray Charles "Hit the Road Jack"

60's 70's Classic Rock on Vinyl

Jimi Hendrix 4 "Hendrix In The West" & "War Heroes" Barclay Records 80.587 -- Barclay Records 80.588 12" 2 LP Vinyl Record Set (1975) French  Pressing

Jimi Hendrix 4 "Hendrix In The West" & "War Heroes" Barclay Records 80.587 -- Barclay Records 80.588 12" 2 LP Vinyl Record Set (1975) French Pressing

Classic Rock N' Roll Albums


From the days of British Invasion, folk-rock, psychedelia, and through hard rock, heavy metal, glam rock, and punk, most sub-genres of rock & roll initially demonstrated an allegiance to the basic music structure of rock & roll. Once these sub genres emerged, traditional rock & roll faded away from the pop charts, yet there were always artists that kept the flame alive. Some, like the Rolling Stones and the Faces, adhered to the basic rules of traditional rock & roll but played the music fast and loose. Others, like proto-punk rockers the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and The Stooges, kept the basic song structure, but played it with more menace, although the term "rock & roll" came to refer to a number of different music styles in the decades following its inception, the essential form of the music never changed.

Canned Heat "Live at Topanga Corral"

Canned Heat "Live at the Kaleidoscope AKA Live at Topanga Corral" Lilith Records LR137 12" LP Vinyl Record (1968) UK Pressing

Canned Heat "Live at the Kaleidoscope AKA Live at Topanga Corral" Lilith Records LR137 12" LP Vinyl Record (1968) UK Pressing

Canned Heat "Bullfrog Blues" Live at the Kaleidoscope

The Beatles "Twist & Shout"

The Beatles "Twist & Shout" Capitol Records T 6054 12" LP Vinyl Record (1964) Canadian Pressing

The Beatles "Twist & Shout" Capitol Records T 6054 12" LP Vinyl Record (1964) Canadian Pressing

Uforia "Uforia" Private Press 12" LP Vinyl Psychedelic Rock 1980

Uforia "Uforia" Private Press 12" LP Vinyl Psychedelic Rock 1980

Psychedelic Rock on Vinyl

Psych Vinyl Records

Psychedelic rock emerged in the mid-'60s, as British Invasion and folk-rock bands began expanding the sonic possibilities of their music. Instead of confining themselves to the brief, concise verse-chorus-verse patterns of rock & roll, they moved toward more free-form, fluid song structures. Just as important, if not more so the groups began incorporating elements of Indian and Eastern music and free-form jazz to their sound, as well as experimenting with electronically altering instruments and voices within the recording studio. Initially, around 1965 and 1966, bands like the Yardbirds and The Byrds broke down the boundaries for psychedelia, creating swirling layers of fuzz-toned guitars, sitars, and chanted vocals. Soon, numerous groups followed their pattern, including The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, both of whom recorded psychedelia in 1966.

Blues Magoos "Psychedelic Lollipop" 1966

Blues Magoos "Psychedelic Lollipop" Mercury Records MG 21096 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1966)

Blues Magoos "Psychedelic Lollipop" Mercury Records MG 21096 12" LP Vinyl Record, US Pressing (1966)

Ambitious, Eclectic, & Often Grandiose

Affinity "Affinity" Paramount Records PAS-5027 12" LP Vinyl Record (1970) US Pressing

Affinity "Affinity" Paramount Records PAS-5027 12" LP Vinyl Record (1970) US Pressing

Progressive or Prog Rock

Progressive music which arose in the late 1960s is a broad and convergent style of rock music and progressive music or more often prog, or prog rock when differentiating from other sub-genres of prog. Progressive rock reached its peak of popularity in the early 1970s, but does continue as a musical form to this day. Prog rock is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music and a catalyst to raise the level of musicanship among rock bands and bring a new level of depth and sophistication to rock. Progressive rock was largely a European movement, and drew most of its influences from classical music and jazz fusion, in contrast to American rock, which was influenced by rhythm & blues and country, although there are notable exceptions in the U.S. such as Kansas and Rush - considered by many to be the finest examples of the form. Over the years various sub-genres of progressive rock have emerged, such as symphonic rock, art rock and progressive metal.

Dschinn "Dschinn"

Dschinn "Dschinn" Bellaphon / Bacillus Records BLPS 19120 12" LP Vinyl Record (1972) German Pressing

Dschinn "Dschinn" Bellaphon / Bacillus Records BLPS 19120 12" LP Vinyl Record (1972) German Pressing

America's Soundtrack of Rebellion

Iron Maiden "Killers" Capitol Records, EMI ST-12141 12" LP Vinyl Record (1981) US Pressing

Iron Maiden "Killers" Capitol Records, EMI ST-12141 12" LP Vinyl Record (1981) US Pressing

Heavy Metal Vinyl

There are numerous stylistic variations on heavy metal's core sound, but they're all tied together by a reliance on loud, distorted guitars (usually playing repeated riffs) and simple, pounding rhythms. Heavy metal has been controversial nearly throughout its existence -- critics traditionally dismissed the music as riddled with over-the-top adolescent theatrics, and conservative groups have often protested what they perceive as evil lyrical content. Still, despite -- or perhaps because of -- those difficulties, heavy metal has become one of the most consistently popular forms of rock music ever created, able to adapt to the times yet keep its core appeal intact. For all its status as America's rebellion soundtrack of choice, heavy metal was largely a British creation.

AC-DC "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"

AC-DC "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" Australia Albert Productions, APLP-020 12" Vinyl Record (1977) Australian Pressing

AC-DC "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" Australia Albert Productions, APLP-020 12" Vinyl Record (1977) Australian Pressing

Dokken "Beast From The East"

Dokken "Beast From The East" Elektra 60823-1 12" Vinyl Record (1988) US Pressing

Dokken "Beast From The East" Elektra 60823-1 12" Vinyl Record (1988) US Pressing

Black Sabbath "War Pigs" Live Paris 1970

Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed"

Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed" London Records NPS-4 Vintage Swirled Marble Red White and Blue Vinyl Record

Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed" London Records NPS-4 Vintage Swirled Marble Red White and Blue Vinyl Record

Colored Vinyl Records

Limited Edition Vinyl

For the most part records are pressed on black vinyl. The coloring material used to blacken the transparent PVC plastic mix is carbon black, which is the generic name for the finely divided carbon particles produced by the incomplete burning of a mineral oil based hydrocarbon. Carbon black increases the strength of the disc and renders it opaque. Polystyrene is often used for 7" records. Some records are pressed on colored vinyl or with paper pictures embedded in them known as picture discs. These discs can become collectors' items in some cases. Certain 45-rpm RCA, RCA Victor or RCA Red Seal used red translucent vinyl for extra "Red Seal" effect. During the 1980s there was a trend for releasing singles on colored vinyl sometimes with large inserts that could be used as posters. This trend has been revived recently and has succeeded in keeping 7" singles a viable format.

MR. T Experience MTX "Love Is Dead"

MR. T Experience MTX "Love Is Dead"  Lookout! Records  LP Blue Vinyl Record (1996)

MR. T Experience MTX "Love Is Dead" Lookout! Records LP Blue Vinyl Record (1996)

Hellhamer "Crucifixtion" Blood Red Vinyl

Hellhamer "Crucifixtion" 12" LP Limited to 524 Hand Numbered Copies on Red Vinyl.

Hellhamer "Crucifixtion" 12" LP Limited to 524 Hand Numbered Copies on Red Vinyl.

Vintage Jazz Vinyl

John Coltrane "Impressions" Impulse Records A-42 12" LP Vinyl Record

John Coltrane "Impressions" Impulse Records A-42 12" LP Vinyl Record

Jazz, America's Classical Music

Jazz has been called America's classical music, and for good reason. Along with the blues, its forefather, it is one of the first truly indigenous musics to develop in America, yet its unpredictable, risky ventures into improvisation gave it critical cache with scholars that the blues lacked. At the outset, jazz was dance music, performed by swinging big bands. Soon, the dance elements faded into the background and improvisation became the key element of the music. As the genre evolved, the music split into a number of different styles, from the speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of be-bop and the laid-back, mellow harmonies of cool jazz to the jittery, atonal forays of free jazz and the earthy grooves of soul jazz. What tied it all together was a foundation in the blues, a reliance on group interplay and unpredictable improvisation. Throughout the years, and in all the different styles, those are the qualities that defined jazz.

Hank Mobley "Roll Call"

Hank Mobley "Roll Call" Blue Note Records 4058 12" LP Vinyl Record  (1961) Album Cover Design by Reid Miles   Photo by  Francis Wolf

Hank Mobley "Roll Call" Blue Note Records 4058 12" LP Vinyl Record (1961) Album Cover Design by Reid Miles Photo by Francis Wolf

Max Bennett Quintet with Charlie Mariano

Max Bennett Quintet with Charlie Mariano Bethlehem Records BCP 1028  10" LP Vinyl Record (1954) Album Cover Art by Burt Goldblatt

Max Bennett Quintet with Charlie Mariano Bethlehem Records BCP 1028 10" LP Vinyl Record (1954) Album Cover Art by Burt Goldblatt

Miles Davis "Relaxin’ with Miles Davis Quintet"

Miles Davis "Relaxin’ with Miles Davis Quintet" Esquire Records 32-068 12" LP Vinyl Record 1956

Miles Davis "Relaxin’ with Miles Davis Quintet" Esquire Records 32-068 12" LP Vinyl Record 1956

"For Your Eyes Only"

James Bond "For Your Eyes Only" Liberty Records 1109 LP Vinyl Record Soundtrack Roger Moore 007

James Bond "For Your Eyes Only" Liberty Records 1109 LP Vinyl Record Soundtrack Roger Moore 007

Ian Flemings' 007 On Vinyl Records

James Bond Movie Soundtracks

The James Bond film series are spy films inspired by Ian Fleming's novels about the fictional MI6 agent Commander James Bond (codename 007). EON Productions have produced twenty-two films between 1962 and 2008. In addition, there are two independent productions and an American television adaptation of the first novel Casino Royal. Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman co-produced the EON films until 1975, when Broccoli remained the sole producer. Since 1995, Broccoli's daughter Barbara and stepson Michael G. Wilson have co-produced them. Six actors have portrayed 007 so far.

James Bond 007 "Octopussy"

Ian Flemings' James Bond 007 "Octopussy" A&M Records SP 04967 12" LP Vinyl Record Roger Moore - John Barry Soundtrack

Ian Flemings' James Bond 007 "Octopussy" A&M Records SP 04967 12" LP Vinyl Record Roger Moore - John Barry Soundtrack

Paul McCartney & Wings "Live And Let Die"

James Bond 007 "Thunderball"

James Bond 007 "Thunderball" United Artists Records UAL 4132 12" Vinyl Record (1965) John Barry Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

James Bond 007 "Thunderball" United Artists Records UAL 4132 12" Vinyl Record (1965) John Barry Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Multi-Channel Recording

The Guess Who #10 RCA APO1-0130 Quadraphonic Stereo 4 Channel Quad Stereo LP Vinyl Record

The Guess Who #10 RCA APO1-0130 Quadraphonic Stereo 4 Channel Quad Stereo LP Vinyl Record

Quadraphonic Stereo

Quadraphonic Stereo or quad sound the most widely used early term for what is now called 4.0 stereo - uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at the four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are (wholly or in part) independent of one another. Quadraphonic audio was one of the earliest consumer offerings in surround sound. It was a commercial failure due to many technical problems, which were solved too late to save the technology from disaster. The format was more expensive than standard two-channel stereo. It also required extra speakers, and suffered from lack of a standard format for LP records. The rise of home theater products in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought multi-channel recording formats back to the forefront, although in a completely different form. Quite a few quadraphonic recordings were made before its demise.

Frank Zappa "Apostrophe"

Frank Zappa Apostrophe Quad DiscReet Records DS4 2175 Quadradisc front

Frank Zappa Apostrophe Quad DiscReet Records DS4 2175 Quadradisc front

Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce "The Sick Humor of Lenny Bruce" Fantasy Records 7003 12" LP Red Vinyl Record

Lenny Bruce "The Sick Humor of Lenny Bruce" Fantasy Records 7003 12" LP Red Vinyl Record

Blue Humor & the Vinyl Record

The term blue humor also known as dirty jokes or off-color humor is an Americanism used to describe various jokes, prose, poems, black comedy and skits that deal with topics that are considered to be in poor taste or overly vulgar by the prevailing morals in a culture. Blue Humor implies stand-up comedy at its raunchiest; while any comic employing expletives in their act can be considered to "work blue" (as opposed to "working clean," without the use of obscenities), only the most truly vulgar can be considered true blue. Arguably the most famous blue comedian was Redd Foxx, who for years released "party albums" so scatological that most record stores refused to carry them; however, the blue humor of Foxx's '60s-era peak is quite mild in comparison to the work of latter-day stand-ups like Andrew "Dice" Clay, as changing cultural values require blue comedians to be as consistently vulgar as humanly possible. Dirty jokes were once considered subversive and underground, and rarely heard in public. Comedian Lenny Bruce was once tried, convicted, and jailed for obscenity after a stand up performance that included off-color humor in New York City in 1964.

Redd Foxx "Side Splitter"

Redd Foxx "Side Splitter" DooTone Records DTL 253 12" LP Vinyl Record (1959)

Redd Foxx "Side Splitter" DooTone Records DTL 253 12" LP Vinyl Record (1959)

Pearl Williams "A Trip Around the World Is Not A Cruise"

Pearl Williams "A Trip Around the World Is Not A Cruise" After Hours Records LAH-70  12" Vinyl Records (1962)

Pearl Williams "A Trip Around the World Is Not A Cruise" After Hours Records LAH-70 12" Vinyl Records (1962)

Belle Barth "In Person"

Belle Barth "In Person"  Laugh Time Records LT 901 12" LP Vinyl Record (1962)

Belle Barth "In Person" Laugh Time Records LT 901 12" LP Vinyl Record (1962)

Sesame Street

Sesame Street "The Best of Bert" Childrens Television Workshop CTW 22107 12" Vinyl Record (1977) Jim Henson

Sesame Street "The Best of Bert" Childrens Television Workshop CTW 22107 12" Vinyl Record (1977) Jim Henson

The Childrens Television Workshop

Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series and a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. Sesame Street is well known for its Muppet characters created by Jim Henson. It premiered on November 10, 1969, and is the longest running children's program on American television. The show is produced in the United States by the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), founded by Joan Ganz Cooney and Ralph Rogers.

Sesame Street "Monsters! A Musical Monster-Osity"

Sesame Street "Monsters! A Musical Monster-Osity" Childrens Television Workshop CTW 22071 12" LP Vinyl Record (1975) Jim Henson

Sesame Street "Monsters! A Musical Monster-Osity" Childrens Television Workshop CTW 22071 12" LP Vinyl Record (1975) Jim Henson

Sesame Street "Signs"

Sesame Street "Signs" Childrens Television Workshop CTW 22077 12" LP Vinyl Record (1977) Jim Henson

Sesame Street "Signs" Childrens Television Workshop CTW 22077 12" LP Vinyl Record (1977) Jim Henson

The Circus is in Town

Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey "Circus Spectacular" London 4 Phase Records SP 44095 12" Vinyl Record

Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey "Circus Spectacular" London 4 Phase Records SP 44095 12" Vinyl Record

Vinyl Under the Big Top


Circus music is any sort of music that is played to accompany a circus, as well as music written that emulates its general style. The most common type of circus music is the circus march, or screamer, which are marches played at very fast tempos. Popular music would also often get arranged for the circus band, as well as waltzes, foxtrots and other dances. Such bands would accompany the acts, as well as giving a B-flat chord as a stinger


Radio Station Promos

The Jazz Messengers Columbia Records CL 897 JAZZ Vinyl LP Record White Label Radio Station Promo

The Jazz Messengers Columbia Records CL 897 JAZZ Vinyl LP Record White Label Radio Station Promo

White Label Promos

A promotional recording, or promo is a recording issued on vinyl distributed free in order to promote a commercial recording. Promos are usually sent out to radio stations, record shops and magazine and newspaper reviewers in advance of the official release date so that their reviews will appear in the current publications. They are often distributed with a white label. Typically a promo is marked with some variation of the following text: "Licensed for promotional use only. Sale is prohibited." It may also state: "Item is to be returned to the distributor upon demand."


Metallica "Fade To Black"

Metallica "Fade To Black" Elecktra Records ED 5044 12" Vinyl Single (1985) White Label Promo

Metallica "Fade To Black" Elecktra Records ED 5044 12" Vinyl Single (1985) White Label Promo

Movie Soundtracks, Film Music

JAWS MCA Records Original Motion Picture Recording 12" LP Vinyl Record

JAWS MCA Records Original Motion Picture Recording 12" LP Vinyl Record

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Recordings

Film Music works in conjunction with dialogue and image to establish the mood and tone of a movie; classical, jazz, electronic -- regardless of genre, any material composed or scored expressly for use in a motion picture can be defined as film music. A soundtrack album, on the other hand, is not necessarily film music, as many of the songs that make up the record, as with those for American Graffiti, FM, Pulp Fiction, etc. were not originally intended for use in the movie, and other times as in Batman Forever don't even appear in the actual feature at all. Soundtracks contain music featured in movies and television soundtracks. Usually, these include excerpts of the score and incidental music, plus songs featured in the films or programs. soundtracks tended to play like various artists albums, no matter if it stuck music strictly in the film or music inspired by it.

Easy Rider Soundtrack

Easy Rider ABC Dunhill Records DSX 5083 12" Vinyl Record, Original Soundtrack Recording US Pressing (1969) Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

Easy Rider ABC Dunhill Records DSX 5083 12" Vinyl Record, Original Soundtrack Recording US Pressing (1969) Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

Hang 'Em High Soundtrack

Clint Eastwood "Hang 'Em High" United Artists Records UAS 5179 12" Vinyl Record US Pressing (1968) Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood "Hang 'Em High" United Artists Records UAS 5179 12" Vinyl Record US Pressing (1968) Clint Eastwood

Bat Out of Hell

Meatloaf "Bat Out Of Hell" Epic-Cleavland International Records 34974 12" Vinyl Record (1977)  Picture Disc

Meatloaf "Bat Out Of Hell" Epic-Cleavland International Records 34974 12" Vinyl Record (1977) Picture Disc

Vinyl Picture Disc Record

For the most part records are pressed on black vinyl. The coloring material used to blacken the transparent PVC plastic mix is carbon black, which is the generic name for the finely divided carbon particles produced by the incomplete burning of a mineral oil based hydrocarbon. Carbon black increases the strength of the disc and renders it opaque. Polystyrene is often used for 7" records. Some records are pressed on colored vinyl or with paper pictures embedded in them known as "picture discs". These discs can become collectors' items in some cases. Certain 45-rpm RCA, RCA Victor or RCA Red Seal used red translucent vinyl for extra "Red Seal" effect. During the 1980s there was a trend for releasing singles on colored vinyl sometimes with large inserts that could be used as posters. This trend has been revived recently and has succeeded in keeping 7" singles a viable format.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Five 1945 Recordings

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Five 1945 Recordings of Excerpts of Famous FDR Speeches

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Five 1945 Recordings of Excerpts of Famous FDR Speeches

the Beatles Capitol Records Reference Disc 10" Aluminum Acetate Side 1

the Beatles Capitol Records Reference Disc 10" Aluminum Acetate Side 1

Aluminum Based Acetate Records

Test Pressings - Reference Pressing

An acetate disc is cut prior to the cutting of the master disc which is used for mass production of records. Even though referred to as an "acetate", it is essentially an aluminum disc coated with a fine film of nitro-celluolose lacquer with no acetate in it at all. They really are nothing special to look at they do not come in a frame, there is no picture sleeve, or, no special artwork on the record labels. Most acetates are 10" round, but the actual music record grooves are usually 7" in diameter. A 7" single is usually cut on a 10" disc, a 12" single or LP is cut onto a 12" disc. They're almost always single-sided the other side is totally blank and shiny, with no grooves and no label.

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Eric Clapton "Knockin On Heavens Door"

David Essex "Rock On"

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Keep It In the Groove -- Let Us Know You Were Here Too !!

Fox Music (author) on July 13, 2015:

Hi Yury - The Photo Is Of Our Store Fox Music, Watertown WI, Where Every Day There Is Something New - Thanks Stoppin' & Keep It In the Groove !!

Yury on February 18, 2015:

ooohhh, that looks fun. Quite jealous. What did you score? One of my haepspit days was going record-shopping in San Francisco (in 2006), and discovering a swag of LPs by War at Amoeba Records, which you never ever see in AKL. All for under US$5!

Jody Haskins from Panama City Beach, Florida on November 18, 2014:

Listening to good vinyl is like an addiction to me. Ever since I hooked my turntable back up, my enjoyment of music has returned as I never thought it could.

Fox Music (author) on November 18, 2014:

Yes Jody this is true, it does take a certain dedication to play and care for your vinyl records.

Jody Haskins from Panama City Beach, Florida on November 10, 2014:

Listening to albums is an experience. I couldn't agree more. It sure is hard to find people today who have the patience to sit and just enjoy listening to an album.

fcinternetmarketing on July 10, 2013:

Cool lens.

anonymous on June 11, 2013:

My name is Alan. My collection consists of:

+ 20.000 - 331/3 RPM (colored vinyl, autographed vinyl, rare vinyl)

+ 10,000 - 45 RPM

50-100 Picture Disc - 331/3 & 45 RPM

25-50 - 78 RPM

25-50 - Reel to Reel Tapes

1 - Gold Record (Robert Cray)

and a varied assortment of stereo equipment. We also started a vinyl record club which meets once a month at the local used record store. I love vinyl!

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on February 13, 2013:

Got rid of my collection long ago...

WriterJanis2 on February 13, 2013:

What a collection!

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on February 11, 2013:

Hi you have a lot of great info here, thanks for sharing.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2013:

You have done a great job of this lens

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

Wanting to know what, if anything, The first print edition, before the copyright battle, the albun Heavy Metal soundtrack is worth. Thanks!

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 20, 2012:

Interesting. I will have to check all our old records.

justDawn1 on May 18, 2012:

Great lens! And thanks for the link to how to clean vinyl records - I'll be checking that out this weekend! :)

jwcooney on May 17, 2012:

Great lens, these vinyl records are definitely unique and worth collecting. I was especially interested in reading about the Star Wars and Star Trek collections. Thanks for sharing!

anonymous on April 19, 2012:

"High Five" to vinyl!

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on March 11, 2012:

It is hard to beat the sound and feel of vinyl... Thumbs up for your collection!

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on March 11, 2012:

It is hard to beat the sound and feel of vinyl... Thumbs up for your collection!

Ben Reed from Redcar on March 09, 2012:

A great lense on vinyl record collecting - thank you.

RecordLady on December 17, 2011:

Great read. The treasures are hard to find but the hunt is so enjoyable.

bokal99 on December 07, 2011:

Wonderful, I love vynils!

meschmie on November 13, 2011:

Classic rock mostly. I've been starting to buy new records from mostly indie type bands though.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on November 08, 2011:

Back to say I'm sharing the link to your page on my Facebook page, Music and Movie Treasures By Brenda.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on November 08, 2011:

Fantastic job; we still have a vinyl collection.

CanadaREVIEW on October 01, 2011:

My mother has a pile of LP's and 45's I figured that some were collectible, I am going to have to sift through them all and find out which ones are hot, and which ones are not! Thanks for sharing!

LikinTrikin LM on April 18, 2011:

nice lens..lot's of info and great pics.

I have many old albums but unfortunately got rid of the 45s years ago.

anonymous on March 26, 2011:

I don't collect records, but it's great to be able to still pay those old faves. I can think of some I've had in the past which I would like to play now, but did not keep them. I can remember those old wind up gramophones with needles which needed replacing really often!!

Blackspaniel1 on March 17, 2011:

Nice lens

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on February 01, 2011:

I still have quite a few vinyl records. In fact, my kids had the Charlie Brown Christmas one and my daughter has it now.

anonymous on January 31, 2011:

I have a lens for selling vinyl records so I have a module that links to your lens as I thought it was so informative and helpful. Hope that is ok.

anonymous on January 31, 2011:

Very informative and well written. Thanks.

Rudnikov Edgar Pavlovich from Indonesia on January 21, 2011:

this is awesome

squid-janices7 on January 06, 2011:

Great lens...my Mom just gave me her old collection which I've combined with a few that I have from the 70's and early 80's.

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on January 03, 2011:

I used to have quite a few older records, but we sold them in a yard sale. Probably lost money! Good lens!

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on January 03, 2011:

I used to have quite a few older records, but we sold them in a yard sale. Probably lost money! Good lens!

anonymous on December 03, 2010:

Great lens, I'll bookmark this one for sure, The vinyl bug bit me 3 years ago, Mainly a jazz collector, Progressive rock and movie soundtracks as well, I am thinking about upgrading to an audiophile quality turntable, (under 500bucks) do you have any thoughts on the best bang for your buck turntable ?

PizmoBeach LM on November 11, 2010:

Great lens. My husband is a collector but now he is also converting his vinyl to digital format as he thinks the converted analogue sounds much better than the digital sound on CDs and so he can stream the music around the house from our music server. He's even turned his hobby into a business.

glenbrook on September 23, 2010:

I like collecting LPs with good cover art.

dustytoes on March 12, 2010:

I don't collect them but have a collection from my younger years. I enjoyed your lens.

dustytoes on March 12, 2010:

I don't collect them but have a collection from my younger years. I enjoyed your lens.

eccles1 on October 28, 2009:

wow nice lens!!

anonymous on June 01, 2009:

This is a really great lens. My husband loves collecting old records he lots of them.

5*'s and lens roll in my lens as well

Tiddledeewinks LM on May 17, 2009:

We have thousands of vinyls, since a record store closing up, gave them all to my husband.

religions7 on April 16, 2009:

Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

kerouacnflnce on February 18, 2009:

Nice fine blog you have here!

anonymous on February 18, 2009:

I miss our vinyl records! This is a 5*

Tobbie LM on January 21, 2009:

Great lens, 5* and a lensroll to my toby collecting lens. There are lots of memories with looking at the cover jackets!

Medicinemanwriting1 on November 22, 2008:

Wow! Great Lens. Thanks.

CollectorsCottage on November 14, 2008:

Great lens, 5 stars. Welcome to the Collector Clubs group!

Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on November 10, 2008:

I don't collect vinyl records but I still have quite a few from the 70's and 80's as well as several from my parents (50's and 60's). I still have a functioning record player so we listen to the occasionally. What fun!

anonymous on November 10, 2008:

Well I only have the ones I had before CDs came in. (Wish my mother had not given away the original recordings from "Snow White." Those where 78 rpm and not vinyl. I loved the label, yellow with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs along the centre hole. She gave away other 78s as well.)

However, I have heard that vinyl is on it's way back.

Thanks for the lens.

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