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Old 12th February 2006, 09:13 PM   #1
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Question Must-have LPs?

A huge record store lost their lease in town and everything is 50% off now, soon to be 75% off. I'm starting to build my LP collection and I was wondering if any had any must-have LPs becuase of musical content or quality of recording or anything really.

They have mostly classic rock, but they also have a big jazz section some soul and a large classical section. I'm up for almost anything. Oh, and I overheard one of the guys say yesterday that they had a garage full of unsorted records they want to unload for $1,000 as-is, he guesses ~20,000 records! Anyone want to gamble on that one!

Thanks for recommendations!

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Old 12th February 2006, 09:26 PM   #2
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whys this never happen in my home town ?

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Old 12th February 2006, 09:30 PM   #3
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First thoughts in the classic rock field, Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.
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Or even just good Labels to look for. I've been a couple times, but I get so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of records that I don't know where to start.
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the division bell is also very good by floyd. Pressed on blue vinyl no less!

I also really like boston's Boston.
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Old 12th February 2006, 10:26 PM   #6
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My favourite jazz is Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. (bebop)

Look for Blues stuff by John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters 'folk singer' is great.

labels - blue note is pretty safe for jazz.

Classic rock - Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Free, Early ZZ Top, Early Fleetwood Mac.


I always loved the early Pink Floyd best - Piper at the gates of dawn, Saucerful of secrets, Obscured by clouds, Relics, More etc... I think anything past DSOTM is not as good as anything up to it.

If you come across Alex Harvey 'next' please buy it for me


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Old 12th February 2006, 11:18 PM   #7
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Rob also brings up another idea. If you want me to look for a LP that you've been searching for, list it and (provided I don't really like it ) I'll ship it to you. I really feel like I want to help these guys out since they have been a staple of the local music community and they are getting a pretty raw deal.
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Any Jazz on Pablo, grab it!
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RCA Living Stereo (Red Seal): Everything by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony. Most of these were produced by Richard Mohr and engineered by Lewis Leyton. Actually any LSC-nnnn produced by Mohr and engineered by Leyton. These are all some of the best recordings ever made. There is a reason they are so sought after. Also any LSC of the Boston Symphony, especially lead by Charles Munch.

Mercury Living Presence: Anything produced by Wilma Cozart and engineered by C. Robert Fine. These are simple, 3 omni-directional mic recordings which still sound amazingly musical and lifelike to me.

Also, early Angel (UK) recordings. These are also from the of less (microphones) is better school of recording engineering.

This is just what comes to mind quickly. These are all from the "Golden Age of Recording" when records were recorded lovingly and designed to convey music instead of just make money.

I have been to that record store and was suitably impressed. It is the best used record store I have ever been into. It is truly a black day for vinyl that they have to close.

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Thanks, all. This gives me a great place to start! Keep the recommendations comming!
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