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I travelled to Seattle from Sydney, Australia on a US trip in Jan 2018. Seattle’s Pearl Jam was and is my favourite band and I searched high and low for an original pressing of Ten across Seattle’s many amazing independent record stores. The last store I searched, Sonic Boom Records, had a single copy behind the counter. I instantly recognised it and purchased it. It was worth every dollar and sounds absolutely amazing. There is a lot of personal memory and sentiment stored in that record and every time I spin it I think about trailing across Seattle in search of my favourite record. It isn’t the oldest record, but it is the oldest in my collection as I predominantly collect new records. This will always remain my favourite, however.
I used to get 1.00 a week for allowance, I was 3rd grade and I would go to Gussies music store and play every 45 until I found one I liked. Credence “Run through the Jungle” was my first 45 then I started saving up to buy the albums but Gussie knew I would pay so let me put them on lay away and make payments. 2nd album was Free Fire and Water
Although not my favourite Beatles album of all time and not my oldest record, purchasing this record takes me back to my very first experience flicking through vinyl in crates and the stoke when you find something you didn’t know that you were looking for – it was real when I found this one. This record had been through a few sets of hands but it plays really well and the picture book was still in good nick. This is a real moment in time and feels like a piece of history. Really just epitomizes the feeling of a good vinyl purchase and why my collection is ever-growing!
As a gigantic Tolkien nerd, I knew these existed, but they’re not easy to find! I was lucky enough to find someone selling one at an antiques convention of all places, and it’s just magical – Tolkien’s reading of Elvish is amazingly nerdy and super cool all at once.
Black Sabbath Sabotage 1975. Found under my highly religious great grandmothers bed, much to her distraught I cranked this during her bible reading group. 2.5 minutes into ‘Hole in the Sky’ and she was swiftly removed from the church group. Never the less, it ended up in my hands through inheritance, she was never mad about it.
I always liked Beatles music but when John Lennon died my interest intensified. Radio stations were playing Beatles songs 24/7 and this set me on a 4 year odyssey to get all there LP’s. Extra chores, saved pocket money, radio station competitions, they all played a part in my collecting. Even had to hide my $$ from my mother who had a habit of borrowing it and not giving it back. A tough job but I got there.
Possibly in 80% of every vinyl collection however this Australian Quadrophonic pressing saved me from listening to poor quality MP3 digital source music and rekindled my passion for analogue formats. I even got back into cassettes and have my very first reel to reel. Thanks to my local record store for allowing me to experience this fantastic album on a format it was designed for.
Original Philips pressing, before he signed to CBS. I was working at Target, back in 70’s, when they had a record bar, actually like JB Hi Fi in the 2020’s 🤣🤙🏻
I was in primary school 1980 and kiss was the biggest deal here in Australia then. I loved them and saved up months of pocket money and 20 cent bottle refunds from the milk bar to come up with the 6.99 special price promo they had, making this the cheapest, most affordable kiss record. I still have it and it’s my most memorable purchase.
I used to occasionally buy records off eBay from this older fella who would buy collections from estate sales then grade and review the records to sell individually.
I’d ride my bike half an hour to his home, spend 30 seconds dealing with the purchase and then spend the next 30 minutes chatting music. He used to own a record store in Tassie and when he moved to Victoria he sold 20,000 vinyls from the shop’s stock and his own 3,000 record personal collection. His knowledge was immense and it was always a pleasure to listen to these stories.
He once asked what my favourite record was. I said it was The White Album as it was played continuously on a cassette in my childhood family car, it brings back so many singalong memories. He then told me all about the original print that had the print number stamped on the cover, the paper colour of the inner sleeve, the apple logo and the extra poster and photos that came inside the sleeve.
Many months later I rode out to pick up another childhood favourite Tubular Bells. I paid for the records, had a bit of a chat on the front porch and then he suddenly remembered and asked “Did you ever track down a copy of your favourite album?”
He ducked inside and came back out with this. Showed me the number,the apple logo, the inner sleeve colour, the photos and the poster. Reminded me how that’s how you knew it was an original print. I was thinking “Crikey, I don’t have enough cash for this!!”
He then said “Everyone should have a copy of their favourite album, you can have this for $20”
It’s been ten years and I’m still gobsmacked by his generosity
Starting my first day of high school, mum and dad said they would buy a record for me. My brother suggested Live and Dangerous. So mum went into HMV in central London to buy an album with a picture of a guy in leather trousers, legs akimbo, thrusting his groin towards the audience. She also bought my brother a copy of Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell, the cover being a muscley bronzed bloke bursting out of the depths of hell on a rather phallic looking motorbike. Good old mum.
I remember saving up all my pocket money as a 5 year old so I could buy the record. It was the beginning of my love for rock and vinyls.