Record Collecting

Published on November 13th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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What One Album Should Everyone Own on Vinyl?

The latest Canadian numbers show that vinyl sales are up almost 20% since last year. Record stores are stocking more vinyl than they have since the 90s. Record shows have people lined up to dig through crates.

If you’re caught up in this whole thing, you probably have some strong opinions on what vinyl is worth collecting. Here’s your chance to pontificate in a helpful way. What one album should everyone have in their vinyl collection?

There are so many ways we can go on this. First, there’s the obvious need to have a classic album in your library, just for the music. Or you can consider the artwork and liner notes. Maybe you want to recommend an album for its sonic quality so you can use it to demonstrate how good vinyl can sound. Or maybe there’s some other reason to own a particular record.

Me? I think everyone should own a vinyl version of Radiohead’s In Rainbows, which I consider a triple threat. It’s a great record, comes in a nice package and sounds great played on a good turntable through a good stereo.

Leave your thoughts below and I’ll use your answers on my Tuesday radio show at 6 pm.





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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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14 Responses to What One Album Should Everyone Own on Vinyl?

  1. Danielle Wittick says:

    Electric Ladyland

  2. enahssmith says:

    Pink Floyd-The Wall. The sound quality compared to any other format is so obvious it’s crazy.

  3. Tyler Burke says:

    Fleetwood Mac – Rumours…I was lucky enough to inherit my Dads record collection from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and this record is by far my favorite. The sound on it is amazing.

    Also up there in my top Fav is any Album from Boston…the sound and the art are by far miles ahead of others

  4. Jason Smith says:

    Pink Floyd the Wall

  5. Jon K. says:

    Tough one; probably Ramones – Ramones (although Rocket To Russia might be a better choice) because they’re the band who influenced a million bands after them. Without them, modern rock would be a far, far different place.

  6. Rod M. says:

    The Golden Record from the Voyger spacecraft is now available on Vinyl. See 40 years later, theatlantic.com

  7. Peter Lee says:

    Dark Side of the Moon

  8. Duncan says:

    Floyd’s wish you were here

  9. A side from the monster album Nevermind by Nirvana..

    I’d have to say the Velvet Underground’s first album. It has strange rhythms, introduces the band & Nico into the whole Warhol Factory thing. Warhol also created the well-known banana cover. This album not only has music, but also history & art attached to it. I find its a very interesting album for those features.

  10. Chris says:

    London Calling…a true masterpiece in song writing that still maintains garage band sound, best enjoyed via vinyl.

  11. Pet Sounds – Beach Boys you can hear it to your bones…

  12. Andrew says:

    Rush 2112
    Runner up, Dark side of the moon.

  13. V B says:

    Joy Division, Closer.

  14. Call Me Snake says:

    Metallica- Death Magnetic
    Everyone should own so they can discern what a lousy produced and mixed album conveys. Although some people are under the impression that the vinyl release is an improvement on the CD release.

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