3 Minute Record

"We learned more from a three minute record baby than we ever learned in school..." -from No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen

Checking Records Off The List

Old Vinyl

I am lucky enough to work within driving distance for a trip to Euclid Records over my lunch break. The store is one of the best independent record stores in the area and stocks thousands of albums on vinyl and compact disc. The stock consistently changes as the store buys collections and sells the individual parts constantly.  Recently, I picked up a few classic albums on vinyl that I didn't have in my collection, but have had on my buying list for a while. During this trip I decided that I will continue to buy classic albums by artists, but if the release date of the album in question was before 1990 I will buy it on vinyl. Thereby changing the nature of my future buying habits.

Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of albums on vinyl at home, but I have 6 or 7 times that amount on compact disc.  I have been buying albums on compact disc since about 1986 when my family got our first player. During those years I continued to buy albums on vinyl, but usually rare or hard to find albums that weren't on compact disc. I still like compact disc for the portability and the ease to upload to a computer for listening on a portable device like an iPod.  However, I still love vinyl and enjoy the personal experience of listening to an album on vinyl over the same music on compact disc or on a iPod.

I have an ever-growing list of music that I want to buy.  I readily admit that it's an addiction, but at least it's not cigarettes, alcohol or something more destructive. At least I get enjoyment out of listening to music.  I used to keep a written list of albums to buy and I still go back to it now and then, but find that I mostly keep the list in my head.  For some reason I have an uncanny ability to remember what I have in my collection and have rarely bought duplicates of things that I already own. Besides, sometimes you just have to buy records with your gut.

Here's what I found:

Leon Russell - S/T (Shelter, 1970)
Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On (Reprise, 1969) [Revised US edition w/ "Oh Well"]
Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece (Warner Bros., 1974)
Randy Newman - 12 Songs (Reprise, 1970)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hard Promises (Backstreet, 1981)

Nothing here that's rare or obscure, but just good classic albums.  The Van Morrison album played in the store while I shopped and I realized I didn't have that album and needed it as well.

I also found a CD compilation that I have had on my list for 7 years.  I just never found it for the right price, had something higher on the priority list, or was in the right mood.  I finally picked up the 2 disc set for $9.99 used.

Various Artists - Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970

What records are on your list? How long is your list?