Must have albums (vinyl collection building thread)

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 2:18 PM

I'm looking to build up my record collection a bit more so I'm looking for recommendations from you old timers on albums that would have been originally released on vinyl. I know I'm missing some absolutely necessary albums, some probably easier to find in decent shape than others. If I have a choice between an old pressing and a recent re-release I'll take the older pressing, but there are plenty of albums I plan to buy multiple copies of.


My current collection (most of it, anyway):

https://www.discogs.com/user/justinnethers/collection?page=1&limit=250&header=1&sort=artist&sort_order=asc


brutus161 The Navy Guy
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:05 PM

Nice list, I'm happy you have quite the collection of Shooter Jennings. 


My wife got me an early press of Red Headed Stranger and Bat out of Hell for Christmas. I would recommend both for your collection. I would also suggest Songs in the Key of Life. 


Edit: I see Red Headed Stranger is on your want list. 

BRF Senior Member
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:14 PM

Looking through your list, I would suggest you add some Rolling Stones, The Who, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. 

(LOL’ed when I saw David Allen Coe on your list)

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:20 PM
posted by brutus161

Nice list, I'm happy you have quite the collection of Shooter Jennings. 


My wife got me an early press of Red Headed Stranger and Bat out of Hell for Christmas. I would recommend both for your collection. I would also suggest Songs in the Key of Life. 


Edit: I see Red Headed Stranger is on your want list. 

Are you familiar with the Stargunn and Fenixon albums from Shooter? I also have a new purple splatter copy of The Other Life but it wasn't on discogs yet. I'll probably add it tonight.

Red Headed Stranger is definitely on the list. I also just saw a copy of Songs in the Key of Life at the record shop on Monday but didn't think to take a look at it. If it's still there when I go back on the 8th (Megadeth live album release) I might pick it up.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:22 PM
posted by BRF

Looking through your list, I would suggest you add some Rolling Stones, The Who, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. 

(LOL’ed when I saw David Allen Coe on your list)

All good recommendations. Any specific albums I should go for first? Let It Bleed and Who's Next would probably be my first choices from each. Not sure about CSNY.

brutus161 The Navy Guy
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:24 PM

I got my daughter a press of K.I.D.S. from Mac Miller that isn't available in the US. The variant was a clear yellow copy that was only made in the Netherlands. She was super pumped. 

brutus161 The Navy Guy
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:28 PM
posted by justincredible

Are you familiar with the Stargunn and Fenixon albums from Shooter? I also have a new purple splatter copy of The Other Life but it wasn't on discogs yet. I'll probably add it tonight.

Red Headed Stranger is definitely on the list. I also just saw a copy of Songs in the Key of Life at the record shop on Monday but didn't think to take a look at it. If it's still there when I go back on the 8th (Megadeth live album release) I might pick it up.

I know Fenixon, but Stargunn albums are before I got into Shooter. Never even heard songs from the band. 

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:32 PM
posted by brutus161

I know Fenixon, but Stargunn albums are before I got into Shooter. Never even heard songs from the band. 

The Stargunn album is decent. If you can find it streaming anywhere give it a listen.

I just added Ted Nugent's debut album I picked up on Monday. It took me a while to identify the version I had.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:36 PM

I think I still have about 20 Christmas albums that I haven't added to the collection yet. Lots of $1 pickups, the most interesting being a 1973 Elder High School glee club album.

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:39 PM
posted by justincredible

All good recommendations. Any specific albums I should go for first? Let It Bleed and Who's Next would probably be my first choices from each. Not sure about CSNY.

Gotta go with Exile on Main Street from the Stones - one of, if not the, best of theirs.   Good to see Pink Floyd on there.  I recommend Beatles Revolver and the Velvet Underground (self titled debut) album.


 Can't comment on the country, but your list is pretty good otherwise.  

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:45 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

Gotta go with Exile on Main Street from the Stones - one of, if not the, best of theirs.   Good to see Pink Floyd on there.  I recommend Beatles Revolver and the Velvet Underground (self titled debut) album.


 Can't comment on the country, but your list is pretty good otherwise.  

Still a lot of Pink Floyd to add. I picked up a copy of Momentary Lapse of Reason the other day but had to return it due to a pretty gnarly warp that I didn't notice in the store. That was a bummer because I don't see that album often.

QuakerOats Senior Member
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:45 PM

Rolling  Stones > Hot Rocks

Rolling Stones > Miss You

Springsteen > The Wild, the Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle

Springsteen > Born to Run

Neil Young > Decade

Michael Stanley Band > Stagepass

Joe Jackson > Body and Soul

Boz Scaggs > Silk Degrees

The Who > Who's Next

The Doors > L.A. Woman

Bob Seger > Night Moves

Styx > Grand  Illusion

The Cars >  Candy-O

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers > Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


...among many




BRF Senior Member
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 3:59 PM
posted by justincredible

All good recommendations. Any specific albums I should go for first? Let It Bleed and Who's Next would probably be my first choices from each. Not sure about CSNY.

My choices would be:

The Who - Who’s Next

The Rolling Stones -  Hot Rocks (double album of songs from 1964 to 1971)

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young -  So Far (contains 11 of their hits)


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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 4:10 PM

Definitely not an older band and not released originally on vinyl. But I feel like you would dig The Asteroids Galaxy Tour -> Fruit. I also have no clue on your taste in music, so total guess on my part lol.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 4:19 PM
posted by Laley23

Definitely not an older band and not released originally on vinyl. But I feel like you would dig The Asteroids Galaxy Tour -> Fruit. I also have no clue on your taste in music, so total guess on my part lol.

I just gave a quick listen to a few songs. I've definitely heard The Golden Age before. 

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 4:51 PM

Nice to see a good selection of John Prine, and some Flatt and Scruggs.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 4:54 PM
posted by queencitybuckeye

Nice to see a good selection of John Prine, and some Flatt and Scruggs.

Still plenty more to add, but it's a good start. I'm much lighter on bluegrass than I would like to be.

33,369 posts 125 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Jan 5, 2022 5:07 PM
posted by justincredible

I just gave a quick listen to a few songs. I've definitely heard The Golden Age before. 

It was on the Heiniken commercials a few years ago.

https://youtu.be/udtW0TTojJo

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 5:13 PM
posted by justincredible

Still plenty more to add, but it's a good start. I'm much lighter on bluegrass than I would like to be.

Would suggest "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" by The SteelDrivers

Fletch Member
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 7:05 PM

One of my favorite groups to listen to on vinyl because it sounds so good that way Is Moody blues 

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Jan 5, 2022 7:23 PM
posted by Fletch

One of my favorite groups to listen to on vinyl because it sounds so good that way Is Moody blues 

Days of Future Passed is great. Especially...under the influence. I'll probably start looking for cheap copies of their other albums.

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