Today is Record Store Day! It’s true this is a real holiday especially for vinyl-loving folks like me. I love my record collection which I started in college after visiting my first record store. I was in photography school and had gone to this beach side record store called Atlantic Sounds. The store was a mecca of classic vinyls and I mean a floor to ceiling stacks of vinyls. I had a few records I wanted in mind so I began to search through their collection. So many old records with so much history. I spoke with the store owner and asked him if he had Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon. He took me back to a room and handed me the only Remastered copy he had in the store and I happily purchased it. I walked out of the store clutching my prized possession. I couldn’t wait to get home and show my dad whose vinyl collection makes me envious. It was the first record I had ever bought myself…and it is still my favorite!
Through the years I have acquired multiple vinyls from great local record stores. I picked up a pristine copy of Pink Floyd’s The Wall a few years back that plays like a dream. There’s something about buying used vinyls that really makes me feel like a collector. I wonder into records stores with a list of desired vinyls. I fiddle through massive collections of records until the sudden joy overcomes me when I’ve found the vinyl I wanted. When I found Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors album I squealed like a little girl. It’s not the best copy as it does tend to skip during some songs but it’s still a record I cherish. I bought Judd The Cars Candy-O album and his favorite Rush album Caress of Steal for our first Christmas together. Needless to say I won some serious girlfriend points that year!
Records are making a serious return to the mainstream. Most influential artists these days also put out a a vinyl copy of their music just to please their fans. For my birthday this year my brother gifted me with a brand new copy of Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. For a brand new record the sound of it is like no other. The rugged sound each record makes on my player is something unique. It’s not like listening to a song on your iPod or the radio. There is a certain sound quality that makes me love vinyls so much more.
That’s why I have never bought a brand new vinyl in my entire life. I love the story behind an old and used vinyl. I often wonder where the vinyl came from and what the owner before me was like. I gave Judd Rush’s Power Windows record a few years ago and he opened the vinyl up to find an old concert ticket for that tour and a set list from the show. We ended up keeping the set list and ticket and sent the vinyl to the band to get signed before an Orlando show back in 2013. Sure enough a week after the concert we received that vinyl back in the mail signed by all three members of the band. It now sits framed on our living room wall along with its ticket and set list from the previous owner.
My love of vinyl stems from years of shopping in local record stores and finding the vinyls I would only dream of owning. After we got our record player this past Christmas I find myself going into record stores more. I love the atmosphere of them! The owners are always willing to help you find the record you’re looking for as well as provide an amazing collection to choose from. The latest record store I went to was in Saint Augustine. The owners where probably a few years older than me which at first surprised me. They seemed a little young to have a record store. Then I realized they too appreciate vinyls just like me.
Vinyls I Own:
Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pink Floyd Meddle Fleetwood Mac Rumors
Yes Close to The Edge
Rush Caress of Steal
Rush Power Windows
The Cards Candy O
Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Vinyls I Want:
Rush Closer to The Heart
Fleetwood Mac Tusk
Pink Floyd Animals
Electric Light Orchestra Face The Music
The Doors Self Titled Album
The Beatles White Album
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Star Wars Original Soundtrack (A New Hope)
Do you collect records? What’s your favorite thing about them? Share with us!