Yeah. That’s right. I am, after several months of dreaming about it, compiling a vinyl collection.
The only problem? I don’t exactly have a record player. And besides, it’s harder to pick up rare vinyl albums than a player. I can always buy a turntable. But the records… that’s the harder thing to find. So I am, in a sense, striking while the iron is hot. But honestly, I have always loved vinyl albums. The sound quality is amazing and there’s nothing like actually putting a record on to play. It was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. So, there’s a little bit of nostalgia involved.
But here’s the “twist” in my collection. I’m trying to get more modern tracks and LP’s. For example, I recently bought Iron & Wine’s album “Our Endless Numbered Days” and Bon Iver’s album “For Emma, Forever Ago”. I like the idea of an album as a collective whole, listened to straight through. And not to mention, the artwork on the albums is beautiful when it’s blown up LP size. I’m basically buying albums that I already own and love, but would want to listen to on a record.
That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t want some classic rock or classical music in my collection! By all means, I grew up on that stuff. It was quite interesting. When I was young, I’d hear/play Bach or Chopin and then listen to the Beatles or Rush. Talk about contrast… but I think that it’s made me more musically well rounded, allowing my tastes to be extremely varied.
An example of some other contemporary albums on my list?
The Weepies – By My Thrill
Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
Ray LaMontagne – Trouble
Coldplay – Parachutes
…but there’s a lot more where that came from
If you had an album that you’d like to see on a record,
which one would it be?