Why I Collect Vintage Records


Well, it’s a fair to wonder why I spend money buying old vintage vinyl records. 

Some time ago I wrote a blog post discussing the resurgence of vinyl records, but I didn’t really tell my side of the story.

When we lived in Sydney, there were a number of places I sourced record albums from.  I found that both the price and sound quality made them a very interesting prospect. 

To a certain extent it limits the choice and range of genres (most music produced after the late 80s was distributed on Compact Disc and Cassette but no vinyl LPs).

My early acquisitions included U2 (Rattle and Hum), Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits.  I’d usually be able to pick up local (Australian) and overseas bands for roughly between $5 – $20 per album (in various conditions).

These days it’s much harder (shame) but there are some very interesting albums still out there. 

Now, I know I’m going to get harassed for my taste in music being that it is rather eclectic, but I’ll list some of my most favourite records in my collection:

1. The Beatles (‘White Album’) with original inserts!
2. Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’
3. U2: Rattle and Hum
4. Split Enz Collection 1973-84
5. Led Zeppelin IV (with Stairway to Heaven)
6. Pink Floyd ‘Dark Side of the Moon’
7. The Doors ‘Weird Scenes inside the Gold Mine’ (compilation)
8. Deep Purple ‘Mark I & II’ (compilation)

My wish list:
– AC/DC
– Bob Dylan
– More Beatles, Doors
– Late 80s/Early 90s LP Stuff


About Rob Sanders

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