Oldest Record Competition Entries

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Prodigy – Fat of the Land

For a brief period of time, I was collecting records without owning a record player. This specific record was one of the first CD albums I had bought with my first earned money back in the day. So I thought it’d make sense to make it my first vinyl I own. Not too long later I had learned that Keith Flint had passed away and that set me out to buy a record player to give this baby some serious airtime to pay some resepect.

Elvis – Can’t Help Falling In Love 7″

This was one of the many records my nanna gave to me when I got my first turntable. It might not be as cool as the Fleetwood Mac or Bob Dylan records she also gave me that she got when she was young, but it’s definitely the oldest, and I love it just the same.

Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack loop

Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack – 1977, I was 12…and that was the start of my ever expanding vinyl collection.
Probably the only “Disco” album I own but it still gets a rotation now & again!

Simon and Garfunkel greatest hits

I was in a second hand shop sifting through the records for sale and after nearly giving up I stumbled across this bad boy and picked it up for $5, I love the original crackly sound when played and fell in love with it I saw Paul Simon live a few years back

Save the Day – The Living End

The first vinyl record I ever purchased, 1998 at alternative music festival Push Over 98 held at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. The Living End were riding a huge wave after the success off the Prisoner of Society/Second Solution EP, this was the followup single after Prisoner of Society and I had fallen in love for life. Their energy in music and on stage connected with my adolescence and there was no way I wasn’t bringing home a copy of this very limited press (500 copies). It some how survived the mosh pits in which I carried it all day and it still sits proudly in my collection with all the other The Living End vinyl releases.

Arethra Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

There was a devastating flood in my area a couple years back and amidst the chaos a copy of this record washed up to me and I was able to hold onto it and stay afloat, thus surviving. All belongings (including vinyls) were lost in the flood that day, thus making this my oldest record, and my most cherised. Arethtra and George saved my life that faithful day!

AC/DC – TNT

So this one isn’t technically mine yet, it belongs to my Father and will one day be my prized inheritance. It’s a first release of AC/DC’s TNT on gatefold sleeve. This was the version that was only available in Australia prior to AC/DC storming the world! My father bought it after seeing AC/DC play in 1974 at the Taree RSL – what I would give to have been there for that with Bon Scott in all his glory. A truely classic album that started their world domination and still sounds amazing on vinyl today after all these years. I own a latter version of the album on vinyl too but somehow this mint original one rocks harder.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Haydn Quartet* ‎– String Quartet In G Major, KV.387

While visiting Brisbane, my daughter dragged me around a second hand book fare and they also had lots of old vinyl, mostly bad 70s and 80s stuff no-one wanted. One of the first records that caught my eye was this tired old looking sleeve looking like something from the 1940s. I’m not exactly familiar with Mozart, only to know he is in the top 10 all time composers. The old quirky sleeve drew my attention but also, so did what I assume is the price tag of 8 shillings and sixpence. But what really peaked my interest was that a previous custodian of this record had boldly written LOVELY in pencil on the front cover. I couldn’t really leave it behind given they were selling two records for $2.50 so it became mine. The sales person was tickled by my enthusiasm at the handwritten comment on the front. I didn’t properly inspect the vinyl until I got it home the next day and was a bit disappointed to see a bubble on the record surface. Expecting it to be problematic the record actually didn’t skip a beat and, as was written by whom I imagine to be a charismatic old lady, it was indeed lovely. I look forward to playing it many times.

Love the Army – The Dabs

This is my dad’s band who were quite big in NZ in the late 70s. When I saw it at an Auckland op shop I knew I had to buy it!